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Let me just start this blog post by saying, Paris was good to me.

Really, really, really good to me.

It’s not very often that you can go into a foreign country, (let’s be honest) not knowing the language, with little to no contacts, with just 3 months to spare, and actually make something of yourself.

I managed to do just that.

Call it luck, call it happenstance, call it the place where I’m meant to be…it. was. pure. bliss.

The sequence of events, from one point to another while living in Paris was so fluid.  I almost can’t explain to you why or how, but I can certainly show you some of what I did.

About two weeks in to my stay in Paris, I got a call from Marie Puleo of Paris Magazine (a new Anglo magazine based in Paris) asking if I would be interested in shooting their January feature about the “Best Restaurants in Paris of 2009″…are you kidding me?…my assignment, to photograph chefs and restaurants (some of which have a wait list months long)…someone pinch me!

It. was. fabulous.

And now that the issue is out on Paris newsstands, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite shots from the assignment.

Chef Gregory Marchand of Frenchie

5 rue du Nil, 75002

M: Sentier

Caffé dei Cioppi

159 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75011

M: Faidherbe-Chaligny

Owner/Chef Stéphane Delleré of La Cave Beauvau

4 rue des Saussaies, 75008

M: Saint Augustin

Chef Yariv Berrebi of KGB

25 rue des Grande Augustine, 75006

M: Saint Michel

Chef Aymeric Kraml of L’Epigramme and Chef Daniel Rose of La Table 28

Chef Daniel Rose prepping his famous rotisserie meal.

La Table 28

28 rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009

M: Anvers

Le Meurice

228 rue de Rivoli, 75001

M: Concorde

Au Boeuf Couronné

188 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019

M: Ourcq

Husband and Wife team, Chi Wah Chan and Adeline Grattard of Yam’Tcha

4 rue Sauval, 75001

M: Louvre

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I made a conscious decision last year to make 2009 all about me.  I know it sounds selfish, but I feel it was the best choice I could have made at the time.  And honestly look at where I am today?  Had I not worked towards what I really wanted for myself, I am quite positive I would not be typing this and looking out the window at the Eiffel Tower all in the same instant.

But, nice as it is, to be in the little world of “me, myself, and I”, it’s time to shake things up a bit.  Bring in some balance.

2010, for me, is all about giving back.

This last month, I participated in a portrait project called, Help Portrait.  Best to have a look at the site, but in a nutshell, it was inspired by a photographer named Jeremy Cowart, who felt that the world needed to smile more.

For one day, photographers from all over the world organized an event and shot portraits for people in need (of a smile, of some inspiration, of a new beginning…) asking for nothing in return (in fact, we were instructed to delete the images from our hard drives once the images were printed and given to the subjects).  I participated in the Paris community, and had such a wonderful time.  In a world so full of complications, it was nice to be reminded of the genuine human spirit.  It was something I knew I had to keep pursuing.

So, I begin this year with an idea, a project of sorts (the first of many, I hope).

I’ve never done this to such a capacity before, but I think it is about time that I have an art print sale.

*UPDATE* Cut off to order prints is February 22nd 2010!!! So please get your order in before that date.  Thanks! 🙂

I’m calling it “My Dream in Prints” – and all of the images available for purchase are from these last few months (aside from one, which I decided to include because it helped me get to Paris).   I can’t believe I’ve managed to come up with a whole catalog!

Here’s just a taste…

With each purchase, 25% of art print and postcard sales and 30% of canvas sales will go straight into the hands of the Make a Wish Foundation.

There are PLENTY of charities that I have my interest in working with, everywhere from the topic of breast cancer, humane societies, to art enriching programs (all of which will likely get my attention at some point this year and beyond).  But Make a Wish struck a chord in me when it comes to what I am doing here.  Without getting too sappy like some previous posts…(you probably already ‘get’ the story) it is a foundation that exists to make dreams come true.  Everyone deserves the experience that I have had – no matter what their dream is.

So, I am using the outcome of my dream to hopefully help fulfill someone else’s dream.  Simple as that.

