In May of 2016 my son and I headed off to America for a month to visit my sister. Leigh, my sister, lives in the town of Cabot just outside
Pittsburgh. But whilst we was there one of the many surprises she had for us was a trip to New York. Somewhere I have always wanted to go. China Town, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Central Park. There is so much to do and see there. We stayed for three days and three nights but that still wasn’t enough time to see everything. If you think New York is big, you don’t really know till you have been there.
One of the sights I was most eager to see and experience was Brooklyn Bridge. The famous cable/suspension bridge built in 1883. It’s just over one mile long and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. And in the city that never sleeps, neither does Brooklyn Bridge.
We only ventured half way across the bridge but on the way back I spotted a small gathering of people. They had surrounded a Bride & Groom whist what looked like a friend was taking photos. A Bride & Groom on Brooklyn Bridge. I couldn’t resist and over the crowd grabbed a couple of shots.
I was unable to capture anything pleasing from where I was and as I left the scene I also felt bad about sneaking pictures of someone on their Wedding Day. So I immediately turned back around and approached the happy couple. I introduced myself and explained I was a Wedding Photographer on holiday from England and when I spotted them on such a famous landmark I couldn’t help myself and captured a few images. I explained I felt bad and somewhat unprofessional about doing this and if they wanted I would delete all images from my camera in their presence. Or, if they wanted, I would be happy to email them the photos once I returned to England. I handed the couple one of my business cards which had one of my favourite wedding images printed on it. The Groom took one look at the card, looked at me with a smile and asked, “Do you have a few spare minutes to take some more?”
I instantly looked to their photographer, who as he was carrying a smaller compact camera looked like possibly just a friend capturing a few pictures on their day, and asked him if he minded. I didn’t want to step on his toes. He shrugged his shoulders and said they are all yours.
Now, I only had my 70-200mm lens with me which is hardly ideal when working in such a confined space. By this I mean Brooklyn Bridge is huge, but very busy. Despite it’s size there is not a lot of room to move around. I would have loved to have my 50mm Sigma Art lens but I had no idea an opportunity like this would be presented to me. But regardless, it was still an amazing opportunity.
I have emailed the images taken to Tamera & Ivan, the Bride and Groom, and received a lovely email back from them thanking me for the images. One of which they said they were so happy with they had it printed on a high canvas for their home. You can slide through the images at the top of this page to see more. It was an absolute honour and stroke of luck for all of us I guess that we all happened to be on Brooklyn Bridge at the same time. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.