Monday, 30 July 2007

Photography today in a few words !

Posted by Olivier Lalin -
"La photographie est une langue étrangère que tout le monde croit parler."
or rather " Photography is a foreign language that everyone believe to speak "
Philip-Lorca diCorcia
And because the right to photograph in public space is established by the First Amendment, which states that, "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble."
Mayor Bloomberg is passing new rules currently under consideration for Film Permits (Chapter 9, Title 43 of the City Rules of New York) will have an irrevocable impact on independent filmmakers and photographers and their ability to engage in creative work in New York.
You will find below a link of a petition to sign.
The right to photograph in public space
Few shots of some great street artists / photographers.

Saturday, 7 July 2007

My beautiful pregnant wife

Posted by Olivier Lalin -
Just a photo taken today of my beautiful wife - We are going to have a son. Ayan is due on december 24th and will be born the year of the Pig!
The Pig is a fun and enlightening personality blessed with patience and understanding. People born under the sign of the Pig enjoy life and all it has to offer, including family and friends. They are honest and thoughtful and expect the same of other people. Pigs can be perceived as oblivious or gullible because they do care about others so much that they will do just about anything for a friend in need.

Trash the Dress in Paris!

Posted by Olivier lalin -
"Trash the Dress: BRIDES NEEDED IN PARIS!"
So the Ads Go even in the City of Light- I am mesmerized ...
I have been asked recently whether i would be interested to photograph what I believe is now commonly called a "Trash the dress session" or an extreme session !
And I was like " HUM, I think you have the wrong number !!! "
But no please call me back... I did some research again and yes it is all over the internet. Call me a Classic, I hope not too old style French photographer.
The tradition of saving wedding gowns for future offspring is being broken.
Modern brides, in the US (as reported recently in The New York Times), are giving up those sugar-plum ideals and opting to roll around in the dirt or pose with guns in their hands. It's all for the sake of a good picture and a lasting memory.
Some Blog are now dedicated to the new trend. You will see some fun images there
trash the dress
and like this website I have been pointed at by a friend more and more wedding photographers are making a great marketing tool out of it !!
The photo below is taken from ALTF photography in California.Love the images, really think it is quite beautiful. I have always been quite adventurous with my wedding photography but there are certains things that you cannot do on a wedding day ( I have realized in my New York City wedding photographic carreer. Regardless, I am going to jump on this new trend and propose my brides to trash the dress afterwards, and sure Paris would be an excellent location, excuse for a sexy week-end and the occasion to come up with some amazing portraits. Remember is it only a few hours away from the big Apple...
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Chinese wedding in Paris

More than 30 new couples hold a group wedding in the Tuileries Gardens in downtown Paris on Saturday, when the Paris Shanghai Week opened as part of the Chinese Culture Year that ends this month.
I am getting regular queries about wedding photography in Paris by potential clients contacting me from Hong Kong or mainland china. Always asking for rental of tuxido and wedding gown as well as flowers and Limo ... At first, I thought it was one of those internet scam, AH AH ! Did a bit a research on the matter and realized that Paris was the prime wedding destination for Hong Kong residents.
This sudden fashion seems to be due to "The excellent France-China political relations that have provided profound basis for the prosperous bilateral cultural exchanges, which have, in return, facilitated the all-around development of bilateral ties," This is a quote from now ex president Chirac. The "Chinese Culture Year in France" is a big success as a result of the increasingly closer cultural exchanges between the two nations.
"... Imagine telling the wives of the four England footballers who got married last week about the traditional Chinese practice of renting bridal gowns – and imagine the horror. Renting a venue is one thing, but how can a woman rent a gown for one of the most important days of her life?
Simple. Greater China is mostly non-Christian, and what westerners think of as the wedding gown is only worn for picture taking. According to local celebrity designer Dorian Ho, a traditional Chinese wedding would involve one gown that could be a bridal gown for the ceremony, another for the reception, another for tossing the bouquet, yet another for dancing, and finally one for seeing guests off. In addition, says Carolyn Chow, partner and general manager of Central Weddings and Occasions in Hong Kong: “The average Hong Kongese lives in a small flat and if she buys a wedding dress, there is no room for storage. It is also more important to wear a cheongsam or qi pao. The wedding dress is not important so they don’t see any reason for spending much on it...”
Quotes from, Financial Times and The Telegraph

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Thursday, 5 July 2007

Pre-wedding Portraits in Paris

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You are getting married in NYC but you would have loved to do so in Paris. Laura decided to buy her wedding dress in Paris ( tired of vera Wang ) Like me !
What a cool opportunity for a few snaps even though the weather never quite match New York City's Climate ! we had a wonderful pre-wedding session, lots of fun. I am now very much looking forward to the big day in september.
You can view the whole photo shoot on weddinglight - Client section

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