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Flying Solo In France

Whenever I've traveled overseas in the past, it's been with a large group--often for a choir trip, traveling throughout a small area and singing at various schools, churches and events. This summer I had the chance to take my first solo trip, Traveling to Paris and Annecy, France.

The experience was, of course, very different, than I was used to, if only because nearly every decision was left up to me. Being forced into multiple decisions in an hour was good for me. This trip also reminded me how much I love taking portraits--my eyes kept noticing spots where a human presence would've been greatly appreciated. 

What follows are a few of my favorite photos from the trip, with a little commentary along the way. 

Paris

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Usually when I'm shooting, I search for moments of portraits, moments of connection and intimacy. I noticed similar themes as I traveled alone, but instead of connection the moments were often ones of solitude and introspection. 

The quintessential Paris view from a top floor apartment. 

The quintessential Paris view from a top floor apartment. 

Hi! 

Hi! 

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Building in more time for proper Parisian food experiences next time--the schedule for my last day in Paris required me to leave before most kitchens were open. 

Building in more time for proper Parisian food experiences next time--the schedule for my last day in Paris required me to leave before most kitchens were open. 


Annecy

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I stumbled on a farmer's market in the center of town, filled with haggling residents, vibrant colors and mouth-watering smells. 

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Though all my travel was solo, I did meet up with these great friends (Luke and Amber) while they were in Annecy, and we drank copious amounts of coffee and freaked out about various things. It was a good time. 

Though all my travel was solo, I did meet up with these great friends (Luke and Amber) while they were in Annecy, and we drank copious amounts of coffee and freaked out about various things. It was a good time. 

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A fresh peach, fresh bread and fresh jam from my Airbnb hosts; an ideal way to start my last day. 

A fresh peach, fresh bread and fresh jam from my Airbnb hosts; an ideal way to start my last day. 

Cozy mornings anywhere with Parachute Home. 

Cozy mornings anywhere with Parachute Home. 

Almost time to start exploring with LeCouer.

Almost time to start exploring with LeCouer.


The best experience came in the form of a coffee shop--much needed connection, good coffee, and a place to relax with Luke & Amber & their crew. I enjoyed a double ristretto, palette cleansing Cascara and of course, a latte. It was a pleasure meeting Julien and spending a few hours at Brumes. 

Brumes

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Jusqu'à la prochaine, France.