Botanical Gardens NY Photo Shoot

NY Photoshoot

New York Botanical Gardens

NY Photoshoot Planet Photo on location

It was March 2020, a year ago this week. School was closed mid-week for a teacher development day so we planned to shoot Taylor and Olivia that day. Our location was the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. We planned our outfits, ordered new clothes (of course) and reserved our entry tickets for the Orchid exhibit. I’d seen pictures of the orchids and also seen the crowded greenhouses but we figured we might be lucky and get a couple of open shots if we went mid-week. New York was starting to talk about COVID and recommending that older people stay home to stay safe, but we decided we would still go, we would just skip lunch in the Bronx and make a quick trip.

As the day progressed we watched as more and more CT schools closed and we waited for the word on Taylor and Olivia’s school. Maybe we were going to get an extra long spring break! What we didn’t realize was that we picked the last day before the lockdown closed schools in Connecticut for two weeks. Well, of course, now we all know how that two week shut down turned out…. 

The New York Botanical Garden is a living museum, an educational institution, and a plant research and conservation organization.

The annual orchid exhibition is scaled down this year but we were lucky enough to spend some time in the almost deserted conservatories on a spring day in 2020. I realized that I only shared a few of these images and they deserve to be seen. So here are some of my favorites from that wonderful day before we really knew about social distancing and face masks or hybrid school days. 

I am excited to start planning location shoots again. We will continue to work within health and safety recommendations but we can start to make those plans! Class of 2021 there is still time to create your senior portrait experience and Class of 2022 it is not too early to start planning yours! 

If you are interested in joining the Planet Photo Tribe – the ultimate CT high school senior model team experience then stay turned for all the details for 2K22 coming SOON!

Studio Portraits

New Milford CT studio portraits

Studio Portraits

Tiffany and Kas in the new Planet Photo Studio

New Milford CT studio portraits

Tiffany came to see the studio and support her mom Amy when she took part in my 50 over 50 portrait project. I have known Tiffany since she babysat for my kids when she was in high school and I have photographed her a couple of times before.  I convinced her that she needed to come in with her boyfriend Kas so that I could try out a new backdrop and I could practice my shooting flow in the new studio. She agreed! 

Shooting in a new space is exciting but also a little daunting. My old studio was small but I had my system down. Now I have room to set up three shooting areas and we can flow from one to the next, it’s awesome!

Tiffany is a dancer and Kas is a hockey player so the COVID quarantine has brought big changes for both of them; but it’s also given them time to slow down and spend time together. They’re pretty cute right? 

Which are your favorites? I love that they both love fashion and that they wanted to experiment with me. Let’s design your portrait session!