Here is a link to the catalog gallery.  The images can also be seen in ‘full’ scale at www.charitylynne.com, select ‘client proofs’, and the password is “dream“. (image numbers for ordering purposes are at the top left corner).

At the bottom of this entry you will find the Price list and Order form in PDF format.  I tried to make the Order form as user-friendly as possible – you can fill it out on your computer (with Acrobat Reader), and if you click on my email address (see form), it will actually mail your completed form directly to me (I was impressed).

I encourage you to pass this around to your friends, tweet, blog, facebook, or good old-fashioned email.

Thank you so much for your continued support – it really has been very overwhelming!

Here’s to a new decade – may it be full of love, laughter, and fulfilled dreams!

Thanks so much for looking.

*UPDATE* Cut off to order prints is February 22nd 2010!!! So please get your order in before that date.  Thanks! 🙂

Take care,

Charity

Pricing and Details

Order Form

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Time is beginning to fly over here!  After this week, I’m going to be in Berlin for the Christmas holiday, back to Paris for New Years, and then off to Italy, London, and Amsterdam on the 12th, before I head back to the states.

Looking back, it boggles my mind on how much you can fit into nearly 2 months.  This has been such an amazing trip, I can’t believe all that I have done in my time here, and all that I still have planned to do before I leave – I’m truly blessed.

My hard drive is certainly feeling the weight of my adventures, LOTS of images to go through, LOTS of things to share.

I thought I would post a few of those images, giving you a glimpse of what I’ve been up to these past few months.

Bits and pieces of what I’ve seen in Paris:

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Being in Paris, I feel like I’ve been living deep in the mind of a photographer…everything is new, interesting, or just simply asking to be photographed.  This of course can be experienced anywhere, even Seattle, but sometimes when things are seen on a daily basis as routine, their beauty can sometimes get lost in the shuffle.

Because I have food on the photo-brain, naturally, I find grocery shopping to be a very important task.  Everything is scrutinized, examined, and asked the question “would I want to photograph you?”

p.s. yes, I am that strange girl in the market spending way too long looking at a single piece of fruit from different angles and heights…sorry.

Cut to my Parisian friend, Celine, introducing me to LaFayette Gourmet.  Think, Whole Foods ‘Paris’ – this was my kind of grocery store!  I love being surrounded by beautiful food.

Coincidentally, I was all out of food at home, so I decided I would do a little shopping.  Given the price tags (again, think Whole Foods) I had to make an agreement with myself – whatever I buy I have to make into a photo.

After taking into consideration colors, textures, shapes/lines…and what I actually wanted to eat…I finally had a basket full of mouth-watering things that I couldn’t touch until the sun was shining…oh, the woes of being a natural light photographer.

So, the first food to get the spotlight were these great little vegetables!

Again, this is something I could have easily found at the grocery or market in Seattle…but because I have photography on the brain 10-fold, somehow they finally grabbed my attention.

Afterwards, I cut these puppies up and roasted them with olive oil, chopped garlic, fresh basil leaves, a dash of salt, and some sharp cheese layered on top.  I love cooking veggies until they brown a bit along the edges – so good.  (by that point, I was so hungry…I did not photograph…sorry…next dish)

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If you have been to Paris, it is likely you visited/experienced, Angelina.

If you didn’t, well, then you must book a flight back immediately.

Famous for their “De L’Afrique” Chocolat Chaud, they’ve been perfecting this wonderful cup of hot chocolate since 1903 – and boy, do they have it right!

Best.

And I mean, BEST.

…Hot Chocolate you will ever taste. (period)

This is both a blessing to find, and a curse…because now every other hot chocolate I try, tastes like sugar-water.

Another wonderful thing about Angelina – their pastries.

One in particular, that I was required to try: the Mont Blanc.

A meringue base, filled with whipped cream, and covered with chestnut paste.  Very unique, and not as sweet as you might think.

I wouldn’t say it was the ‘perfect’ paring with my chocolat chaud, but it was certainly a treat!

I came home with the worst sugar headache EVER after all of that.

