NYC in September

Trip Start Sep 01, 2004
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Monday, September 11, 2006

It is now September in NYC I can't believe summer has come and gone so quickly. It's starting to get cool here in NY. Brea and I had our three year anniversary on July 11. We went to Puerto Rico for a week and relaxed by the beach in San Juan. We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel, which has a casino, pool bar and a private beach. The weather was beautiful, even though we went during the rainy season. A tropical storm was headed straight for San Juan the day we arrived, but luckily it missed the coast by 100 miles. So, other than the occasional showers it was warm and sunny. We went to Old San Juan by the local bus, which is only $.75/person compared to the expensive $20.00 taxi ride that most tourists take. The old town is beautiful and all the buildings are painted in pastel colors like pink, yellow and blue. The city is set against the clear blue skies and bright green forests. We rented a car,called a Brio, for $20.00 at Charlie's Rental Cars for the whole day. We drove through the mountainous countryside to the rainforest called El Yunque. Met a man who sold bananas hand picked from the trees, saw amazing waterfalls and hiked to one of the highest points in Puerto Rico.

August flew by quite fast. I was busy working at the photo studio and shooting freelancing assignments. I shot a beautiful wedding in New Jersey. I also took portraits for R&B singer Bryan Ellis for his new CD. We visited our friends from Paris in Conneticut, Julie and MacGregor, for their wedding engagement reception. At the end of September I am going to Merida, Mexico for a photoshoot w/ my friend and fellow photographer Andrew Lindy. It is for an amazing NY designer named Jenny Maag. My first big gig out of the country!

Since I work at Milk Studios, one of the biggest photography studios in the world, I get to be part of some very high profile events and photoshoots. This also means I get the perks of my job during NYC fashion week. Fashion week is a week in early september when all the major fashion designers launch their new spring collections. During this week many of the biggest celebs/models are front row at the runways shows and VIP guests are at parties all week long. We threw a couple of these parties at our studios. We had a MTV VMA/Mark Ecko's Complex Magazine Party and the Another Magazine/Dazed and Confused Party with the Kills. We also had the Proenza Schoeler Fashion Show in the Milk Gallery. Needless to say, these star studded events and were a lot of indeed.

Brea just started her 2nd year at the William Esper Acting Studios. Her new mini-series was just released this summer in France called Maitre du Zodiaque, on their biggest TV station TFI. She also landed the lead role in a feature film which starts filming in January. I am so proud of her. We have really grown together this past year in NYC. I am so happy we moved here when we did.

I went to the former site of the World Trade Center on September 11 early in morning just as it turned midnight. It was quiet and I was reminded of the innocent lives lost and all the great heros who sacrificed their lives to save others. I walked around for a few hours and taking photos. It is amazing that it's been 5 years, yet there is still a huge hole in the ground from where the towers fell. Hurricane Katrina's 1 year anniversary just passed and I have still not been to visit New Orleans. I plan on making a trip there in the near future. I love that city and both Brea and I have family from there.

My friend Drew Nix just moved up here to NYC. He is staying in Brooklyn with our good friend Jeremy Smith, who works with me at Milk. Drew is an amazing musician. He has all ready played at a couple of venues in NYC. I took him to see my friend Tarrah Reynolds play a show at the Baggot Inn last week. He was invited back to play on stage a few days after the show. I did the photo for his new album, which he just released this month. It is nice having friends from Texas up here in NY. I hope all is well. -koury
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