Bonjour! I am one of the people behind this this red umbrella in Paris. When this striking, super cool photo arrived from Paris photographer Juliane Berry, I was delighted. What more could I ask for, as a keepsake from my honeymoon in Paris?
Here it is:
(I then saw it on Instagram, Pinterest and even saw it painted by a few people (one guy sent me one of the paintings), a tattoo on someone’s arm and it was used on the front of a magazine Le Style, and a book too! Quite an incredible feeling to see my umbrella in so many places!).
Ingredients for this photo? One wet September morning (6am to be exact) in Paris, with an umbrella due to the rain, impractical Louboutin heels that I have not worn since, trench coat…(oh yes, and one husband. It was our honeymoon). Long story short, he did not like having photos taken, so the deal was, we pay a professional photographer for the morning who would know all of the best locations AND take the photos! It really was the best idea. (Side note: we are now divorced as we just wanted different things in life).
Finding the right photographer?
I googled “Paris honeymoon photographer” and chose the pictures I liked the most (soft pastels, natural, warm, and breathtaking), and then emailed the photographer (Juliane Berry) directly.
At this stage, Paris was still a distant dream, and the concept of actually being IN those beautiful scenes was still not something I believed could really happen – but Juliane wrote back, and voilà ! Here we are!
Here are some more photos from that shoot:
Juliane’s talents, enthusiasm, open mindedness (she navigated around puddles at the Trocadéro to get the right angle – true commitment ! ), the rain, the red umbrella and of course the Eiffel Tower, all came together very nicely. We also walked around Notre Dame, the Quays by the river Seine, Île de la Cité, Île Saint-Louis, and little cobblestone streets with colourful buildings that we would never have found on our own. I have to say, it was the nicest part of our trip.
Now, fast forward 6 years later? I am actually living in Paris. If you had told me 6 years ago that I would be living in Paris, I simply wouldn’t have believed you!
Here I am looking delighted – photo by Juliane Berry in 2016.
To celebrate my new fresh start at life, I met Juliane again in March 2016 at 6am at Carrousel du Louvre – the big archway from the movie Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn.
I will always remember the thrill of running through central Paris just before 6am to meet Juliane, feeling like a princess in my black dress with hair and makeup done thanks to Onorina Beauty, and then seeing Juliane holding 10 red helium balloons beside the Carrousel!
Here is one from my iPhone:
Here are some photos from that location:
The shoot was Audrey Hepburn inspired, but of course they are very big shoes to fill and I cannot even attempt to start doing that! But thank you for the experience!
We also went to Tiffany’s, complete with a hot chocolate from Angelina’s (Juliane’s idea) and a croissant.
Here is a photo:
Then we went across the bridge at Bir Hakeim and I sat in a few places with the stunning view through Parisian streets, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, and a new red umbrella AND balloons:
Such a fun day. I was on a high for weeks! At the time I was living in Turin doing my Masters so it was a fun weekend to Paris from Milan which was quite easy to fly over.
(Pretending to smoke – don’t even know how to smoke!). All in character, of course! Such fun!
The next fun chapter came about in 2017 I was in the South of France working there remotely, and the idea of doing another photoshoot in Paris with Juliane. This time Amelie inspired! Again, huge shoes to fill, but the inspiration was the streets of Montmartre and the quirky character and her adventures around Paris.
Walking in Montmartre:
We went to the Wall of Love, Cafe, Abbesses Metro stop, fairy tale houses on the streets of Montmartre..
Such a dream! I feel VERY lucky.
Now I’ve finally moved to Paris after unexpectedly meeting a fabulous guy here in Paris when I came for the Amelie inspired shoot last year!! Nearly 6 years after my first visit in 2012…I am now living a very different life, in this beautiful city, and was fortunate enough to be here for some pretty impressive snowfall when I first arrived. It was absolutely magical!
Here is a photo from last week at Champ du Mars:
I had the honour of being the person to appear in Juliane’s photos of the snow in Paris! More photos to come❤️❄️