NYC Photography | Labor Day Weekend with the Fujifilm X100

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Oh, this right here? This would be the latest addition to my collection of photo gear: the Fujifilm X100. Yes, Fuji. No, not Canon.
:: cue the gasps ::

Now, I should preface this by saying that I very rarely make frivolous purchases. And I’m not one of those photographers who was playing with a camera while still in the womb, took darkroom classes in school, and now owns 5+ cameras for no reason other than they look cool and/or I have a compulsive need to collect them all. Nope, that’s not me at all. I didn’t just buy this camera for the sake of it, so know that this was a very calculated and thought-out decision.

Why DID I buy it, then? Well, the X100 is a camera made for professional photographers who need a camera that takes awesome pictures, is easy to carry around, and is fun to use. I can’t tell you how much of a hassle it is to lug around my dSLR with lenses when I’m hanging out with friends, traveling, or simply wandering around NYC. That stuff is HEAVY. But I do it anyway, because it is extremely important to me to document my life’s wanderings as beautifully as I can.

But the X100? It feels SO TINY in comparison. There are no lenses to change. The picture quality is fantastic, given that it’s not a professional camera. And, bonus: it looks SO COOL and is SO MUCH FUN to play with!

So now I can have it all: great pictures, a hot new toy, and hopefully less shoulder pain :) The X100 and I got acquainted over Labor Day Weekend, and it looked something like this:

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Personal | 4th of July weekend, NYC-style

I had one of the most awesome weekends in the history of awesome weekends this past 4th of July. I spent it with two of my most favorite people, in my most favorite city. We dined at all of my favorite restaurants, frolicked around 3 boroughs, took hundreds of photos, karaoked our faces off, and rounded it out with an evening at Coney Island.

The night of the 4th was punctuated with a sky set on fire, followed by the famous Macy’s firework show. I saw the fireworks up close and personal 3 years ago, so I’m ok with not having front row seats to it every year. It’s arguably even cooler to watch the fireworks from the top of the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island – I mean, how many people can say they’ve done that? :D We didn’t exactly plan it that way, but sometimes it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. The fireworks were about 13 miles away (based on my eyeballed estimate from google maps) and hence looked pretty tiny, but I loved that we could see the whole park below, and then the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Empire State Building beyond. It was – pardon the cheese here – pretty magical :)

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Back to our regularly scheduled wedding/portrait posts next time. On deck: Cameron & Brian’s engagement shoot!

Personal | The accidental half-marathon

I’ve never considered myself a runner. Sure, I run – but I don’t have the runner’s mindset. I don’t run races, I don’t train, I don’t even track my runs. I made a conscious decision not to have it be about the numbers. I don’t want to think about miles and minutes and whether or not my pace is good. I don’t want running to turn into something I feel like I *have* to do, because the second that happens, I’m no longer having fun with it. I run for fun and fitness, nothing more.

This past winter was one of the coldest I can remember, which made running a bit of a challenge. But on nights where it wasn’t so unbearable, I would venture out fully dressed for the weather:

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(Forgive the quality, they were taken with the Macbook Photobooth. And while you’re at it, forgive the cluttered apartment behind me too! But don’t forgive Kitty, who was strategically placed :P)

On the left, I’m wearing an outfit appropriate for crisp fall weather, when a t-shirt’s not gonna cut it and gloves start becoming mandatory. On the right, I’m dressed for sub-40 weather, wearing 2 pairs of gloves, a layering jacket, and ear warmers that aren’t even meant for running. (Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do!)

I always run the same route, which is a total of 5 miles from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back. I know exactly how long the route is and about how long it will take me to complete. I even stop for a few minutes at the same spot on the bridge in the middle of my run to stretch my legs every time. I’m pretty sure my running routine sounds like a complete snoozefest right about now, but I love it so much that I’ve never felt a need to change it up. I mean gosh, look at the Williamsburg Bridge. Look at the view! How could you ever get sick of it?! I still can’t get enough after 3+ years of living in NYC.

