Tuesday, May 22, 2012

*Sneak Peek* A True NY State of Mind.

I couldn't be happier than to film the C. Family the day before their move out of NYC.  Talk about a poignant session.  NY was good to them. The time they spent there gave them a marriage, two beautiful boys and a squishy pooch.  Who could ask for more? I really wanted to document their literal last day living there as a tribute to their everyday NYC life.  It started with breakfast. Dad shared a story with me about the deli they would frequent 'pre-kids' just downstairs, and how that deli stayed a staple in their lives (as witnessed by the bagels below). We went to their local park and along the way, I snagged a few shots of them passing the train station just steps away from their building.  And once in the park, some perfect shots of them as a family having fun.

I'd be amiss to say this session didn't come with a few bumps along the way. Our first session was not only rained out once, but twice, and the second time it not only rained out, but the Occupy Wall Street protests were scheduled to happen downtown where they lived.  That would have made for a true NY moment, eh? Our rescheduled date? Well that morning as I was chugging along (literally) on the Metro North, the signals went out in Grand Central so I was stuck in the tunnel for 45 minutes.  When I finally arrived downtown I got to work.  Once finished with the apartment shots, off we went to the park. We encountered a man who was still having a 'jolly' old time from the night before, literally went to pet their dog, and fell head first onto concrete.  I kid you not.  Dad and I just looked at each other in pure astonishment. Luckily the injured party had a friend who shuffled him off (hopefully to get a much needed coffee and a band-aid).  Then just as I sat Dad down with the boys for a bench shot, a bird decided to christen Dad.  OK, so what are we up to now..four strikes? Well, there was one more- when big brother tripped and fell and hit his head mid-shoot.  At that point, once we knew he was fine (and a few jellybeans certainly can help snap a child out of tears!) we all just laughed.  Our session felt like it never should have happened. But I am so glad it did and safe to say from Moms reaction to the photos, she feels the same way.  Good luck C. family!





14 comments:

Shannon Pate said...

Sounds like you had a rough go getting these great photos!! But it was worth it, huh? They're amazing!

Kristen Laudick said...

These are AMAZING!

Kara said...

Wow -- GORGEOUS set!! What a fun way to remember their old stomping grounds!

Anna said...

They are fabulous! I am thinking about a post you wrote and amazed they are all taken with a prime.

Jess said...

Wow! What a story and what gorgeious shots!!

Heather T. Imagery said...

Wowsers! I can imagine how you were feeling on the inside with all of that commotion, but still knowing that the photos would speak for themselves afterwards. That's one of the things that I love about lifestyle - how you can be in a crazy, mixed up world and find, later, the gift of the moment so beautifully presented. You BEAUTIFULLY present amazing moments! Amazing. Love this batch. LOVE that DOG...with his tongue sticking out in the family shot. Oh my goodness, I want to roll him over and tussle up his ears...yes, I do.

Danielle DeRosa said...

Amazing!!! I thought that was Madison Square Park! Love it!!

Laura said...

Jennifer ~ These are amazing!! This session should be in a magazine spread! Such incredible moments you captured!

Lori Romano said...

Amazing photos and such an amazing story! You truly have a way of capturing the details that are the most beautiful in everyday life, so it is no surprise that this family contacted you to capture their last day in the city that has meant so much to them. Fabulous job Jenn!

Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman said...

Thanks everyone, loved reading all the feedback! I truly adored this session because it is exactly what lifestyle should be- the telling of a story.

Adrienne said...

You've truly captured the spirit of my nephew's family...Ty !

Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman said...

Thank you Adrienne!

Amanda Skiba said...

And yet you made it all look so casual and relaxed! Not a hint of stress or tension! :) Great job as usual Jennifer!

Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman said...

I try Amanda, I try :) Thank you!

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