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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Any churchgoer is probably familiar with the dreaded three-minute meet-and-greet. For what is quite possibly the longest and most awkward three minutes of your life, you must make eye contact and shake hands with as many people as you can before the pastor hops on stage. For some, it’s an excuse to run to the […]

Just a bit before the entire world was quarantined, I met the lovely Eugenia who was on her habitual solo trip to Paris. We “met” in a photography group and decided to swap some headshots while she was here. So glad I said oui, because I’m all about meeting a fellow Francophile. Indeed, her Instagram bio […]

It had rained all last week and was forecasted into the next. After monitoring the météo intently all Sunday afternoon, I finally made the call the meet Monday morning. Better to be out in a little drizzle than risk pouring rain later in the afternoon. Ironically, the rain petered out after lunch, but my little […]

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 […]

A family portrait session at the Eiffel Tower

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 […]

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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