Shooting anything in this New York-weather is close to impossible. With around three snowstorms during out stay so far (and yes, we’re expecting more) and degrees below the 0 mark it’s hard to stay outside for more than ten minutes without catching a cold or loosing feeling in your fingers and toes. Naturally, we’ve managed to pick the days with rain, snowstorms or extreme cold to shoot on so far but thankfully we’ve managed to keep spirits high by making each other laugh and warming ourself up afterwards at cosy restaurants.
When locations scouting for my upcoming shoots together with Nicole in New York I came across this amazing, and very colourful, mural right in the middle of the city and immediately knew that we had to shoot something here. It’s actually thanks to Instagram that I always manage to find so many places I would love to shoot at. I learned that this mural was painted (and wasn’t completely finished when we got there) by the very talented Maya Hayuk. Isn’t it so much fun? Such a colourful and fun way to brighten up a grey wall in the middle of the city.
For more photos and outfit details, head over to Nicole’s blog.
The day after the snow storm last week I got a text from Nicole saying I needed to jump in a cab and head to Central Park straight away – it was too beautiful to miss. Having just woken up under my cosy duvet it felt nearly impossible that anything would be pretty enough to make it worthwhile facing the cold and catching a cab to go uptown. But after receiving a very convincing photo I was dressed in three seconds and ready to go!
After I took my first few steps into the park I literally gasped. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything so romantic or so beautiful in my life. Every single inch of the park was covered in freshly fallen snow and if I’d ever use the cliché “winter wonderland” it would be for this. These photographs don’t make this experience justice at all but I hope you get an idea anyway. While walking through the park it felt like I was in a little fairy tale and every time I stumbled upon a picture perfect moment and thought it couldn’t get any better than that, it did.
I’m so incredibly happy that I’ve gotten the chance to see New York, and Central Park, during all the different seasons now. Spring, summer, fall and winter. It always looks utterly beautiful of course but I might have to say that winter was something truly special.
As we all know Paris has gone a little bit crazy for good coffee lately and new (and very hip) coffee shops are popping up everywhere at the moment. Little did I know that the exact same trend was going on in New York… Well, actually, that’s a lie. I kind of knew already since I follow so many coffee lovers on Instagram, all based in NYC, who’s coffee photos I drool over on a daily basis. Now I’ve finally had the chance to try a few of these places myself. By now I’ve lost track of how many of these delicious things I’ve consumed thus far… But it’s extremely hard to resist when it’s so cold outside. Bluebird Coffee Shop (as seen in the photo above), Happy Bones and Bowery Coffee (who just happens to serve my favourite doughnuts too) are all places I’d be more than happy to return to. I still have a bunch of places I’d like to check off my list before I head back to Paris again but I feel like I’m off to a good start so far. See! That’s what I love so much about New York. There’s always so many new places to try that you’ll never run out.
So here’s a couple of snapshots from my first week in New York. Yellow cabs, coffee at Happy Bones, West Village cuteness, a beautiful Central Park covered in snow, the most amazing brunch I’ve ever seen (prepared by the lovely Patricia), dusk on 5th Avenue, a snowy walk along Perry Street, evenings spent at the amazing restaurant Lafayette, cupcakes on park benches and other (Swedish) sweets from Sockerbit, doughnut and tea together with the lovely Alice and beautiful roses on every corner.
I can’t believe I’ve been here over a week already. The time is going by way too fast… If you want to know see more photos and find out what I’m up to over here, follow along through Instagram. You’ll find me under the username “ParisInFourMonths“.
So one of the perks about coming to New York a while before fashion week starts is actually being able to enjoy the city. So far I’ve got to try new restaurants, catching up with dear friends, indulging in delicious sweets that I can’t find back in Paris (come on people, how hard is it to make a decent doughnut in the French capital?!) and wander around the beautiful Central Park together with Nicole. It also means that I had the possibility to take my camera out on a little adventure when a snow storm hit New York again the other day. Of course it was tempting to just hide away under my duvet and plow through Netflix all day but luckily I managed to convince myself that taking walk through New York, in a snow storm, together with my camera was a good idea.
After a walk through the charming streets of West Village it basically looked like I had taken a shower and even though my feet were completely frozen when I returned home it was kind of worth it. Getting to see New York City under a white blanket of freshly fallen snow is something I’ve always wanted to do and since I haven’t seen snow since it last snowed in Paris over a year ago now I was incredibly excited.
Even though I’m fully aware of the fact that New York won’t look anything like the photos above this time around, I’m very excited about returning. Yes, next week I’m off to The Big Apple once again to meet up with this lovely lady. I’ll be there for meetings, catching up with dear friends, working with Nicole and of course for fashion week. This time I also hope that I get some time over to shoot the city itself (and eat tons of doughnuts). We had so much fun when we were there this past September and I can’t wait to see what we’ll get to experience this time!
After a short, but absolutely amazing time in Florence, I’m now back in Paris. Due to apartment problems and a lot of work I haven’t been able to keep up here, but I hope that will change now that everything is in order again. I had so much fun in Florence together with Nicole for Luisa Via Roma and I can’t wait to share the photos we shot together over there. I’ve felt like a princess, staying at the beautiful Villa Cora the entire weekend and getting the opportunity to shoot some absolutely amazing fashion with Nicole. A very hectic and crazy start to the new year, but I love it!
I just arrived in Paris but I’m heading straight back to the airport to catch my flight to Florence this morning. There I’m meeting up with Nicole to take part of the Luisa Via Roma event during the weekend. I’m so excited! Hopefully I’ll return with a bunch of lovely photos and some Italian gelato in my stomach. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
I always bring you along through photos when I travel. Except for when I travel to Sweden. I’m not entirely sure why but I’m guessing it’s because I’m so used to my surroundings over here that I find them utterly boring and have a hard time understanding why anyone else would be interested in seeing photos of them. But this time I thought I’d give it a shot, since I don’t really think I’m being fair. Because it is beautiful up here.
During a weekend before Christmas my sister and I traveled further up north, about 1,5 hours from Stockholm to visit my dad in Norberg and the Swedish countryside. After working my ass off without a break it was really nice to get away from the computer and phone to just relax and spend some time with my loved ones. Cosy walks outside, several cups of tea, playing with the neighbours’ dogs and eating around one million sweets made me feel like I finally got a chance to wind down. A thing I certainly don’t mind about visiting this place is that I can overindulge in all the yummy Swedish sweets I’ve been missing while away. Sure, the Parisian pastries are some of the best in the world but sometimes you miss those tasty treats from home. Lussekatt, chokladboll, mandelring, mazarin and chokladbiskvi are all pastries you have to try if you ever find yourself in Sweden. And there’s no better place to try them all than here in Norberg (where you can even spend the night if you want to make a little trip out of it).
After photographing Paris for a long time it’s always nice to photograph something else for a change. Don’t get me wrong, I love having Paris in front of my lens but sometimes it’s nice to get a break from each other too. That makes me appreciate the my own city even more once I’m back again. Anyways, one of my favourite cities to photograph, besides from Paris, has to be Rome. It took me a while to decide on how I wanted to portray this city when I visited this summer (I think each city can be photographed in such different ways) but in the end it was those warm, orange tones that won me over. It’s one of the things I love the most about this city and what comes to mind when I think about Rome.
There’s nothing like strolling the streets of Rome in a simple dress, with my camera in one hand and an ice cream in the other. I’m seriously starting to contemplate moving there for a month or two. Wouldn’t that be something? Learning Italian while exploring this amazing city. But I guess I should master my French before I move on to another language, right? Well, it’s on my list of things I would love to do someday.