This has been a crazy and exhausting week! And how is it already Fall?!!! I’ve been so busy planning Paris…traveling to Paris…editing Paris…time is just flying by too fast! This Denver Portrait Photographer is not complaining, though! I absolutely LOVE Fall weather for outdoor portrait sessions! I’m traveling a bit from now until the end of the year, but I would love to make time to photograph you before Winter arrives!
Oooh and before I forget: An unexpected new development has occurred in the stolen image saga. And it begins with me blocking the person who took the image and them finding another way to contact me.
And now let’s travel back to Paris…
Red Hot Scenic View
One of the Paris looks I originally planned was that of a powerful business woman or CEO. Although I absolutely adore both romantic and vintage-inspired images, that is not all that I can offer my clients!
The red jacket chosen for the look resembled a modern day Bar Jacket, gorgeously accentuating the waist. But location can absolutely change everything. I chose the location for the portrait session on blind faith. The Paris guidebook I had been reading talked about an amazing and scenic view of the Eiffel Tower that many people don’t know about. I pictured what it must look like and suggested that it serve as our red hot CEO location.
When we arrived via metro, my heart sank a bit. The area was way rougher around the edges than I had imagined…in fact, it honestly looked nothing like I had visualized. Up until then, all of Paris had looked relatively similar to me…the gorgeous buildings with those incredible little decorative balconies…pastry shops on every corner…everything trimmed in gold. But this? No, this was different. And part of me feels that the locals would say this area was more authentically Paris, and that everything I had seen prior was the touristy area.
We walked for a few minutes in disappointed silence, saw the “scenic view” of the Eiffel Tower, and quickly realized that it wasn’t going to work. The view was great, but with the style I shoot in, I knew the Eiffel Tower wouldn’t show up in my shot. We kept walking in hopes to find a great place to start, and suddenly found a well-lit alleyway with graffiti. I pulled out my camera and we got to work.
Within a few shots, I wasn’t feeling it…and intuition is very important when it comes to creating. I loved the red jacket and I loved Maggie in it, but it just didn’t fit what I was going for. I then had the idea to photograph her in the middle of the busy crowds walking on the street (maybe to an important meeting?), but the setting just seemed too…I don’t know…”gritty”. I wanted CEO…not “West Side Story”. It was then that I said to Maggie, “alright…change of plans…let’s lose the jacket!”
within moments I knew that this was a way better direction to go.
We were able to get a lot done very quickly, and while none of my favorite shots from that day included the red jacket (or the Eiffel Tower…or the red soles that I spent forever painting on Maggie’s shoes), I think we still made magic ;) Sometimes you can plan and plan…and then the Universe will show you something even better.