It was a late Thursday night, 23rd December last year and it was about 8.30pm. I got in the car and sat there for a good five minutes. I was absolutely exhausted from delivering albums, prints all week. Prior to that I had still be working so hard on processing photos for my wedding couples and it was the culmination of a very very busy 2016.
It took me a good few weeks to properly calm down from that mania and looking back now I can see just how much for months on end I had been running on pure adrenaline.
It was just as well that at the start of February a little trip was planned to France with my friends and fellow wedding photographers. Christina had graciously invited us to stay at her beautiful home in Mouilleron-en-Pareds (which I subsequently found out was the birthplace of Georges Clemenceau – French prime minister twice, and was one of the signatories at the Treaty of Versailles…not that ended well…).
It was just the small break I think we all needed. It does have to be said we consumed a lot of wine, I know that I did, and did a lot of driving that weekend with a fabulous trip down to the coast at La Rochelle (somewhere I definitely want to return to) and also out into the Région Pays de la Loire visiting the very nice little village of Vouvant.
It has long been a dream of mine to have a little place in France and this weekend reminded me exactly why that is, lots of lovely food, drink and good company! The tonic to a very busy 2016 I feel! Thankfully 2017 will be a little less manic due to some changes I have made to the amount of work I take on. But that won’t stop me visiting France again this year, Paris again soon and probably France later this year. J’adore mes voyages en France, à bientôt!
Here are a few of my favourite photos from the trip, all shot on film, mostly 35mm but some medium format as well. After all a wedding photographer can’t go to France and not take any photos!