I received and email from Wan about 2 weeks before her family trip to Paris and she told me that it would be their first time visiting and that they were coming with 2 young children.
I can't think of a better time to visit Paris with a young family than in December. Paris is filled with roasted chestnuts, iceskating rinks, the famous window displays featuring dancing puppets at the Galeries Lafayette, Christmas markets featuring great regional French cuisine, and of course, Santa's Sleigh parked on the Champs-Élysées.
She wanted to take some photos of her and her family enjoying Paris so that she could have images of them with great architectural backdrops and she choose the Highlights of Paris route, which is about 3 hours walking from monument to monument. Perfect for her to get images of her family all around Paris and she could forget about obsessing over photo's where she would be left out more often than not.
This was a great family to photograph, they had a great interaction together and you could tell they were having a great time in Paris. I took both posed and candid images of them, my favorite ones where the candids of them enjoying an early morning stroll thought the Tuileries garden.
Malik and I first met though an artist association in Paris called American Artists in Paris (AAIP), at one of the monthly meetings we got to chatting and instantly clicked.
We decided to have coffee one day so we could talk a bit more outside of the group meetings. Malik is a talented and accomplished singer in Paris and spends a good amount of time traveling on tour.
While we were talking he mentioned that all the photo's he had of himself were always from an onstage performance and usually with him in an unfaltering pose. Images great for concert photography but nothing really for him personally.
So we scheduled a shoot to rectify that. My goal was to get images of him, not the signer; he already has thousands of photos of him signing in action, but I wanted to capture the person.
The shoot was a lot of fun as we were laughing and joking the whole time, and I was able to get the image I had envisioned, of the man behind the music.
I did a shoot this week for a girl turning 15, it was her quinceanera and instead of having a big birthday bash at home, she decided to make it a ladies trip.
Three generations of woman in Paris, what a great idea!. The shoot just happened to be the day before Bastille Day in Paris, and Mom really wanted just an Eiffel Tower shoot.
I was expecting a few challenges as the city was preparing for Bastille Day festivities. Instead I was pleasantly surprised that this years Bastille Day theme was disco!
In the center of the Eiffel Tower they placed a giant disco ball and it added so much to the shoot.
I had the honor of being invited to photograph Annie Vallotton. A 97 years young artist and Resistance Fighter during WW2 and the Occupation of Paris.
She is famous for illustrating the Bible, using minimalistic designs to convey complicated bible verses. Her book the "Good News Bible" has been published in just about every language and has sold more than 70 million copies world wide.
I had a wonderful time photographing such an accomplished, brave, talented and lovely woman.
Not so much. After the new Woody Allen movie, Midnight in Paris, combined with rainy weather that has been dimming the City of Lights, this phrase has been popping up a lot for me.
I was recently contacted to photograph a couple coming to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in Paris. Unfortunalty it was scheduled to rain all week long. Not a problem for me, I like a challenge and some of the best images in my portfolio have been taken in bad weather.
I told the couple that the shoot will run rain or shine and to buy an umbrella so we can take some fun rainy day Paris images. I have to say that this couple made the job easy, they were so well spirited and had a great attitude.
We shot for about an hour and and unfortunately the wife's make up started to run and the winds were getting stronger. They were such good troopers that I offered to split the shoot for another day.
We had better weather the second time, but my favorite images were the ones in the rain.
When Camille contacted me to photograph her for portfolio I was super excited. She is a very talented actresses in Paris and when she contacted me I knew immediately I wanted to do some moody, candid looking shoots, almost like movie stills.
It's not everyday you get to work with someone trained to go from happy to sad in seconds and I knew I was going to get some amazing expressions from her; and I did!
I had to give her almost no coaching, everything she gave me was perfect and I'm really happy with the work we did.
I'd been contacted by Dina who was in Paris celebrating her recent marriage to Philip by taking a European vacation with a stop in Paris.
Dina sent me some links of the type of photos that she wanted and we'd exchanged a few emails discussing her shoot and I could tell she was very excited for it.
Based on what she showed me I planed a fun photo shoot and came up with some very iconic, yet modern images I wanted to create. I don't normally get clients who are so well prepared for a shoot and Dina's research really showed in the photos.
I would even venture to guess that she'd been practicing posing, because they were amazing to work with. Dina didn't hesitate to do any of what I asked even when it came to her laying in the grass in her beautiful wedding gown.
The shoot went so well, I started having a bit of competition by the end as tourists started taking photos of her. I love all the images from their shoot and would be happy to photograph them again.
I started Photo Perfect Paris to combine my love of photography with my love of Paris and as a way to share my passion with others.
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