Paris · Honeymoon Part 3

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Paris · Honeymoon Part 3

 
London is a riddle. Paris is the explanation.
— G.K. Chesterson
 

We didn't love our time in London, but Paris was a revelation.  

I've been in love with Paris ever since I was ten years old and I studied French for 6 months before my family relocated to the Sunshine Coast (my level of devastation was VERY HIGH when I got to my new school and realized the only language on offer was Japanese). We caught the train from London to Paris, and from the very second we exited the train station my love affair with Paris was renewed, doubled, TRIPLED!

THE HIGHLIGHT REEL

  • Our accommodation was saaah cute!! And so French! This teeny loft apartment on the fifth floor, in the middle of Montmartre, about a 5 minute walk from the Sacre-Cour. Our Air-BNB host was a photographer himself, so that was pretty cool.
  • Climbing the Eiffel Tower - something I have dreamed of since I was ten.
  • Wandering the streets of Paris with my love.
  • Exploring Versailles and riding a bike around the grounds (I'm a child at heart). 

THE NOT SO FUN STUFF

There are only two things I can honestly think of.

  • Bread. Bread. Bread. Bread. Bread. Bread. So. Much. Bread. Everywhere. We nearly cried (I think I actually did get teary) when we found our first plate of vegetables 6 days later in a tiny country town in the middle of France.
  • We arrived in Paris at the tail end of the floods last year, on their first sunny day since the heavy rains. The floods didn't cause us any trouble at all thankfully, but it was really sad to see so many boats and businesses closed due to flooding =(

EXPLORING MONTMARTRE

I don't ever take photos of my accommodation, unless I'm in France apparently! It was the only place we visited that I did.

It had the cutest loft window on one side, and a teeny balcony overlooking Paris on the other. It wasn't until I looked out these windows that I realised how smoggy Paris is. Not something that 10 year old me pictured! And yes, both Dan and I smacked our heads, elbows and knees several times in this apartment!

 

I'm so glad that we stayed on Montmartre ♥ ♥ ♥ It was everything I hoped it would be, quintessentially FRENCH (at least, it was exactly the way I pictured Paris to be anyway).

The best tip I received was from my London friend Alice (thank you!) who suggested that when we visited the Sacre-Cour to walk around the back, where there is a beautiful little garden with a stunning view (more framing of monuments with plants..). We ended up sitting in the garden for a little while, just watching all the locals and children play.


THE Eiffel Tower

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.

Childhood dream? 

TICK!

It did take poor Dan a while to find the Eiffel Tower though...

 
 

And my obsession for framing monuments with plants continues....

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We chose to climb the stairs, because the line for the elevator was too long, and also because I couldn't NOT walk up the stairs after thinking about it for so long right? It wasn't even too bad, although come to think of it I was probably just distracted by my excitement.


Arc de triomphe

Of course, the next thing we had to do was admire this monument ♥

I snapped a few photos of the extent of the flooding as well - these poor business owners =(


PALACE OF versailleS

Holy smokes, this place is huge.

Like, really, really, really, huge. We spent a whole day here, and didn't even get to fully explore the grounds!!!!

Versailles is somewhere I always wanted to explore, again since I was ten years old, so it was so amazing to actually visit this place I had envisioned so much from reading books (okay, just this one fictional book I had since I was 10 which my dog literally ate and destroyed a few years ago, along with part of my heart). 

PRO TIP: If you are planning a trip there and want to explore inside the palace, please do as the Internet suggests and get there FIRST thing in the morning. It took us nearly two hours to get there, and we were a bit lazy (and exhausted) so we took our time getting in, but by the time we got there it was absolutely PACKED inside. I'm normally okay in crowds, until people start getting pushy and shove-y and disrespectful of other people's space, which they were here. Everyone also moved really, really slowly, and even I needed OUT by about halfway through.  Photo below to give you an idea of what it was like - this wasn't the worst, this was where I was able to breathe enough to get a photo!

it had been years since I rode a bike, and oh man it was so fun. Sun shining, wind in my hair - just one of those little moments that makes you feel young and free, and very grateful ♥


PARIS WANDERINGS

We managed to squeeze a few other things into our time in Paris, we saw the Army museum and Napoleon's tomb which was really fascinating, followed by a little wander through Paris, past the Louvre, over Pont Neuf and up to Notre Dame.

