Folklike Friday

Yes "folklike" is a word! I am going to start having Folklike Friday from this day on. It is going to be the day where I recap my week, and take a moment and just be thankful. I have been given so many lovely opportunities lately. Through these opportunities I have developed a lot of beautiful friendships. I am continuously grateful and happy to make people happy with the photos I take of them. I am always pushing myself to see things differently then one may with my pictures. I want to continue to tell stories, and make you feel like you have known that person for years when you see the photos.
Today I finally got to pick up the new volume of Kinfolk. I swoon every time there is a new issue out. One day I would love to be published in their beautiful coffee table book. I know that I will have these volumes forever. There is something so raw and beautiful about everything they put into these, and that in itself draws me too them. 
This issue in particular focuses on stepping back from your everyday busy lifestyle, and just relaxing. Cutting yourself off from the virtual world is something I think we all should do one day out of the week/weekend. By that I also mean actually picking up a book or magazine to read something, and not your kindle or iPad. I think I may try this myself..I need to read more. I have a lot I need/want to learn.
Also I haven't been to my favorite coffee place in a while, and today I decided it was time. I have been running around shooting, and then editing nonstop....(again completely thankful!) Today I got paid for my first real job that I have been apart of for about a month. It felt so good to put money in the bank. Hard work does pay off. 

Anyways I sat at Bakeri and just breathed in and out...Much needed after a very hectic past couple weeks. It was a beautiful overcast/SUNNY day. The fall air is finally here, and I couldn't be more ready. As I drank my #dailycortado and devoured my favorite peanut chocolate chip cookie I couldn't help but think how blessed I am. I have a beautiful/supportive mom that I miss dearly, and a lot of lovely new NY friends that have helped me thus far in my career. Not to mention those who are reading this right now. Thank you for taking the time to click my link and read my rambling words. I tend to talk in circles...if you haven't noticed already;) I am smiling more and breathing more. A lot of good vibes happening , and I am determined to make those vibes continue. 
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and remember to actually relax a little! Sending good vibes to all:)



A Familiar Face

Hey everyone! I am so sorry for not posting lately! I have been getting everything together for my portfolio, and having last minute photoshoots that have taken up my free time! I am back and should be posting a little more frequently now! 
"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today just the way you are."
This past weekend my best friend Ashleykate came to visit from NC. I have been missing her A LOT. It was time for her to come to say the least. It was nice seeing a familiar face on Bedford Ave at 4:00am. That's right, she had a lot of bad luck with the airport in Charlotte, NC and ended up being delayed for a good 6 hours. Oh well she got here and that is all that matters! I had a lot planned for her visit, but I feel as though once a friend gets here you end up spending more time talking in a coffee shop then seeing the city! She was only here for a weekend....bummer...but we made the most of it. We took the long way into the city, and walked across the Williamsburg bridge. We became indecisive about where to eat because I had endless places to choose from.
We ended up getting brunch at Jack's Wife Freda. An adorable place in Soho. As we were waiting for a table I began to people I always do. I was waiting for someone to make me whip out my camera. Sure enough I noticed this girl with some awesome sunnies on. They were round and her messy(in a good way) curly hair was fighting with the wind, and providing me with the perfect shot. She never noticed me. I wish I would have done a quick photoshoot with her, but then it was our time to eat. I enjoyed a delicious waffle with some kind of honey syrup, and Ashleykate got some type of Greek meal. So many colors so I had to photograph it! I also got a latte that was delicious. After we sat and talked about who knows what we left and wandered around Soho for awhile. Eventually we got back over to Brooklyn, and took care of our cravings for something sweet. Of course I told her about my favorite spot Bakeri. We both love chocolate chip cookies and I told her she had to have theirs! We sat out on their patio and ate cookies, and I got a cortado. Soon I will eventually turn into one of those things..
Anyways I took a couple shots and then we walked to the East river. We watched the sun go down, and possibly checked out some beautiful men that just happened to be "reading" in the park. Eventually I had to say my goodbyes...well more like see you later to my best friend. I am so glad she came and spent a couple days with me. I am relaxed and ready to finish my portfolio and hopefully blow everyone away!
I hope you enjoy the photos of our mini adventures!



Afternoon Delight

Last week I began to visit a local bakery called Bakeri a little more then I would like to admit. I can't help myself though. From their delicious cortado's and yummy chocolate chip peanut butter cookies they have me hooked. Not to mention their interior and exterior is divine. I almost feel like I have stepped out of NYC and into Paris. In New York not a lot of places have back patios to relax on. When I found out that Bakeri did I have kind of escaped there this past week. I observed my surroundings..whether it would be beautiful people, or the birds was just soothing.  
During school we had an assignment to photograph 36 strangers in all different kinds of lighting conditions. It was how we learned to use a flash for a DSLR. As if learning how to use a flash isn't hard enough...we then had to go up to 36 strangers. For me the stranger part was the easy part. I love people and love to talk. My favorite thing to do in coffee shops or well pretty much anywhere is to strike up a conversation. There are artistic people all around me here in NYC, and not taking advantage of that is well..DUMB. I am sure you are wondering why this applies with this post. Well I actually noticed this beautiful, natural girl on the back patio as I was eating lunch. You will notice my creeper shot. haha Then I noticed this beautiful stone wall covered in greenery. Naturally I thought why not put the two subjects together. I waited for this couple to leave. I then asked her if she would mind if we do a little mini photoshoot. She probably thought I was crazy, and that I talk really bad. 
 -Side Note: When I get excited about an idea I tend to talk really fast, and just not make any sense. Oh well..that's Emma for ya.
Anyways she eventually understood what I meant and was happy to help. I first thought that was amazing, and then thought Emma you have to take full advantage of this situation. So below I included a couple shots I was able to achieve with a beautiful girl named Yuri. I feel the atmosphere fit her natural beauty rather perfect actually. I am leaving some for a surprise later on for my portfolio..but you will get the idea.
Thank you again Yuri for your time and letting me photograph you. It was certainly a pleasure and kind of an awesome part of my day.
Emma Jane