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INSPIRATION

Inspired by France

11.07.2011

I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s the feeling I get. The feeling I get whenever I see, hear, or encounter something French. It’s like this feeling washes over me, and I get this mixed sense of excitement and calm, like all is right in the world kind of feeling.

Cafe de Flore by Rita Crane Photography

And lately, I’ve been dreaming. Dreaming about how we can get to visit France this next year. Experience France. Experience Europe. I will find a way.

It’s totally on my bucket list to photograph a wedding in France. Be it in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse, or Lyon. Anywhere, really. So, I’m just putting it out there.

Are you getting married in France and looking for an American photographer who speaks fluent French? I’m your girl.

Est-ce que vous êtes francaise, vous êtes en train de preparer pour vôtre mariage, et vous voulez une photographe americaine qui parle francais? C’est moi, a vôtre servis.

Seriously.

My heart skips a beat for France.

 

(photo by Rita Crane)

Happy Monday!

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INSPIRATION

Pages of Inspiration: Baguette

04.20.2011

There is nothing quite like a real, authentic French baguette.

Seriously.

I didn’t know the difference until I returned from my year abroad in France. But trust me, you can taste the difference. The American made baguettes taste sweeter than the real thing. I remembered being all excited about buying a baguette from Safeway, and then be sorely disappointed when it tasted different. I guess that’s something for authenticity, right?

Between the idea of a couple with a bicycle, flowers, a baguette, and a newspaper, a million shoot ideas are swirling around in my head.

Does this sounds like your ideal kind of shoot? Are you the type of person who love baguettes too?

And now, upon further examination of this photo, I believe it’s an Italian newspaper. So that would be an Italian baguette? Maybe.

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Photo found here. If you know who shot this, please leave a comment and I’ll give proper credit. Oh interwebs.

INSPIRATION

Pages of Inspiration: Paris in the Springtime

03.30.2011

I absolutely love this image. I love the vibe. I love the location. I just love the feeling this photo gives me.

It makes me nostalgic for France. I totally wish I was that girl sitting there. It makes me want to get on a plane and see Paris in the Springtime.

French Girl Sitting Across from the Eiffel Tower

Since returning from WPPI, I’ve been having this feeling. This feeling that something about my business needs to change. When I first started out, way before I knew anything at all about logo design or branding or marketing or all the psychology that goes along with it, I just knew that I needed a logo. Something that looked pretty. Something that looked professional, enough.

Well, I’ve found over the last several months that it’s just not me anymore. My logo, that is. I realized that I just have a logo and no clear, defined branding. I don’t have an emotional attachment to my logo. But, I’m working on remedying that. Because just like in life, we grow. We evolve. We change.

My journey as a photographer has led me to knew paths I never imagined. And now I feel like I’m just missing the right visual representation of who I am and what my work represents. The above photo is a small step towards getting to the core of who I am.

Thanks for coming along on this journey.

P.S. It’s a dream of mine to shoot a engagement sessions and/or a wedding (or two!) in Paris or in Provence or in Lyon (where I studied abroad!). Just wanted to put that out there.

Want to know more?
I love France
French Inspired Shoot

Happy Wednesday!

 

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Thanks to Jeremy Gilliam for hooking me up with credit info: Image by Cris Wey. And this is where I found it.

INSPIRATION, PERSONAL

I Love: France

02.25.2011

Sometimes, I don’t know how to find the words.

Because they get lost while my heart beats wildly for a place that I love. The feeling it gives me. The welling up of emotions that flood my being. I know, it sounds a little nuts.

And it’s not just like, “Oh, I love France, because it’s cool and people make pretty posters of the place.”

No, it’s more like, “Ever since I spent a part of my life in France, my life changed, and simply nothing quite compares to it.”

French Balcony Breakfast Paris Cafe Au Lait

Okay, so if you’re wondering, “What the heck is she talking about?” allow me to tell a story.

My life has been peppered by a myriad of diverse experiences. I don’t know that I would rewrite it any other way. When I was three, my dad’s job was transferred to France, so we moved there. Back then, it was just me and my parents. And it was the 80’s and tech companies were still growing, so the opportunity was there and my family took it. I went to a French school and learned to speak French the old fashioned way. By figuring it out. In fact, I learned to read and write in French before I did English. I guess that’s what you do when you’re four years old. My little sister was born there. If you’re wondering, I believe she could have the option of gaining citizenship if she was up for jumping through hoops and French bureaucracies. When I was seven, we moved back to the US.

When I got to high school, taking French as my foreign language was only natural. I remembered how to speak, even though I didn’t really know proper grammar. So when I entered college, I knew that if there was one thing I was going to do, it was study abroad. In France. For sure. So that’s just what I did. I chose the city of Lyon because it was about an hour from the little town I had lived previously. I had an amazing time. The scrumptious food. The easily accessible travel. The gorgeous countryside and bustling big cities. And maybe this was the biggest part of it, I learned to become independent in a foreign country. I really think I learned to become a grown up while I was there. My love for travel was amplified. My love for French culture solidified (although, I could do without the ironclad bureaucracies!). My love for all things French blossomed.

And that love has remained. It’s part of me at my core. It’s part of my identity.

I can’t wait until the day that I can return to France, but this time with Cent. And show him why I love the place so much.

I get it though. Maybe you’re not crazy about France. Maybe you’re not crazy about Europe in general. And you know what? That’s totally okay. In fact, I just want to thank you for reading, if you’ve made it this far. I do however, want to reveal pieces of myself that will help you understand who I am. And why I do what I do.

Lifestyle and wedding photography is a very personal business. But that’s what I love about it. I love meeting with new clients and finding out their stories, what they like to do, what they love in life. The stories of how they met, how they fell in love, and then being a part of the story as they journey towards joining their lives together. It’s what makes my work so interesting and exciting. It’s beyond the photographs. It’s beyond just the necessity of remembering. It’s the story. Your story, the nuances, the idiosyncrasies, and the quirks that make it yours. And watching it grow, as you add pages to your story, but now, together.

Above is my story on why I love France.

What do you love?
What are you passionate about?

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(image source: unknown photographer)

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