I had the wonderful opportunity of shooting in the Metropolitan Building yesterday. (http://www.metropolitanbuilding.com ) with Lindsay Adler Photography (http://www.lindsayadlerphotography.com/index) and the www.societyofxxv.com/ (Society of Twenty Five is an international group made up of some of the finest photographers in the world. ) The main photo that looks like a Romance Novel cover was taken by Jen Hillenga and John Marion put his editing swing on the image.
Ew SO LA of you! 5 name drops in one sentence?!? GROSS! Honestly Mia, I’m with you on that. That was pretty eye roll of me. BUT
Everything has been shot here- from Vanity Fair to Marie Claire, to Vogue. It has become a recognizable shooting space and it was exceptional watching the photographers use lighting techniques to make the space look completely different. The space screams bridal so I am sure many people opt to get their bridal photos done here. If marriage was something I was in to, I would totally want part of my shoot here. I’ll never be a Bridezilla or anything, but since modeling has been a part of my life as well as photos, bridal dresses, hair, and makeup…you bet my bougie ass will make damn sure my photos are YASSS standards!! Who am I kidding? I’ll end up eloping in a bourbon induced coma. Which even then, I bet the groom will have to drag me down the aisle. Assuming that there even is a man crazy enough to want to drag me down said aisle. #Ashleyisms
The grandiose mirrors everywhere leave you curious as to the many faces reflected in them over the years. The chairs and couches are so wonderfully worn down, the antique pictures, paintings, and statues leave you guessing to whom they once belonged, and the weathered wood floors creaking under your feet leave you guessing if you may fall through. The huge drafty windows also aided to this marvelous buildings’ vintage appeal. You truly feel as if you walked straight into a piece of interior design history. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I want to copy and paste that library room into my apartment!
The Metropolitan building is located in Long Island City, Queens. 3rd stop off the 7 from Grand Central or take the E from Penn Station and get off Court St. “Dating from 1909, the same year the Queensboro Bridge was built, the Metropolitan Building was first an electrical parts factory. Seventy years later it was long vacant and in a sad state of disrepair. In 1980, Eleanor Ambos, who had a successful antique furniture rental business in Manhattan, bought the building for storage and to accommodate a variety of artisans to set up their studios and work rooms. It quickly transformed into a venue for photo shoots and films. It is truly a unique space that inspires the imagination.” (This is straight from the About section of the buildings website)
If you’ve never heard of this place do check it out. I promise you it’s as cool as it looks.
Hey there! I hope my sarcastic humor transends off your screen or you may find me obnoxious. Which is OK with me! After all, I am a New Yorker as well as an American. (Yes. I love stereotypes when applicable.)