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Thursday, May 29, 2014


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Bon Voyage, Jules! Enjoy your visit!

Kristin, those photos are stunning, as are yours! I miss looking at the beautiful photos you used to take. It sounds like your outing with Cynthia was very inspiring.

Suzanne Codi

Have a safe trip Jules, and enjoy every minute with your French family!
I hope to meet you if ever our trip to France coincides with yours!

Nice pix Kristi,must be fun to have another good eye on a photo outing! I was a little surprised to see you wearing long sleeves, is it still that chilly now?

Bises, Suzanne


Enjoyed today's post, as always... and Kristin, your photos are as gorgeous as are Cynthia's. J-M was excited for you to get out, I think, because he suspected you have been missing photo-journaling as you much as you used to do.

Bon voyage, dear Jules! Be safe! Nothing at all lifts the spirits, and even improves health, as spending time with loving family. I know yours is very much looking forward to the good times about to happen! :)


Kristin I have always enjoyed your photography and looking forward to seeing more!
Chère Jules, je souhaite que le ciel sera bleu, les oiseaux chanteront et tout ira bien. Bon voyage.


I have a question about the word 'sortie'. When I was in Paris a few weeks ago (my first trip to Europe), I noticed on the Metro, the exits were marked 'Sortie'. Is this translated 'Out' or 'Exit'? I guessed pretty quickly it was the way out, lol, when I got off the first Metro train and followed the crowd up the stairs to my destination.


Loving it!!!! Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences. I'll be there when I win the lottery.

Debbie Ambrous

Kristin, now you are talking my language. I wish that I had the knowledge and expertise of your friend! I love photography, especially in France. I've taken so many pictures since we have been here since mid-April, but I am more selective. Isn't it wonderful when unexpected things happen at the right moment? Enjoy!! I wish the best for your Mom's trip to France, and I know she is anxious to see you.

gwyn ganjeau

bon voyage, jules!!! when you go to see krisint and family, i somehow feel i'm getting company too! i just love the images i conjure up of you all on your daily adventures. have a ball!!

Chris Allin

It must have been so inspiring for you, Kristin, to spend the day with a kindred spirit ~ and lucky for us to see such gorgeous photos and to understand a little about their composition. Safe travels to Jules...looks like life at Mas des Brun is about to take on a new energy!

Ed Klinenberg

Bonjour Kristin,

Your photographic eye seems well developed to me--a guy who has been shooting huge numbers of photos for dozens of years. You seem to have a natural feel for what makes an interesting picture that tells a little story in the click of an oeil. You also use the colors of Provence quite well. It's a great idea to go out making photos with another person who has had formal training in it and who has made her living doing photography etc because it focuses you on the essential elements that form the foundation of good photography (which of course was invited par les Francais!).
Recently I made my first visit to Provence and vowed not to shoot cutesy photos of doors and walls and flower pots on window sills...but I found so many "charming" scenes that I couldn't help myself so I shot them despite my self-vow not to do it! After many trips to Paris including my one-year as a student at La Sorbonne, I finally made it to Provence and loved the area. I had wanted to try to communicate with you while there and possibly to invite you and your husband for drinks...but we did not have enough time to make it to your area. La prochaine fois j'espere que je puisse faire tel un rencontre!
-Ed Klinenberg, Menlo Park, CA

Ed Klinenberg

Whoops--I meant to write, "which of course was invented (not invited) by les Francais!"

Gail Lentz

Had fun pronouncing today's word with a French accent!! Also, loved the photos and tips.
Praying Jules will have a safe voyage and a marvelous reunion with her beloved family!!
Gaelle in AZ

edie schmidt


Love the photos and the helpful hints. I am a "shutterbug" and do my own printing. I've got an archival printer that does a great job. I've done a fair amount of photography in France when visiting our daughter-in-law's family. Every now and then I get that thrill when I capture a subject and am really happy with the result. You know that feeling!
Enjoy your visit with votre mere,

Edie from Savannah

Faye Stampe, Gleneden Beach, OR

I loved the photos and the post ----- Maybe you will get back into photography? You have a great eye -- and a fabulous region to go wild!

