I am absolutely thrilled to post this portrait session.
Suzanne is a fashion editor for Above Magazine and a well published freelance writer. James is currently a very high end event planner who hails from Sydney, where I learned during the shoot he was a popular child star in a lot of Australian commercials (I will have to get him to send me a video of the chocolate boy he mentioned.) As such, they were both a delight for the camera and intuitively knew how to pose for pictures and embrace the moment and each other.
I pieced together only tidbits of their whirlwind romance (I will have to ask them to send me more details), but it was one that found Suzanne racing off to Australia to be with James when he could no longer remain in the States, as well as one of James racing back to the States to build his new life with Suzanne here.
And the mesmerizing setting was perfect for their portrait session- an abandoned magical palace in Manhattan- that will very soon be converted to a luxury hotel. It is a building that I had walked past numerous times without ever venturing into or wondering what was inside amidst its construction, work permit signs, and padlocked door. It is a reminder that in life and love, some of the most beautiful things sit right in front of our noses, if only we care to open the door and explore.