Recently, I received an invitation from a good friend of mine at Casual Films to come to New York City and shoot the town. Given the timing of the invitation, I decided to take my son and make it a father-son trip.
This was my son’s first time to visit New York City and it was exciting to experience the excitement with him. Aside from being a photography trip, this was also a chance for the two of us to hang out and bond. Earlier this year, the two of us had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. and we greatly enjoyed that trip as well. In the future, I would like to go other places with my son, as he is a great travel companion.
We stayed out very late at night and we were blessed to have mild weather while we were in New York City. Normally, it is cold enough to expect snow, but during our trip, it stayed in the 40’s which was absolutely perfect.
Before we left, I purchased tickets to the Empire State Building and paid extra for the Express tickets. We found out later that this probably saved us 5-6 hours of standing in line at the Empire State Building. If you are travelling to New York City, you have to visit the Empire State Building and I would strongly suggest that you buy the express tickets in order to save precious time. You can buy them here.
When travelling to a destination where I am going to shoot, I do research in advance and make a list of locations that I want to go to. I plan to go more in depth about how to plan for a photography trip, but to be brief, I prefer to have a list of enough places that I cannot make all of them. This way, if I arrive and there is construction or some reason that I cannot shoot, I have other places that I can immediately go to instead of having to stop and do research.
My son enjoyed the research prior to our trip and I put him in charge of navigation. It was very fulfilling to say, “Son, plot me a course to Grand Central Station” and then see him tell me exactly how we would go using the subway system. It was a great opportunity to see him take charge in a big city like New York City.
We are both looking forward to the next time that we are able to go someplace and shoot.