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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

may 7 on 7

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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Because when roses come into the house on rare occasions, you take their picture.  Hello pretty...

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And when two photo friends call you for coffee and a mini photowalk around the docks in Sausalito, you ditch your to-do list and go.  Thank you Chloe and Birgitte for getting me out of the house and making me laugh!  You two are a joy!

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Having a tendency to always wonder if I should be doing/accomplishing something different, I appreciated the following reminder....

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And sometimes when I'm on a client shoot in a lovely garden, I tend to wander...

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Bonus photo: because #TobyTheMoseyDoodle sometimes comes on shoots with me and wonders if now is the right time to ask for a cookie.

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Happy May!  Hope spring is busting out wherever you are.

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Please visit the amazing Kristina Rust for her 7 on 7 post, then click through to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see what we've seen.

march 7 on 7

Seven photos on the seventh of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes (unless we spontaneously decide on one) - just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and then link to the next person in line.

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During our recent getaway to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, we went in search of big skies and desert landscapes.  We found them, and more.

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There is something for everyone.... wide open spaces and few people to obscure the view.

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Canon 5D Mark II (from my recent Viewfinders post)

The mid-century modern architecture and the vintage cars combined to create visuals straight out of the movies.

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Style for days. The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and its diner are a visual delight. I have a special fondness for this location.

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We spent a couple of hours in the Palm Springs Air Museum chatting with docents who shared their decades of knowledge with us.

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Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II

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Best of all, my fellow travelers were top notch.

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Back home and dreaming of where we'll head next... it doesn't matter whether it's a day trip in the vanagon or further afield.  Just get out the door and go.

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Please visit the lovely Janice of Shine Photo & Design for her 7 on 7 post, then click through to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see where we've all been and what we've seen.

february 7 on 7

Seven photos on the seventh of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes (unless we decide to) - just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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As I started pulling photos from my January archive, I began seeing a theme.  There seemed to be a lot of steps, paths and gates.

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From my January Viewfinders post.

I'm always intrigued by what's down that path or through that door or up those steps.  Recently, I was reminded of a film lecture during my long ago college days where we watched a Hitchcock film (I wish I could recall which one...).  Hitchcock was a master of suspense and one scene in particular has always stuck in my memory -  a character walks down a hallway and through a door out of sight.  We all know that *something* is going to happen in that room and my fellow students and I all leaned to the right and craned our necks as if we could actually see around the corner.

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For me, there is something so appealing visually about pathways and stairs (and doorways too).  Photographically speaking the perspective is what draws the eye.  But my feet (and sometimes the dog pulling me along on his leash) also want to go that way.

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What's down there?

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What's through there?

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What's around that corner?

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Let's go see.

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Please visit the lovely Maureen Nichols at Cottage 960 for her 7 on 7 post, then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see where we've all been and what we've seen.

cheers,
kim