WHAT TYPE OF CAMERA DO YOU USE & HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?
I photograph and film on a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D, using various Canon lenses ranging form 28mm or 50mm fixed lenses. I use Adobe Bridge and Photoshop to edit all my images which I shoot in RAW format.
WHO TAKES YOUR PHOTOS?
I take all my own pictures, unless otherwise cited beneath the image. I and the owners of the images I share and cite here reserve all rights to the photographs. I invite you to share them on our personal blog so long as you clearly reference the photo and include a link back to me. For professional use, my images must be licensed. I do not allow web magazine to use my images in exchange for a citation unless they are explicitly writing about or promoting my blog. If you would like to use my photos for any other purposes they are available for licensing, which you can inquire about by contacting me.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY WHEN I COME TO PARIS?
The Marais is my favorite neighborhood. I highly recommend staying there as it is central and quaint. There is a cute hotel called Caron de Beaumarchais which is oh so French, fabulous, and generally affordable. Other than that the site Splendia is great for finding affordable boutique hotels in Paris and all capital european cities for that matter. One of the best ways to experience Paris is to rent an apartment, which can be much more affordable and also allows you to shop the markets and cook at home. Airbnb is a great site for booking vacation rentals, but I recommend sticking to locations in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th arrondissements if you are visiting and want to be central. Do not contact me asking for free advice planning your trip unless you know me personally. If you do I will direct you here.
HOW DID YOU MOVE TO FRANCE?
I moved to France on a student visa to complete my bachelor’s degree at The American University of Paris. Since I have graduated, I now live and work in France as an entrepreneur and subcontractor. I own two small businesses in France which entitles me to my papers here.
I WANT TO MOVE TO FRANCE, HOW CAN I DO THAT?
The easiest way is to come as a student. Once you are here then you can visit other options of changing your status to stay and work. If you are no longer a student and don’t want to be again, you can come in on a long term visitors visa so long as you show you have enough money in the bank to support yourself during your time here. In order to work you will need certain types of visas, which you can obtain by being transferred by a foreign company to work in France, finding employment here and then applying for the visa to come and do the job, or opening a business in France. For some of these however you have to prove significant financial backing and for those that you don’t they are more often accepted than not if they feel you are not a specialized case where a foreigner is required to do the job. Moving to France is difficult in terms of immigration paperwork but nevertheless possible if you are determined. There is lots of information available about this on the internet if you just do a google search which will better answer your questions than I can, thus kindly do not contact me with questions about how to find jobs or immigrate to France. There are better resources out there than me and I regret that I do not have the expertise to give advice on this subject.
I WANT TO GO TO THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARIS, WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET IN?
The American University of Paris is a great school, and they carefully select the types of people they think will succeed in a foreign country and a highly international university. The best thing to do is show that you have an interest in other cultures and languages, show them you are a curious person ready to adapt to new places, have multi dynamic interests, and of course are willing to work hard in your studies and challenges you will experience in a foreign country. Having studied French language or culture is an advantage but not at all necessary. You can find out more and apply online on their website.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO LEARN FRENCH?
Practice, persistence, passion. I’m still learning French everyday I live in France, and will never speak it perfectly no matter how much progress I make. The best way to learn is to live in France, as I didn’t speak any French before I moved here and now I am very confident living my day to day life in French and hanging out with friends in my second language. Take a class at the community college or adult education centers if you can. If you can’t do that get Rosetta Stone and a French dictionary and practice by listening to French music and watching French films. Also if possible watch films in your native language with the subtitles in French, this way you can learn how to translate things from your first language into a more French way of speaking. It takes time, and effort, and is never easy to learn a second language regardless of which one. Just give it your best, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and fake it until you make it.
HOW DO YOU DO YOUR HAIR?
There is no secret to how I do my hair. I was honestly just born with A LOT of it and I almost never cut it. In the past I used to color it blonde, but since several years I have let it grow out to it’s natural color. I usually just let it air dry and retouch it with a curling iron in a medium to large barrel size. I occasionally straighten it with a flat iron. When I wear it up, I usually wear a pony tail or a large chignon which I achieve with the help of a hair donut. I also use a lot of Moroccan Oil.
HOW TALL ARE YOU?
I am 5ft 3.5in or 160cm small.