Words & Photography: Maxeen Kim Photography
In January last year I took a trip to Paris. I had been before but in preparation for this trip, I researched a few sights I hadn’t managed to see previously. I also contacted the lovely Nadia Meli, who had shot a wedding in the French capital a few months earlier, for her advice on what to do and see. Nadia’s advice was simple:
“Just discover it and do what feels right!!! Don’t think you HAVE to stand on the Eiffel Tower just because everybody does. Walk a lot! The area around Notre Dame is beautiful. Discover it for yourself and try not to think about the influences of movies and books so much.”
This was honestly the best advice I could have ever been given! So today I decided to share it with you.
Once all my hotel and sightseeing plans were in place, I started to get really excited. Until I realised – to my horror – that my recent camera insurance renewal would not be in effect in time for the trip. I could have cried! However, just when I thought I would be camera-less on holiday (which for me would be like walking around naked or missing an arm) a friend suggested that I take a film camera instead. It was one of those ‘Aaaaaaaah!’ moments!
It was a nerve-wracking experience but I’m so glad I did it. Paris was the perfect place to try out my skills on film and, although the shots were a totally different look to what I had usually shoot, I ended up with the most stunningly romantic set of photo’s that remind me of old or vintage post cards.
This first experiment with film was the start of a love affair that has now totally changed my editing and shooting style. It’s what took me from only shooting digital to shooting a mixture of both, and it was part of my initial decision to completely rebrand my business.
Camera | Canon EOS 300
Film | Fuji Superior
Maxeen Kim is a destination wedding, travel and lifestyle photographer based between Greece and the UK. She likes nothing better than to explore somewhere new and has a passion for ice cream. When she’s not shooting you can generally find her wondering around an art museum or attempting to get a tan.