A few weeks ago I received an invitation to witness a secret variety showing of The Phantom Circus at the Boulder Circus Center. I’ve photographed many of the performers before, both in other shows and in studio, but seeing them all together in a cohesive show was so much fun! Call me crazy, but I thrive on the pressure of photographing shows, knowing that I only have a fraction of a second to capture the right moment before it’s gone.
I don’t want to give away too much since the show is still a work-in-progress, but I do want to share a few photos to pique your curiosity.
My fellow Coloradans know that making plans for any outdoor activity based on the weather is a hit-or-miss situation. Blue skies can turn on you in the blink of an eye, like when rain added an extra challenge to my outdoor pole session with Laina Reivi.
So when I drove out to East Boulder with my trusted stage pole to meet up with Lana and Jess for outdoor photos in October, I was worried about the weather, the cloud coverage, and the risk of surprise lightning, because you do not want to be caught outside with a 10ft metal pole in a thunderstorm! But Lana and Jess wanted outdoor pole photos, I had scouted a handful of different locations for them, and they chose my very favorite spot, so outdoor pole photos we would get!
Luckily I had nothing to worry about, as Colorado turned on its charm and gave us the most magical filtered lighting through the clouds, and a perfect 75 degrees to keep the polers warm and grippy! We were all laughing about the curious looks we got from the men fishing in the lake and the couples out for after work strolls, and we ended up going way over our scheduled hour of shooting because we just had to try more tricks at more angles.
The resulting photos are hands down some of my favorite outdoor photos I’ve ever shot, and I can’t wait to work with these ladies again soon!
Montmartre is an arrondissement full of contrasts, from the crowded steps of Sacré Cœur and the famous Moulin Rogue where you’ll zig-zag through tourists, to the quiet alleys off Pigalle where the same falafel guy will greet you with a smile every time you walk past his corner. My friend Vivienne and I stayed in the most charming apartment in the midst of it all, and could not have asked for a better base for our Paris adventures.
Stories of visiting Versailles are usually filled with complaints about the amount of tourists pushing their way through the chateau, shoulder to shoulder, without any space to breathe, never mind taking pictures of anything but the ceilings. This is not one of those stories.
I visited Versailles on a Friday in November, which according to the handy visitor calendar on the official website is the slowest possible time to visit. And while there were still people there, I had several rooms to myself, and could not imagine a better way to see the extravagance of the pre-revolution kings and queens of France.
Versailles is an experience. Go in with eyes open, and make sure you put away your camera for long enough to take in the history of it all. Feel the worn railings of the staircases, see the light shine through the Hall of Mirrors, look out the windows of Marie Antoinette’s bed chamber and know that she once enjoyed the same view.
I am so glad that I did not let the blog posts of “Stay away from the tourist trap of Versailles” dissuade me from going. I am already planning on going back to see the gardens and Marie Antoinette’s estate the next time I’m in Paris, since the rain kept me from seeing them this time.
Louvre in the daytime is tourists standing on blocks to take pictures where they pretend to be pinching the top of the pyramid, it is jingly Eiffel Towers being shoved in your face by pushy salesmen, it is buildings of a scale that is hard to absorb.
Louvre by night is the city of lights, it is room to breathe and take it all in, it is magic and wonder and the enchanted feeling of being in Paris, of being in love with the city itself.