june 7 on 7 (random paris)

Seven photos on the seventh of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes - just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line!
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Why these completely random photos of Paris? Timing is everything. In the middle of a very challenging time in my life, a dear friend and colleague asked if I would be willing to come to Paris to take photos for her design business. Um, yes?


Every morning, I would meet Anne for croissants and café crème and then we would hit the streets, she with a plan, and me following along with my cameras strapped to my back. We sometimes walked more than seven miles a day (never even getting close to tourist destinations like the Eiffel Tower), stopping to take photos at places that had deep meaning for her, and some completely random locations.

We wandered through flower markets.


We walked along the Seine for miles, perusing street vendor booths, stopping often for more coffee to sit and watch people and boats go by.


We had some lovely meals, although my favourite evening of all included making a charcuterie board with friends and dining in simply with wine and conversation.


Anne LaFollette, my friend and travel mate, is a talented pattern designer and has also created amazing classes to teach others what she has learned in the world of pattern design. I love her dearly and pretty much jumped at the chance to shoot in Paris with her for a week. We followed our noses around the city, looking for light, texture and experiences. Such as this moment by the Seine where a charming trash collector decided to jump into the photo with Anne.

Yes, this is the 8th photo.

Yes, this is the 8th photo.

I’m lucky that I have visited Paris before and didn’t feel any pull to visit any touristy spots. Instead, I’m so grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the city on its own terms. Wander, stop, have coffee, repeat. I can’t wait to go back.

(Stay tuned for more Paris photos from my shoots with Anne soon. And… film!)

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Please visit my talented friend Kris McNeil to see her stunning 7 on 7 photos, 
then click through to the next person in our blog roll to see what we've all been up to.