One of the highlights of my recent trip to New York City was photographing actress/dancer/singer/model Kelly P. Williams! I’ve shot in NYC multiple times, but I was intrigued when Kelly suggested Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s a photographer’s paradise!
For starters, there’s the iconic view of the Brooklyn Bridge with Manhattan as the backdrop. It’s absolutely stunning! There’s also a glass-enclosed carousel, modern museum entrance, and an intriguing garden that’s been crafted inside an old building. I think I could shoot there all day, any day, because there are so many options!
Kelly and I chose to meet early in the morning. We encountered a few dog walkers and runners, but there were no tourists to edit out of the images. In addition, the weather was much cooler in the morning than it would have been at the traditional golden hour. This park is understandably busy, and it gets crowded FAST! This strategy works with almost any “touristy” spot in any area.
Kelly discovered me on social media. Her parents live in my area, close to Jacksonville, Florida. We originally intended to collaborate on a project here in Florida last year. However, our schedules didn’t cooperate. When I took a family trip to NYC this summer, we made THIS happen!
Kelly’s list of accomplishments seem endless, and she is crazy-talented! One of my favorite things about the session is that I got to interview her about her lifestyle while I shot. She has multiple agents; one for each major area (acting, dancing, etc.) She has to keep a meticulous calendar, yet be flexible as things can change quickly. The thought of working on different projects all the time sounds both exciting and rewarding!
model: Kelly P. Williams
dress: New York & Company | Eva Mendes Collection | Alonza one-shoulder maxi dress in tickled green
shoes: www.kennethcole.com/ | Unlisted
bracelet & earrings: family heirlooms