Exploring New York City * My Life *

A couple of months ago, my friend Heather and I had a blast exploring New York City for a couple of days. She had to go for a work conference, so I tagged along for the long weekend! We had SO much fun and had the nicest hosts who let us stay at their place in the Financial District, and we also met up with some old friends to show us around the city!

We did a lot in four days! We spent some time exploring the Chelsea Market, grabbed some amazing food inside, and then ate it out on the High Line with a pretty view of the city. We shopped around Soho, Chelsea, and Greenwich Village, and ate at the most DELICIOUS restaurants. Then, we went into Brooklyn, in the Williamsburg area, and had more fun exploring! We even went to a rooftop party at some of my old college friend’s house! Then, we walked the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset and took lots of pictures. Heather has been wanting to learn a little bit about photography, so she brought a DSLR for the trip, and I got to teach her some photography tips and tricks! New York was the perfect place to practice shooting manually, and practice some photography concepts. Thanks for letting me take lots of pictures of you, Heath! And for snapping a couple of me too!

Heather and I travel so well together (check out our craziest adventure here) because we love to eat at the best local restaurants when we are in a different city. No chains!! One of my favorite meals of all time was Chinese Tuxedo, a restaurant in Chinatown set in an old opera house. The fried eggplant is what dreams are made of. Our other favorites were Buvette for brunch, the Milk Bar for a sweet snack, the Nomad Hotel, and Levain Bakery for the best cookies. We didn’t have a bad meal.

Basically, we ate, explored, ubered, and shopped our way through the city. That’s pretty much how I love to travel! We also did the classic stops at Times Square, Central Park, and also took some time to appreciate the meaningful 9/11 Memorial. Lastly, we went to a concert at the Mercury Lounge! Needless to say, we didn’t waste a minute. And I really hope to go back soon! Thanks for checking out my post, and I hope it helps when you are exploring New York City! :)

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Madeline * Senior Portraits of a Ballet Dancer in Orlando Florida *

Check out these senior portraits of a ballet dancer in Orlando Florida! Madeline was an absolute JOY to take pictures of because she is SUCH a talented dancer, but most importantly, has the kindest heart. I gained a new friend from working with her :) It was so much fun to hang out with Madeline before her shoot and get all of her outfits ready, shoot her senior portraits in Maitland, and then go back over to her house to present her gorgeous album a couple weeks later (I’m going to be sharing pictures of her album soon!). Madeline is beautiful, kind, so friendly and sweet, intelligent, and the loveliest dancer. I’m so excited for her to go to Vanderbilt in just a couple of weeks.

I shot these senior portraits of a ballet dancer in Orlando Florida at the Maitland Art Center. This was such a unique location; the structures are called “Mayan Revival architecture,” and the grounds are covered with lush greenery, flowers, and brightly painted walls. It was one of the most unique places I’ve ever taken pictures at, so I felt incredibly inspired. We also just happened to have lots of golden light that afternoon that flooded the images so perfectly. It was the perfect surrounding for Madeline to dance in and let me capture some unique senior portraits. It was so hard to stop shooting! :)

Thank you, Madeline, for asking me to take your senior portraits. It was one of my favorite shoots of all time! And I loved having your sister hop in on a couple of your portraits; she was hilarious and brought out your genuine smile and laughter (best friends/sisters are the BEST and help me so much at shoots). 

To book your own senior portrait session in Orlando Florida with me, click on the “Get in Touch” button at the top of the page, or email me at lucy@lucymacleishphotography.com.

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The Lawson’s * In Home Family Lifestyle Portrait Session in Orlando *

The Lawson’s in home family lifestyle portrait session in Orlando is on the blog this rainy Tuesday! Molly and I met when I was living in Charleston after college, and both working in the wedding industry. Since then, we’ve both become strictly portrait photographers, and followed each other’s work along the way! Molly is such a talented friend, so I was SO pumped when she asked me to come back up to Charleston and take her family’s pictures.

Molly and her family were pretty much my ideal family lifestyle portrait clients because I just took pictures of them being their usual selves! Molly read her beautiful daughters Eloise & Bea a story, the girls jumped on their bed and played with their huge pup, they had a family dance party, and then everyone rode bikes in the street in front of their house! It was so much fun, and such an honor being able to capture a family just as they are – no posing, just capturing their genuine interactions and fun. They did such a good job of just playing and interacting like I wasn’t even there!

Then, we headed to a field in their neighborhood to take some portraits at golden hour. I did a little posing for these portraits, but honestly, not much! They just loved on each other well, and were excited about being together, which is why the portraits turned out so effortless and joyful! Basically, it was the perfect afternoon. And Molly and her family are beautiful, so that doesn’t hurt :)

Lifestyle family portrait sessions like these are my JAM. This is the niche of family photography that I would love to primarily shoot, so I’m working towards that. Pictures that are more about interactions, movement, activities, and genuine emotion. I’d love to take pictures of your family’s genuine personality, and capture things that happen behind the scenes with all of you! 

To book your own in home family lifestyle portrait session in Orlando with me, click on the “Get in Touch” button at the top of the page, or email me at lucy@lucymacleishphotography.com.

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