Reminiscing about this spectacular day, photographing the Dior Haute Couture show earlier in July while shooting a special little story for W Magazine as well. Every time I look at the photos from this show I find myself gasping (not because of my own photography talents, don’t worry) because of how much work really goes into putting on a show like this and how incredibly beautiful the outcome can be. Perhaps my head is still stuck in the tiny movie theatre where I saw the movie Dior and I the other day – a must for anyone with the slightest interest for fashion, haute couture or Dior.
Delicious treats at Boot Café, calm mornings in Jardin du Palais Royal, sunny summer evenings by the Seine and the beautiful dome inside Galeries Lafayette. Never forget to look up, some days it’s harder to get out of bed than others, on my way to French toast in Saint Germain and coffee and cake on repeat… French toast on the Ladurée menu, a visit to newly opened Brasserie Barbes, a completely empty Place des Vosges and cute Parisian terraces everywhere you look.
I’ve never experienced such a wonderful summer in Paris before (minus the traumatising dental surgery of course) but the sun has been shining almost every single day and the temperatures have been more than enough. Since I’m not getting my beach vacation this time around I really hope this will last as long as possible. I’m taking a mini “staycation” and so far my days have been filled with sunny strolls and lots of iced coffee…
I’m by no means a style guru, I just tend to wear items I feel comfortable in (and by “wear” I mean really wear. I mean wear until I have to throw that darn dress out because it’s too worn). Even so, I thought it would be nice to share the details properly for those of you who have been asking since I know how frustrating it can be stalking Instagram tags to find the exact item that you’re looking for. So here we go.
I had the pleasure to photograph Kerrie Hess for the very first time when she came to Paris during a freezing cold February (if I’m not mistaken) more than over a year ago now, which ended with dinner, chats and wine at my favourite restaurant Semilla on the left bank. Making new friends, from all over the world is certainly one of my favourite perks about what I do. Fortunately this Australian beauty found her way back to Paris earlier this month on a mission to photograph her new shoe collection, which I’m honoured to have been asked to do. Here are three little teaser images from our shoot together and if you’d like to see more I suggest checking out Vogue Australia or keeping an eye on Instagram.
I’m currently writing this with one of my cheeks being the size of a football, more or less. Yesterday I had to have dental surgery done due to two stupid wisdom teeth that thought it seemed fitting to pop up just in time to ruin my holidays. I was supposed to leave for Italy this Monday to see both family and friends but had to cancel the whole trip because of this less than hilarious problem. Anyhow, fast forward past one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life and I’m now only able to sip juice and eat cold soup. Hopefully this little bump in the road will be over sooner rather than later and perhaps I’ll even be lucky enough to plan a weekend in Italy after all, we’ll see…
In the meantime I’ll share a few photos from Instagram lately starting with an image from my shoot with the lovely Kerrie Hess (more about that very soon), every marble lover’s dream bathroom at Hotel Le Meurice, my ridiculously happy face when stumbling across this cute Fiat and the Plaza Athénée‘s beautiful red balconies. The view from my flat where I’m currently being held hostage, Parisian street corners, a sparkling Tour Eiffel and some recent work I photographed for Carolina Herrera during Haute Couture week. Place Saint Sulpice, one of my favourite spots in Paris, gorgeous rooftops and empty Parisian streets on a Sunday.
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).