New York City

Ryan and Jenni in Central Park, Captured for Flytographer by Kate Lord

Ryan and Jenni left the kiddos at home and headed to New York City for a romantic weekend together! This was the first time to the city for both of them, and I'm so glad I was able to capture some romantic moments for them!

This shoot was booked through Flytographer, a company that connects travelers to local professional photographers to capture their experiences.

"Kate was so much fun. We enjoyed her as much as we did our pictures. She made us feel comfortable right away. We had a blast!" - Ryan

Abner and Eva's NYC Honeymoon, Captured for Flytographer by Kate Lord

Abner and Eva, delightful Brazilian newly-weds, booked a photo session through Flytographer during their honeymoon in New York City! Flytographer is a company that connects travelers to local professional photographers to capture their experiences and avoid returning home with only selfies!

It was Eva's first trip to NYC and it was so much fun to see my own city through her eyes. We went all over Central Park, through the zoo, up the promenade, through Bethesda Fountain, over the Bow Bridge - and she even met her first squirrel! (It never occurred to me that squirrels are interesting wildlife!) It was a lovely day with a lovely couple -- here's to many years of travels together in their future!

Throwing a coin in Bethesda Fountain.

Throwing a coin in Bethesda Fountain.

Meeting a squirrel on the Bow Bridge!

Meeting a squirrel on the Bow Bridge!

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Nikki and Evan's New York City Wedding by Kate Lord

I'm so excited to share Nikki and Evan's New York City wedding! I had so much fun romping around Brooklyn Bridge Park with them! I'm so glad they decided to do their first look there -- we had ample time to shoot all around the park (in FRIGID weather -- Nikki is a CHAMP for staying outside in that beautiful strapless dress!), to ride Jane's Carousel, and to make it to their ceremony and reception site in Manhattan for some skyline portraits before their ceremony!

It was a delight to share in Nikki and Evan's wedding day - many congrats to them, and good luck with their new puppy! Mazel tov!

First look!

First look!

They had each other laughing the whole time! So much fun!

They had each other laughing the whole time! So much fun!

Carousel time!

Carousel time!

Evan and Nikki had their ceremony and reception at 230 Fifth, a rooftop restaurant with an amazing view of the Empire State Building!

Evan and Nikki had their ceremony and reception at 230 Fifth, a rooftop restaurant with an amazing view of the Empire State Building!

Listening to toasts!

Listening to toasts!

First dance.

First dance.

The Hora!

The Hora!

Congratulations, Nikki and Evan! See more photos from their wedding in their gallery!

Kristen and Brittany's NYC Wedding by Kate Lord

Brittany and Kristen in Central Park on their first wedding day!
Brittany and Kristen in Central Park on their first wedding day!

Kristen and I have been friends since we were Brownie Girl Scouts. We've grown up together, sharing secrets and struggles and triumphs. We've traveled, camped, and survived middle school together; we played varsity lacrosse together in high school, and we made sure to catch up every Christmas when we were each back in our hometown of Matthews, NC, every year after. It was during one of these visits home that I first met Brittany, and I knew - just in that few hours - that she was perfect for Kristen. They light each other up, get each other intuitively, and their relationship brings joy to everyone around them.

I can't express how honored and happy I was to be able to witness their New York City wedding! Kristen and Brittany got married in my new hometown of NYC in September at city hall and I was thrilled to photograph it (more photos below!), and today, I'm so happy to celebrate with them again at their second wedding celebration in North Carolina!

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Waiting for their turn!
Waiting for their turn!
Married!!
Married!!
Kristen and Brittany's families came up for the celebration and we all went out to lunch.
Kristen and Brittany's families came up for the celebration and we all went out to lunch.
Family portrait in Central Park.
Family portrait in Central Park.

I love you two! Today is going to be even more beautiful, and I wish you so many years of happiness together!

Maternity Session with Melissa + Ryan by Kate Lord

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Melissa and her husband Ryan came up to New York for their Babymoon, and I had the pleasure of shooting some maternity portraits for them! I've been friends with Melissa since our senior year of college when we were assigned to do a project together in one of our photojournalism classes; we were sent to Dublin, Ireland, by the Special Olympics to produce a story about Aisling, an awesome athlete who later competed in the World Games in China (where Melissa and I worked together too!) After college, we lead twin-job lives, working at the same North Carolina newspaper (where she met Ryan!), and then working together at NBC in New York before she and her hubs moved to Georgia. They've since relocated to the Washington, DC, area, where Melissa is an AMAZING wedding and portrait photographer (she's shooting my wedding in October!)

Needless to say, she is a very special person to me, and I'm SO happy I got to work with them!

Mel and Ryan got engaged while they lived in New York, near one of the ponds in Central Park, so that's where we headed for our shoot! 

I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to meet their beautiful baby girl! I know Melissa and Ryan will be AMAZING parents!