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October 13, 2010

Day 5 on our road trip.

Today we were working again with Liz and Jim Gibney (who provide an interior and refurbishment service) here in the French Riviera near the village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.

People love to entertain friends in their homes – and beautiful table settings are very much a major part of creating the right ambiance for the evening !!

So one of today’s main shots was to show this…
Setting up the table shot
.. as our goal here was to create a beautifully elegant, yet simple, dining shot…
The dining table in Jim and Liz Gibney's home near the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
.. that shows the gorgeous table ware, accessories and furniture that Liz sources and sells in her shop/studio: Coup de Foudre, in the picturesque little hilltop walled village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.

Obviously, we produced a few other images as well, while we were there – but on day 5, I think this will be the main image that we will all remember it for.

So that was day 5 on our road trip – more to follow – from Marie & me in the south of France… which I have got to say, we we absolutely love 🙂

October 12, 2010


Woke up this morning to a beautiful day here in Saint Paul-de-Vence
The view from Janet's balcony.
.. and so we decided to make the most of the good weather and the amazing view…
The view from Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. from the balcony of Janet’s villa – which we were shooting today.

The storyline:

The setting is simply out of this world – you can clearly see the stunning medieval village of St Paul De Vence from the balcony – and the villa itself was built in traditional Provençal style. Every direction you turn, there are beautiful towns and places to see and visit – from sleepy little villages in the mountains to buzzy cosmopolitan towns on the coast – bliss!!

Janet and her husband Ken toyed with all sorts of ideas about furnishing and decorating their villa – which incidentally is called Jasmin Villa because Jasmin trails over the balcony – when you throw open the shutters, the scent fills the air and is something else !!

Anyway, it was then into the main bedroom, which Marie sorted out very quickly…
Setting up the bedroom shot in Janet's villa.
.. while I lit it up to complete the dream…
The main bedroom in Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. before finally heading down to courtyard area…
Setting up the courtyard shot at Janet's villa.
.. which Marie styled to perfection…
The courtyard at Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. as I put up netting to reduce the contrast, before we sat down to enjoy what we had just shot 🙂

So that was basically day 4 – which we would like to thank Coup de Foudre for the tablecloth and cushions – and Janet for giving us the opportunity to produce such lovely images – in what has got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

From Marie & me – in the French Riviera.

October 11, 2010

Coup de Foudre

Saint Paul-de-Vence in the South of France.

We are currently working with Liz and Jim Gibney who provide a complete interior design and refurbishment service. Today’s shoot was in their very stylish shop/studio which is located in a beautiful historic building in the heart of the town.

As well as wanting great images for their new website and marketing campaign, Liz and Jim are keen to promote their business on an ongoing basis using the various forms of social networking. This certainly seems to be increasingly a major element of any current marketing campaign these days ……. the way of the future ?????

Great to work with such a pleasant and professional couple – good “craic” as well as hard work !!

When a few finishing tweaks were needed to enhance this image, Jim swung into action…
all hands on deck
.. to re-position a chandelier and fit curtain poles, etc, as photoshoots such as this…
The interior of 'Coup de Foudre' in the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
.. are often about ‘all hands to the deck’ !!

Anyway, a great day’s work – and very pleased with how it’s going…
The interior of 'Coup de Foudre' in the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
.. so looking forward to capturing more of their projects later in the week.

That was day 3 from Marie & me in Saint Paul-de-Vence.

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