Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
^^ My SLR camera battery had one bar left and I wanted to save it to take photos in the evening so I switched over to my iPhone to snap pics for the rest of the day. The photo above and the rest below are all from my iPhone. Just like old times..
^^ Joey, Sunu & Charles
Once upon a time, the quays along the Seine River in Paris belonged to cars, trucks and traffic. But in the early 2000's, the mayor of the city proposed a plan to take back the quays and make them solely accessible to pedestrians. Despite the initial complaints made by locals who were upset to have these side roads and highways taken away (which would result in more car traffic), the pros of this renovation project outmatched the cons because it would ultimately generate more foot traffic. The idea behind the Mayor's proposal was to enable the people of Paris to "reclaim their city" and experience it in a way that had never been done before. As such, the Seine Regeneration Renovation Project was approved resulting in the creation of Les Berges, which opened last year in the month of June 2013.
^^ Leaving our "mark" haha
^^ We found a cool area that allowed us to connect up the music from our phones to the speakers on the ceiling. I almost decided against sharing this video because listening to my voice makes me cringe but Charles didn't think I sounded so bad, so there's that.
Spanning 1.6 miles along the Seine River's left bank between the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, Les Berges is an urban oasis just begging to be taken advantage of by locals and tourists alike. As we strolled along Les Berges, we saw people running/getting their workout on, kids and adults playing games like tic tac toe, chess and bocce ball; skateboarders practicing their tricks in between crowds of people getting their grub and drank on at the seasonal resto-bars parked along the bank. We joined in on the fun and found a place to sit & chat along the river while watching the sunset with wine in hand.
^^ Angeline :)
An hour later, our group kissed cheeks and parted ways. Angeline, Joey and Sunu headed off to the Montmartre to watch the rest of the sunset over Paris while Charles and I continued our stroll down Les Breges, checking out their floating gardens along the way, until the path led us straight to our final destination for the night... The Eiffel Tower. (more on that tower next week)
^^ Kisses From Paris! Or as the French say, "Bon Baisers de Paris!" (at least according to google translate)
I had no idea Les Breges even existed until Angeline, who happened to live in Paris, suggested that we check it out (Thanks again Ange!). I'm guessing that since the urban park has only been in existence for a year, word hasn't quite gotten out yet about this hidden treasure. It reminds me a little bit of the High Line in NYC but with an obvious Parisian influence. A hubub of recreational activity, I think Les Berges is the perfect place to visit if you want to see how the locals have fun in their downtime. I highly recommend adding it to your list of places to visit if you're ever in Paris :)
For more information about Les Breges? Click here.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Today's photos are a few of my favorites from my second maternity shoot that took place this past August. My cousin, April, was just about ready to pop when Charles and I met up with her, her husband, Jarrod, and their daughter, Jordan (she gave birth my niece, Gabby, less than 2 weeks later). We used the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor in D.C. as our backdrop and had sooo much fun! For this shoot, I pushed myself to experiment more with using my camera in manual mode instead of automatic (as I usually do) and I am pretty happy with the results.
^^ We plan on re-creating this picture but with Jarrod kissing Gabby in April's arms the second time around :)
^^ Isn't Jordan the cutest?! :)
I still don't feel 100% comfortable charging people to take their pictures but every opportunity to snap photos in a mock professional setting is an opportunity for me to learn more about my camera and my stylistic preferences when shooting. Maybe one day I'll jump into the professional end of it all... But right now, photography is simply a hobby I enjoy. Thank goodness for family and friends who let me take their pictures without too many expectations :)
Happy, Happy Friday!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Once we were dressed in our formal digs, we headed out to enjoy a glass of wine with friends at a bar across the street before walking to the church in anticipation of the bridal party's arrival. We lucked out with the weather as it was bright and sunny with just the right amount of breeze; everything about the day was just perfect.
After the wedding ceremony, everyone followed the bride and groom to the reception location which marked the beginning of what would be the most unique wedding reception Charles and I had ever experienced. Imagine a 9 course meal pair with a different bottle of wine for each course... And in between each course, we played GAMES! Such fun games! Never in my life had I been to a wedding before that had a scavenger hunt, wedding trivia, and super fun ice breakers included in the itinerary. It was an awesome way to get to know everyone present at the wedding regardless of the language barriers. And get this, the 9 course dinner was spread out between 8:00pm till almost 1:00am!
^^ Since we had arrived in France just one day before, Charles and I were a bit jetlagged. Thankfully, Angeline was prepared for everything (hashtag best maid of honor ever) and gave us an energy tablet to help get us through the evening. We were instructed to mix it with water and let the powers of the tablet do their dirty. And it must have worked because after dinner, we ended dancing and partying all night until 6:00 in morning.
Weddings... Can you believe that Charles and I have been to 13 weddings in the past 2 years?! Whether for our family or friends and heck, even ourselves, love has most definitely been in the air and we feel so blessed to have been able to witness Clem and Jason say "I Do" in France.
If not for this wedding, I'm not sure when Charles and I would've ever made a trip to Europe... This wedding was just the motivation we needed to save up money for our flights to France and then plan our secondary trips to Amsterdam and Barcelona. Following this wedding, Clem's parents were so generous as to open their home to Charles and I, which is where we stayed while in Paris and we are soooo thankful for their hospitality and as well as the hospitality we received from everyone else we met during our trip... Because while the main focus of travel is about seeing new places, I think another important aspect of travel revolves around the people you meet on your journey. The strangers who become friends and the differences that evolve into commonalities once you get to know each other after the initial culture shock... Places are nice to take pictures of but it's the people who make or break your experience when traveling. Luckily everyone we met while we were in Europe made our experience and for that, I am grateful.