Paris on a chilly January afternoon. Snow is falling – a rarity in the City of Lights. The Palais Royal is…empty. There’s a peacefulness in the air. Even in the freezing cold, Paris is so romantic. I feel so lucky to be here…
My best friend Talun Zeitoun and I, just so happened to be in Paris the same week this past January. For those of you who don’t know Talun, he’s one of the most talented, thoughtful and creative people I’ve ever met – and he happens to be half French. Hearing him speak French will make you swoon! He’s a well respected NYC blogger and consultant by day – and the CEO of one of my favorite haircare lines; Sotah by night. Talun and I met 7 years ago at the rewardStyle conference in Texas, and have been best friends ever since. He’s an Aries and I’m a Sagittarius; aka we just click. We’ve traveled the world together, and most of the pictures on my blog have actually been shot by him. I felt like I knew him the second we met. He’s basically the brother I never had.
It’s been a dream of mine to shoot with acclaimed French photographer; Audrey (or Le Secret d’Audrey) since discovering her work years ago. She knows just how to capture the most unique, special moments and her photos are true works of art. Soft, ethereal, whimsical…she has a gift. I reached out to her about shooting in Paris months ago, and when she said she had an opening on the one day both Talun and I would be in town, I knew it was meant to be.
It happened to rain and snow heavily the morning of our shoot, almost forcing us to cancel, almost, but I knew the opportunity to shoot with her was so rare, so I powered through and Talun and I gritted our teeth in the bitter cold haha! It was absolutely worth every goosebump and frozen toe! To catch Paris with a fresh, white, powdery snowfall was absolutely magical. And to get Palais Royal empty – all to ourselves – was even better.
The whole experience was a dream, and I will cherish these photos and this memory forever and ever. <3