We landed in Paris, France for my first few days. Let me tell you guys, Paris is as magical as so many say. I was really nervous about traveling there as I have heard some negative things about Paris, but let me set that straight…Paris is wonderful. I dream of going back daily. I plan to go back again, Paris has not seen the last of me yet. I was only there for three days but wish I had more time. I was amazed at the food, everything is so clean and natural. My favorite was the fruit juices in the morning, everything was fresh squeezed! AMAZING! I literally ate croissants for breakfast every day too and surprisingly I lost weight while I was in Europe, probably from all of the walking. Europeans walk or bicycle everywhere, which I wish we did more of that in America.
The Eiffel Tower was my FAVORITE! I was assuming it was going to be over-exaggerated but it was most definitely not. My favorite view of it was on our last evening there, the tower would light up and glitter at the top of every hour for ten minutes. I felt like such a tourist when cooing and ahh-ing over the beautiful glitter of this stunning architecture but I did not care. I could go on and on about Paris, you guys. It should be on everyones bucket list.
Okay, on to my next adventure. I had the most amazing opportunity to attend a photography workshop called Lost in France which was hosted by the amazing Norwegian Wedding Blog and the hugely talented photographer duo behind Archetype. The workshop was located in Vence/St. Paul de Vence, France, which is located in the southern portion of the country right along the Mediterranean Sea. It was everything you could imagine, St. Paul is beautiful medieval village perched on a narrow spur between two deep valleys where you walk up and down cobble stone narrow paths through the city. Words can’t even describe the beauty of this town. It has such amazing history that goes along with it.
The workshop. I was one of the first attendees to arrive where I was immediately greeted by Koby and Terilyn, who is the beautiful husband-wife duo behind Archetype Photography. They made me feel as if I have been friends with them for years. They are some of the most heart-warming people that I have ever been acquainted with. I owe so much to these two…I will get to that in a bit though. All of us attendees have finally arrived and mingling. I have met some of the most unique people around the world. There were only three of us that were from the U.S. and Canada. The other girls were located from France, Dubai to Norway. I can’t even begin to describe the wonderful relationships I have with these other talented photographers whom I now consider amazing friends. I even plan to make a trip to Norway in my future to see some of these wonderful people. I am so humbled to have met everyone involved in this workshop, it was truly a blessing.
One of the things that was on my to-do list this year was to learn how to shoot film. The first night, Koby sat me down and learned the ins and outs of my film camera and I was hooked. I shot film and digital over the next few days working with some of the most talented vendors around the world. Film has forever changed the way I view my photography and capture it. I am so thrilled to bring this to my home state and surrounding areas. Film has opened so many new doors for me and I owe this to Koby and Terilyn and also Lisa, the editor of The Norwegian Wedding Blog. I cannot even describe what an amazing opportunity this was for me. I am now going to let you see these images for yourself and share with me, the unforgettable adventure that I have been apart of.