This past weekend, my wife and my kids accompanied me to New York City for Bridal Market. My wife had all of her appointments to attend to as usual, but this time I took the kids through the streets of NYC. One of my greatest joys is street photography. I love the candid moments that you capture, and sometimes, the stars can align for something beautiful.
This picture, in particular, is one of the happiest moments I have ever caught. I say that because it has my daughter and one of Lisa’s oldest friends. His name is Ryan Kerr, and he quickly became one of my friends as well. Ryan is a chef in New York City. But, he is no ordinary chef. He worked his way up through some of the toughest, most well known restaurants and became highly sought after to help rebuild menus that weren’t cutting it in the Big Apple. His demeanor is of kindness, but he is like me. He has no patience for laziness or complacency. To quote the old saying, “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen,” is an understatement for this guy. It was not uncommon to find him working 18 hour days, in order to chase his passion.
This weekend, was the first time he had met my daughter. Anyone that knows her, knows that she is a firecracker of energy waiting to go off again and again. On Saturday, he took us to the American Museum of Natural History, and she immediately bonded with him. All day, she could be found trying to hang off of Ryan in any manner of way she could. As you can see in this picture, Ryan was up to the challenge.
It was about 10 pm at night, when we were walking to Washington Square. He started swinging in circles and she was loving it! I mean loving it! I told him that he could miss the gym on Sunday, because this was obviously a tremendous workout. I walked along beside them and snapped photos, looking for magic. It wasn’t until I got home and started editing, that I realized what I had caught. The expression of both of their faces, and the motion of the swing were perfect. But, the fact that they are standing in a heart drawn on the sidewalk with chalk made it truly perfect. I sent the picture to Ryan and he was blown away. My response was that my life’s work in photography is nothing but “happy little accidents.”
I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see this. When it comes to street photography, you always have to have that camera ready because you never know what you are going to come away with. Altogether, I came away with a little over 100 shots that I liked. This one, however, is one that I love and will eventually frame and hang in my home for all to enjoy. I hope you can appreciate it as much as I do. 🙂