Paris Journal

Salut! Welcome to the Paris Journal, with stories from La Ville Lumière and elsewhere. This is a collection of adventures: the ladies I photograph; the croissants I've eaten; tidbits from my life; special projects; and a Paris guide. Whew! I hope you'll come along; it's going to be a lovely time!

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Lilla and I are old friends. We used to sit on her bedroom floor, dreaming big dreams, during the endless hot summer days. One we always shared was an escape to Paris. We called it the Paris Apartment. Beyond the fact that we’d have an apartment, I’m not sure we organised many other details. Paris […]

I so enjoyed doing this Paris portrait session at one of my favorite Eiffel Tower locations for this INCREDIBLE family I have had the pleasure of knowing in Paris. The kids were SO good despite the fact that it was FREEZING. Everyone looked lovely; outfits were on point; and yes, there was candy afterwards. What […]

I’m so happy to share a handful of images from a styled shoot I did with Texas-based Hey Lovely Makeup, headed by the most delightful Erica! She and a few members of her team — Kendall, Gabi, and Dee — are responsible for the most…dare I say, lovely…hair, makeup, outfits, and accessories. So giddy I was […]

It was probably around 40 degrees F when I took shelter under the architecture museum at Trocadéro, the morning light just peeking above the trees. A biting wind grazed my ankles, and I was trying not to shiver. Hannah arrived, a flowing pink skirt billowing under an olive coat that didn’t quite reach the knees, […]

I think this is one of the most sentimental and heartfelt sessions I have ever done. It was a gloriously clear fall day, with the clouds one dreams about in the summer. Warm but not balmy; sun coming in strong; shorter days tempering the harsh high noon. We met on Pont Neuf, right by the […]

I’m part of a little photographers’ community on Facebook, which has led to me meeting some super awesome, lovely “classmates,” and Emily is one of them. She and her sweet family (husband Josh and darling baby) came to Paris (she said it’s a “just because” trip, which is the best reason, honestly), and I’m so […]

Some special portraits of one of the kindest people I know, taken at my favorite café in Paris. Yulia is the leader of the welcome team at our church, and she has exemplified that sometimes, “hello” is simple comme bonjour. Always smiling with a hello at the ready to greet you and make you feel like […]

Wowowowowow this was a dreamy morning in many ways. A perfect Paris portrait session, in my opinion. Rachael and Eric were a delight. The Louvre was stunning. We twirled and waltzed (practically) through my Paris — a mix of iconic sites and hidden corners — for a delicious morning together. Rachael and I are in […]

I met Hope on a bitter cold day in February (I’m pretty sure it was February) in a basement that, despite having just one window, was filled with light. The basement was church, and me being new, I was introduced to anyone who might have something in common with me. Hope, too, is from California. One […]

The platform at Trocadéro was slick and glistening, sunlight barely poking through the clouds at 7 a.m. The inclement weather, however, did not prevent Jonathan and Marisa from totally rocking their Paris portraits! These two fellow Californians were as kind and sweet as could be, and on top of that, they had amazing style. To my delight, […]

Paris strolls; looking for the best croissant; plenty of flowers; stories; and other adventures. I hope you'll come along and see my Paris!

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