But I went back for more a week later.

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Thanksgiving is slowly becoming one of my favorite holidays…next to Christmas and Easter (can’t beat fresh Easter candy!)

Over the years it has become a holiday where adventure, experimentation, and tradition comes together into one very large, over zealous meal.  My family doesn’t serve your average green bean casserole, stove top stuffing, or cranberry jelly out of a can…we make chipotle apple soup, oyster stuffing, grapefruit-mint vinaigrette on a spinach salad…sometimes we’ll even have themes, like last year we had a plethora of apples and mint in the garden, so we created a menu to compliment those flavors (ie, chipotle apple soup and grapefruit-mint vinaigrette).

One recipe that I found last year that I absolutely fell in love with was a Cranberry, Sour Cherry, and Grapefruit chutney from MarthaStewart.com.

I’ve never been a fan of cranberry sauce (too much sugar maybe?) – but make a chutney with cranberries and citrus, and I will swoon for days…or in this case, years.  Make that citrus, grapefruit, and I’ll be your friend for life.  J’aime le pamplemousse!

Being in Paris this year, I didn’t need to make much, in fact, I didn’t have to make anything.  But I couldn’t ignore the Thanksgiving buzz in the air, and I had to have this cranberry chutney, turkey or no turkey.

 

 

There is something about cranberries that makes me feel very ‘girly’ – they glitter like little jewels – makes my heart flutter!

And it’s so satisfying to stir them in a warming pot – that hallow sound that they make when they clink together, it’s like mixing a bowl full of gum balls.

 

Now, I’m not sure if cranberries are a common thing to find in Paris, my guess is that they are not.  It was something that I pondered while I was putting my grocery list together, and thought it best to google before I left and became frustrated when I couldn’t find the main ingredient in my one simple craving.  And in my search, I found this store, Thanksgiving.  Well that’s fitting…

It’s an English grocery store, that carries all of those undeniable cravings from back home that you just can’t find in your everyday French market.  Cream cheese, Kraft Mac and Cheese, Black beans, Tortillas, Chipotle/Jalapeno, American Oreos, Popcorn, and yes, Cranberries (whole, canned, or jellied).

Homesick no more…for just 3,50 euro, you too can feel the comforting pleasure of Kraft powered cheese…or a bowl of black beans.  An absurd price to pay in the states, but in France, priceless.

 

Back to the cranberry goodness…

 

 

You can’t beat fresh, whole, cranberries.

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Not to toot my own horn, but I am in lust with this photo right now…I’d say it makes me want to eat those chocolates right off the page, but I already have…

in the order of which they appear (l-r): dark chocolate/espresso, dark chocolate/basil-lemon, dark chocolate/saffron-almond, dark chocolate, dark chocolate/chestnut.

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So, I am very behind on my blogging timeline here.

Because this next string of images is from almost two weeks ago – at the Butte Montmartre.

Montmartre, itself, is a great neighborhood that I recommend you visit if you are ever in Paris – full of old world charm, small shops, and classic cafe’s (aside from the Starbucks of course).  There’s the Red Light district (Moulin Rouge, Le Chat Noir…), the fabric district (I wish I knew how to sew, I would be in heaven), and even the cafe featured in “Amelie” (just looking on IMDB, I guess that is the neighborhood the whole story was based…like I said, great neighborhood).

So the “Butte Montmartre” is kind of the icing on the cake.

Montmartre is north, and is the highest point in Paris (to find out ‘how high’ and all the other technical details, go here).  So when you reach the top, or the “butte”, you can see all of Paris.  Kind of like the Eiffel Tower, except free.

At the top, there is the Basilica Sacre Coeur, a Roman-Catholic church.

and then on down there are a multiple number of stairs to lead your way towards the city…

The most famous being a staircase called, The stairs of Rue Foyatier.

I did not climb these stairs, there have been enough stairs for me to climb since I’ve been here, and I’ve already lost a good pant size as it is…but it looks like a good trek – yes, a good trek indeed.  In fact, if you are unwilling to take the stairs they do have a solution – a gondola-like ride right next to these famous steps (I did not photograph that wonderful eye-sore).

