Oak Tree III © 2006 Dianne Poinski
Getting a “do over” isn’t usually possible when you are in , say – a foreign country.
This brings me to the reason for this post. As many of you know, I am going to Paris in July. I am excited about visiting this magical place for the first time. I am also feeling a little stressed out with the thought that "I have to come back with a portfolio of new and compelling images to show everyone". Most of this is self induced pressure, but I do have a couple of regular visitors to my website and my studio that have said “we can’t wait to see what you come back with!”
I have to remember that this is also a family vacation, and with two adult children I am not sure how many of these are in our future. I want to enjoy every aspect of this trip, and that will include plenty of photography, but I don’t want a repeat of what happened to me in Italy.
Italy was not a family vacation. I went with my cousin and we had a blast, but it was also a trip designed around photography. That’s why I was there. Around the third day I became consumed with the idea that I was not taking enough pictures and none of the pictures I had taken were any good. My cousin ignored me during this “episode” and waited it out. In the end I came home with quite a few images I was happy with as well as lots of stories that continue to drive our families out of the room whenever my cousin and I start reminiscing about our trip.
So I have a plan. While in Paris, I will have my cameras with me, but I won’t always bring my tripod. I feel this is a good compromise. A tripod wielding photographer is not a lot of fun, so I will reserve that for outings with more time and less people. I will just concentrate on having fun while taking pictures and then let go of the results and any expectations I may have. This might be easier said than done, but I will give it my best shot (pun intended).
If anybody has any other ideas or suggestions for great and easy places to photograph in and around Paris, please let me know!