nicole contacted me last february to express her interest in scheduling a family portrait session. although she and her husband were eager to capture photos of their children before they hit their next growth spurts, they wanted to wait until the weather turned warm in order to shoot outdoors. alas, winter turned to spring and, as so often happens, spring turned to summer right before our eyes. although the weather was ideal, opposing schedules worked against us and it wasn’t until august that a date was nailed down and potential locations were discussed. nicole and her husband, mike, knew they wanted to shoot in an urban setting and they eventually decided that the capitol and empire state plaza would make for a strong backdrop.