Paris was hectic and jam packed. But there's something about that energy that keeps you wired, even with the time change and 16 hour work days. Going into the trip, our time in Paris was scheduled with shoot-related details from 6am - 8pm every day. Then came dinners. Late the evening before our last day, I got a text from my client. We were going to film until lunch and then skip a second cad lab. Let the camera man off at 12:30. We were going sightseeing!
I believe things happen for a reason. Had this been the original schedule, I probably would have taken a red-eye home that night....And missed out. Big time. Instead, I found myself traveling the city with some of my favorite clients. (Some of them have been working with me for nine plus years. They're friends, not clients.)
Though I have been to Paris twice before, the city was new to me in many ways. It was fun to revisit my art history background with people that were curious to hear it. Plus, the time spent wandering the streets....for 8 hours (thanks Brad).... led to some really interesting and insightful conversations about everything from work to parenting. It was invigorating to have important conversations in important places. Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arc d'Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and my favorite, Sacre l'Coure and Montmatre.
We concluded the evening with a riverboat dinner on the Seine. We were the only people on the boat celebrating a successful acquisition and lab, let alone the only ones not celebrating an anniversary or birthday.
The best part of the day was being able to play photographer for the team. Many cameras died along the way and since no one expected the trip, everyone but me only had phones. I won't share the personal photos on this space (since I like my clients and would like to remain in service to them) but it meant a lot to give them the gift of capturing their pure enjoyment of the city and their time together. Thank you to the entire team for making me one of their own. Brad, Jimmy, Ben, Brandon, Brett, Mike and JV: you guys are one of a kind.