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A Day with Friends in Manhattan

Last week two close friends of ours, Jessica and Nate, were visiting NYC. They are not only incredible photographers, but also people we just really love. We were so excited to spend the day with them. Although we’d initially planned to go to the Museum of Modern Art for inspiration, the lines to get in were rather daunting, so we decided to change plans. Our first stop was the Apple Store on 5th Ave, which Ulysses had been very eager to visit. Jess and I did some shopping, and we enjoyed our very first Jamba Juice smoothies (big YUM).

iPhone amazement

Of course, when you’re in Manhattan, you have to keep your eye open for celebrities, and Ulysses is incredible at recognizing and remembering faces. As we were walking, he suddenly stopped and said “Anita Baker!” When we turned around, there she was, speaking with another woman. Ulysses immediately walked over and waited until this famous singer was done, and then walked introduced himself and walked with her for a while. I grabbed a few shots before heading over to meet her, as well. Ulysses was so excited to tell her that we danced our first dance to one of her songs – Giving You the Best That I Got – at our wedding almost 18 years ago. She was very sweet, and we really enjoyed meeting her. Only in New York, right? πŸ™‚

Walking with Anita Baker

The celebrities we enjoyed the most, however, were Jess and Nate. They are as much fun in front of the camera as they are behind it. πŸ™‚ They asked us to take some photos of them for their new website, so we stopped at a few funky locations that had interesting light and had a blast with them.

Ulysses: Before we began walking the streets of NY with Jess and Nate, Jenni served as on-the-scene makeup artist, helping Jess prepare for her New York debut. The ladies looked ABSOLUTELY KILLER, I might add. πŸ˜‰

Makeup! WhereÒ€ℒs my makeup?!??

Here are just a few of our faves from the day. Sometimes the mood was quiet; other times it was much more energetic (go Jess go!!) πŸ˜€

Jess & Nate in love (01)

Jess & Nate excited!

A bit of romance after exploring Central Park was nice, too.

Jess & Nate in love (02)

Jess & Nate in love (03)

Jess & Nate treated us to an incredible dinner at a Nouvelle Mexican restaurant (really big YUM). After dinner — no surprise — we were still shooting and laughing our heads off.

Jess & Nate by candlelight

Jenni by candlelight

It was so refreshing to recharge our batteries in the middle of our busy photography season. Being with great friends who inspire us and share our passion for photography was a true highlight of the summer for us.

  • Ulysses - LOL!!! Oh my goodness! Well, now… it’s REALLY great to meet you, Kathleen. πŸ˜€

    Of course, we’d love to have Jess and Nate visit again. But I think we’ve also got to find a way to visit you guys out there in Michigan sometime. I’ve never been there before.

    Honestly, anywhere that good friends land together makes for a great time. So we’re looking forward to the next opportunity. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the note!September 4, 2007 – 4:41 PM

  • Jessica - FYI-kathleen is my mom! πŸ™‚September 3, 2007 – 2:34 PM

  • Kathleen - How wonderful for both couples to be able to have so much fun together and enjoy each others company. Close friends surely are a blessing and it is evident you share something special. I am looking forward to the pics from the the next time you spend time together…fun, encouragment, and just living life…it is sweet!September 3, 2007 – 1:37 PM

  • Nichole - Anita Baker?! Mom said that you’ve always been bold. And I was instructed to say that that’s one of her favorite singers. πŸ™‚

    Glad you two had such a good time.

    NicholeSeptember 2, 2007 – 2:45 PM

  • Laura - I love these. What fun seemingly was had!August 31, 2007 – 11:13 PM

  • Nate - Hey…I’ve got to comment too! You guys were the best. Not only did we have fun goofing around at Apple, but we truly felt what friendship is all about. It would not have been the same without you there.

    The photos rock…especially Jess flying through the air behind me. Way too funny. We hope that we can show you as good a time if you ever come to Ann Arbor. Ok…back to work now

    NateAugust 30, 2007 – 7:15 PM

  • Ulysses - Jess & Nate, have a couple of big hugs from us here in NY! Hope you’ve eased back into the remaining summer shooting season without too much trouble after vacation. πŸ™‚

    Don’t even worry about those photos. Hopefully one or two of them will work out for your website! If so, let us know! We’d love to see your favorites from the day. πŸ™‚

    Talk to you soon!

    Much love from me & Jenni.August 30, 2007 – 5:52 PM

  • Jessica - yipeeee so fun!

    you made our trip! we still talk about how much fun that was-thank you for taking a day off during the middle of crazy season to spend it with us.

    jess nate

    (I have to give you the other images too soon!)August 30, 2007 – 5:43 PM

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