The first time I went to Paris was in 1997 and I was barely 16 years old. I went with a dance tour group I was part of. We had been touring Europe already for two weeks by the time I got to Paris and really all I cared about was seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa….oh and seriously Hard Rock Cafe Paris. LAME! I didn’t care about the history, the beauty or even the world class food…nope, Hard Rock Cafe. I now look back and can see just how young I truly was. After that trip I would visit Paris, three more times on dance tours, each time I cherished it a little more. However, it wasn’t until I was into my photography career that I really fell in love with Paris.
I remember one of my very first ‘pins’ on Pinterest was that of a girl sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower, looking oh so ‘tres chic’ and I changed the caption to “one day I will shoot in Paris.” Then one day I was sitting at dinner with three of my friends and we said “we should go to Paris.” We then hatched a plan for a photography workshop to be taught by me and another photographer friend and we would go to Paris. We decided to make it happen…and it did.
Going back to Paris that time was like it was my first time. Seeing it through not just a photographers eye, but a mature adults eye, was so amazing. How did I miss everything when I was a teen? How did I need see the rich culture, the amazing food and the beautiful art? How did I miss it all? I’ll tell you how….Hard Rock!
Now I can’t wait to get back!
I have now taught three photography workshops in Paris, and this summer we will take our girls to Paris and then we will see the countryside of France for an additional week. I can’t wait to show my girls Paris and the gorgeous French countryside.
In the meantime, I will just look at the pretty pictures I’ve done in the past and relish in the memories till I’m there again.