love

20 years still together

[FRANÇAIS]

Cet été j'ai saisi l'opportunité de photographier mes amies de longue date qui vivent très loin de moi. C'est une expérience très touchante de créer des portraits des personnes que je connais depuis presque 20 ans !

Certes, le temps a laissé des marques sur chacune d'entre nous. C'est le symbole des évènements importants comme la naissance des enfants, le dur travail de longue haleine pour réaliser nos rêves, ou tout simplement la vie. De retour à Paris, seule devant mon ordinateur pour traiter ces photos, les larmes aux yeux, j'étais tellement heureuse de voir que nous sommes toutes devenues qui nous sommes aujourd'hui tout en gardant nos rêves en vie. 

Quand j'étais plus jeune, j'étais trop impatiente de voir où la vie allait me mener. Je demandais d'avoir le résultat avant même d'entamer le processus. 

Aujourd'hui, ces photos sont simplement la preuve que la vie est une belle histoire si l'on prend le temps de la laisser se dérouler devant nous. C'est un long parcours durant lequel nous évoluons un peu tous les jours. Et l'individu que l'on est devenu aujourd'hui est le témoins des valeurs qu'on construit grâce aux expériences et aux liens qu'on crée. Il n'y a aucun mot suffisamment fort et authentique pour décrire qui nous sommes. Mais une photo résume bien tout cela.

J'espère que vous aussi prendrez le temps de créer de beaux souvenirs avec vos amis !

 

[ENGLISH]

This summer, I seized the opportunity to photograph some of my long term friends living very far away. It is very touching to create portraits of people I have known for almost 20 years! 

Certainly, time has left some marks on each of us, symbolising some important events in our lives such as having kids, working long hours to make a dream come true, or simply life. Back to Paris, alone in front of my computer, teary-eyed, I was so grateful that we have all grown into who we are while keeping our dreams alive.

When I was younger, I was too impatient to see where my life would bring me, always demanding an outcome before even getting into the process.

Today, these photos are simply proof that life is a lovely story that takes time to unfold. It is about accepting a long process during which we evolve every single day. And the individual we have become today is simply the set of values built up with our experience and connections. There is no word strong and authentic enough to describe who we are. But a picture says it all. 

I hope you take time creating memories with your friends!

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The power of portrait, and love

A few weeks ago, I went back to my hometown to make my own family's portrait. We shared an amazing weekend together in a beautiful hotel by the sea. And it gave me some insight in the way I have always been looking at LOVE.

Alain de Botton said, "One of the things that makes relationships so scary is we need to be weak in front of other people. And most of us are just experts at being pretty strong."

I bet it describes very well the relationship with LOVE for many of us: We know that love is all we need while trying to be strong and independent because we believe we HAVE to when we are adults. It is this self-defence mechanism that makes us fail so often in communication in every relationship, even within a family.

Carrying one of her young sleeping children in her arms, my brother's wife said, "Kids are so cute. When they sleep they just let their whole body go, knowing that you will be there to carry them. When we grow up we don't sleep like that anymore."

Kids trust their parents. They know that they can totally rely on them, be weak in front of them while still remain loved by them. When we become adults it becomes really hard to kneel down in front of our shortcomings and admit that, after all, we just want to be loved.

I took this photo when I was having a walk with my family by the sea. My brother was carrying his daughter who had just fallen asleep. He stopped to look at the water. I said, "Don't move." and took this picture. I hope you like the dreamy and soothing touch of this image. For me it says a lot about letting go, loving someone and being loved.

This little kid is still too young to realise the power of this portrait. But I hope that it will be part of her sweet personal treasure when she grows older.

Family portrait by Kayee C Photographer (2017)

Family portrait by Kayee C Photographer (2017)

Feeling your own portraits

[FRANÇAIS] 

Ce moment de beauté et d’amour où tu tiens le tirage physique de ton portrait entre les mains, fabriqué avec soin d’une qualité exceptionnelle, où tu ressens pleinement la valeur sentimentale de tes portraits.

 

[ENGLISH]

This moment of beauty and love when you hold your finely printed portrait with your own hands, touching its remarkable quality, and you fully feel the sentimental value of your own portraits.

HD print on fine art paper framed in a mat

HD print on fine art paper framed in a mat

Happy woman / Femme heureuse

[ENGLISH]

Last month in Italy, I had the chance to photograph Louise, a beautiful photographer and mom who is based in West Yorkshire. 

She chose a gown that perfectly matches her hair and the color of the castle. I am happy she really enjoyed her time being in front of the camera.

I think every one of us leaves some of our story to people around us, bit by bit, every day. Every fragment of the memory we create is simply part of our legacy. 

I love these photos. I hope Louise and especially her kids will forever be proud of having them in their family collection!

Kayee

[FRANCAIS]

Le mois dernier, en Italie, j'ai eu cette chance de photographier Louise, photographe et maman à West Yorkshire.

Elle a choisi une robe qui va parfaitement avec ses cheveux et les couleurs du château. Je suis heureuse qu'elle ait passé un moment inoubliable devant l'objectif.

Je pense que chacun d'entre nous laisse un bout de son histoire à son entourage, un peu, tous les jours. Chaque morceau de ces souvenirs que nous créons fait tout simplement partie de notre patrimoine.

J'adore ces photos ! J'espère que Louise et surtout ses enfants seront toujours fiers de les garder parmi leur collection familiale !

Kayee

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