It’s been hard coming back to reality after such a whirlwind and amazing time away in Cannes together with Cartier but I still have these priceless memories from our time on the French Riviera to look back on. It’s not everyday you get to have dinner on a little island just off the coast with your feet buried deep in the sand while listening to Jamie Cullum playing the piano with Sofia Coppola at the very next table, it’s not everyday you get to be swept away in an helicopter only to land on the top of a mountain and sip champagne with some of the loveliest people in the industry, and it’s certainly not everyday you get to wander around a house filled with high jewellery, gemstones and diamonds (some of them bigger than my hands) while having someone explain the stories behind these precious treasures.
To celebrate their new high jewellery collection, entitled Etourdissant Cartier, we were lucky enough to experience all of this. And yes, I’m still pinching myself to make sure I was actually awake to see all of it happening. I would go back in the blink of an eye if I could! Thank you again to Cartier for letting me be a part of this absolutely incredible experience. It’s been such a pleasure bringing their gorgeous jewellery pieces and creative ideas to life through my photography during these last couple of months and I hope I have the privilege of doing so in the future as well.
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).
Despite living in Europe my entire life I still hadn’t been to Barcelona until last week. Why? I personally blame it on Italy. Italy has always been such a big part of my life and always a top choice when it comes to escaping everyday life during a weekend. You might call that boring but even though I’ve been to Italy every year of my life so far, I never seem to tire of it. That’s probably why
Spain Barcelona has had to wait until now. I’m kind of glad it did though since I think this was the perfect way to experience the city.
I joined W Hotels and Tara Stiles (the loveliest woman and amazing yoga guru) for a weekend full of yoga, fitness fun and #posewhenever. Doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy due to all the croissants and macarons you see around here? That might be true but I have to admit that I had a fantastic time – both doing the yoga and experiencing the city. I mean, how can yoga on a paddle board, cooking classes in a kitchen with a DJ playing and watching the sun set while doing yoga not be anything but fantastic?!
This is a weekend I won’t forget anytime soon and hopefully that’s also true about all the yoga poses we learned during this trip. I’d love to incorporate a bit more of what I learned while away into my everyday life. The calm (and exhaustion) I felt after our 6am sunrise yoga session is something I’ll try to chase in the future without a doubt. Barcelona, you were amazing and I’m definitely coming back for you again!
Greetings from Barcelona and Spain where I’ve spent the last couple of days. I’m back in Paris (for two days before I’m off to the south of France) just in time for 14 Juillet but can’t wait to share more photos from my time spent in this beautiful city. Stay tuned!
All jewellery: David Yurman
To photograph this story for David Yurman in black and white was a no brainer. After seeing familiar faces like Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen and Kate Upton appear in the brand’s ads and grace the pages of Vogue and other prestigious fashion magazine throughout the years, I knew I wanted to give it a go. It was a pleasure to drop by David Yurman‘s newly opened store in Galeries Lafayette to pick out the pieces I was photographing for this job and also to find out more about the history behind the company and what they stand for. Hearing the stories and seeing what inspired the pieces is always important to get a better understanding of the brand’s DNA – and in this case it just happens to be one of the sweetest love stories to date. You recognise their signature cable bracelets? Well, these entwined cables, which you’ll find somewhere in almost everything they design, represent the fact that several pieces of material, or people, are stronger together than on their own. Too sweet, right?
Enough with the sobby love stories (although I can never have enough of this…) and back to the photographs. I wanted to photograph these pieces in the most delicate and pure way possible and let the jewellery speak for itself. I would kill (well, not really) for this stack of bracelets that glimmered so prettily in the morning sun while shooting this story.
Model: Christina Ahlberg
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!
When I first found out that the beautiful JW Marriott Hotel that I was staying at was located on an private island outside of Venice I couldn’t help but to feel a bit bummed about not living in the city centre and having such close distance to everything. After I left, I thanked them for not being too central. Getting away from the city and being able to relax on a calm and quiet island, away from the hustle and bustle, is how I like my Venice. I also didn’t mind the fact that you felt like you were in a James Bond movie (which is secretly my biggest dream ever) when the beautiful boat that picked you up from the airport pulled into the private hotel entrance on water…
Let’s be honest here, Venice looks kind of amazing through photographs you see from everyone visiting – and don’t get me wrong, it’s an absolutely beautiful city but it’s also so incredibly crowded. I mean, I’ve been to Rome in August so I feel as though I’ve done a crazy packed city in scorching heat before but this was something else… Perhaps because the city was smaller and the streets more narrow. Venice has been on my “to visit list” for ages now so I’m very happy that I got the opportunity to do finally discover it but I do think you really need to do your research before going, both in terms of where to eat but also when to visit the city (apparently evening time, when all the cruise ships have left the city, is supposed to be less crowded and absolutely beautiful).
All in all, I’m so happy to have experienced this city and being able to do it in this unique way. I simply adore the Italian colours, tiny little alleyways and the enormous selection of pasta and gelato everywhere you look. It’s also impossible to ignore the fact that I just feel a little bit more complete when I hear Italian being spoken… I miss it already. But looking out over Venice from the hotel’s gorgeous roof top pool, while sipping an iced drink, is certainly one of the better ways to see this place.
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.
As you might have been able to guess if you follow along on Instagram, I’ve spent the last couple of days in Italy. Or in Venice to be more precise. I’ve never been to this place before but I’ve always wanted to go so to say that I was excited for this trip is a clear understatement. I managed to fill my days with several glasses of prosecco, plates full of pasta and one too many gelatos. I also brought my camera with me, which means that I’ll be able to share a couple of more photos as soon as I’ve had the time to go through and edit them all. I might have to warn you though, there will very likely be one too many photos of colourful Venetian alleyways…