Nellie’s Lawn is a semi-hidden, underpopulated little grove on the northeast side of Prospect Park here in Brooklyn. It has an expansive sloping lawn that is perfect for throwing a frisbee or reading a book under a tree. It has been a favorite gathering spot of the Brooklyn Pattons for a long, long time. Mr. Patton has been dreaming for years of hosting a birthday gathering for himself in this very spot. (By they way, the dream lives on.)
A wondrous new play area opened on Nellie’s Lawn earlier this month, featuring repurposed and sculpted trees that were downed or damaged last year from Hurricane Sandy. It is hard to describe how wonderful it is, but the kids go nuts over the place, and the adults are simply awe-struck by the imagination that went into making it happen.The moment I saw it, I knew I wanted to get some amazing folks in here for a family photo session. When my friend Rebecca asked about booking a session for her family’s holiday card this year, we both suggested Nellie’s Lawn.
This is the one where Rebecca and Darren and Aya and Jesse visit Nellie’s Lawn for the first time.
You will soon discover more of the magic of Nellie’s Lawn: a blog post of this beautiful family’s photo session is coming soon at my other website, K Rox Photography.
[Note: This post is part of a year-long collaborative photography project dedicated to the exploration of composition. This week’s exploration is devoted to balancing an image using people as your primary subjects. To see the rest of the images from my fellow participants and to learn more about this project, please go to our group website Who We Become. You will find it to be either totally awesome or totally inspiring. Or both.]
And how is your heart, soul and spirit today?