Jules, have a wonderful visit with your family. I love hearing about your French adventures --- please keep us posted!

Enjoy your mom Kristin! And post some photos of her ok?

Be well.

GwenEllyn Anderson (amie de Michel Weddle qui a travaillé avec Jane)

I run into this difficulty every once in a while - like when I wanted to tell someone that I loved 'picking his brain'. "Really liking your ideas" does not convey the same concept. :)

Cynthia Gillespie-Smith

Such fun we had yesterday, Kristi, and as your readers point out, we are surrounded by a wealth of photo opportunities in Provence. You make beautiful photographs AND you put your subjects at ease more quickly and skillfully than anyone I know. Can hardly wait to get back out there, but even EARLIER next time. Man, the sun comes up early! Enjoy every minute of your mom's visit, ma belle amie.

Diane Young

Bon voyage, Jules! We are all waiting ,"with breath that is bated" to see your beloved Kriti's mom as captured by Mme Photographie.
Kristi, you have a wonderful talent with the camera as well as the pen.


Thank you for the photographic tips!

Always enjoy seeing your photos...


Lee Isbell

Hi Kristin, I loved your little photo lesson. I mostly shoot and shoot and find a few good ones in there. I've done some good ones at Domain Rouge-Bleu. I'll soon be off to your part of the country . . . can hardly wait. Maybe I can be more "conscious" of how I'm shooting.

Bon voyage to Jules. Twenty-four hours is a long stretch!


Our dear Kristi,
Wow!You certainly have NOT lost your gift as a photographer!These pictures are all beautiful(!)but the ones of the church with shadows and that glorious field of flowers have absolutely run away with my imagination!
And(!) Bon voyage,dear Jules!You are certainly an inspiration for such a long trip!Your visit with your family will be better than wonderful!
Natalia XO

judi dunn

... Kristin... I understand the passion for photography, as I have had it since a child. I am a Professional Photographer, and have traveled back to la France many times over the last 20 years... enjoying each trip and taking zillions of fotos! We will leave for France, the Dordogne region this time, on August 6th and stay a month, then on to the Cotswolds! I have a new Nikon and cannot wait to live ' my passion'. May your mother travel safely to you and your family... Judi Dunn, Tallahassee, Fl.

Karen from Phoenix

Safe, safe trip Jules. So happy for you both to spend some time together. Hope you post some photo's together. BIG HUGS to you both.


J Newsom

Hello from Alabama
So enjoy your posts.
Just a comment that I stopped getting my emails from you for several weeks. My husband was still getting his emails during this time. Tried to sign up again & was informed I was already signed up.
Went ahead & signed up in my other account & am getting them now. Thought I would let you know in case anyone else is reporting this happening.
Blessings to you,

Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristin,
What a fun day with Cynthia. I love photography too but haven't taken any classes yet. I just wing it. It was really funny listening to JM pronounce shutterbug! :-)

Bon Voyage Jules! Enjoy your time with you mom Kristin!


So pleased for your Mom to be making another visit ...I know she will be exhausted after that long journey (much the same distance I have to travel from New Zealand to France) But worth it to be with her family once more. Have a wonderful visit you two...and "share " with us some of the "memories" you will be making.


Mon amie sympathique... sounds a little strange, could it be: Ma symphatique amie etc?
As usual, great photos... Sigh. Maybe you could invite Cynthia to write a guest post on how to cull photos to arrive at the result above!

Audrey Wilson

I wish Jules a good journey . Ugly having a 5 hour lay over ! I had that before in Minniapolis en route for Alaska . What can one do for 5 hours in an Airport !!! Shops don't last for long.You can't keep eating & most benches are not all that comfy . I really feel for her.
I too enjoy photography & belong to Flickr from where I have learned much -some fabulous photographers therein
Jacq --a good editing programme on your computer helps a lot.
Have a great time with your Mom.I'm sure you will.

Jo Statham

Having been away, I’ve come back to your delightful shutterbug photos and post.
Just a thought: in France, do people 'dancer le jitterbug'(shee-tair-boog)too?

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