It was just another summer morning in Montauk, New York – if there’s such a thing as ‘just another’ in a place that radiates fresh possibility with each sunrise. As dawn painted the sleepy town in shades of gold, Jess and I were already in the heart of the action. Well, as much action as one could find at this early yet invigorating hour.
Our adventure began at a beloved gem of the community, Anthony’s Pancake House. Stationed on the 710 Montauk Highway, this culinary landmark has been serving the locals since 1952. The restaurant, though recently renovated, managed to maintain its original charm, a testament to the enduring character that’s won the hearts of Montauk’s residents and visitors alike.
There’s something remarkably delightful about the way Anthony’s Pancake House stays true to its simple principle: A good breakfast is the start of a happy day. This conviction radiates not just from their mouth-watering food, but from the palpable warmth of their environment. Their staff, ever-enthusiastic, never fails to serve up a dish of positivity with every order. The renewed aesthetics only amplify the homely feel, honoring the legacy of Anthony’s.
Being a lifestyle photographer, I have an affinity for the art of culinary presentation, and I must admit, Anthony’s did not disappoint. I ordered their Lox Benedict – a delicate assembly of poached eggs, smoked salmon, and a drizzling of creamy hollandaise sauce that oozed decadence. The paired coffee was aromatic and robust, providing an inviting contrast to the richness of my plate.
Jess, my ever-flavor-curious friend and model, and an epicurean in her own right, chose the Eggs Florentine. As she tucked into the dish, her approving smile and sparkling eyes spoke volumes about the culinary delight.
Spontaneous Photoshoot on the Beach
Following our hearty breakfast, we headed to the beach, the salt air and the sound of the waves a refreshing change from the hubbub of the city. As the waves kissed our feet, we left a trail of footprints in the sand, our laughter filling the air.
Through my lens, I captured Jess in her element. The wind teased her hair, the sun graced her skin, and the waves chased her steps. Her radiant joy was infectious, an element that I hoped to capture in my frames.
Now let’s talk about Jess’s style. She was the epitome of a summer dream in her alluring black dress. As she frolicked in the water, her dress became a part of the playful dance, getting wet and clinging to her in a way that accentuated her natural grace. When she spun around, the dress swirled out, revealing a playful silhouette that matched her lively spirit. It was a sight that would make anyone pause and appreciate the effortless elegance that she exuded.
Crowning her ensemble was an oversized summer straw hat. The hat added an element of intrigue, its broad brim casting shadows that framed her face, highlighting her radiant smile. As she ran along the shore, the hat seemed to flutter in the wind, a perfect complement to her carefree demeanor and a chic shield against the beaming summer sun.
Maxwell’s Summer Cowboy Look
That morning, as usual, I decided to kick off our adventure in a variation of my Summer Cowboy look. I sported a black, slim-fit, wrinkle-free dress shirt, hugging my physique just right, teamed with skinny white jeans. The contrast was eye-catching, to say the least. Adding a bit of earthiness to the monochrome ensemble were my casual shoes with black tops and rich brown leather accents.
The centerpiece of my outfit, though, was the white cowboy hat. Perfectly embodying the classic cowboy feel, it was an exclamation point to my look. The pure white of the hat mirrored my jeans, creating a balance in my outfit that was both symmetrical and chic. To add a touch of sleekness to my casual attire, I wore a slim white tie, a small detail that enhanced the overall look.
My wrists were adorned with an array of gold and leather bracelets, a blend of textures that encapsulated my style perfectly. Of course, the outfit demanded my signature cowboy pose. As I stood against the expansive ocean backdrop, the summer sun casting my silhouette, I felt the spirit of the Hamptons summer come alive. My Summer Cowboy look was more than a fashion statement, it was an expression of my ever-evolving identity and a perfect fit for our Montauk adventure.
The style choices we made that day were a reflection of our personalities and our friendship – classy, playful, and a bit adventurous. Our outfits were both functional and fashionable, perfectly suited for a Hamptons-style getaway. As I captured Jess’s joy and our shared moments, our styles told a story of their own, a tale of summer fun under the Hamptons sun. Each shot immortalized a piece of our journey, our laughter, our friendship, and our shared love for this extraordinary place. Together, we made quite the duo, each of us playing our part in painting the perfect Hamptons picture.
That day wasn’t just another day for work; it was an amalgamation of flavors, vibrant energy, and the simple joys of life. These Montauk mornings are what make our summer in the Hamptons truly extraordinary. Through my camera, I aim to share not just the beauty of our surroundings, but also the essence of our shared experiences and enduring friendship.