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City Snapshot: Rainy Afternoon

Rainy afternoons make for some of the most beautiful evening sunsets.  So many people retreat back into their homes when the storm clouds come, but I love to be more like Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris, and go wandering the city sans umbrella, embracing the beauty and romance of the rain.

Rainy Paris Sunsets by photographer Stacy Reeves

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Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris, one of the most famous churches in the world, just celebrated her 850th anniversary last year.  In celebration of this huge event, they installed new bells, a viewing platform outside the front entrance, and they updated the interior lighting to better show off the stunning gothic architecture inside.  I often tuck into Notre Dame on rainy days, since admission is free and there’s plenty of room to sit and have a quiet moment to yourself.  Every now and then I stumble onto a choral or organ performance, which is so hauntingly beautiful.

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Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

Even if you’re not religious, it’s worth it to stop by and see the inside of Notre Dame de Paris.  It’s quick, easy, free, and an amazing photo op!  I also really love the area around the church, particularly the garden in the back where you can view the famous flying buttresses, the Pont de l’Archeveche lovers’ lock bridge, the nearby flower market, and the Île-Saint-Louis neighborhood.

 

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Paris in Watercolor

I recently discovered an amazing way to turn my images of Paris into beautiful digital watercolors.  I am completely obsessed with this treatment – I think I may wallpaper every room in my apartment with these images!!  I’m also testing out some fine art prints of these images.  If everything looks great, I will be launching my Fine Art Prints web store next week!  In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites!

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Perhaps from now on we’ll have to do Watercolor Wednesdays!

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Shauna Ploeger - Gorgeous! I love these!

Ling Wang - Technology is truly amazing. These look like real watercolors.

Sarah - How beautiful! I agree with Ling … it’s amazing what new technology is popping up. Was this done with that new Waterlogue (sp?) app, or something similar?

french cravings - I love, love this new app! And I love your photography, too. I follow Karin at Paris in Four Months, where I found a link to you in the comments about the NYC snow. Katie

Melissa & Francois’ Surprise Paris Proposal

Surprise Paris proposal and portrait photo session

Sweet, lovely Melissa had no idea what was in store for her when we started her portrait session on this rainy afternoon in Paris.  Little did she know that Francois and I had secretly been conspiring for weeks to plan this perfect moment just for her…

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What a moment!  I’ve never seen a happier bride-to-be, Melissa literally could not stop herself from grinning ear to ear the entire session.  And who can blame her, with a ring like that on her hand!  Despite the pouring rain, we soldiered on to take a few portraits around the Eiffel Tower, their first photos together as future husband and wife!  I love that Melissa took my advice and brought along a cute bright red umbrella to use during her session.  I think it really makes the images pop!

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Congratulations lovebirds!!  It was such an honor to help Francois plan his big proposal, and I couldn’t be happier for you both.  Now you just need to come back to Paris to get married!  😉

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Melissa Trang, REALTOR®, GRI - Hi Stacy!

First, I wanted to say it was a pleasure meeting a fellow Texan while in Paris, it’s so nice to run into those with familiar roots while being so far away from home. We miss our EuroTrip already and just looking through these photos brings us back so many great memories making us wish we were still there.

These pictures are ABSOLUTELY beautiful. You are such a sweetheart for organizing this surprise with Francois, going above and beyond to make it extra special for the both of us. It was a surprise I’ll never forget. You really worked your magic on this one and did an excellent job capturing an unforgettable moment.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂

City Snapshot: Paris on Fire

When the sun hits the edge of the rooftops just right, on a clear day, for just a few fleeting moments, you almost feel as if the city is on fire.  It never lasts long, but nothing wonderful ever does!

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