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I have been a bit MIA with Fashion Week in New York and my trip to Paris. Here is a sneak peak of what I was up to in the city of lights. From an evening boat ride around the city with my brother to the heights of the Basilica to the Rick Owens show. Here I am in a photo shoot which I arranged through Air BNB. I would like to say it was a positive experience but it was not. When I was looking for photographers she seemed to be the best and she claimed to work professionally for magazines. But I find this hard to believe unless they are online fanzines.

The first reason I find this hard to swallow is the time of day she chose to shoot–11 am, a terrible time to shoot, everyone knows this, even non professional photographers know, that this is hands down, the worst time to shoot. Shooting at mid day is when the sun is highest in the sky, and the light is harsh and creates extreme shadows, which is not only unattractive, but it is also distracting as it creates distorted shadows on the face. And then to shoot a portraiture in direct sunlight? No photographer does this.

I get that she wanted to have the background in focus, but then really what do you have? Just a high end snap shot

Then, what was the most reveling trait of an amateur was the whole “run your hands through your hair” I am sorry what?? She kept directing me do this. I was annoyed and would do it for one shot and then stop. But she kept at it. She also did not shoot with a 50mm lens which is the best for shooting people. I get that she wanted to have the background in focus, but then really what do you have? Just a high end snap shot. On top of shooting in the direct sun, it was also extremely windy which made me squint even more. She should have arranged the shoot for the golden hour, late in the afternoon. And asked if I wanted the typical tourist shots. Also when I zoomed in the photos are grainy (which really annoys me) and is odd as we not shooting in low light. Hmm. Look at this photo my brother took of me in 2016. Not only it is more attractive but the quality is better and light is vastly better.

I was not impressed. I have gotten better results with my friends shooting me, as I direct them with my 50mm lens. I could only use about 15% of the photos and they will require heavy retouching.

She also seemed to have a bit of an attitude. When I got off the metro I texted her and let her know I was off the train so we could meet. I was standing on the platform near the Tulluries next to the lion, though in my text to her I said tiger. She said there was no tiger and to just come to the Concorde. I let her know I was at the Concorde stop on the metro, but she meant the Concorde column, when I turned around it was right across the street. She couldn’t tell me this?

Over all I could have skipped this experience and saved my money

I was a bit annoyed as she was not helpful and said can you just some here? She is not originally from France but Taiwan, and has only been in Paris for about eight months so I will cut her a little slack on that note. She may not have realized I was right across the street. But she often walked ahead of me and she just seemed to have bit of an attitude. Over all I could have skipped this experience and saved my money. Oh well.

Maybe I should move to Paris and do this for a living, I could certainly do a better job.

  • Lizzie
    October 1, 2018

    Amazing pictures.

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  • Rowena
    October 2, 2018

    That’s terrible! She sounds so unprofessional and it doesn’t sound like she knew what she was doing either. Did you hire her off a site where you can leave feedback? You definitely need to complain to someone.

  • Rachelle
    October 2, 2018

    so sorry this shoot wasn’t a great experience. Yup sometimes getting a friend to do it is better.


  • Mica
    October 2, 2018

    Oh what a shame she was not helpful as it looks like a nice spot for photos! I liked the ones you did share. Sounds like a big waste of money if you can’t use all the photos though!

    Hope that you are having a good start to your week – and October! – so far 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Nina
    October 2, 2018

    I can imagine how annoying this experince could be, besides wasting time and money. The picture that you brother had taken, looks so much better. xx

    Nina’s Style Blog

  • Pablo
    October 3, 2018

    Oooh Paris! So sorry to hear that you didn’t find the best photographer in Paris, but at least you are in Paris! There is nothing wrong with being in this amazing city, right? At least the background still nice and you have the photo souvenir. Hope I could go to next PFW, I’m eager to live the experience!

    Enjoy your days in this magical place! There are many things to do here 😀

  • Margot
    October 3, 2018

    I’m so sad you had such an horrible experience.
    Especially when you pay for it.
    Oh weird she asked you to take pictures at 11 a.m
    The spot was amazing tho.

  • Ashley
    October 3, 2018

    Ugh, such a bummer- how could she not know shooting in direct light was going to result in most of the photos being unusable?! And get your lens game together, girl- she def needed a 50mm!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Valerie
    October 3, 2018

    I’m so sorry to hear that this photo shoot experience was so bad! I definitely agree that sometimes it is better to utilize friends and family to take photos. The one your brother took is beautiful!

  • Biana
    October 4, 2018

    I’m sorry that you didn’t have a positive experience with the photoshoot – but I do think the photos came out great!

  • Jessica
    October 5, 2018

    That’s so sad, reall unfortunate. These spot looks really nice though.

    Jessica |

  • Gil Zetbase
    October 5, 2018

    Lovely pictures!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  • Shireen L. Platt
    October 6, 2018

    Ugh! What a shame, Allie and I hope you leave a bad review for her service! People needs to be warned.

  • Ann
    October 6, 2018

    You still managed to look good in those pics
    even though you didn’t like how the photographer
    shot them. Oh and the puppy looks super cute.


  • Lorna
    October 6, 2018

    Wow I love Paris! It looks so amazing!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Gabrielle
    October 6, 2018

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear this photoshoot didn’t result in some fabulous images for you that you instantly loved! And hey, at least you now know there’s a backup career waiting for you in Paris should you ever need one haha 😉 Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend so far! x

  • little luxury list
    October 8, 2018

    What a disappointing experience! I do like the pictures you posted here though it sounds like it was frustrating to even get those pictures. Yes, that mid day light in Paris can definitely be harsh. I was also suggested mid day timing by a few photographers in Paris so I wonder if they just do it because they want to be accommodating or for their own convenience?

  • Vanessa
    October 10, 2018

    You look amazing! These photos are so beautiful, Paris is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  • elle
    October 13, 2018

    Yes you could certainly do a better job. Mid day sun and the shadows? I only do this under duress– I think my Samsung phone and I could have done a better job… at the golden hour of course ! 😉
    Still you did a great job retouching, and you are wearing a very cool outfit ! I want that little canine, the ultimate of sweet props!
    Been in the Hamptons, the light here !
    xoxo, Elle

  • Yee Kok Siong
    October 23, 2018

    Its indeed a funny experience…