photography by: Michael Falco
For an engagement shoot with this cool New York couple, Michael Falco wanted to photograph them in an environment that would reflect their unique sense of style. In true New York fashion, they each wore distinctive black and white cocktail attire--a quirky plaid tie and fedora for him, and an edgy party frock and sky-high heels for her. Using the city as their backdrop, they started off in the streets of Soho, pausing in front of historic spots like Fanelli's Cafe for a quick kiss. Michael included great little details in the background, like the bikes leaning against the iron-front buildings and the cafe sign to convey a downtown vibe. Although the area was crowded with shoppers and pedestrians, Michael used a long lens to get in close and create an intimate feel, while cropping out unnecessary distractions.
Next they were off to the meatpacking district, walking through loading docks and warehouses for a grittier downtown backdrop. Michael used the painted red dock and steel beams overhead to perfectly highlight and frame the couple as they walked. When they arrived at the High Line, Michael walked up the stairs behind them to shoot into the light and capture a warm, romantic glow.
When evening came they hopped on the subway and went uptown to Times Square, where the lights of Broadway lit up the night. Michael shot with a long lens and used a slow shutter speed, capturing the frenetic motion of Times Square but making time stop for the couple in an intimate portrait. With the lights beautifully blurred in the background, the focus was just on them.