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…
Photographer: Brett Lloyd – Models: Magdalena Jasek & Hedvig Palm – Stylist: Melanie Huynh Utzmann
Lurking around pretty lace, gorgeous accessories and a ton of feathers is not what I call a bad day at work. It’s also the situation I usually find myself in when shooting behind the scenes for Elie Saab and their online magazine The Light of Now. It’s always a pleasure to work with these lovely people and to spend the day around dresses I can normally only dream about. For more photos from Elie Saab‘s Resort 2016 collection, click here.
Speaking of Elie Saab… I have more exciting photos (from a project that was a very big first for me) to share with you all very soon!
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.