CAN'T BELIEVE THAT IS A SENTENCE I JUST WROTE - and so casually too!!!

Just a normal day for the locals I guess, but so awesome for me.

I have a thing for taking photos of other people taking photos - and when I stumbled across this wedding shoot I couldn't resist!!


Next up - our road trip through France =)

 
 

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Aaron + Emma

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Aaron + Emma

When I was little, I demanded that my mum provide me with a little brother - a sister absolutely would not do at all and thankfully, she delivered on that.

I was five when he was born, and I can still remember going to meet him for the first time. I was wearing a black and blue stripey-top with a shirt. I can remember my dad coming to pick me up from grandma's house, and I can remember walking up into the hospital while holding his hand.  

It was pretty much love at first sight I think, and we were inseparable as kids growing up. But he's all grown up now (say what!) and in love (say what??) and has just built his first home with his partner Emma (what?!?) - all of which I find hard to believe because it only feels like yesterday he was a teeny tiny four year old going red all over with rage because I annoyed him so much, or a bite-sized seven year old offering to protect me from my bullies.

When he called me to tell me he'd met a girl, I knew she must be something special, and that she is.  These two love each other so freely, which I think is so rare, and so beautiful. It makes my heart so happy to see him so happy.

I hope that you always make each other laugh and feel this way ♥

It's always such a pleasure to photograph you guys, especially when it's in winter and I can escape the Melbourne cold to wander around in shirts, shorts and flip slops on the beach!!

I'm hoping to be back on the Sunshine Coast over the Christmas break and will be offering a limited number of sessions - if you are interested in a session please contact me to book in!


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Three months on

SURPRISE! It's JUNE!

This time of year (a.k.a tax time) always gets me reflecting on the last 12 months, and I've decided to shake things up a bit!

I'm about to jump on a plane back to Melbourne, but wanted to quickly share with you what's been going on behind the scenes lately!


UPDATED COLLECTIONS

I'm SO excited to share with you a sneak peek at some new products that are coming your way soon.  While I love being able to give you digital images (we all want them, even me), printing images is just so important to me now. With that in mind, I've redesigned my collections for family and newborn photography to give you more options to choose from.

There will be another blog post coming in two weeks (promise) with the full run down on all the new and shiny things on offer but for now here's a little sneak peek...

 
 

A LOVE LETTER TO MY CLIENTS

I'm feeling so grateful for my job right now, and needed to write a little love letter...

To my super-wonderful clients,
You are beautiful and I LOVE YOU.
Thank you so much for choosing me to be your photographer, and for coming back to me again and again and again. You make my heart honestly burst open with love and gratitude.
♥ ♥ ♥

Honestly I really do work the loveliest and most beautiful humans. I've come to realise that I miss blogging about you, so my new resolution is to feature some of my favourite sessions on the blog every month too (it's going to be so hard to choose!).  


GENERAL GOSS

As you can see, I REALLY stuck to my blogging goal for my new website (not)!!

Life just keeps getting in the way, but I've decided there's just no excuse for it now. Mondays are hereby being known as 'content creation day', so I can get on top of the blogging schedule, and try to be more active on Facey and Insta. 

Let me know if there are any topics you want me to chat about! I would love to start sharing some photography related stuff - do you have any burning questions? Or requests of things you'd like me to write about? Leave me a comment or send me an email, I'd love to hear from you!

Which leads me into the next bit......


WORKSHOPS + MENTORING!

Fun fact! When I graduated high school my top three career choices were law, teaching or psychology.  I am a total nerd-burger and am obsessed with learning, about almost anything, and I love helping others to learn as well.  My heart gets all fluttery when I can help someone understand something they didn't previously.  

Ever since I started my photography business, I've harboured a secret desire to run workshops (any kind, from beginner to advanced) and be a mentor to others - I have so much I want to share with you all, and I'm finally feeling ready to let my inner teacher beastie free.

Currently I'm working on a workshop for beginners (designed to help you take better photos of your kids or fur-babies) and mentoring programs for other photographers (on everything from pricing, how to legit, actually, really find your ideal client, contract and questionnaire templates, you name it).  

If you are interested and want to be the first to know, the best thing to do is subscribe to my newsletter below!


Chat soon!

Lecinda xx

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