Provence

I have just returned from a wonderful week on the Cote D’Azur and am very much feeling the post holiday blues! Colours, scents and flavours are all intensified in the south. Its hard to not feel instantly relaxed!

Now back in Paris (3 jellyfish stings + around 50 mosquito bites later), everything seems a little grey and dulled down, despite the wonderful sunny weather.

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Take me back to the south, please!

Spring in Paris

Here in Paris, the warm Spring temperatures draw the city’s residents to the banks of the Seine to indulge in a spot of picnicing, one of the many perks of living in Paris.

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I wandered along the river the other evening crossing over from my Left Bank neighbourhood to my favourite bar at Palais Royal and home again a few hours later.

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Vive le printemps! 🙂

Velvet Dust

I have been so inspired to see a friend on the other side of the Atlantic realizing her creative dreams this week. My paths crossed with Jess when she lived in Paris, just before she embarked on a new adventure in Tunis. At the time I could see her wonderful spirit of adventure and infectious passion for fashion as she worked on her own line of jewellery. Now back in Texas, she has brought everything together with the launch of her new online magazine Velvet Dust. Its full of photography editorials and projects, articles and interviews. Check it out, its wonderful.

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Riverside wandering

This past week, I joined photographic forces with Lindsey from Pictours Paris to take a walk along the Seine. Despite the spots of rain and freezing temperatures, we made it from Bercy to the Louvre. Good going considering the number of bridges we zig-zagged across. I managed to capture a mish-mash of metros, street art, flowers, boats and classic Parisian river-side scenes. Here are just a few of my shots from the day.

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Sturdy doors & cheeky parisians

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I took this photo at the weekend in the marais.  It was funny because I had to have a few attempts as it was on a busy street and as I was looking through my viewfinder, people kept walking infront of the doorway, waving or sticking their tongues out at the camera. I kept looking up & trying to catch them in the act (not to be menacing but just to smile & show them I found it funny too) but they carried on walking and instantly went back to their poker faces, as if to say “It wasnt me trying to ruin your photo, mademoiselle!”

Speaking of jokers, I’m not sure if this door knocker dude that I stumbled upon is also being goofy or slowly having his brains eaten away by all those snakes….?

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Le 20ème

It seems like spring is finally on the way here in Paris! The sun is still in hiding but its warm. I was so happy yesterday to shed my winter layers and re-acquaint myself with my leather jacket and sunglasses. I was also happy that my boyfriend is really getting into the spirit of my photo quest. He suggested walking the streets together yesterday morning taking pictures. I guess when you live with someone who talks about photography a lot, you probably have to get on the bandwagon! In fact he actually had in mind to show me a large graffiti wall on Rue des Maraîchers in the 20th. I was pretty excited, not gonna lie! And then pretty swiftly disappointed when we discovered that it has recently been demolished.

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The mini tour continued..! I hardly ever go over to this area because its quite far from where I live so for me it was still a small voyage of discovery. It seems like its becoming a cool area. Everywhere I looked there were unexpected passages and splashes of colour.

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Shoot with Alexis

This week I took a series of photographs with a good friend in Paris. We headed to Bibliotèque François Mitterand and then wandered around the 13th neighbourhood. For this session, I had in mind that I wanted a more modern, urban backdrop to my photographs. I never get tired of the classic beauty of Paris but sometimes I want to leave behind the picture perfect tourist Paris and seek out some modern, angular architecture with a hint of colour. Or sometimes just a bit of grimy, mucky, imperfection…

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