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Medieval Maiden – Private Portrait Shoot

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I had the utmost joy to photograph the beautiful Erica in this recent Paris Film Noir shoot.

Now I love a challenge as much as anyone and this beautiful gal studied medieval tapestry and wanted to use the medieval as a creative starting point for her shoot.

To be quite honest, medieval Paris is not exactly my forté but what a great opportunity to get to know and to be inspired by a new world, idea, and her individual story.

And what a dream it was to photograph the beautiful, joyous, creative energy of this girl that was was made for the camera.

We went through the gamut from Game of Thrones to the ultimate Parisian girl and no matter what she did she was fabulous.

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I skipped home that day, so very happy with the world, the chance to express a little more of what is bubbling up creatively inside of me and to have had one of the most divine mornings in Paris with my crew and Erica.

Huge thanks to Erica for allowing me to share these photos…

Light and love,

Carla

P.S. If you would like to be captured in a Paris Film Noir shoot and express your creative muse, you can check the details HERE.

Related Post: Paris Film Noir – Sneak Peek

Parisian Urban Bride

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The idea for this shoot actually came from my wedding!!

I loved getting married in Paris, it was the most fuss free event of my life. I was dressed at home, did my own make-up (hadn’t met my fab make-up artist at this point) walked with a couple of friends to our local cafe, dropped into the boulangerie to say hello and was shot on the street with my darling, dogs and Paris in the background. Our wedding was in the middle of market day in the 4th and I loved coming out with a simple bouquet of flowers to be welcomed by friends amongst the fishmonger, the butcher and my favourite florist. It felt so Parisian!

When the gorgeous Helene from Cest Ma Robe told me she wanted to shoot a range of designer wedding gowns I thought it would be fun for our gorgeous ‘bride’ to be an Urban bride.

Now gals not only can you get married in Paris but you can be married in Matthew Williamson, Azzaro, Rachel Zoe and vintage Dior.

Sounds like a dream?  Helene had the genius idea to gather together a  collection of designer bridal gowns for the chic, the boho, the hippy, the romantic and the funky bride and here’s the great news..drum roll..  you can rent them. Yes you no longer need to get a mortgage to get married. Ain’t that the best news.

So if you are soon to be married in Paris (shout out to gorgeous friend Louisa) check out Cest Ma Robe.

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Huge thanks to beautiful Monika from WM Models, to the talented stylist Joy Dreyfus and Veronique Marot for the hair and make-up.

If you would like to know more about a Personal Branding shoot click here.

“I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.” Lord Byron

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La Contessa – Portrait Shoot Paris

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Now you may be wondering why this glamorous woman is feeding chickens in the middle of the Jardin du Tuileries? There is a reason..

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The beautiful Elizabeth Kirkpatrick (aka La Contessa) has been the proud owner of the Vintage Hen House in the San Francisco area up until recently and has been the mother of chickens for as long as she can remember.
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La Contessa is my dream client in every sense, she loves fashion, she once lived in Florence, she is as kooky as I am and loves the theatrical – we are a match made in photographer’s heaven.

La Contessa had a dream (you can read about it here) to bring her beautiful boys to Paris and have a shoot with them as she has done for the past 20 something years as a gift for their father’s birthday.

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Well, Carla woke at 3am one night with a photo in her dreams. It was one of her favourite Bruce Weber pics of all time. The Duchess of  Devonshire feeding her chickens in front of her beautiful home.

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So Carla called in the chickens, contacted La Contessa and we had photo bingo! La Contessa had had Mr. Weber’s picture stuck to her fridge for about the past 20 years. Much excitement down the phone from San Fran to Paris!

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Now when you come all the way to Paris with an opera coat it seems a shame not to take one walk through the French sculpture section of the Louvre? Non?

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La Contessa being her glamorous self studying French sculpture.

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Ahhh…

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Now La Contessa and her boys have been doing a shoot every year for their Florentine father’s birthday so I thought what could be better than these gorgeous guys shooting their beautiful mum. What troopers!

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Brownie points for the rest of their lives!

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Before the drama of the chickens and the Louvre we whipped into a cafe for a pit stop and a couple of pics.

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How lucky to be staying in Rue du Chateau? The planets were aligning for La Contessa and I in ways we never imagined!!

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And you can imagine what the locals thought of this glamourpuss buying the bread..

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On the steps of her adorable apartment..See where she stayed..

So La Contessa had a dream and so did Carla and in one glorious day both our dreams came true. A huge round of applause, numerous ‘encore, encore’ to La Contessa, Nicholas and Kristopher for their patience, beauty and creativity.

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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A Parisian Ballgown On A Budget

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What happens when you arrive in Paris for a photo shoot but you couldn’t fit your gown in your luggage??

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Well this didn’t pose a problem for super Make-up Artist Wayne Chick. She simply grabbed Le Monde, the staplers, a roll of sticky tape and got to work..

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Has the Le Monde ever looked so good?

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The locals were shocked and awed at her beautiful creation.

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Oops …she forgot her Louis Vuitton handbag and her Christian Louboutins but fortunately stunning Wayne had a couple of fab red ‘handbags’ and the ever so chic black Havainas on hand.

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Wayne literally stopped traffic and we were excited about this man as he was excited about her outfit. Loved him and his fabulous look.

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A little flash dance for the crowd (which was gathering fast)

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Ohh what a feeling!!

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And off she rode into the Parisian afternoon wrapped in Le Monde.

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A huge round of applause to the beautiful Wayne Chick. Too much fun to be had in one day.

Stay tuned as the wonderful Wayne will soon let us in on some of her natural make-up secrets that make her one of Australias’ best make-up artists.

“People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” A. J. Liebling

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