I’ve been to NYC now several times, as most of you guys know. I’ve also stayed at many different parts of the city. It’s funny how I’ve noticed that shooting in Midtown Manhattan or in SoHo or in the Upper West Side has such a different vibe, you even get unique reactions from the people passing by. I remember shooting outfit posts in SoHo which I love because the backdrop is just amazing! Of course, there are always a ton of other people shooting stuff but that adds to the creative vibe in that part of the city. But there is also an underlying judgmental edge that sometimes peeks its head out with smirks or head shaking glances from a few which might surprise some of you. Shooting in Midtown has an almost “light” outlook and vibe. For instance, I had people walking by me and asking me to smile, some say “nice outfit” “get it girl” and the Upper West Side is filled with families and kids cheering me on and that just leaves me smiling like a goof for so many of the shots!
I would say that my experiences are a reflection of the diversity of the city. Of course not all of it is perfect but I think that’s what makes New York City so special and unique. I would still shoot in SoHo any day of the week even if I had to swim in an ocean of judgement while doing it (it’s really not that bad to be honest). The great thing is that I would then hit Midtown or the Upper West Side and cheer myself up if I needed to. Plus, I’d probably hit Shake Shack or(and!) Levain’s for an even bigger boost of positivity! 😉