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November in New York City

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Last month, I spent 3 days in NYC with my good friend Ali of Ali Bonomo Photography! It was my first time ever visiting New York City… and I absolutely loved it.

I am definitely not a city girl, but was quickly and easily swept up in the energy of that place. It’s amazing. I can’t explain it! In three days, we saw just about everything we wanted to see. And left there feeling rejuvenated after a crazy busy wedding season! It’s easy to feel burnt out and uninspired towards the end of October as a wedding photographer, so this trip couldn’t have come at a better time for us.

Here are just a few of the entries from my travel journal that I wrote while in NYC…

“We started off the day by visiting the Museum of Modern Art… It was a little rainy when we woke up, so the museum seemed appropriate. It’s been a dream of mine to visit the MOMA in NYC ever since my love for Van Gogh’s Starry Night began. The MOMA was amazing. We saw so many works from many of my favorite artists including the Monet “Waterlilies” that stretched across three walls.”

I’d also like to note that I got yelled at for being too close to Starry Night! Hahahaha.

“We spent hours in Central Park strolling around and people watching. NYC is maybe the best place ever for people watching. We had polaroids taken together in black & white in the park – which we as photographers, loved! The perfect souvenir! Central Park is a beautiful place… much bigger than I ever imagined. I was excited to find the infamous bridge you see in all the movies.”

“I was speechless visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I’ve never seen anything like it. As I sat in one of the hundreds of pews praying, the organ suddenly began playing and chills ran through my body. It was beautiful to experience, especially at nighttime.”

“It’s starting to look like Christmas in New York. We spent the morning walking through Bryant Park and watching people ice skate.”

“Today was my first time taking the subway and it wasn’t nearly as intimidating as I had imagined. It was much quicker getting around in than the taxis!! Rockefeller Center is one of my favorite spots in the city. We stopped by NBC Studios and also went to the “Top of the Rock” (Top of Rockefeller Center) where we could see the entire New York skyline. 67 floors. There was a bride and groom up there having their portraits taken, so naturally I had to find a way to take a few photos of them without their photographer seeing me!”

“Our next stop was Grand Central Station. I stood and watched people coming and going from all directions. I’m so interested in people. I wonder about who they are, what they do, their story… I’ve always heard New York was fast-paced and I would certainly agree.”

“Slowly but surely, we both began to feel exhausted from the past few days, but were thankful to be here.”

I was SO thankful to be there. I never take for granted the opportunity to travel and it was a huge plus to have such an awesome travel buddy!! (Thanks for navigating the entire trip, Al!)

Love, Hannah

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