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A family photo session in a Provence village and lavender fields

Last summer, Samantha and her family visited Europe for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip definitely was discovering the beautiful South of France. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as lavender fields were in full bloom!
When we chatted about this family photo session, Samantha mentionned they really wanted to capture the sites that show the essence of Provence, and my mission was to make that happen!

Since the family was staying at the gorgeous rental Les Petitons in Oppède, I immediately thought of Oppède Le Vieux. It encompasses all the elements of a typical Provence village: the cobblestones, the narrow streets, the olive trees… so we met there to start our session.

Samantha choose 2 outfits for the family and they both looked lovely! What I love for a family photo session is to have some sort of coordinating without it being too obvious, and she managed to find the right balance. Plus the colors worked perfecty with our backgrounds. The pink tones work really well with the green as they are complementary on the color wheel.

We made sure to get fun family shots as well as some shots of Samantha and her husband Troy and some of the siblings Abby and Drew.

We then went to Les Petitons which is litterally 5 minutes away (or maybe even less!) to change up the decor a little bit. The kids were enjoying picking apricots right from the tree, as well as the swimming pool so we had to include those in our collection of photos!

After a quick change at their rental apartment, we did some more photos in the charming garden of the residence.
The mood definitely was relaxed and fun!

For the last part of our photo session, I took the family to a gorgeous lavender field a short drive away. The lavender was in full bloom for the pleasure of the entire family. Abby and Drew definitely had fun frolicking in the smelly purple sea!

We took a few more full family photos, some mother-daughter and father-son shots as well as some singles. Samantha and Troy were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary so we of course got some romantic photos in lavender too!

There are many other gorgeous locations all over Luberon and Provence that are as picturesque as these ones, for sure. But it was nice to cover such a varierty of locations without loosing time driving far away. I had so much fun with Samantha and her lovely family and I’m glad to help them remember the good times they had in Europe with these photos!

Marie, hello!!

I can’t begin to tell you how much we love the photos. You are an amazing artist and I am so glad I found you from across the Atlantic! We made several photo books already and enjoy reliving that time in our lives! Our parents love the photos and mentioned that you did such a great job capturing the love we have for each other and the beauty of Provence. We agree!

Thank you again

Samantha V.

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A family photo session at Domaine de Manville in Les-Baux-de-Provence

To celebrate her 70th birthday, Penelope had a lovely idea: inviting her husband, brother, children and grandchildren to join her for a Provence retreat! The family chose to settle at Domaine de Manville, a former farming estate now turned into a luxury hotel, which was the perfect location for their charming stay in Provence.

Located in the heart of Provence, surrounded by olive groves and with a view of the Alpilles mountain range, Domaine de Manville couldn’t be more suited for a photo session. We started with a big family shot, then did smaller groups and couples.

We definitely took advantage of the olive trees and the beautiful view! Everyone was dressed very nicely in white, lavender and blue shades which contrasted nicely with the surrounding greenery.

We also used the massive metal sculpture at the entrace of the Domaine as a nice frame for a group photo.

Kai, Coco, Lulu and Addie, the four little girls, had fun being princesses for a day. Their matching dresses were just adorable!

It was lovely participating in Penelope’s milestone birthday in Provence. These photos will surely make a wonderful souvenir of this international family vacation in Les-Baux-de-Provence…

As part of our family celebration in Provence, we booked a photo shoot with Marie. She is fluent in English, easy to work with, the photos were delivered promptly and most importantly, they were beautiful! This makes the best souvenir of our trip, the images that will carry our memories always! Highly recommended.

Penelope C.
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An engagement and family photo session on Espiguette beach in Camargue

Andrea and Jeremy met in high school and it was love at first sight. A few years later, they happily welcomed their daughter Lena. Jeremy, always looking for thrill, proposed to Andrea while flying over Las Vegas on their US trip last year. “Oh my God!” But the wedding will be held in France, in their native Provence surrounded by all their loved ones.

We met on a Sunday afternoon for a relaxed family and engagement photo session in Camargue, on Espiguette beach in Grau-du-Roi. The little girl was very excited!

After some great shots on the sand dunes, we walked over to the water for more intimate shots of the couple. Their bond is very inspiring and their affection for one another absolutely adorable.

The cloudy sky cleared towards the end of the day, and an amazing sunset reflecting over the Mediterranean sea gave us the most incredible light to end the photoshoot with.

Provence and the South of France in general is filled with so many wonderful sceneries. What a nice change from my usual locations for this engagement session in Camargue. I can’t wait to experience another beach photo session! In a few months, the lovers will tie the knot: a wedding I’ll share on the blog with delight as it’s going to be as magical as this photo session for sure.

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A fun Mother & Daughters photo session by the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame

Brooke reached out to me because she and her sister wanted to offer their Mom a beautiful gift while they were visiting Paris on a girls trip. I loved the idea of a surprise photo session!

We met at Trocadero and started with some classic Eiffel Tower shots. The 3 ladies were having a lot of fun and goofed around which I enjoyed a lot!

We then sat down on the grass in the Trocadero Gardens where they enjoyed a glass of vin rosé.

Some more photos by the Seine river. I could tell there was a lot of love and fun in this family!

We then went to the Notre Dame Cathedral area. Square Jean XXIII at the back of the famous church is one of my favorites to photograph in Paris.

I love it when people are comfortable enough to really be themselves in front of my camera, and I always do my best to make this photo session an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Marie was hands down the best decision we made on our trip! We surprised our mother with a photo session on the last day of our trip, and Marie was more than happy to learn all about our our mother/daughter trip and make it such a fun 1.5 hours! She gave us some great recommendations on locations and put up with our goofy antics. HIGHLY, highly recommend to anyone looking for a photographer!

Brooke A.

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A Provence family photo session in Bonnieux, Luberon

Kari and her family chose the lovely village of Bonnieux for their vacation in the Luberon nature park in Provence.

In order to enjoy their stay fully, the family rented a beautiful villa with a big garden and a swimming pool, in which the children spent all their time! Is there a more amazing location for a relaxed family photoshoot?

Kids also enjoyed making funny faces and playing pétanque in the garden filled with lavender bushes, olive trees and beautiful Provence plants and flowers. In the meantime, their parents had a glass of local vin rosé.

After a quick outfit change, we headed to another Luberon gem: Lourmarin, a small Provence village about 20 minutes from Bonnieux. The american family fell in love with the old stones and small authentic shops.

Surely a unique souvenir of their France vacation parents and children will look upon with nostalgia and yearn for their return to magical Provence.

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