So you want to hold a family photo session in Dumbo. You and the thousands of other families, couples, birthday kids, fashionistas, bloggers, and deep-pocketed commercial producers. It’s popular. That goes unsaid. But Dumbo has so much to offer that’s also off the beaten path. If you’re willing to walk down a completely unpopulated street, you might find some surprises. You know this guy? He’s got a mural in Dumbo now, but it’s not at the waterfront (wink).
Years back we walked the same blocks, taking in Chinatown with photography and bliss. This was before the little plaid wearer was in the picture. During our brief tear through the neighborhood this time around, two things became abundantly certain: 1 - Toddlers love Chinatown and 2 - Bliss expands exponentially when little plaid wearers show up.
Oh little boy, you have some major competition with that sister of yours.
We did something similar in this part of the city years ago. Back then he was a wee one and she was a year from a twinkle. The parents….just as fun….
I'll admit, I have a soft spot for sessions that are held at home. Incorporating a family's daily environment, where so much time is spent, adds a layer of meaning to photos that aim to capture "who we are right now." NYC has no shortage of interesting and beautiful locations, but sometimes the most interesting and most beautiful are the playroom, the kitchen, the front steps, the street you live on, etc. I photographed this family after they moved from Brooklyn to their new home in The Rockaways. We also made it to the beach down the block. DOWN THE BLOCK!