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Nikki + Nate {05.26.09/New York}

 What a couple, what a town, what an engagement session! I mean, how cool is it to fly to New York for the weekend to shoot Nikki and Nate and see the city in the process? We had a blast and they got the longest engagement session ever! We started Saturday morning about 10:30 am in Central Park…that place goes on and on and on…full of people, castles, trails, ponds, bridges, bikes, dogs, musicians, fountains, blankets, you name it. Central Park has it.


Driving in New York is an experience in itself. Taxis gallore, honking everywhere, which is quite funny when you see the “no honking, $350 fine” sign on every corner. Lucky for me, Nikki is a fantastic driver. She has lived in New York for 8 years, minus 2 in the middle, and that girl can drive! She knows her way around too. Nate, (Captain) is from New York and I would argue that Nikki almost knows the city better than he does! ( sorry, Nate! )


We headed across the Brooklyn bridge and walked out dodging bikes and people, it was such a cool view. Nikki and Nate are a fun couple. To hear Nate talk about her is captivating. He calls her his diamond, and says that when he realized that she wasn’t glass, he knew he needed to straighten up to win the girl.


We walked along the Promenade, shooting as we went and then went and had some fantastic pizza at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria under the Brooklyn Bridge.  People stood in line for 2 hours to get in the place. I’m not kidding!  Nikki’s mom blessed us all by waiting in line and when we were done shooting, she was fourth from the door.  Saweeet!


Of course we had to do a little shooting around the subway…I mean, that is sooo….NY! 


Times Square is like Las Vegas times 10! There were so many people and cars…we weaved our way in and out, down the center of the street, everyone had a camera, people were smiling and pointing, we fit right in.


I had such a great time with the two of you! ( 3 counting Catherine ) I met a lot of really nice people, experienced so many wonderful things, saw new sights and heard new sounds. The preconcieved idea of New York that I had from news and movies was put to rest and the reality is by far, so much sweeter. Thank you Nikki, Nate and Catherine. I hope it’s not the last time I visit you and I look forward to seeing you this October down in the ATL!

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  • Nikki - Shawna, you are amazing and your commentary is priceless!!! I love you sooo much!! You did an excellent job and I can’t wait to see you again!ReplyCancel

  • gail - Wow, you really captured the essence of new york and Nikki and Nate – too bad you left me in ATL – Can’t wait for the wedding

    Luv, luv, luv the pixsReplyCancel

  • kcarla - What an exquisite couple and a fabulous shoot! As usual, your commentary added with the wonderful photos has caused me to push a visit to NYC closer to the top of my bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Turner - Shawna your pictures are incredible!!! It looks like you had quite a trip! Such great pictures!!! LOVE THEM!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mike Warren - Awesome e-Session Shawna!! What a great place to get to shoot! NYC is indeed sweet, a great place to visit! Cant wait to see your wedding pictures from this couple this fall!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Thalman Photo - Shawna, what an amazing session. Way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Thank you so much for capturing the world’s greatest daughter and soon to be son in the world’s greatest city. Of course you are the world’s greatest photographer. The Brooklyn Bridge shots are among my favorites! Thanks! CatherineReplyCancel

  • Nathan Giles - Thanks again Shawna !!! The picture are amazing.
    Also thank you to everyone for your kind comments.
    I can’t wait until the wedding to begin my new life.
    GOD BLESS.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Man, what a beautiful couple! So photogenic! Awesome job, girl! And may I say, I love your choice of music for this one? I love India Arie! I wore the album out that I have of hers. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Lowe - Shawna! I’m not sure if you remember me but, I’m that teenager you on a bus in Manhattan and some how we discovered our shared passion for photography! Wow! I’m very impressed with your Website, you have so many very lovely pictures. I think its amazing that every picture you take tells a story and really captures the mood of the scene.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Patton Designs - Simply Adorable!!!!ReplyCancel

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