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Moments for Me

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

My days have definitely gotten a bit more hectic if I compare them to what was happening a year or two ago. Before I could spend a couple of hours each week walking around the city to explore, enjoy and take photos (I know, what a luxury, right?). Now, I’m happy if I can make time for that once every other month or so. I’m not complaining, it’s a thrill to have more work lined up and new exciting projects to take on but it also means that my creative outlet, which has been this website, has to take a bit of a backseat at times. I wish I could shoot for myself and post new photos from my life in this city every single day but unfortunately that’s just not realistic when trying to juggle five different roles within my job at the same time.

But it also means that when I do get a few minutes alone with my camera, taking photos for just myself and no one else, I really appreciate it. Sometimes it even feels a bit odd taking photos just for the sake of taking photos and not thinking about a list of requirements or what a specific client is looking for (which is something I truly enjoy doing in its own way as well, of course). During hectic or stressful times I think moments like these are crucial for me to feel good and not stress out too much. They also always remind me of that I can never start taking this city’s beauty for granted. It’s just so darn pretty!

Miss Julia

Julia Engel, photo by Carin Olsson

It’s always a pleasure connecting with people you’ve been in contact with for a long time when they’re coming through Paris for work or holidays – fortunately Paris is a popular destination so it usually happens more than you would think. I’ve been following Julia for what seems like forever but we’ve only managed to bump in to each other once at a party during New York Fashion Week until recently. When Julia was in Paris a couple of weeks ago we finally got to organise something proper and meet up during a sunny afternoon to shoot together. It’s always fun taking people who share your love for pretty things and cute little spots around the city you love so much. Hopefully it won’t be too long until our paths cross again!

For more photos and outfit details, please visit Julia’s blog.

Weekend Reading

Parisian café by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The autumn has been absolutely amazing in Paris so far and we’ve actually managed to get a lot of sun (even though the skies seem to stay grey – don’t ask me how that works) but I already miss mornings like this one above when we were able to sit outside in nothing but shirts while enjoying our breakfast. I just had to share these two outtakes from my shoot with Monica Vinader a while back.

•   The New York Times wondered what a couple of second graders would think about dining at a Michelin starred restaurant with a seven course tasting menu and decided to test it out – don’t miss the video of their experience here.
•   I couldn’t help but laugh out loud (and agree) with Zanita‘s funny and witty post about how to make your blog super popular.
•   Get me these strawberry cheesecake jars now, please! I can never visit Linda‘s site without getting hungry…
•   Come pin with me!

Hôtel de Sully

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

If there’s one thing I’m most definitely obsessed with it’s beautiful Parisian courtyards. This one, inside Hôtel de Sully in Le Marais, is clearly one of my favourites. The best thing about it? It offers a calm and serene little shortcut to Place des Vosges, which is located on the other side of the red little door. If you get there early enough, you might even find yourself there all alone.

On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Parisian cafés, breakfast at Carette, a beautiful day strolling through Jardin des Tuileries, the adorable red fiat at Merci. Thanks to Lauren for taking me to Maison Bastille for the first time, beautiful flowers in Jardin du Luxembourg, Lauren and her little pup Daisy and coffee together with apple cake from Café Kitsuné. Lunch together with Hana at Carette (yes, again), catching the beautiful morning light along the Seine, weekends reading and a gorgeous autumn day at Place des Vosges. My last couple of days here in Paris through a couple of Instagram photos.

Autumn in Paris

Autumn in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

After a warm and unbelievably sunny weekend, it’s safe to say that autumn has arrived in Paris now. Yay for colourful parks, hot chocolate and beautiful fall jackets – nay for non-stop rain, less sun and colder weather.

Sea of Pink

Jenny Bernheim, photo by Carin Olsson

Making such lovely friends through the work I do is probably one of the things I enjoy the most. Jenny, who I previously shot in Paris before the summer, enjoyed a few days in Paris a couple of weeks ago before heading off to search for the perfect wedding venue together with her love Freddie (they’re getting married here in France next year and I’m pretty certain it will be one of the prettiest weddings you’ll ever see after hearing a few ideas over breakfast at Ladurée). Wandering around the Marais looking for flowers and macarons from Carette together with someone who shares my love for everything cute (I mean, the pink bike must have been there for us) is my idea of a perfect day.

La Madeleine

Nicole Warne by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Nicole Warne by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

I rarely shoot whole stories in black and white but when Nicole showed med these gorgeous Carolina Herrera pieces, in black and white of course, it was hard to imagine doing anything else. I adore, and can’t think of anything more satisfying then getting to be creative together with someone who has such a similar aesthetics and share my love for creating beautiful photos and short visual stories. This lovely one has taught me more about everything from how to handle day-to-day business meetings and the industry in general to seeing things in a new and different way, and I hope I’ll continue to learn from the inspiring people I’m lucky enough to have around me forever.

To see the whole story that we shot together you can visit Nicole’s blog.

On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Walking into the beautiful Dior venue was almost overwhelming because of how pretty and grand it was. I’ve barely been home during the last couple of weeks and my apartment is currently looking as though something has exploded all over my floor (fortunately it’s a pretty explosion). The beautiful finale at Haider Ackermann was filled with gorgeous blush tones, nudes and pinks and I almost had to pinch myself when I saw where I was seated for the Dior show. Jardin des Tuileries seemed so serene and magical during early morning hours, before the fashion week craziness started again. Dior was spectacular as always and having to get up early during  every morning definitely seemed less challenging when I got to see the Louvre completely empty. The best packages comes in big red boxes and this beautiful gift from Carolina Herrera was no exception. I fell in love with these beautiful shoes by Alejandro Ingelmo and can’t seem to get those baby blue ones out of my mind… There was no time for long lunch breaks so cake at Angelina‘s had to do instead. Shooting backstage at Issey Miyake was so much fun and getting to see all the venues completely empty (like this one for Haider Ackermann) before showtime was just incredible. That was my Paris Fashion Week, in a couple of Instagram photos.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton SS15

Louis Vuitton SS15

Louis Vuitton SS15

Louis Vuitton SS15

Louis Vuitton SS15

Louis Vuitton SS15 by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Fashion week is officially over and it’s finally time to rest my very, very sore feet – if only for a few seconds since another exciting project is just around the corner. This fashion week has been the most intense one yet, packed with exciting opportunities, interesting encounters and lots of inspiring work. It almost feels like I need to take a few minutes now that it’s all over and remind myself of what I just experienced.

On Wednesday I ventured out to Bois de Boulogne together with Nicole and Shini to attend the Louis Vuitton SS15 runway show at the newly built Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation. This building, designed by Frank Gehry, will serve as a museum and cultural centre and is set to open for the public later in October (when I’ll definitely be back for more photos). It was unavoidable to get distracted by the amazing architecture and interesting details (and take about one million selfies) on our way out – if it wasn’t for the fact that we had a shuttle waiting for us to take us back to the city centre I might still be there today. It was my very first Louis Vuitton show and an experience I’ll hardly forget anytime soon. Watching models I’ve been admiring for years, like Liya Kebede and Freja Beha Erichsen, walking down the runway in Nicolas Ghesquière’s 70s inspired garments was pure bliss, and if I could have snatched one of those gorgeous bags without anyone noticing, I totally would have!