I Love you New York
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Monday, May 20, 2019
By Michael David Photography
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New York, the city that never sleeps, The home of the Yankees (sorry, Sox fans) and the scene of this engagement session.


Kaitlin and Brian hired me after I photographed their friend’s wedding this past November at Harbor Lights in Warwick, Rhode Island.. Not long after that, we scheduled their engagement session. I met the happy couple on a Saturday afternoon in Manhattan. Central Park was the spot. The weather was perfect, but Central Park was packed! Figuring out how to photograph Kaitlin and Brian with no one in the background was the biggest challenge. Challenge accepted!


Kaitlin mentioned that she wanted to capture the cherry blossoms as they were in their peak bloom. I said, “Sure! Absolutely!” but to be honest, I had no clue what a cherry blossom tree looked like. Truth be told, I may have been looking for a cherry tree :)


After a quick Google search, I learned that in Japan, cherry blossoms are celebrated as a time of renewal, as well as for their short-lived beauty, and a visual reminder that our lives, too, are fleeting.


As we started to shoot, I learned that Kaitlin and Brian first locked eyes, here at Central Park, at a picnic their friends planned. Well, technically, they first locked eyes in a shared cab ride over to the park with a mutual friend. The friend, sitting in the middle of Brian and Kaitlin who quickly engaged in conversation, was quick to realize they had became the third wheel.


I couldn’t pick a better tree to photograph Kaitlin and Brian in front of. Life, much like the cherry blossoms, is short and we must make the most of it. This Jersey couple made the most of that short cab ride to Central Park, they witnessed the beauty in each other and found love.


As the shoot continued for this bride and groom to be, Central Park become less and less crowded. Slowly, the background noise faded away creating a soothing atmosphere and at times, it really seemed like it was just us there. And by the photos, you wouldn’t know otherwise.


Thank you Kaitlin and Brian for letting me see Central Park through your eyes and introducing me to the cherry blossom tree. I look forward to capturing your wedding!

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