In the summer of 2013 I was fortunate enough to visit the beautiful city of Paris. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As a photographer I fell in love with its magnificent architecture, rich texture of the buildings, and charming street cafes.
During my trip to Paris I was fortunate to participate in 5 photo shoots. In two of them I was a model! (Yes, I still dabble in modeling a bit.) I also organized 3 photo shoots with the local models. This post is about the photo shoot I did on the streets of Paris with the beautiful model of Russian origin – Irene.
In the traditional Russian fashion first thing Irene did was poor me some tea and offer me delicious pastry. I have to say that I am not used to this hospitality any longer and this was a real treat! After a brief chat while sipping tea, I began setting up my equipment. First thing that I noticed as I walked into Irene’s apartment was the paint that was literally falling off the walls. Perhaps to a regular person this would not be appealing, but a photographer in me immediately went: “Aha! Texture!” So the first shot we did was against that wall. In terms of a setup I used a single strobe for dramatic lighting.
I then noticed that Irene had a great view from here balcony. Also, it was about 3pm and the light was at just the right angle to take photos outside. I photographed mostly with an aid of a hand-held reflector. Also, Irene really wanted to showcase her new shoes. So, Voila! 😉
We then headed into the beautiful Jardin du Luxemburg to take advantage of the magnificent architecture of Paris. I have to admit that shooting at such a busy touristy location had its drawbacks, such as numerous tourists that would stop and take photos, but Irene was a trouper and managed to pose beautifully despite all the attention we received. At the end of the shoot we even had to fight off unwelcome coffee invitations! Our annoying “suitors” wouldn’t leave even after I repeatedly asked them not to interfere with our shoot. But Irene managed to get us out of this uncomfortable situation with grace and elegance. She also managed to tune out all the hustle and bustle around us and to pose beautifully.
At the end of our shoot Irene was kind enough to snap this picture of us. Overall, I am happy with the results of our shoot. I am also very grateful to Irene for being such a great model. Shooting on the streets of Paris was a dream come true, but not every model is capable of shooting with so many distractions and so much unwelcome attention. Irene did a wonderful job and for this I am very grateful.
Posts about my two other shoots in Paris are coming soon! Thank you for reading.
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