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A sampling of some of my Parisian breakfasts:

moulin

I went to Moulin de la Vierge, where I’ve been told is the best place to try this dessert, Mille-Feuille (“a thousand sheets”).  Almost too sweet for my taste, but delightful none the less.

plumtart

This plum tart, is made with a ‘special’ Parisian dough.  I could have eaten the whole pie.  A mixture of sweet, tart, and savory.

croissant

The classic croissant, buttery, flaky goodness – paired with yummy, thick chocolat chaud.

chocolate_chestnutteehee, and yes, it’s true…I did in fact eat this chocolate/chestnut cake for breakfast as well (note the candied chestnut on top)…perfect for anytime of the day I would say!…you only live once.

Found at La Petite Rose.

 

Luckily I have to walk up a million flights of stairs to go to bed at night…

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One of the things that brought me to Paris (finally!), was an opportunity given to me by the first annual Festival International de la Photographie Culinaire. They asked me to be one of their participating photographers for the event, and I just couldn’t say “non”.
The event started on November 6th and will be running through November 15th.
Here’s an excerpt of some of the details about the juried portion of the event (just because I can barely keep it all straight):

“The inauguration of the exhibition will take place on Thursday the 5th in Bercy Village, and the Awards ‘ Ceremony the following Thursday (12th of November) in the Mobalpa Mansion (the trophies ‘Les Lentilles d’Or’ made by Raynaud will be attributed for the 3 Awards: Public Prize, Culinary Heritage Prize, and the Festival Grand Prize)

The jury of the Festival Grand Prize, chaired by Edouard Cointreau, will count the following personnalities : John Stewart, Bruce J. Seidel, Amy Koblenzer from Gourmet Magazine, etc.

The jury for the Culinary Heritage Prize will be chaired by the senator Catherine Dumas (who is the president of the Club ‘La table Française’), and will be composed by 10 members of the French Parliament acting in the Food Industry and Gastronomy.”

What made me most excited, and then most sad a day later – Amy Koblenzer’s presence from Gourmet Magazine…The day after I got this listing of jurors, Gourmet announced it was closing. It was indeed a sad day.

So far I’ve only been to the Bercy Village location. It’s this cute little outdoor ‘mall’ sort of area with row upon row of restaurants (and at the end of the row there appears to be a movie theatre). The images were outside in these public corridors – for all eyes to see – 37 photographers in total, we each had one image at this location, all sized at 120x80cm. (at the second location, Mobalpa, we have two other images, a bit smaller).

gallery1

I’m the fish tail…aka “Rainbow Trout” (thanks Springfield)

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As you can see, I took some ‘snapshots’ of the event – nothing fancy.

On the walls they have these large posters with all of the photographers names listed on them (as the public has the chance to vote as well) – it was kind of neat to see my name in large print like that 🙂

At the opening, they served us champagne, whiskey, freshly shucked oysters (quite literally there were two 18yr old boys breaking a sweat trying to shuck as fast as they could!), some fresh bread and yummy cheese spread, and a table full of Laduree macarons and Belgium chocolates.

champagneetnom

meandmyfish

…and my sad attempt at taking a photo of me with my photo (how adorable…)

Ah yes!  And the program – my favorite part!

When you are just too lazy to walk around to see what everyone has done (or can’t speak a lick of French to start-up a conversation), they made a very nice program with all of the photographers inside.  A little blurb about who they are, what they have done (in both French and English), and the three images that they have submitted for the show.

program

lesphotographes

This last set of images is not mine, but a photographer from France whose work caught my eye.  I absolutely loved his large print!  Beautiful work, and very evident that he still uses a 4×5 (I’m slightly jealous).

otherphotographe

There may be more on this topic coming up, as the award ceremony is this Thursday.  So don’t be surprised if you find me posting more images from the other location here in a few days.

I’m truly honored to be in this show full of so many talented photographers from all around the world.  It’s so lovely.

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