I kept a diary for the first few days in Paris, so I'm going to simply post what I wrote, along with photos :)
This is the second day-- our first FULL day, even though the first day was nearly full as well :P
We got up at 6:45 and I went downstairs to get breakfast. The continental breakfast here is SO yummy! I had a baguette with nutella, a croissant, a banana, and applesauce nom nom nom. Then we went to Le Studio, and Steven lectured to us a bit. I’m trying to remember what exactly it was about but it’s hard to remember since we had a similar schedule two days in a row. Like I have the info in my head, but I can’t remember the order in which I received that info. Haha.
Anyway. Then a man named Yang, who is a Stylist and the editor for this shoot, came in and explained our first assignment to us. We are shooting men first, which scared me a bit cause I rarely shoot men! But then he showed us the photos that inspired him for this shoot, and I loved them! Also, I had been worried because my style of shooting tends to leave the clothes as an afterthought… like I don’t focus on the clothes… like getting the whole shirt in with detail, etc. And since this is a fashion photography workshop, I was worried that I would have to limit myself in order to accomplish photos that showed off the clothes. So I was so excited when Yang started telling us that he didn’t care about the clothes, he just wanted the emotion, I was really excited. I feel like he described my style and my feelings towards photography perfectly! YAY :D
Then a man came in, I can’t remember his name because it’s French, but I think it’s Jean something. He’s an adorable, sweet older man who has been a runway photographer for 40 years+ for TIME magazine, and he’s ridiculously talented. We got to look through his portfolio and such. I really liked him, he was just very down to earth and jolly and stuff.
Then Steven was talking to us about how agencies work, especially in regards to magazine shoots. How you don’t get to choose the model most of the time... that kinda thing. It was interesting, and a bit disappointing, cause I was under the impression that the photographer at least got to put some input into the model.
Then Steven went over how we might go about working for a magazine, and he asked us to each come up and explain our style/who we were/what magazine we’d want to work for. Fortunately, we had to stop right before it got to me! I was really nervous haha. And we haven’t finished that since. We had some lunch and I ate some pasta with pesto.
Then we had to take portraits of each other, which was pretty horrible…we had to use lighting and it was very specific. I hated that I couldn’t tell what the photo was going to look like until AFTER I took the photo. The girl I photographed was Brittany :) Here's one of the photos:
Then while people were finishing their portraits of each other, Madeline and I (and eventually Krystal) went into the makeup room which had really cool light and ended up doing a shoot, it was so much fun!
Here's a quick self portrait snapshot I took to test the light:
Here are some of the photos of Madeline I took :)
We left the studio, and I took a few photos outside cause it was purdyyy :D
As we were walking, we quickly went into a cute shop where I bought three small gifts-- one for my mom, one for my sister, and one for Trish!
Then we went to the modeling agency where we quickly met a guy who worked there and got to ask him about testing with models. Before that though they stopped to get drinks but Marie, Madeline and I didn’t want any and the waiter was rude and said we couldn’t sit down then. So, we ventured over to a cute little restaurant and store across the street.
After the agency we went to Fnac in hopes of getting my 50 1.4 camera lens that I am purchasing for my birthday, but it was $550 there!!! That’s double the price in the US (so I ended up ordering it to be shipped from the US instead… and even with $40 shipping got it for $330).
Then when we got back we met Adriana, the “bonus model”, who I’ll be shooting Sunday. She’s really pretty and reminds me of Tessa Schaaf, one of the girls I've photographed before, actually. She has really cool eyes—two slightly different colors and one of her pupils like isn’t a circle, and it’s SO cool looking!
We stayed in the lobby for awhile like figuring shoots out and such with Gina, and some people looked at my portfolio and seemed to like it so that made me happy! I got to see Erin’s and Madeline’s, too, and theirs were really good.
Then Madeline and I went to the grocery store, Monop, and got some food. I got pasta and tomatoes and butter and cheese. Then Krystal was going to do a shoot of Madeline so we went to her room, and Alysia was there too. She’s from Ohio and I like her a lot, she reminds me of the family I have in WV and Ohio I think. I made my pasta there (cause my plugs stopped working.. boo!) and they did the shoot and then Per came in and asked if we wanted to go out and get a drink and scout locations. Elysia ended up staying to skype with her kids, but the rest of us went, and so did Brittany.
We went by the Notre Dame and the river and such, and walked around all these cool streets. It was really fun! It was getting latish, so we went to this Mexican place that had these cool lights and they got drinks (I just got water) and a thing of Nachos for everyone. We got back home after 12 and I showered and went to bed around 1. I’m just now starting to realize how full my days are!
a homeless man:
In the Mexican restaurant:
Day 3 coming soonish ! :)