The Surprise of a lifetime! A 50th Birthday Photoshoot in Cannes, France.
Photography is a celebration of life. I get to be there for the good times: weddings, proposals, baby announcements and of course BIRTHDAYS! I know some people dread birthdays but they deserve to be a celebration. To dismiss a birthday is like snubbing your nose at LIFE. We are the chosen few, it is a miracle that we walk this planet. No matter what your situation in life is, no matter where you a born, the experience of life is a miracle. I just stumbled upon one of those viral internet videos today. With the help of special glasses, a completely color blind boy was able to see color for the first time in his life. When he put the glasses on, he immediately started to cry. Most of us live that miracle EVERY. DAY. and we take it for granted. We think color is just our natural born right. That video hit me hard and when I went for a walk I was looking out at the sea and really trying to appreciate the amazing color. Imagine if I had never seen the endless horizon or those incredible colors. Birthday’s are a bit like that. We take them often for granted.
A Photoshoot to celebrate an amazing milestone.
This photoshoot was a real celebration in life. Pictures speak 1000 words as they say, but there is even more to this story and I’m so glad that I got to know Patty, her husband and her son over coffee at the end of the photoshoot. These are really the moments in my job that I cherish. I spend hours on the computer working on my schedule, planning, organizing, editing, uploading, blogging etc. but it’s all about THESE moments. Making real connections with people. I think ultimately that is what we all want from our lives, to feel like we are connected to the universe and we are contributing more positive than negative.
ANYWAYS, philosophy aside, I’m so glad to have gotten to spend the time with them and I could just feel such a great positive energy that I knew I wanted to feature Patty on the blog and ask her a few questions. I was really inspired to hear more of their story!
- Why did you decide to do a photoshoot in Cannes?
The photoshoot was a surprise and birthday gift from my husband (Oliver).
- How long have you been married?
Oliver and I have been married for 23 years.
- What did turning 50 mean to you?
Turning 50 was a very special milestone for me because I am the first person in my immediate family that lived to be 50. Both of my parents died before their 50th birthday. My father was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 38 and my mother passed away from Breast Cancer at the age of 44. So I promised myself that if I was lucky enough to reach that number, I would celebrate it in a big way; and that’s just what I did! My wonderful husband planned a magical 12 day trip to Italy and France. We had a fantastic time!
- Besides the photoshoot, what other surprises did Oliver organize for you?
The trip was really a dream come true, filled with surprise after surprise. He surprised me with a beautiful Chanel bag. The day after my birthday, he took me to Galimard Parfumeur in Grasse where I made my own perfume which I named Cinquante (50 in French). Another surprise was a day in Provence where we visited the lavender fields and the sunflower fields. The highlight of the day was the tour of the magnificent Verdon Gorge. After we left Cannes, we spent 3 more days in Nice and this was just half of the trip. Oliver planned every detail and it was ALL Prefect. As long as I live, I’ll always be grateful and this trip will be ingrained in my memory forever. It was Prefect!
- What was your favorite thing about Cannes?
I LOVE everything about Cannes. If I had to sum it up, I’d say that I really like the luxurious living there. The beautiful beaches, yachts, luxury shops and a ton of restaurants with so much yummy food. And definitely can’t forget the speedboat ride on Black Tenders to St. Tropez!
- What’s one piece of advice you would give someone that is thinking of traveling to Cannes or the French Riviera?
Pack light because it is easy and cheap (if you take the train) to get around in the French Riviera and you will want to visit and see as much as you can. If you have alot of luggage it will be difficult having to handle it yourself on trains.
- Did anything surprise you about France? France is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited.
I have been to Paris several times but this was my first trip in the South. It did not disappoint. The scenery was breathtaking. The most surprising thing was how close and easy it was to get from Cannes to other parts on the Cote d’Azur.
- What would you say is the biggest difference between Paris and the South of France?
The biggest difference between Paris and the South of France of course is the ocean and beach life. Paris is a romantic city filled with beautiful historic sites while the South of France is more laid back and luxurious. It’s the prefect vacation spot if you want to lay back on the beach and relax. A vacation to Paris will not be as relaxed as you will want to visit the popular sites, so you will tend to be on the go most of the time. Cannes is also pretty close to Monaco and the Italian Riviera. You can easily visit two other countries without breaking the bank if you take the train which is only a couple hours!
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