A recent project I’ve been working together with Dior on has been photographing Christian Dior’s favourite places in Paris for a little Parisian guide in the name of this fashion legend. If you want to have a closer look and see all of Monsieur Dior’s favourites, you can find them here (scroll down).
During the last couple of weeks I’ve been all over the place – most recently in Cannes (which I most definitely will tell you more about very soon), and before that both Barcelona and Venice were ticked off my “must visit list”. I’ve personally had a blast, although my empty apartment and even emptier fridge have had to suffer a bit. Right now it looks like something exploded in my little flat with three suitcases and x amount of handbags spread out all over the place. I’ve basically dropped everything, repacked and left for Orly airport once again. When I’ve been at home though, I’ve barely seen the inside of my place since time is spent either with friends or working my little bum off – I’m not complaining (before you say anything) – I’m loving every second of it and as I said, I’m having a blast. But during these busy times I value evenings like the one seen above more than anything else. This particular evening we had a picnic for any friend who wanted to join in on the fun, in front of the Eiffel Tower until the sky turned dark and we ran out of rosé, chit chatting about everything and nothing until jaws started spreading around the circle. During evenings like these I’m reminded of how unbelievably happy I am right here (even if I sometimes have to leave for a while and come back to a complete mess).
Summer fun in Jardin des Tuileries, fried chicken sandwiches at Ellsworth, warm evenings by the Seine and shooting with the very talented Kerrie Hess. Strolling in the evening sun, the incredible view while photographing for Carolina Herrera, iced coffee at Boot Café and pretty Parisian facades. Ice cream from my new favourite gelato place Pedone, a pretty fantastic view, Italian food heaven at newly opened Ober Mamma and another crazy hot Parisian evening in the sun. This and more on Instagram!
As promised, here is a shot from one of the most exciting stories I’ve worked on to date for Elie Saab and Harper’s Bazaar HK with the lovely Tina Leung. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a copy of the magazine here in Paris (if anyone know where, please feel free to let me know) but you can see more photos on Elie Saab‘s online magazine, called The Light of Now. We photographed this story during fashion week, in between shows, earlier this year in February/March and it’s always so hard to sit on the final photos without showing anyone until months later. The shot above is my favourite from the series we did throughout that very freezing day.
I’ve never been trained in photography or gone to school to study it, so sometimes I can feel as though I’ve been missing out on all those fun and challenging tasks that you might been given in class. Fortunately I feel like I have the opportunity to practice, play around and try out new things together with my dear friend Katie (who actually did go to school for photography) who’s just as passionate about these kind of things as I am. Occasionally it can feel like I’m just jumping from job to job and as if I’m a prisoner at home catching up on never ending emails and administration work (those annoying tax declarations…) and my camera can be collecting dust for weeks at times, which is why these moments are extra important to me. To get to be creative and to do what you love (especially together with friends if you’re lucky enough) brings me happiness and is something I wish I could do way more often.
These photographs were actually not planned when creating this last story for Cartier but as the sun was setting and we saw how pretty the city looked all lit up we couldn’t stop shooting. Photographing at night can be so tricky and it’s a challenge trying to get everything to not end up a blurry mess but thanks to Katie’s steady hand and some iPhone light (that got to replace the actual light that we left at home) I think we managed to make things work. Editing in black and white is also something I very rarely decide to do but I just thought it added something extra special to these shots.
Photos of me: Katie Mitchell
Sunny days in Jardin des Tuileries, pain au chocolat for breakfast (and ignoring the fact that I want to fit into a bikini in a couple of weeks), warm summer evenings in Saint-Germain and ice cold lemonade at PNY. Pretty Parisian doors, the Eiffel Tower lookin’ all charming, my outfit for my friend Hana’s hen do and the very popular restaurant Septime (I can se why). The place where we begun the bachelorette party last weekend called La Gare, waffles at Ellsworth with a sprinkle of Elderflowers, beautiful blossoms and my favourite Jardin du Palais-Royal. This and more on Instagram!
Beige bag: Carolina Herrera – White heels: Mode Collective – Gold rings: Monica Vinader & Lulu Frost – Earrings: Lulu Frost & Swarovski & Dannijo – Scented candle: Ladurée – Cup: Anthropologie – Lipgloss: Dior – Perfume: Chanel & Marc Jacobs – Notebooks: Rifle Paper Co. & Kikki.K – Glasses: Tom Ford – Necklaces: Monica Vinader Riva & Monica Vinader Pendant & Tiffany & Co. – Scented candle: Byredo
A few bits and pieces from my little Parisian apartment, which I still haven’t managed to decorate (I’m still missing chairs and one million other things) even though I’m celebrating my one year anniversary on this address in just a few days. My favourite thing about this place and the reason why I signed the rental contract as soon as I possibly could? The light.
Jewellery: Cartier’s Paris Nouvelle Vague collection
The last couple of photos I created for Cartier a while back were inspired by “Paris at Night” and I have to say that they were probably my favourite ones to shoot (I know, shocker since the previous one included a mountain of pastries, right?). Since shooting at dusk and nighttime isn’t something I usually do I found it both challenging and exciting to take on something different this time – especially when you only have 5 minutes while the Eiffel Tower is sparkling to nail all the shots that you need.
This hour, when the sun has gone down and right before the sky turns completely black (although that happens quite late during summer time) is one of the best times to see the city that is Paris. Bathing in blue colours with glimmering street lights and glistening glares from the boats passing by. I hope I’ll never take these moments, or spectacular views like this one for granted. Photographing and creating these stories for Cartier has been a dream come true and I’m thrilled to be ending the story on this note. Although, I do have a little extra something to share after this as well, just because we had so much fun shooting it and couldn’t help ourself to continue even though the light was gone…
Photos of me: Katie Mitchell
Last week I had the pleasure of being invited by Opera de Paris to explore the beautiful Palais Garnier completely empty together with a group of talented Instagrammers. For a whole morning we got to roam around these empty halls, climb the roof of the opera and watch a group of ballet dancers warm up. I ended up with a million photos of Parisian rooftops and gorgeous little details I couldn’t take my eyes off so I thought I’d share a couple of photos from that morning with you all. I can’t believe it took me more than two years to visit this place but I’m so thrilled I got to see it in this special way for the very first time! It was also a fun surprise to see my own name in an article for the French newspaper Le Figaro earlier this week, talking about this unique experience.
A special visit to Cartier and their amazing archives last week, climbing the roof of Palais Garner and getting to experience the beautiful Opera completely empty together with Instagram. Pretty roses in Jardin du Palais-Royal, a good hair day that I’d like to remember, coffee at La Caféothèque, sunny weather and the absolutely stunning Cartier boutique on Rue de la Paix. A little snapshot from that day I shot (and ate) one million pastries, a beautiful view of Île de la Cité, more gorgeousness from that morning we explored the Opera empty and a little memory of me enjoying some Parisian sun. You’ll find this and more on Instagram.