I haven't been to NYC as an adult. The only time I'd traveled there before was to visit my aunt and uncle when I was 10 years old. I barely remember that trip, but I think I spent most of my time in their Bronx apartment, eating pizza and listening to my older cousin's ska collection.
I also have to mention that I'm a huge Sex and the City fan. No, like, really, really big fan. Asking my Maid of Honor to read Carrie's poem at my wedding, big.
For both of those reasons, I was so ridiculously excited to experience NYC as an adult. It's the City of Dreams after all! There are countless iconic locations in New York - the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, the Flatiron Building. But the one location that I was most excited about visiting and shooting is the High Line.
I'd heard about this park from a photographer friend years ago. He made it sound dreamy - an old highrise train track turned into a beautifully designed, modern park. You can walk amidst the trees in the skyline of New York, looking into the 5th floors of office buildings and hotels, admiring the waterfront views. And let me tell you... it's absolutely everything I imagined.
The only bad part about winter is that the wind was so cold and so strong that it made it almost impossible to shoot. Thankfully, I was taking photos of Brianne (scrubsandsparkles.com), who is a tough cookie familiar with East Coast winters. She even braved the cold without her coat! We were only able to tough it out for about 15 minutes before the wind blew us away, but we got some amazing shots from one of my (now for sure) favorite places in New York.
I can't wait to go back in the summer and spend some quality time here!
For those curious, here is Carrie's poem that was read at my wedding (and yes, I cried):
His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was “I do”
Julia O Test is a lifestyle blogger and photographer based in San Francisco.