Hello, dear friends! As many of you know, I spent nearly three months in Paris this past spring while writing and photographing my upcoming book on Paris to be published by Abrams early next year. (!!) Many of my shoots required private access to major museums and locations and were set up well in advance, including this very epic one at Chateau de Versailles. And when I say I was “alone” at Versailles, it wasn’t just a solo trip. I literally was the only person (along with my French guide) in these glorious rooms for an entire morning. Let me tell you, my heart was pounding and I got shivers when I walked into the empty Hall of Mirrors, a space normally filled with visitors! (“Don’t blow the shots, I was telling myself!”)
Truly, it was a great privilege to be in this magnificent location under such circumstances. Imagining what these rooms have witnessed over the centuries, sensing the echoes of history, intrigue, personal dramas great and small, and seeing close up the myriad details of life in such splendor was a once-in-a-lifetime experience which I will always cherish. A special mention to the Pubic Relations staff at Versailles for their professionalism and friendliness and to my guide who had the idea to take this photo of me to commemorate the day.
Château de Versailles Some recommendations: The Château is closed on Mondays so Tuesdays tend to be the most crowded. I’ve found Thursdays to be a good choice. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to skip the longest of the lines and arrive early. Be prepared for a lot of walking within the château and grounds and take advantage of the small train and/or golf carts to travel between the main chateau, the Trianons and Marie Antoinette’s Hameau to save time and energy. If you prefer to just enjoy the grounds for a picnic or relaxing stroll, they are peaceful and vast, and entrance is free. Numerous tour companies in Paris offer guided tours to the Château which can help avoid lines and crowds, but the fees can be expensive. The Château website offers a wealth of information and inspiration. Allow a full day, or even two, if you can schedule it, to fully experience and appreciate this extraordinary location.
Wishing you all a beautiful week.
Hello, friends! Last summer I had the opportunity to photograph an abundance of David Austin roses for my upcoming book. Now that it’s off to the printer (to be released in September), I thought I’d share some of the images from the “cutting room floor” to get us all in a summery mood.
Above, new print series “Bed of Roses“, photographed while at All My Thyme farm in Washington.
Above, newly released print “Remnants“, photographed while at the David Austin Rose Center in Albrighton, England.
A carpet of roses from All My Thyme. It took the owner, Dawn, her daughter Claire and me several hours to cut the roses and to set this up!
Above, roses from the growing fields at David Austin, Albrighton, England.
And finally, for more rose-y goodness, pick up the Summer Edition of Garden Design Magazine. I’m very excited and honored to have a number of my photographs, including the opening spread above, appear in a specially-commissioned article on David Austin Roses. The article is fabulous, with new portraits of Mr. Austin himself, photographed by Richard Bloom. It’s a thrill to have my photos appear alongside those of Mr. Bloom and Clive Nichols, two of the UK’s top flower photographers, whose work has inspired me for many years.
Wishing you a beautiful summer!
How are each of you? I hope very, very well. I’ve so much to share that it’s a bit overwhelming so I’ll dive in and we’ll see where it takes us, okay?
To start (drumroll!), the biggest and most exciting news is that I’ve spent most of the last three months living in Paris, working on my second book! Yes, that is absolutely a dream come true! I honestly cannot wait for you to see it because I have written and photographed it with all of you in mind, hand-picking locations and subjects in the hopes of providing you an inspiring, marvelous adventure in the City of Light. The manuscript and photos have now been turned over to my wonderful publisher, Abrams, in New York. But we all have to be patient as it won’t be released for some months to come. So, I’ll be sharing other photos and adventures to keep us occupied in the meantime.
While I’ve been absent here and on other social media, I do hope you’ve been following along on Instagram, where I post most every day @georgiannalane and @aparisianmoment. Below is a snippet of some of the locations and images that I shared there but do pop over for a quick tour of the last three months.
From top left: Cherry blossoms at the Eiffel Tower; chestnut blossoms at Place Dauphine; street in Montmartre; my private shoot at the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles; cherry trees at Parc de Sceaux; green Vespa; white cherry blossoms at Jardin des Plantes; Chateau de Sceaux; Cafe Esmeralda; cute boulangerie; Place Dauphine from above; pricey peonies in early April; raspberry pastries; Champs Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe; perfectly placed Citroën on Île Saint-Louis.
(Above) The Paris Perfect apartment (The Gamay) that I rented during the month of March, on rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th arrondissement. In April, I moved into another Paris Perfect apartment (The Cognac) with the staggering Eiffel Tower view that you see in the first image above. It truly was the most perfect and magical atmosphere in which to finish photographing and writing my book.
Roses at the Marché Av du Président Wilson, my favorite street market in Paris.
Beautiful blue door in Saint Germain.
Accolade cherry blossoms on the Champ de Mars. Since I was living in the 7th arrondissement, it was a short walk each morning to the Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower. Thus I was able to capture the unfolding panoply of cherry, magnolia and apple blossoms over the course of the spring.
Flowers and baguettes from the nearby Rue Cler market. Living like a local in this neighborhood was a daily joy.
Kwanzan cherry blossoms in the Marais.
A May Day treat: Wisteria blooming near the Eiffel Tower.
I’m back in the States now for my annual photo shoots at the flower farms and gardens of the Pacific Northwest. I’ll also be posting many more photos from my weeks at the David Austin rose garden last summer. My first book, Vintage Roses, being published in September by Pavilion Books in London, is now complete and I have many, many images that sadly couldn’t fit into the book but happily can be shared here.
Do let me know what you’ve been up to – I can’t wait to get caught up!