Ending 2012 with a photo shoot in Central Park...I couldn't dream up a better ending to such an emotional roller coaster of a year. After starting the year off on January 1st with unimaginable tragedy, I had no idea that this is how I would be ending the year, shooting in New York. 2012 will be a year I will remember for the rest of my life, but for both tragedy and success. I lost my Mom and started Cass Imaging all within the first 3 months of 2012. Cass Imaging was just a pipe dream at this time last year....now its a successful business that has us already prepping our business strategy for 2013, and the perfect distraction that we needed to help us through the holidays without my Mom.
After a very successful shoot in our new home studio two days ago, we had been hesitant on making a trip to New York in the frigid cold weather to do a shoot in Central Park. I contacted the client Dhwani and tried talking her into rescheduling, but she wasn't having it, no matter how cold or windy it was...she wanted to do the shoot. I needed to end up in Wildwood by the end of the day, so I'll admit that when I woke up Sunday morning I was less then thrilled to start packing the truck for a nice long drive to NY, especially when I could see the trees swaying from side to side from the heavy cold winds.
This morning, Monday morning, New Years Eve...sitting here drinking my coffee, looking out the window at the beautifully barren North Wildwood beach, I have a grin from ear to ear looking through all the awesome shots we got yesterday in Central Park. I had no intentions of editing anything while Im here but I cant help myself, there are so many good shots. We were short on time, so I had to think fast and come up with good shots in a location I had never shot at, but we pulled it off. The wind had died down by the time we got to the park, but the light layer of snow covering the ground was a nice little reminder of how cold it actually was, but it made for a nice little bonus to the pics. I had the couples keep their heavy coats on up until I was ready to press the shutter, and they were awesome to work with, not even giving any indication that they were freezing their toes off.
We had a great time shooting in New York and we managed to make it back to Wildwood by 11pm last night, just in time to catch everyone before they went to bed. I couldn't think of a better way to close out 2012. Sitting in Wildwood with family, waiting for close friends to arrive to spend the night with us, looking through pics that we took during a shoot in Central Park yesterday. I have a few small things I plan on getting done between today and tomorrow, including a collection of Cass Imaging's best work from 2012, and our goals for 2013.
Here are some shots of Sandi and I from yesterday's shoot. Have a safe and happy New Years Eve!