This past Friday, I had the distinct pleasure of photographing my friend and client, Jessica Gordon Ryan. Jessica is a social media powerhouse that I first met in real life almost four years ago when a multitude of bloggers converged in NYC to attend The Nate Berkus Show. She is a writer, photographer and blogger, as well as the founder/creative director at The Entertaining House...AND a true inspiration.
We met on the east side Central Park on this particularly glorious spring day to capture her essence for new headshots. The shoot was a breeze and more fun than a barrel of monkeys. The photos are of course - stellar (and you will see the final result on the website in the coming days). But I will share a hilarious out-take that will shed some light on how much fun we had.
After the shoot, I decided to head back west by foot traversing through my backyard, Central Park. Yes, you read it correctly; I like to think of Central Park my backyard and Riverside Park my front yard. And after this endless winter of cold, ice and snow, it was nice to be hatless and gloveless exploring the park. I am always amazed by its sheer vastness and what appear to be endless paths and trails.
Just the week before I had a photo session in Central Park for a project I am working on, and the lake was frozen solid, but this past Friday, the park was brimming with people as well as signs of spring
My first encounter was quite a stunner. What appeared to be a woman sitting with her mop was actually a woman sitting with her breathtaking Puli, replete with long flowing rasta hair.
As I made my way through a winding path, I encountered several groups of birdwatchers scouting for feathered friends amidst the plethora of bird feeders. I myself had an encounter with a Northern Cardinal, who was quite a poser
Further on, I met ducks and geese basking in the sun and swimming, enjoying the no longer frozen waters.
I even discovered a group of turtles swimming and sunbathing on the rocks. All was as it should be. Winter was finally behind us.
Then, just as I was approaching 72nd street & Central Park West, I found this patch of still un-melted snow: A harbinger of things to come?
With a prediction for a possible nor’easter heading our way this week, one can only Imagine.
But despite the predictions and possibilities, one thing is certain : Spring has arrived in my Backyard!