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Lauren’s glamourous black tulle portraits

Although I’ve spent the majority of my 10-year career as a photographer shooting weddings and portraits of couples, and I do absolutely love it, I must admit that photographing women alone is by far my favorite thing to shoot.  So much of a women’s self-worth is tied up in how she looks – or rather, how she thinks she looks – and although we can talk about how wrong and misplaced and unfortunate that is (and it certainly is) until the cows come home, it won’t change the reality that the better a women feels about how she looks, the better she feels about herself in general.  Given that, making women look and feel beautiful means a great deal to me.  Every women deserves to feel good about how she looks, and every woman deserves photos of herself that she loves.  That luxury should not belong to supermodels alone!  That belief inspired me to open my beauty and boudoir portrait studio Blushd many years ago – see the website and portfolio here.  That business took a bit of a backseat when I moved to Paris, but in light of a ton of inquiries coming in from women who are traveling to Paris alone, or with their moms or sisters or daughters or best friends, I realized that now is the perfect time to kick my female portrait business back into high gear!

Given all of that, when I got the chance to meet up with fellow Dallasite Lauren (at the Paris branch of Kate Spade, of course – where else would you find two world-traveling Southern girls?), I practically begged her to be my model for a gals-only portrait session around Paris in one of my tulle skirts.  Lauren is an incredibly busy lady: she runs the wildly popular blog Aspiring Kennedy, she serves as a study abroad trip coordinator for an American university, she has a side business doing trip itinerary planning for those traveling to Europe, and she has the most beautiful little family in her husband and her sweet baby girl.  I am so lucky that I made it into her schedule and was able to persuade her to step in front of my lens!

Here are a few of my favorites from her session:

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We also managed to snap a few “normal” photos are well, wandering around the gardens of Palais Royal.

Portait photo session in Paris near the Louvre and Eiffel Tower with Lauren Knight of Aspiring KennedyPortait photo session in Paris near the Louvre and Eiffel Tower with Lauren Knight of Aspiring KennedyPortait photo session in Paris near the Louvre and Eiffel Tower with Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy

If you’re a gal (or a guy, I don’t judge!) coming to Paris and you’d love to do some photos like these of yourself, let me know!!  I have the black and pink tulle skirts available to you, or I can suggest a wealth of options for you to rent or buy a fabulous gown of your own, or you can create a fabulous outfit from your own closet.  We can do something totally glamorous and sexy, or we can arrange a themed shoot, such as a vintage “Midnight in Paris” 1920’s look, or a Baroque-era “Marie Antoinette” or “Pride and Prejudice” look on the grounds of Versailles, or we can have fun with Parisian clichés and ride around the city on a bicycle with a baguette and flowers in your basket wearing a striped shirt and beret.  Contact me and let’s get your session planned!

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Karla - LOVE IT!!

Caitlin - These are wonderful photos! As a single girl visiting in the fall, I would love to see more examples of your individual photography.

stacy - I would love to shoot more of it! Unfortunately not a lot of single ladies consider doing these types of shoots, but I hope to change that!

A Stroll Down Pont Bir Hakeim

Pont Bir Hakeim Inception Bridge in Paris France

More famously known as the bridge featured in the movie “Inception,” Pont Bir Hakeim is one of my very favorite places in all of Paris.  It’s just west of the Eiffel Tower, making for some breathtaking views both day and night.  It’s also quite lovely in its own right, with hanging pendant lamps and arched steel beams lining both sides and a beautiful stone archway and viewing platform in the middle.  There’s also a small staircase in the center that leads down to a narrow strip of land right in the center of the river that has a quaint little garden.  I often see joggers down there at sunrise, taking in the glowing city as the sunlight hits the water and the quintessential French buildings lining the shores of the Seine.  In fact, it’s one of the only spots in Paris that is used by boats, cars, bikers, pedestrians, buses, and the Metro to cross the Seine.  It’s my favorite place for surprise proposals (particularly the spot pictured above), as it is fairly secluded and private but still has incredible views.  It’s also my daily commute to/from the Eiffel Tower, giving it special significance in my heart.  I’ll happily skip the Metro any day to take this walk.

Pont Bir Hakeim Inception Bridge in Paris France

Pont Bir Hakeim Inception Bridge in Paris France

Pont Bir Hakeim Inception Bridge in Paris France

Pont Bir Hakeim Inception Bridge in Paris France

Pont Bir Hakeim Inception Bridge in Paris France

Pont Bir Hakeim Inception Bridge in Paris France

Pont Bir Hakeim Inception Bridge in Paris France

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Eiffel Tower Wedding Portraits

I just adore it when a newlywed bride and groom take the time, effort, and expense to bring their dress and suit all the way across the world for some post-wedding portraits in Paris.  Any photo in Paris is sure to be stunning, but a gorgeous bride in a fabulous wedding dress and a dapper groom in a custom suit add a touch of romance and drama.  This particular session had a special touch of romance, as Bethany and Jason were so clearly in love with each other and definitely still on their wedding-day high.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Designs By Katy - Ah these are to die for! Your photos are perfect per usual.

http://www.designsbykaty.com

Alisha - On behalf of my fiancé and I, I just want to say what an exceptional job Stacy has done. She was able to capture every special moment of our proposal and turn it into a beautiful story. Stacy’s work speaks for itself. Her pictures are flawless, elegant and fun. As a photographer, Stacy was very approachable, accommodating, creative and open to any suggestions. My fiancé was able to arrange every detail with her while being overseas. Overall, I would highly recommend booking Stacy as a photographer for any occasion as she is genuinely invested in her love for photography.

Bethany - Eeek! So excited to see our session on your blog! We had such a great time, thanks for being so easy to find and work with, especially for couples who don’t speak french and want to have a session in Paris!

xoxo,

Bethany

Eiffel Tower at Sunset

Paris isn’t exactly known for its amazing sunsets, but every now and then it busts out with something completely and utterly breathtaking.  Usually these moments of magic come just after a major rainstorm, when everyone is huddled inside to stay dry.  It’s like nature’s reward to those brave souls who aren’t afraid to get a little wet on the search for adventure.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

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Elisa - I’m from Paris but I’m very sensitive when see your post. It’s so romantic! Thanks for your share!

Casual Paris Portraits with Olivia and Michael

One of the best things about photographing fellow wedding and portrait photographers is that they often say to me, “Just take us wherever you want to shoot.”  That kind of creative freedom and risk-taking usually results in some of the best photos I’ve ever taken, because it allows me to think outside of the box and try new things.  Olivia and Michael gave me that exact freedom for their Paris portrait session.  They wanted something fun, relaxed, and not too touristy, so I took them to one of my favorite neighborhoods on Ile-de-la-Cite in the middle of the Seine River.  Although the area around Notre Dame can be jam-packed with tourists, the tiny side streets and gardens are so quaint and quiet and beautiful.  It’s a bit like a Disney version of residential Paris – slightly prettier (and cleaner) than real life!  They also love beautiful architecture, so we stopped by the Louvre to grab some shots with the stunning archways and lampposts.  Here are some of my favorites from their session:

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Designs By Katy - Stacy! You are such a talent. Thoroughly enjoyed meeting you this weekend!