Paris Reflection & 2017 Travel

 Unintentional but beloved blur from my point and shoot camera - Paris 2011

Unintentional but beloved blur from my point and shoot camera - Paris 2011

It was exactly 5 years ago that I traveled to Paris for the first time and was my 2nd international trip.  It's cliche but agreed upon between my travel companion and I that Paris was exactly what we expected it to be and much more.  

5 years ago social media and technology was definitely not what it is today.  I didn't have an iPhone and was a few months too late to the Instagram game to document everything.  I had a point and shoot camera that had quite a few "fancy" features I didn't know how to use and ended up with some of my favorite un-intentional blurry photos. 

 My most favorite unintentional blurry photo - Paris NYE 2011

My most favorite unintentional blurry photo - Paris NYE 2011

Those 10 days in Paris were life changing, it lit a fire within and after that trip I knew that I needed to pursue a passion in my life.  Within 5 years I've learned quite a bit about myself and my photography; I love photographing women, I love dancing with the darkness and the light and I love capturing love and whatever that may look like for the people in front of me.  Nothing gives me greater joy than having people that share a real and genuine connection with each other get in front of my lens, forget that they have a photographer in front of them and just love one another.  

Fast forward to the end of this summer, I was ending my travel journey to Morocco and Europe and found myself back in Paris with a ticket back home.  Paris wasn't on my list of places to go during that trip but I found myself in the city that inspired my greatest passion.  

 Self Portrait, Paris 2016

Self Portrait, Paris 2016

I didn't have a plan during my few days in Paris but knew that I wanted to shoot while I was there.  I posted a casting call and from that casting call I met Sara and Geoffrey.  Sara had seen my post, gotten engaged 3 weeks earlier and wanted photos of her and her fiance, Geoffrey.  We managed to schedule a shoot for the next day on a Sunday and before my flight home on Tuesday morning. 

 Geoffrey + Sara in Montmartre

Geoffrey + Sara in Montmartre

Shooting in Paris was a dream.  Just 5 years ago I held a point and shoot camera in my frozen hands and now I was walking the cobblestone streets of the most romantic neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris with Sacre Coueur in the background.  

 Sacre Coueur - Paris 2016

Sacre Coueur - Paris 2016

My heart is still full from this moment and grateful for the turn of events that made me return back to Paris.  Just as I did 5 years ago I sat down at a sidewalk cafe with my pen and paper to write and in those moments are realizations of the bigger picture of my life.  

Fast forward to being back at home; I woke up with an email from Sara asking if I'd be interested in being their wedding photographer this summer.  Sometimes the best things come out of things that aren't planned and right now I'm living in a photo of the most beautiful macro moment.  Even though I'm not sure what my bigger picture of 2017 looks like yet I do know that on July 29th 2017 I'll be living out what I love the most and that will be at an Italian villa capturing not only the love that's shared between Sara and Geoffrey but the love from the 20 people that surround them on that day.  

And in true Italian spirit...that's amore!