The forecasted rain arrived in full force, dark skies and wind combining to make it feel like fall and not early summer. Water can add much to a photograph, creating beautiful light and reflections, but it’s important to be flexible during workshops so that the class isn’t spending 8 hours straight in the rain.
With that in mind, we chose to start the day with an indoor shoot at the beautiful Musée d’Orsay (I love this museum’s architecture and the interplay between light and shadow that you find there). I have photographed the d’Orsay many times before, so while our students were working on their assignments I spent a bit of time making abstract images and silhouettes rather than classic “museum” photographs. The Musée d’Orsay also has two wonderful restaurants, so we capped off our visit with a meal spent talking about photography and art.
After lunch we took the Metro to Sacré-Cœur, spending time shooting the beautiful Montmartre area. This is one of my favourite parts of the city to visit in inclement weather, the rain somehow complimenting the cobblestone streets and overall romance found there. Photos always seem to come easily in Montmartre.
That evening, after dinner, I sat by an open window editing photos. I listened to the rain pounding the streets below and enjoyed a cool breeze that was coming in through the window. Exhaustion finally caught up to me around midnight, just as the clouds parted to reveal the stars above.
It was a perfect ending to another wonderful day in Paris.