FRENCH RIVIERA PHOTOGRAPHER - DÌSA IN PROVENCE

French Riviera Photographer

This evening I am sitting at my desk watching movies and catching up on administrative work. I am the worst when it comes to organizing myself with invoicing, accounting etc. Let’s just say it’s not my strong suit. 

It’s a welcomed relief to do a blog and remember some fun moments from last summer. Last July (yep, I am that behind in my blogging) my niece Disa came to France for the second year in a row to spend some time with Bjarni and I. She’s so easy going that it’s such a pleasure having her around. I had clients that had requested a Provencal photo shoot and because I had never done a shoot there before, I thought it would be smart if we killed two birds with one stone. I would take Disa into Provence for the first time ever, and I would also location scout for my upcoming trip. 

Normally it takes around 2 hours to get around Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding countryside. Provence is a little hard to define. It’s not really an official region of France. It’s more like a general name given to the countryside above Marseille and Aix-en-Provence stretching over to Nice and the French Riviera. Despite the fact that it’s so close to Nice, you really can’t compare the two. Provence is all about countryside and tiny villages. Provence has a unpretentious and easy charm, where the French Riviera is all about glitz and glamour. 

On this trip with Disa we drove to Gordes, which is a really charming village that really comes alive in the summer (mainly with British and American tourists). We ate lunch at the Le Provencal found on the main round-about. There are several other great finds in Gordes including La Bastide de Gordes. If you are a photographer, you will definitely appreciate the views from the hotel. 

Gordes is equally famous because it is near the famed Abbaye de Sénaque. If you were to see a pictures of the Abbaye you would definitely recognize it as an iconic symbol of France. It’s probably one of the most photographed things in France. It’s very beautiful and we took a tour inside. Funny note, Disa was wearing shorts and had to wear a towel around the Abbaye out of respect for the dress code: no legs! Trust me, that’s a really difficult dress code to follow in the hot summer sun of Provence. It was a good thing we did the trip before my clients photo shoot because last year, there was a bad crop of lavender and the fields were dry and dead. I didn’t realize you could have a bad crop of lavender, so there you go, you learn something new every day. 

I hope you have the chance to take a trip to Provence, it’s really beautiful. For now, you can take a journey through the photos. 

Just strolling through the streets of Aix-en-Provence like it aint no thing

Disa on the French Riviera

Aix-en-Provence

We were taking photos in front of this car and the guy told us to get in the car and take some photos with it!

This was hilarious!

That’s the guy in the back! People in Provence are so friendly

The famous car that got us in trouble

We call this the “the Christian music album cover”

The lavender wasn’t good but we found another field of random flower.

This is pretty much the iconic shot of Gordes in Provence

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