Getting to create short stories in our heads and then acting them out through photographs is probably one of the things I enjoy doing the most together with Nicole. Sometimes it’s simply about showing of the outfit in a nice and simple way and although that’s a lot of fun as well nothing beats getting a bit creative. And upon seeing the beautiful Valentino black lace dress and cape, that Nicole is wearing in the photograph above, for the first time we knew we had to get a bit more imaginative with it. That resulted in an early morning in Central Park during our New York trip and having to walk through knee-deep snow, falling down on slippery ice and almost getting my eyes poked out by twigs.
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What did Nicole and I do at 7am in the morning on Valentine’s day in New York you ask? We crawled out of bed incredibly early to catch a cab (while still being half asleep) to the beautiful Central Park, all covered in freshly fallen snow. We wanted to come early to avoid the overabundance of people and to be able to shoot this beautiful Carolina Herrera skirt in the middle of the park, which looked more like something out of a movie. I’m rarely impressed by snow (it could very well have something to do with the fact that I’m from Sweden…) but this time I actually have to admit that I absolutely loved it. So beautiful, so serene, so perfect. This is a little outtake from our shoot that morning that we wanted to share, it was just too cute of a moment not to! I can’t wait to show you all of the photos.
When I’m in New York I try to seek out food and sweets that I have a harder time finding here in Paris. We have many amazing restaurants and pastries here but we don’t have everything. Really good doughnuts and simple fried chicken are just two examples from my list of food that I can’t seem to track down when in the French capital. But thanks to all my amazing friends who are lucky enough to call New York home (and who knows me a little bit too well by know…) I managed to satisfy my cravings for all the delicious things I had been missing since my last visit. Japanese sushi, Italian risotto, Australian coffee, Thai soup, French croquembouche, Korean barbecue, Indian pancakes, American burgers and Swedish candy – you can literally find anything in that city. And yes, we ate it all.
A few food favourites from my New York-visit this time around? Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, doughnuts from Doughnut Plant (favourite flavours were: coffee, tres leches and carrot cake), fried rice and Pad thai at Laut, burgers from Shake Shack, coffee at these places, Italian at Maialino, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Korean barbecue somewhere (yes, stupid me I totally forgot) in Koreatown, lunch at Westville, Swedish candy from Sockerbit, another lunch at The Cleveland, delicious risotto and fries at Lafayette, afternoon tea at Bergdorf & Goodman, more coffee at Bowery Coffee, Stumptown Coffee and Intelligentsia, yummy brunch from Saxon + Parole and absolute cake-heaven at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop.
While emptying my memory cards from my time in New York I came across a bunch of photos I’ve yet to share with you all. It’s a little mix of everything I guess. Fashion week, a stroll through Central Park, the city and the cute squirrels I tried to (unsuccessfully) lure my way. It’s always so much fun getting to spend time in this fantastic city and I kind of miss it already, even though it’s so lovely being back in Paris.
Thanks to Nicole for turning the camera around on (a very uncomfortable) me.
It’s always fun to see something new in front of your camera lens and being in New York for such a long time was certainly a little bit refreshing! At least when it comes to getting new inspiration. Above you can see the last couple of days in the big city through my Instagram photos.
So what happened in NYC during before I hopped in the plane to Paris? Well, I got to see Central Park all covered in freshly fallen snow (which has to be one of the most beautiful things ever), I obsessed over pretty stoops, ate way to many doughnuts, picked up flowers for Valentine’s day, paid a visit to the Moda Operandi offices, wandered around in a chilly snowstorm, explored pretty locations and had afternoon tea at Bergdorf Goodman with this pretty lady, spend all day in Central Park shooting with Nicole and then had waffles for breakfast in bed.
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During the day that I ventured out in the snowstorm I took so many photos that I actually needed to divide them into two posts. I guess it’s because it’s always so much fun shooting things that you don’t normally shoot everyday. And shooting in West Village, in the middle of a snowstorm, is not usually what I do. Sitting inside with a cup of hot tea while looking through these photos I kind of feel that I want to do it again, but I have to remember myself of how extremely cold I was after my little walk. I would certainly need to invest in better gloves and thermal clothing if I’d survive a whole winter like this.
Delicious coffee at the super cute Bluebird Coffee Shop, stopping in front of almost every single stoop in West Village since they’re too pretty to just pass by, a very white Central Park and pretty jewellery pieces at the Lulu Frost presentation. A winter wonderland in the park, shooting with Nicole in front of colourful murals, having brunch at Lafayette (a new favourite in New York) and a cosy lunch at The Cleveland. An obligatory visit to Shake Schack, strolling the streets of SoHo, seeing the beautiful Bow Bridge under a blanket of snow and a snapshot from the day I took a walk in the snowstorm. See more from New York by following along through Instagram!
Shooting anything in this New York-weather is close to impossible. With around three snowstorms during out stay so far (and yes, we’re expecting more) and degrees below the 0 mark it’s hard to stay outside for more than ten minutes without catching a cold or loosing feeling in your fingers and toes. Naturally, we’ve managed to pick the days with rain, snowstorms or extreme cold to shoot on so far but thankfully we’ve managed to keep spirits high by making each other laugh and warming ourself up afterwards at cosy restaurants.
When locations scouting for my upcoming shoots together with Nicole in New York I came across this amazing, and very colourful, mural right in the middle of the city and immediately knew that we had to shoot something here. It’s actually thanks to Instagram that I always manage to find so many places I would love to shoot at. I learned that this mural was painted (and wasn’t completely finished when we got there) by the very talented Maya Hayuk. Isn’t it so much fun? Such a colourful and fun way to brighten up a grey wall in the middle of the city.
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The day after the snow storm last week I got a text from Nicole saying I needed to jump in a cab and head to Central Park straight away – it was too beautiful to miss. Having just woken up under my cosy duvet it felt nearly impossible that anything would be pretty enough to make it worthwhile facing the cold and catching a cab to go uptown. But after receiving a very convincing photo I was dressed in three seconds and ready to go!
After I took my first few steps into the park I literally gasped. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything so romantic or so beautiful in my life. Every single inch of the park was covered in freshly fallen snow and if I’d ever use the cliché “winter wonderland” it would be for this. These photographs don’t make this experience justice at all but I hope you get an idea anyway. While walking through the park it felt like I was in a little fairy tale and every time I stumbled upon a picture perfect moment and thought it couldn’t get any better than that, it did.
I’m so incredibly happy that I’ve gotten the chance to see New York, and Central Park, during all the different seasons now. Spring, summer, fall and winter. It always looks utterly beautiful of course but I might have to say that winter was something truly special.
As we all know Paris has gone a little bit crazy for good coffee lately and new (and very hip) coffee shops are popping up everywhere at the moment. Little did I know that the exact same trend was going on in New York… Well, actually, that’s a lie. I kind of knew already since I follow so many coffee lovers on Instagram, all based in NYC, who’s coffee photos I drool over on a daily basis. Now I’ve finally had the chance to try a few of these places myself. By now I’ve lost track of how many of these delicious things I’ve consumed thus far… But it’s extremely hard to resist when it’s so cold outside. Bluebird Coffee Shop (as seen in the photo above), Happy Bones and Bowery Coffee (who just happens to serve my favourite doughnuts too) are all places I’d be more than happy to return to. I still have a bunch of places I’d like to check off my list before I head back to Paris again but I feel like I’m off to a good start so far. See! That’s what I love so much about New York. There’s always so many new places to try that you’ll never run out.