One of my goals of the Paris agenda was to see Paris for the first time through a fresh set of eyes. It was requested that I bring everyday Paris to all of my readers. I am excited to announce the newest print shop collection which is now in the shop. I launched the new print shop a year ago this week so I am celebrating with 20% off all prints. The site also got a much needed refresh just in time for the holidays. Use the code ANNIVERSARY through next Wednesday to save 20%.
Bonjour from Paris! It took me longer to adjust to the time difference this time around but I am slowly getting there. While most people tell me they envy my job there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of the beautiful photographs. I have an early wakeup call before 8 am to catch the light and I end up working way too late at night. As I write this it is 11:30 pm and I will most likely work until 1 am before calling it a night. I figure I can sleep when I get home or at least attempt to. (we all know I am not the best sleeper)
The weather has been more like Summer weather than mid-October Fall weather. No matter how well I have packed from years of experience, I didn’t pack quite right. My suitcase was heavy on arrival and I have already picked up a few things at the pharmacie.
To be honest, I put a lot of pressure on myself for these trips. The trips to Paris are fully funded by me. My photography is what allows me to return to Paris so often. I save a lot and work hard and do my best to maximize my time here. I try to collect as many photographs as I can for the Print Shop and blog content. I plan out ideas for future blog posts as readers ask questions during the trip and I make notes as I go throughout my travels.
I truly try to make each experience different. Tonight, I was enjoying cheese and wine with my neighbors next door at my Paris Perfect Apartment this evening and they have been to Paris a few times. They explained it best as each trip was a different layer of the city. The first trip is the museums and all the sights and the trips that follow are discovering something new.
I have been to Paris a lot over the last 8 years and I am always trying to make a new experience. This time around I am staying at a few different places. They are in different neighborhoods all around the city which gives me a different perspective. Some are familiar neighborhoods and others are new discoveries.
A lot of readers have been asking for everyday life in Paris when I asked what they wanted to see through my eyes. There are parts that I have seen so many times that they seem normal to me. My goal this trip is to really step back and try to see it for the first time. From cafés to quiet streets and everything in between. I am also challenging myself to put people in my photographs. For years, I have been shooting empty streets. I was always turned away by cars parked on the streets or people passing by. I am trying to see the city differently and the people what makes Paris.
I am in Paris until next week and I am looking forward to discovering new parts of Paris and seeing Paris for the first time with fresh eyes. If there is something you would love to see from Luxembourg Gardens to the Eiffel Tower please comment below and I will do my best to show you.
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My first trip to Paris in the Autumn was back in 2013. It was before we looked at Pinterest and Instagram for travel inspiration. I had ideas in my head of what Paris would look like in the Autumn, but I had no idea if those ideas would match up to reality. I grew up in the Midwest, so I thought there would be more reds and yellows, but the colors are shades of browns and yellows. Paris somehow makes up for it with the neutral color palate of grey and blue it all seems to work.
The below images are not in any sort of order. They are from the years of 2013-2017. I have made a trip to Paris in the Autumn a yearly tradition. I know that not everyone has the opportunity to go to Paris as often as I do. Some of you dream of visiting for the first time and others may be planning a trip back. Either way this is my gift to you. Enjoy! Photographs are available in the Print Shop