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Inspiration: A Summer in Provence


One of my goals for 2010 was to work on a personal project.  While I love, love, LOVE photographing weddings, engagements, families, seniors, and kiddos, I wanted to take on something a little different.  What was my inspiration for this project?  Summer in Provence, a beautiful region in the south of France.  I studied French for 4 years in high school, and hosted an exchange student, who is still one of my great friends.  Hi Karine!  The following year, I was fortunate enough to travel to France to visit Paris and then to stay with Karine’s family.  They took me on adventures to many places along France’s southern coast.  It was such an amazing experience!  I majored in French in college, continuing my love for and study of the language, history, and art.  Although I haven’t been back to France…yet!…I continue to be inspired by all that I’ve learned about the French culture, their language, their people, and the wonderful family who opened their doors and hearts to me.  I pulled together some things I’ve collected to incorporate into my concept: an old typewriter, some fabric from my trip, some vintage cameras, some French poems from my college text books, and some items from some new friends who helped make this project come alive, Union Street Flowers & Gifts and Beauchamp Antiques

My favorite prop – thanks to my hubby for finding me the perfect bicycle! – worked perfectly 
with my theme.  I can’t wait to use this for an engagement session! 

These gorgeous blooms were arranged by Becky at Union Street. I told her my ideas, and she exceeded my expectations!  Thank you, Becky!

This trunk is the real deal. Genuine. Vintage. Louis Vuitton.  
Merci beaucoup, Mr. Beauchamp!


I just love this bicycle…I can imagine riding it to flea markets, to the bakery, 
just about anywhere really. And the basket is perfect for carrying some lovely flowers.



A huge thank you to Union Street Flowers & Gifts and Beauchamp Antiques for their generosity in making my vision for this project come to fruition!  It was so much fun!  Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ohoooo, I absolutely LOVE all of these pics!!! They are so BEAUTIFUL … the colors are OUTSTANDING!!!


  2. Peter says:

    Love the bike – no kidding, what a great prop!

  3. WOW!!! I LOVE the color in this photo and your editing!!! You've done a great job! I just love it!!!

  4. Excellent shots!!! Salut!!

    Francesc, Barcelona

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