June 19, 2015

NYC with Michelle, Karen and Canon

brookyn bridge highline sun IMG_2597 Nicoloff does New York nyc skyline at sunset NYC31 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset view from one world observatoryLast month I entered a contest from Canon, From Light to Ink. Like most contests, I entered with the intention of winning. I mean if you don’t try and win, what is the point right. So there is this time, that time just after you hit submit, and before you know the results, that you think you have a chance.

I honestly had about a half a second to be sad that I didn’t win the prize, a trip to New York City, because in the same breath that my friend told me she won, she asked me to go with her! Yipee! So it goes to say you should definitely have talented friends, and when you do, be very very VERY nice to them. Michelle Nicoloff is someone that I have talked about time and time again, I adore her, but beyond that, she is so so good at ocean photography, and her children love to be in the ocean, so it is a match made in heaven. She celebrates the title of the contest “Embrace” and her winning photo, Sounds of the Pacific,  was hung in the Joshua Liner Gallery.

We had a few obligations as far as meetings go, but they only proved to be opportunities to meet some amazing people. We were able to meet John Stanmeyer, Jacob Santiago, and Karen Grubb to name a few. We talked with John, an amazing National Geographic Photographer about changes in photography, social media, and making a living doing what you have to do. In Three days we fit in One World Observatory, Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo Park, Highline, Subway rides, Top of the Rock, Central Park boat ride, Taxi rides, the Flat Iron, Shake Shack, really good coffee, and a ton of laughs.

It is such a different lifestyle in such a big city. It was also a huge treat to have a break from my toddler and his tantrums. Although I thought once or twice about my kids, it was such a treat to be on my own exploring the city with no one lagging behind, or screaming their head off, or complaining about the walk!