About an hour outside of Asheville, there's a place called Max Patch, which is essentially a big flat hilltop with 360 views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We ventured out on these narrow, winding roads to get there, kiiinda unsure how the heck we were going to get back. No phone service and hardly any people around, but none of that mattered when we got there--just in time for sunset.
There was still snow on the ground and the winds were MIGHTY, so most of these photos are of us trying to keep our hair out of our faces and not blow off the mountain :)
I got to visit my brother in Orlando on his first full day home with his baby boy, who only learned to start walking the week before. It also my first time alone with the two of them and just found every single moment extremely special. That pout and dimples that look just like baby Ryan, but in a whole new human with his own unique personality which we can already see so clearly. Can't wait to get to know this kid as he grows :)
Last week, David and I were able to steal away and have our first proper vacation in a year. It was also David's first time being out of the state of NY since we moved here 2 years ago!! Man was this a much needed trip.
David's whole extended family got together and planned this trip to Black Mountain, North Carolina. There were 18 of us under one roof, talking and laughing and swimming and cooking and drinking and rocking in those chairs on the front lawn long after the sun set and the stars came out. I got to watch home videos of David as a baby in Japan and his parent's wedding in Louisiana. It was pretty magical.
What an incredibly relaxing trip. It felt so good to stand in sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just take a deeeeep breath. We got to swim for the first time in TWO YEARS, which is just crazy to me. It was also just really special getting to know David's family better. I don't have a very big family myself, so I cherish the times that I get to experience his. They are lovely, lovely people.
Now, back to the New York City grind---a little more relaxed and refreshed and ready to conquer all our goals :)
When I was in Florida last weekend, my cousin shared some photos he took when he was visiting us this past winter! I had never seen most of them before and a couple below instantly became so special to me.
Steven is a great photographer and every time we see each other we spend a while nerding out about photo and video equipment. I don't have many people in my life who are passionate about photography the way I am, so I definitely take advantage of those times with him. And he's just one of my best friends.
One rainy day by myself, I decided to aimlessly walk around Manhattan. I had nothing to do and nowhere to be, and all I knew was that I wanted to see the flowers beginning to bloom around the city, before it was too late.
I think what I wanted to convey in this video, was the feeling that I was having about time passing and having no control over it. Another year has gone. Another spring is here. And for the first time in my life I think, I wasn't really excited to see flowers blooming, because that meant more time was slipping by and I didn't feel prepared to face it. So this day was me facing it. Embracing the inevitable. Realizing that time passing is no reason to fear, but reason to embrace the present.
After about 4 years without using my Canon t50 film camera, I was recently able to take some shots around the city and get them developed. I forgot how incredibly fun it is to click a shutter and hear the exposure and to not be able to review the photo right away---to really focus on what you're capturing because the shots are finite. Being mindful about small moments is a special sort of magic.
I love the muted tones, the pinkish discoloration on the edges, the massive amount of grain, and the faded shadows. I love every imperfection in these photos so much. I'm so excited to play with my film baby more, because NYC looks reallll good like this.
Ashley and Leon, a young couple from Australia, came to New York City to fulfill their dream and get married in Central Park. Just the two of them, so lovely and so in love. I became very fond of them and had the best time filming their day.
It was rainy and cold, but totally magical. The cherry blossoms were freshly bloomed, and it felt like we had the city all to ourselves. Central Park, normally crawling with people, was mostly empty. It was so surreal and beautiful.
Thanks so much Ashley and Leon!