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So on a recent Sunday afternoon, I set off on my usual run. I ran across the bridge, but then instead of turning around at the end of it, I kept on running down the ramp and into Manhattan. I’ve secretly been harboring a dream of running in *the city*, so I was all ‘Holy crap, I’m running in Manhattan!’. I didn’t have a plan, but my legs seemed to carry me back towards the water to East River Park, where I ran along the boardwalk gawking at the fantastic skyline views. I stopped every 30 seconds or so to snap some photos with my iPhone and briefly contemplate my next move.

Soon I realized that I’d gone so far that it no longer made sense to turn around. I was feeling so good, and the weather was just perfect for running (60ish, mostly cloudy) that I WANTED to keep running. Aside from one trip & fall incident (I mean, if you’re gonna nearly face-plant, it might as well be right outside Bellevue Hospital, right?) and my other (previously injured) knee acting up halfway through, I honestly felt fine the entire time. Before I knew it, I was crossing the Queensboro Bridge into Queens and then back into Brooklyn for the home stretch. I arrived home after about 2.5 hours and of course the first thing I did was map out my route to check out the mileage. The verdict? 13.1 miles.

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13.1 miles, almost exactly. My immediate reaction: WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED.

I was completely flabbergasted, not just that I had run that insane distance, but that I’d had no concept of mileage when I was out there and it just *happened* to be the exact same as a half-marathon. How on earth did that happen?

To be honest, running an unofficial and accidental half-marathon was very anticlimactic in the end. I’d always imagined feeling exhausted yet exhilarated when I finished, and that it would have to be something to work up to and feel so satisfied in accomplishing. 5 miles was as far as I ever cared to run, so I assumed the jump from 5 to 13.1 would require some work. True, my time could definitely stand to improve, but the fact that I ran a half-marathon unintentionally and without proper preparation is indisputably nuts. (To be fair, though, my body is like a machine and I’m suuuuuper active in my life and do all sorts of physical activity, so I probably unknowingly prepared myself for this. Oops?)

So where am I going with this oh-so-inspiring (albeit ridiculous) anecdote? Well, it made me realize that I’m capable of doing things that I had no idea I could do. We all are. But we get comfortable with the familiar and the routine and often don’t step out of that comfort zone to try new things and push ourselves more. Imagine what we could all accomplish if we just pushed a little harder and committed ourselves to being ballsy, taking risks, and being open to new and unfamiliar experiences.

brooklyn photographerThis is how I want to live my life. This is how I want Lindsay Taryn Photography to grow.

With that said, I’m taking a risk here and from now on will be trying to write more personal blog posts. I’m an extremely candid person and love to write, so this should be quite fun for me :) But most of all, I want people who stumble across this space of mine on the web to not only fall in love with my work, but also get a good sense of who is behind it. I want you to love the photos AND the photographer. I want us to have a blast when we work together and create amazing images that you’ll cherish forever.

If that sounds good to you, then hop on board and enjoy the ride!

Personal | 2010 accomplishments + 2011 Resolutions

Kicking off the new year, literally :) Happy 2011, everyone!

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And what would be a *happy new year* post without a few ‘resolutions’? I don’t really believe in resolutions though because usually they’re way too vague or lofty to be achieved in a year, so instead I’m just going to list a few specific things I want to do in 2011 that are definitely achievable and realistic:

  • go rock-climbing
  • go on an epic trip to somewhere jaw-droppingly stunning and exotic
  • find more super awesome couples who want me to shoot their wedding this year :)
  • spend more time and energy on the people in my life who deserve it, and less on the people who don’t
  • be a little more open to new things and a little less set in my ways (this has been an ongoing thing and I think I’ve improved over the years, but there’s always room for more comfort zone stretching!)
  • pick up a new hobby (i have no idea what, though)
  • turn my spare room into an office
  • learn how to cook a few new dishes
  • do more volunteer work

Also, a few notable things I accomplished/did this year:

  • found a new job
  • started my photography business
  • photographed weddings, events, celebrities, and lots of people
  • went on a spontaneous road trip out west
  • went to europe
  • officially became a runner!

I’m really happy with how 2010 went, but I’m even more excited to see what 2011 brings!

Personal | Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas (Eve), and happy holidays!

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(by the way, if you’d like to wrap your cat too, check out this amazing video… or if you’d like a good laugh, watch our parody of it! :)

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