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Paris Portraits: Abby & Zach’s Snowy Winter Session

I have been keeping this session under wraps for months, but I am so excited to finally go live with them!  I am especially honored to have them featured on one of my favorite France-related blogs, French Wedding Style!

Snow in Paris is surprisingly rare, making only a few quick appearances each winter, so when Abby and Zach lucked into the most beautiful, thick, gorgeous snow fall one afternoon, we knew we had to act fast.  We woke up at the crack of dawn and embarked on the empty, snow-covered city.  It was so magical to see all these beautiful landmarks completely empty and coated in white – and so worth the early wakeup call!  Abby and Zach are a large part of the reason I came to Paris, so it was so wonderful to be able to repay them with these super cool (ha!) images!

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Neyda - Pictures from this session were one of the reasons we chose you as our photographer for our visit to Paris last week! Beautiful, gorgeous shots, all of them (as were ours!). Thanks again for everything, Stacy!

Leo - Simply beautiful work.

Urška Majer - These images looks so amazing!

Avelaine S - So so magical <3

Abby - Thank you so much for these amazing photos! We had so much fun with you on such a special day in the City of Love!

Amy - These posts make me want to travel to Paris just to have a photo session with you! Love your work!

Kim - I love this shoot SO MUCH! It looks as though they are the ONLY two people in Paris! As if the entire city shut down just for them to enjoy! I know there are those who prefer Paris in the Spring, but I am a fan of Paris in the Fall and Winter! Great work! Beautiful couple!

Dining in Paris: Cafe Louis Philippe

Cafe Louis Philippe in Paris

Situated alongside the Seine in a busy but quaint southern corner of the Marais, just at the end of Pont Louis Philippe, is what is possibly the most adorable cafe in all of Paris.  Cafe Louis Philippe is precisely what you imagine when you envision a Parisian bistro.  It has cute striped awnings topped with flower-laden window boxes, wrought iron lanterns casting a dull glow onto the bustling terrace, wire barrels with hand-scrawled chalkboards in gilded frames propped against them, and a forest of greenery offering a rare bit of privacy and seclusion.  It is such a Paris icon that it was even featured on a Paris episode of Gossip Girl as the favorite afternoon aperitif spot for Blair and Serena.

Cafe Louis Philippe in Paris

Cafe Louis Philippe in ParisCafe Louis Philippe in Paris

I must confess that I’ve never had the pleasure of dining at Louis Philippe, but judging by the TripAdvisor ratings, it appears to be moderately priced, delicious, and authentically French.  The boeuf bourguignon, frog legs, and duck in cherry sauce all get high marks by reviewers.  If you’re looking for romantic French atmosphere, it’s certainly hard to beat a table on the terrace – and afterwards you can take a stroll along the Seine or watch the sun set over nearby Notre Dame.  They also have an event space, making it a lovely potential option for small weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other groups.

Cafe Louis Philippe
66 Quai de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004
Phone: 01 42 72 29 42
Website
TripAdvisor

 

Paris family portrait session

Being the baby of my family, I’ve never had the pleasure of spending a lot of time around young children, so I’ve always been deathly afraid of shooting family portraits.  There are amazing photographers in the world who are kid whisperers, and know exactly what to do to get an amazing pose and expression out of young ones – I am absolutely not one of those people!  However, I do love shooting older families, so when I got the chance to shoot this beautiful mother and her two daughters, I jumped at the opportunity!  These three lovely ladies were such a pleasure.  Here are some of my favorites from their session:

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Cassie - Thank you, again, for the beautiful pictures!!! We treasure them! What a perfect souvenir from our trip to Paris 🙂

Travel Tips: Europe Packing Guide, Accessories Edition

Our series of carry-on only packing guides (warm weather guide here and cold weather guide here) has been hugely successful, garnering several thousand pins on Pinterest and hundreds of likes on Facebook! Clearly people are really struggling with how to pack, especially how to pack light, so we’re going to continue to keep offering suggestions and updates. We’ve had a lot of requests for a guy’s packing guide, which we are definitely working on.  In the meantime, I thought I would address what is, for me, a hidden space-stealer when packing: accessories. There have been so many times when I have judiciously selected the smallest possible selection of outfits for a trip, only to completely go overboard when it comes to the “everything else.” Hopefully this guide will be useful for those of you who have mastered to art of weaning down your outfits but need a little extra help with all the leftover gadgets and gizmos!

European Packing Guide: Accessories Edition

Follow the link below for a full writeup, including what NOT to bring!

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Cynthia - Stacy, great and very timely tips on the eve of our trip to France! I was headed to Target this week precisely to snag us some of those fabulously invaluable blister bandages. I’d be glad to bring you some as we’ll be seeing you in Paris (for photographs, of course) on the 26th!

Lindsay - Love the tips! I second the ziplocks, they’re sooo useful. I also always pack a few clothespins for random uses like holding a bag of open snacks closed, or pair with a bit of string for a makeshift clothesline.

Pacsafe makes great handbags and other accessories for traveling as they have a number of safety features to prevent pick-pocketing. The herringbone style is my favorite: http://pacsafe.com/www/index.php?_room=3&_action=detail&id=256

For makeup, I LOVE multipurpose products like the ones by W3ll People and RMS Beauty: http://www.w3llpeople.com/lips/universalist-multi-use-stick.html and http://www.rmsbeauty.com/shop/product3.html

stacy - Awesome suggestions Lindsay, thanks!!

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Zarah - Very good ideas!
I just wanted to add something: Most hotels seem to have a bookcase or a shelf for switching books you’ve read for books people don’t want anymore. Why not leave your unloved guidebooks there instead of tossing them, if you decide to go paper instead of electronic?
If there isn’t one, surely there’s a spot for information at the desk. I bet someone else would be very happy to adopt it. 🙂

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Janie telljohann - I suggest wipes( dusty in Paris-good for cleaning shoes), washcloths(old ones so can leave), Europeans don’t use washcloths, comfortable shoes that you already have broken in(lots of walking especially in Paris), small umbrella, map of city, most airlines will not let you lock any suitcase(used one in China for in country flight but never Europe), small cross over bag is great to keep small camera and important documents, cash, A small carry bag for shopping, shoes, and water, and keep some cash in a pocket so you never flash lots of cash.

stacy - Great suggestions, thanks!

Kit - Download books and movies before you leave. I stress multiples. Have you ever been on a remote road trip and realized you don’t like the only book on your tablet? Ahhhh!