Set in one of the largest and most gorgeous parks in Paris, our vintage Victorian photoshoot at the Jardin du Luxembourg was a dream come true.

In the most photographic city in the world, I knew I had to put together the best photoshoot of my life (yet). The problem was I didn’t know where to begin.  I didn’t speak the language or knew my way around Paris, and transportation was a complete mystery to me.

The preparation for this shoot started weeks in advance while I was still in Houston. Since I didn’t know anyone in Paris, reaching out to collaborators were a shot in the dark. I emailed a few modeling agencies and a few HMUA, and I twiddled my thumbs until somebody got back to me. During this period, the thought of rejection was very real. Every email that was sent and never replied to hurt just a little.

Here in Houston, if I need anything at all for a project, I could always rely on my network.  In Paris, I had no one.  All I had was Google and Instagram.

Many of the agencies that I sent emails to were big deals, international brands with fabulous models, and here I was, a little photographer from Texas trying to get a model for a personal project. The scale seemed so tipped, I had contemplated many times on giving up. However, I knew that if I didn’t try hard enough, I’d be kicking myself later.  I had to remind myself over and over again, it was not about where anybody stood status wise in the fashion/photography world, it was about the project.  I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Persistency paid off. Mademoiselle Agency graciously sent me Nell Spitzer, and I was so thrilled when Harold James came on board as our HMUA.

The vintage concept for the shoot was ultimately decided while I was in New York City en route to Paris. Once I decided on the Victorian theme, I hopped around various vintage stores in NY until I found the dress from Hamlet’s Vintage. Hamlet (the shop owner’s real name) was so friendly and helpful.  If you are ever in want of true vintage pieces, his shop is the go-to destination.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find the hat that I wanted in NY, so I actually spent a few hours my first day in Paris visiting vintage shops until I found the darling hat you see in the photos below. Communicating with French shop owners was an interesting experience. Luckily, I had learned a few key French phrases from a wonderful Parisian man I met on my flight to Paris.  I’ll tell you more about that in another blog post. In the mean time, allow me to share with you one of my favorite photoshoots I have ever done.

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The above photograph, as well as a few others, were shot with a new lens I recently purchased – the Petzval 85mm.  It’s a vintage style lens, completely manual focus, and it gives off a painterly watercolor effect that was perfect for the vibe I wanted.  I’m look forward to incorporating this lens with my senior shoots.

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Happy Saturday, friends! Summer is here and that means many fun sessions at the beach! I photographed this 2016 grad a few weeks ago and we had a fun day in the sun!

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One of my favorite things to photograph are long flowing dresses! I just love the way they flow in the wind!

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The last hour before sunset is magical! The lighting is simply the best!

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One of my many favorite things about photographing seniors is meeting them in such an exciting time in their lives. Fresh faced and ready to take on the world! I just love hearing about their goals, ambitions, and plans for their futures. It’s such a breath of fresh air! I photographed this artistic beauty a few weeks back, and it was such fun! Alexis, a class of 2015 senior, is a fellow photographer (and quite talented I must add). It was such a pleasure being able to photograph her and get to know her:)

 

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Floral crowns are one of my favorite additions to shoots!

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Not only is she a talented photographer…but she plays the cello beautifully!

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Beach shoots are one of my absolute favorites! There is something to be said about working while your toes are in the sand! Not to mention, this special spot of mine has a ton of nature areas surrounding the beach! I photographed this beauty weeks ago on a gorgeous day, and boy did we have some fun!

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I love when our seniors bring along accessories like scarves and hats…they always photograph so well.

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Olivia’s hair for days was just gorgeous in the wind!

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Certain moments call for black and white…

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As the sun was setting, we moved to this perfect little nature spot next to the beach.

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