Gratitude

12294774_10153148134766046_1535729572789954803_n-2It’s been a long time since I wrote my last post, and today is one of those days where I just feel like I need to write something in this space- 01 March 2016- for some reason, I just need to! So here I am, 53 minutes before it is March 2nd, writing a post in here.

I logged in, with no idea of what I’m going to write, but I am filled with Gratitude today. In fact, I’m so filled with Gratitude for all the people around me, I teared as I took a nice warm shower to unwind from my day. I don’t know why I teared, but that is how much Gratitude I am filled with. It’s such a surreal feeling.

I am filled with Gratitude to know that I am alive and that I can be whoever I want. I am filled with Gratitude to know that I can create. I am filled with Gratitude to know that I am so loved by the people around me. I am filled with Gratitude to be able to love the people around me. I am filled with Gratitude to know that I am me, and no one can replace me.

And I am filled with Gratitude to know that my soul is peaceful and content. This joy I feel from within is just ecstatic.

 

 

 

Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger Photo Shoot in Paris.

One of my first photography assignments in Paris was shooting Travel & Lifestyle blogger Virginia Anne. Virginia is originally from Denver, Colorado, and moved to Paris in late 2013.

I met Virginia in French language school and we hit it off immediately. I’m sharing pictures of the very first photo shoot I did with her below. Her focus was on her dress, sunnies, earrings and shoes. You may check out her post on this outfit at http://revivaldreamsparis.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/tuesday-paris-street-fashion-15/ .

We decided to take the photos in Champs de Mars, the huge park across from the very famous Eiffel Tower. We agreed that the mood should be very typical Paris for her first fashion post, and of course, there is no place better than right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Very cliche, but then again it’s as Paris as Paris can be!

Enjoy!

Xx,

V.

 

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Virginia is in focus while the background is out of focus, to give a bit of the dreamy Parisian summer effect. Her main focus in this shot were her sunnies and earrings.

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Long shot to show her full outfit.

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This shot was candidly taken. She was walking in front of me so we could get closer to the Eiffel Tower. I composed the shot and called out to her. She turned and flashed me her million dollar smile. Voila!

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Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! An outfit is not complete without the right pair of shoes!

 

Photowalk: Pont des Arts – ‘The Love Bridge’

In my opinion, Paris is all about the ‘air’. There is just something about the air. I’ve always felt that there is a certain romance and wonderlust that just floats around in every part of this beautiful city. One of the best ways to experience this city is by foot. Yes, wear comfy shoes so you can walk for hours and take in all that atmosphere. It’s hard to explain, but there’s just something about Paris!

One of my favourite places to photograph in Paris is Pont des Arts, also know as ‘The Love Bridge’. It’s one of the many bridges across the famous Seine. This bridge is just across from Louvre and the nearest Metro stations are Pont Neuf (Line 7) and Louvre-Rivoli (Line 1).

I enjoy taking a walk down this bridge and people watching. Many times, I’ve seen couples in action, locking their love and throwing the key into the river. They say that their love will last forever by doing so, though I’m not sure how true this is! Couples just tend to cuddle up a bit more, tourists seems to go crazy taking photos and the rest of the people just seem to have a warm glow on their faces.

Photography wise, I love that it’s so rich in colour. I love colour and I chose to photograph it despite the rain, as I love the contrast of the saturated colourful locks against the grey skies and gloomy atmosphere. You’ll see this contrast in the wider shot pictures below. Also, I feel the rain and grey skies add on to the already romantic atmosphere!

Enjoy!

Xx,

V.

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Thousands of locks- thousands of eternal love promises.

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Rain or shine, this couple is determined to lock their love. Notice how they stand out in the foreground despite them dressed in mostly black? It’s because of the richness of the colour in the middle ground and majority of the greyish washed out colour in the background.

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You see locks in all shapes, sizes and languages.

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You’ll also see quite a few miniature ‘Eiffel Towers’ hanging on the bridge too.

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For every kind of love- couples, friends, parent and child. Afterall, love is love. I believe the pink lock was locked by a mother and child.

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On most days, the whole bridge is filled with so many locks that there is barely any space left. Therefore people lock their locks on the other locks, and they tend to stick out a little bit more, like this red heart-shaped lock.

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Because it was a rainy day, all the locks have raindrops on them.

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On one side of the bridge is the Louve, on the other side is the Institut de France, which you can see in the far back of this picture. Don’t you think this grey atmosphere just adds to the romance!

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I just had to do a Black & White version. 🙂

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Happy New Year folks! Hope you had a fantastic NYE celebration! I had a simple celebration with 2 friends watching fireworks, sipping wine and getting all kiddy with some sparkler fun!

Anyways, 2014 has had to be one of my favourite years. I did what I’ve always wanted to do:

1) Live in Paris

2) Learn French

3) Do photography professionally

4) Travel like crazy

I am sometimes in disbelief how I managed to achieve the above, and how everything fell into place so naturally and smoothly. I am so thankful for the amazing times I’ve had, and I couldn’t have asked for more. I felt like I was living in a dream in 2014!

So, what’s in store for 2015 for me? I super excited to find out too!

I usually don’t have resolutions as I seem to get too anxious and stressed and feel horrible when I am not able to achieve them, which has usually been the case! However, this year, I do have a wish list of certain things I want to achieve. I wouldn’t call it resolutions though, as I feel that people tend to associate resolutions with negativity for eg, “I’m so fat I need to lose 20kgs this year“. I think that itself is a negative start to the new year!

One of my top wishes for this year is to travel equally much as 2014, if not more. Including Singapore (home country), I managed to travel to 15 cities in 2014, same as I did in 2013.

Here’s a list of my 2014 travels:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Amsterdam
  • Bali
  • Barcelona
  • Bath
  • Brussels
  • Copenhagen
  • Dubai
  • Geneva
  • Ibiza
  • London
  • Paris
  • Phuket
  • Singapore
  • Venice

If you ask me to pick my favourite, I can’t one city has each city has its own unique ‘flavour’ and I enjoyed them all!

Another wish is to be more active with my posts here! Hence, I’m starting the first day of the brand new year with this post! My plan is less wordy but more photographic posts about my travels and work I do.

I’m going to end this post with a picture that sums up my travels in 2014. I will post more about each city over the next few days.

In the meantime, enjoy and have a blessed year ahead!

Xx,

V.

2014 Travels

Why thirteenatthreeone?

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Alors, here’s my story…

I visited Paris for the first time when I was 13. I was so amazed by this beautiful city, and I remember something about the air. I didn’t quite understand it then, but I knew I had to come back again someday. I also told myself that I would like to live in Paris for some time, be it a month, a year, or forever. French was also the most beautiful language I had ever heard and so I made up my mind to learn this beautiful language some day.

Fast forward to my 20s, I ended up visiting Paris a couple more times whenever I travelled to Europe. With every trip, I thought the desire to live here would die down, but it only grew stronger. I finally decided to take the step on my 31st birthday.  I got all the paperwork and everything necessary done within a month, packed my bags and flew over. I signed up with a French language school, and decided to continue my passion for photography. What prettier city to photograph other than Paris?

It all somehow came together, and then suddenly I was living in the most romantic city in the world. I felt like I was living in a dream, it felt so surreal.

This explains the name thirteen@threeone, as I started living my dream from when I was 13, at 31!

 

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Sometime in February this year, a couple locking their love at Pont des Arts.