OUR PHOTO SHOOT IN NYC - xanthe berkeley
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The main reason we went to New York as part of the competition, was to have our family portrait taken by Steve McCurry. This was an exciting opportunity for us all and especially for myself, as I don’t often find myself in front of the camera of someone else.

We were certainly in for a treat….. as a limo turned up to take us to the chosen location…we had our make-up done (which is not really my thing, but nice to play along)… and were very looked after in the trailer as we waited for our session to begin… the boys said it was like being a celebrity!

It was the most beautiful day in New York, the skies were stunning blue, the sun was out to play making the temperature bearable, it was a little chilly but almost like a spring day. Our location was on a busy street corner right in front of the Empire State building, she (I imagine the buiding is female) is such a beacon of beauty in the New York skyline, so I was thrilled we were to stand in front of her.

We met Steve and he placed us in our positions, for his vision of the portrait…. the passer-bys stopped and looked, wondering who we were and what we were doing…

I didn’t manage to get as many behind-the-scenes photos as I would have liked, but what I do have, tells the story of us hanging out, laughing in-betweens shots, the boys being their usual silly selves, and trying to pretend we weren’t cold.

We are still to see the final finished photograph… I’m wondering if Steve managed to capture the “gappy tooth” smile of Cosmo, who mostly refused smile with his teeth showing… still feeling coy about the tooth he’d just lost. I look forward to seeing it.

So this is my story… of my wonderful family….

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 01:03h, 31 August Reply

    So, so sweet and big congratulations….

  • mosey (kim)
    Posted at 17:47h, 11 January Reply

    What a delicious experience for you all to have as a family. Your images are stunning, as per usual. x

  • Margaret and Ted
    Posted at 15:03h, 11 January Reply

    Great pics! Can’t wait to see the photos he took. Wonderful blue skies!
    M xxxx

  • Siobhan Wolf
    Posted at 06:13h, 11 January Reply

    This is so exciting! I love the fun. So happy that dreams do come true!!

  • keli_h
    Posted at 02:52h, 11 January Reply

    what an AMAZING opportunity!! i can’t wait to see the final product 🙂

  • Simin
    Posted at 07:44h, 10 January Reply

    a good day and beautiful shots
    Everything is beautiful:))))

  • kristin
    Posted at 05:04h, 10 January Reply

    amazing! i can’t wait to see how he saw your family! and yes what a beautiful sky that day.
    SOOO exciting!

  • Mary
    Posted at 23:28h, 09 January Reply

    What fun! Your pictures of the day are fabulous, Xanthe. Your photography rivals the likes of McCurry’s!

  • Brit
    Posted at 23:18h, 09 January Reply


  • Denise
    Posted at 17:32h, 09 January Reply

    what an experience xanthe. it looks like you had a marvellous time. I can’t wait to see the final images!!!

  • Kirstin
    Posted at 17:14h, 09 January Reply

    Such fun! And the location. Wow!
    Will you send you some of his final pictures from the session?

  • Tina
    Posted at 16:13h, 09 January Reply

    these are so great, i love behind the scene shots, they are my fave. 🙂 looks like you guys had a blast, can’t wait to see more!

  • jodi
    Posted at 15:53h, 09 January Reply

    oh, xanthe! how wonderful!! and what a great spot for a portrait!

  • Emre Ozgumus
    Posted at 15:51h, 09 January Reply

    One word…


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