New York Trip: Saratoga and New York City Photography


Although we've lived in North Carolina for 20 years, we have many roots in the northeast and I always enjoy getting up there - especially at this time of year.

With our son Sean getting ready to head off to college, I figured this would be a good time for us to take a trip together. Sean loves New York City, so I dropped him off with his sister Alison for a few days as I headed further north to Saratoga Springs.

It was great to see Alison and her boyfriend Mike, and I got the extra bonus of seeing my brother and sister and their families.

I first photographed the racing in Saratoga in the mid-90s and I've wanted to go back for some time. Thanks to my brother Ben for helping me get credentials and then getting up at 5 a.m. to go to the track with me. (We got to play a little golf too).

It was so nice seeing everyone but I wish Betsy could have made the trip.

We also wanted to congratulate Alison on her new job in New York - we are very proud and happy for you!

Sunrise on opening day at the Saratoga Race Course

Sunrise on opening day at the Saratoga Race Course

An amazing sky greets riders breezing the race horses

A brilliant sky greets riders breezing the thoroughbreds

Fantastic light made an early wake-up call worthwhile

Fantastic light made an early wake-up call worthwhile

Getting ready

Getting ready

Amazing animals

Amazing animals

Working out

Working out

Saratoga bugler Sam Grossman prepares for opening day

Saratoga bugler Sam Grossman prepares for opening day

Quality Road, arguably the best horse in the country, gets some morning air

Quality Road, arguably the best horse in the country, gets some morning air

A little TLC at the end of workout

A little TLC at the end of workout

Back in New York City, we ventured down to the Brooklyn Bridge

Back in New York City, we ventured down to the Brooklyn Bridge in the early evening

A magnificent night in New York

A magnificent night in New York

Detail of the Brooklyn Bridge

Detail of the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge frames Manhattan at twilight

The Brooklyn Bridge frames Manhattan at twilight

The Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge

A pretty ride up the East River

A pretty ride up the East River

Early morning in Brooklyn

Early morning in Brooklyn

Another view of the sunrise

Another view of the sunrise