Week 14 - Composition: Center Frame Portrait

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” - Audrey Hepburn

Center Framed composition is a great way to isolate your subject. Use this knowledge to create a portrait that exhibits loneliness. #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek14

Center Framed composition is a great way to isolate your subject. Use this knowledge to create a portrait that exhibits loneliness. #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek14

Week 2 - Composition: Rule of Thirds - Motion

Take the picture! Take the Picture!” - Audrey Hepburn (aka Jo Stockton, Funny Face )

Nike of Samothrace  |  Winged Victory  ; Louvre Museum, Paris (Hellenistic circa 220-185 BC)  Week 2 - Use Rule of Thirds to show motion in your picture. #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek2 #2019dogwood52

Nike of Samothrace | Winged Victory ; Louvre Museum, Paris (Hellenistic circa 220-185 BC)

Week 2 - Use Rule of Thirds to show motion in your picture. #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek2 #2019dogwood52

Givenchy

March 13, 2018 (072/365)

"His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, [Givenchy] is a creator of personality." ~ Audrey Hepburn 

Iconic French couturier, Hubert de Givenchy, passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Givenchy's New York Times obituary states that "Mr. Givenchy was emblematic of a generation of gentlemanly designers who established their couture houses in postwar Paris, nurturing personal relationships with customers and creating entire collections with specific women in mind." The woman with whom he had the closest relationship was, of course, Audrey Hepburn. Givenchy's designs appeared in many of Audrey's most memorable films including Sabrina, Funny Face, Charade, and How to Steal a Million -- all of which are set in Paris and all of which we watched during our recent trip. In fact, we were so enamored with Audrey and Givenchy dresses that we visited the flagship atelier and I purchased this charming book.

Pretty in Pink

February 8, 2018 (039/365)

"I believe in pink....I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles." - Audrey Hepburn

Pink

February 15, 2015 {46/365} "Pink"

“I believe in pink... I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” - Audrey Hepburn [ ... and I believe that pink Champagne makes any day special!]

Tiffany's

December 16, 2014 Photo (350/365): #decemberphotochallenge Day 16: Outdoor Christmas Lights

I knew my schedule wouldn't allow me to capture outdoor lights today, but there's so much I love about this flashback photo. First, what girl wouldn't love a present from Tiffany's ("Come & fill my Christmas tree, with some decorations bought at Tiffany's")?  I also love the art deco architecture, the lovely fairy lights, the light dusting of snow, and best of all, the Tiffany-blue hue of the windows. This picture makes me want to go shopping in Chicago or, better yet, New York where I could channel my inner Audrey!

French Friday: Opéra Garnier

The first time I visited the Opera Garnier was the first time I visited Paris. In fact, since I was staying near the palais, Opéra was my Métro stop.

I landed at Charles de Gaulle on a warm day in June 1994, took the RER B into Paris, transferred to the Métro, and emerged in front of this magnificent façade. It was my very first impression of this enchanting city -- and it was love at first sight! I hadn't even seen the Eiffel Tower yet, but I couldn't resist the allure of the opulent and mysterious Opéra. As soon as I settled in, I returned to the Palais Garnier for a tour. 

The last time I visited the Opéra was a snowy day in January 2013. It was cold and gray outside, but inside, it was warm and mysterious -- almost deserted because of the unusual Paris snowstorm. 

I almost felt as though I were trespassing. Perhaps, I've seen The Phantom of the Opera too many times! This grate protects the entrance to the REAL underground lake. You can't go down below, but you can go up the grand staircase.

If you're lucky, you may be allowed inside one of the private boxes (maybe even Box 5).

Peer out into the magnificent theatre.

Marvel at the stunning Chagall ceiling

Enjoy the juxtaposition of Garnier's beaux-arts architecture and the quirkly modern details.

Channel your inner Christine Daaé

or your inner Audrey (Funny Face)!

L'Opéra est magnifique!