The City That Never Sleeps & The Girl That Never Sleeps

From time to time in between the mayhem I’ve been experiencing in my life at the present time – I get 5 minutes to spare to work on photos I haven’t had time to process.  I hate when it takes this long because sometimes I forget about them…and then it gets so far away from when I took them that I just let them go. I’m trying not to do that anymore.

My goal is to leave them in my “unprocessed” drive until I get a chance to work on them even of that takes me 6 months (as these did below).  These photos were taken on 1/2/09 in New York City.  I have a few handfuls of others from that day that I really like but I will have to process a few here and there when I have 5 minutes (or MAKE MYSELF TAKE 5 minutes).

I LOVE LOVE LOVE lifestyle portraiture and you’ve see A LOT of that subject on my blog in the 08 & 09 posts but I equally love work like nature, landscape, architecture, wildlife, and too many other subjects to name.  I wish I had more time for both but to be honest right now I barely have time to sleep let alone process work I haven’t gotten to OR get out and take new photos like these.

I have about 6 portrait/wedding jobs to begin working on or finish working on so time is limited for me right now.  Unfortunately my time is torn at the present for the next few weeks until I close on both homes.  Many of you know the horror of moving…pricing inspectors for the home inspection, fire safety certifications, appraisals, lawyers, realtors, meeting with movers for price estimates, downsizing a larger home to fit into a condo, packing, etc…well….couple that with my photography work, my full time job, dealing with the things that come along with the loss of a loved one (estate, etc), I have little time for me.

I make time where I can but that is usually late at night when I should be sleeping in bed for work the next morning…I guess I’ve learned to do without sleep when necessary and make up for it where I can.  That’s all part of life so you gotta just “keep on trucking.”

I digress from the photos below…but I thought it might be a good idea to explain what I’ve been up to (not as an excuse for not getting the jobs processed as quickly as I promise my customers), but to at least explain where I’m coming from and that I’m doing my best! :)

Also, to my fellow bloggers…if I don’t make it to your blog to comment, I always try to get there and catch up!  Thanks for coming by and commenting even when I haven’t been by in a bit!

After all that…here are today’s images:

Sites from the top of the Empire State Building…

You can find pigeons anywhere in NYC…even on top of the Empire State Building.  This lil guy wasn’t phased by me & my lens in his face one bit.

I love how you can just make out the city below in the bokeh.

Hand-held shots with no flash in St. Patrick’s Cathedral…how MAGNIFICENT is his site!

June 8, 2009 - 6:05 am

ohana photographers david & kimi b - love the pigeon shot! reminds me of the movie bolt :)

June 5, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Anna - Beautiful stuff Jen! I especially love St. Patrick’s. I’ve always wanted to check it out in person.

June 4, 2009 - 7:05 am

Jo - hey these look familar – what an awesome day:)

June 3, 2009 - 10:57 am

Julie McLeod - Beautiful shots, Jen. Not too many photogs can make a pigeon attractive!

Hope your load lightens soon and you can begin enjoying life more.

June 3, 2009 - 10:05 am

Michelle Lawlor - Jen,

Even in the face of adversity and tumult, you still manage to rock so hard. Keep up the great work! Love the pigeon shot!

June 3, 2009 - 9:06 am

Enigma3 - Jen,

That first shot of the Chrysler building is my favorite.

June 3, 2009 - 7:47 am

suehenryphotography - Those of us who “know” you understand how busy and distracted you have been lately.

This post might be a lesson to all of us — go back to the archives and process some of the hidden gems. YOU have found some gems here.

June 3, 2009 - 4:06 am

Ursula - Love the beautiful scenes from Saint Patrick’s

June 3, 2009 - 2:26 am

George - Jen – love the view of the Chrysler building and that church is awesome

June 2, 2009 - 11:46 pm

oneshotbeyond - I hope to stand beside you one day in these WONDERFUL venues my friend.

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