We are back home, settled in, first wedding of the year photographed, and back in the office working. Crazy how fast 5 weeks can go by. There is so much I could say about our trip. In fact, the last week we were there, I wrote a really awesome post that I was really proud of while were were on a train to Blois. Unfortunately I found that it did not save on my iPad once we got back to Paris! So sad! So today I will focus on one (very big) part of our trip and that is our books! They are coming along so well — all photographed and about 75% designed too. We thought it would be fun to share a little sneak peek!
To say things went well photographing this book would be an understatement. They wen’t great! It was actually pretty weird how certain things just came together. For example, struggling to find a good work for the letter “K” we decided to go with “key” because people still use those antique-style skeleton keys on the old doors in Paris. We came up with a plan to buy some cool old keys and photograph them hanging from one of city’s beautiful doors. Well that very evening, while walking around leisurely, I spotted a set of keys hanging from a lock through a shop’s glass door. It even had an Eiffel Tower keychain! Too perfect. I have an even longer story for our umbrella photo, but I’ll spare you.
Photographing the ABC book was more of a scavenger hunt, searching for, or creating the images we had in our heads for each letter. We’d either go out and find them, or set up styled shots by the window in our flat — thank goodness we had a top floor apartment with lots of great light! Although walking up five flights of stars everyday was not that fun! Photographing the color book was more like an explore and discover-type situation. We’d choose a neighborhood and simply walked around, literally hunting for color. Paris is not the MOST colorful city in the world, so it was not as easy as you might think, but it was very fun.
I’d like give you a little better idea of what these books are all about. As you know there are two books, one on the ABC’s and one based on colors. It is a fun way to explore a city through photography (kind of unique in the realm of children’s books). But these books are also a way to learn a bit of the French language as well! They feature the subject of the photograph in English and French with a phonetic pronunciation that will help parents with how to speak the word to their child too. Our hope is that the books can foster a love of travel and exploring all the wonderful places in the world for parents AND their children. More to come!