Veiled Beauty | David + Nadiya | New York City Anniversary Session
I have to admit, when I got invited to New York City by David and Nadiya Novik for an anniversary session, I felt beyond intimidated. My few visits to New York had left me with an overwhelming sour taste for the city. Invisible was I to the many who bumped into me but a lucrative client to all the street musicians who’d pull my hand in an attempt to sell me their mixtape. So New York to me was a no no, too many unconcerned pedestrians, cab drivers who wouldn’t care if they knocked you dead and the unbearable traffic.
But all this changed when I spent the day with David and Nadiya. Their love was in such perfect harmony with the city. They knew just the right places to go to and each time we would stop to take a picture, the crowds would watch in wonder. Then they told me about their countless adventures in the city, the date nights, the park walks and ice cream strolls. I began seeing a different side of the city, a tender side which had been covered by the hustle and bustle of time square. I had made a judgment too quickly.
It took David and Nadiya to help me see beyond the surface. Could it be that many times we make conclusions too quickly? Could there be more beauty than what meets the eye? Could there be more? Thank you David and Nadiya, it was truly an honor spending time with you and documenting these memories which will last for generations to come.