Check Out Our Makeover – An Amazing Day With A Fabulous Photographer


Distant Francophile Palais-Royal

If you’ve checked out our website lately, you might have noticed that we’ve undergone a mini makeover. There are some new photographs popping up here and there and I just have to share where they have come from.

Scott and I had always dreamed of doing a professional photo shoot in Paris. We’d seen so many of them occurring in and around Parisian landmarks and we’d continually talked about how amazing it would be to have a series of world class photographs where Paris was the backdrop.

So when it finally came time to say “Right, it’s time to stop talking about it. We are just doing this”, there was only one possible choice of photographer – Carla Coulson.

I’ve been a lover of Carla’s work since buying Vicki Archer’s My French Life years and years ago. Carla took all the photos for that book (and its sequel, French Essence) and I simply fell in love with Carla’s use of light and movement in her photographs. Her photos also have a real feeling of fun about them (I now know that the sense of fun comes from Carla herself).

Scott is also a fan of Carla’s work and has taken one of her photographic courses….Picture This, from which he learned a whole lot about shooting in natural light.

We spent an absolutely amazing day in Paris with Carla and her team. Our theme was ‘let’s run away to Paris’ (my big wish on not so great days at work)…and with vintage cases in hand, that’s exactly what we did.

We had shots taken at Café Marly, the Palais-Royal (my favourite Parisian destination) and Paris Métro stations everywhere. And I can’t tell you how much fun we had.  Nor can I express how happy I am with the results.

As I’ve mentioned previously, one of the big problems of travelling with someone who loves photography is the fact that you never end up with any ‘people’ photos. Well now I have some of the most gorgeous photos of Scott and I in Paris imaginable.

And the memories from a day I will never forget.

If you ever get the opportunity to ‘run away to Paris’ with a photographer as talented as Carla, I strongly recommend you take it. You won’t regret it.

Until next time – au revoir.


About Janelle

I believe that every woman can bring French style and joie de vivre to her life, no matter where she happens to live in the world. She only needs to know a secret or two to be on her way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll learn the style and grooming secrets that will help you to dress with the confidence so many French women seem to have.


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