Only a couple of months have passed after Barbara's first portrait session in Paris and she is now back again, this time with her beloved Mattia! Our photographer Catherine O'Hara met this lovely Italian couple in the afternoon by Notre Dame cathedral to capture some of the best moments on Parisian bridges, by the Seine river, and in front of the famous Shakespeare's bookstore. And of course there is no way to end a romantic portrait session without delicious raspberry cake and champagne!
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After their first engagement portrait session in Paris last year, Julianne and Jason decided to come back to France in September for an intimate elopement on the Côte d'Azur. For this special occasion, our photographer Nadia Gric traveled down south to meet this lovely couple and capture the ceremony in the medieval village of Eze, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea. Seeing bride and groom exchanging their vows in one of the most beautiful places in Europe brought tears of joy to everyone's eyes! Our sincere congratulations to Julianne and Jason!
In sunny September, a photographic assignment brought me to Northern Italy, or more precisely, to Monte Isola, an island situated in the middle of the beautiful lake Iseo. Once all the work was done, I took a couple of days to explore the island on my own. Equipped with a camera, my trusty 24-70 mm lens, and a map of the island, I headed out in search of magnificent Italian landscapes.
At the very end of August, Paris welcomed Guillaume and Robin with a few clouds in the sky, however, the mood of this romantic portrait session was undeniably sunny. Robin's long elegant purple dress stood out beautifully against the classic architecture of the Louvre, the bridges over the Seine river, and of course the iconic background of the Eiffel tower. Our photographer Catherine O'Hara did a wonderful job capturing this lovely couple in the City of Love!
This August, Kate and Phil took their baby Fiona on her first trip to Paris. Together with our photographer Elena Usacheva they walked around the Eiffel tower, enjoying the sunny summer morning, and ended their session by having a little picnic in the parc, where Fiona got the biggest croissant ever!
In early September I happened to stop for a few days in Nice, on the Mediterranean coast, with an important photographic mission, which I will soon tell you in a future post. September is truly the best time to visit Côte d'Azur: the crowds are gone, while the weather is still warm and pleasant, with the sea water temperature being close to air temperature, making the entire seaside experience even more enjoyable. Having only half a day to discover the city, I grabbed my camera and headed out in search of photo opportunities...
Contrast is a powerful photographic tool that helps to draw viewer's attention to the subject. In black-and-white photography, tonal contrast refers to the different in tones of the image: from white to grey to black. In colour photography, contrasting colours are used to make the subject stand out. And in the larger sense, contrast is any striking difference that gives added emphasis to the subject. Let's have a look at some examples of how contrast can be effectively used in photography in a variety of ways.
After a romantic portrait session in Paris last year, Paolo and Melissa decided to do it again, this time in London. They met our photographer Hermione McCosh for a classic walk around Big Ben with traditional English symbols in the background, and then continued towards Notting Hill with its charming flea markets and red brick walls. Now they have great memories from both cities to bring back to their native Peru!
Paris in June is a perfect idea not only for watching Rolland-Garros tennis tournament, but also for spending a romantic honeymoon. Paola and Joe, both avid tennis fans, decided to do both during their stay. They met our photographer Nadia Gric on Bir Hakeim bridge for a stroll in the area around the Eiffel tower and later continued their portrait session at the elegant Palais Royal and its gardens, full of blooming roses, perfectly matching Paola's lovely dress. Such a gorgeous and happy couple!
This summer, Prague comes to Paris, as seen through the eyes of the most important Czech photographer of the XX century, Josef Sudek. This is the first exhibition of Sudek in France. It is composed of a selection of a personal donation of some 3,000 original prints, previously unseen by public, and is exhibited in Jeu de Paume gallery in Jardin des Tuileries. "The Intimate World of Josef Sudek" is a chronicle of Sudek's life-long commitment to photography, of his incredible sensitivity to light and shadow, to everyday objects and to poetry of daily life, and a tribute to his work as an exceptional printmaker.
Sunny day in London? Time for a family portrait session in the charming little streets of Notting Hill! Denise and Brian and their three children Lillian, Catherine and Harris met our photographer Hermione McCosh for a lovely stroll exploring the famous Portobello market and nearby streets, full of colourful shops and typical English brick walls. Good mood is all it takes to create great memories!
What happens when two Italian friends go to Paris on vacation? They have lots of fun! Valeria and Barbara did everything possible to make their portrait session in Montmartre unforgettable: dressed in lovely 50's dresses, they posed and giggled, bought fresh baguettes from the bakery and tasted eclairs, sipped coffee in a café and exchanged jokes with painters on Place de Tertre, and finally ended up spinning on the carousel! They are already planning a new session with our photographer Nadia Gric for their new trip to Paris!