I have been dying to share this session ever since I took the first frame two weeks ago in Paris. Last time I visited Paris I was at the tail end of a 5 week trip and taking photos was the last thing I wanted to be doing, I was all photographed out. Weeks later I regretted that I hadn’t taken many photos of the city of lights, this trip I was determined to not only photograph my family and the sights of Paris, I was going to put myself out there and book some photo shoots.
Two and a half years ago I bought a beautiful vintage Harvey Berin by Karen Stark gown created in the 1950′s. It was a fantastic find, Hervey Berin was famous for dressing several First Ladies like Pat Nixon and Ladybird Johnson – Hello! I planned on using the dress for a feature shoot when I rebranded. Then, just three weeks after the dress arrived I saw on the internet that another photographer had borrowed my dress before it was shipped and had photographed it. Worse still these images of my unique and precious dress had been featured on some of the biggest international wedding blogs. I was gutted. How could I possibly use this dress after so much attention? If I ever did it would have to be something epic, something better than before. Something amazing.
When I was getting ready to leave for Paris it suddenly hit me, THIS was the place to shoot my vintage dress, after all, it was made from genuine French lace and the designer Karen Stark regularly visited Paris to get inspiration for her designs. It was apparent that there was no better place to bring my gorgeous dress out from mothballs than Paris.
When I got to Paris I met with Aleksandra Domagala a local model who was the perfect size for my tiny dress, it fit her like a glove. We spent an afternoon walking around Paris finding locations that were devoid of tourists and captured some of my favourite bridal images of all time. I can’t express how many people stopped dead in their tracks and admired Aleksandra that day, I literally had to stop other photographers from photographing her, locals and tourists alike gushed over the dress and approved of it’s French style. And after nearly three years of storing this gown I am glad that I waited until a truly special opportunity came about to showcase it’s unique beauty. It goes without saying, I adore Paris!
Dress Photographers Own ‘Karen Stark’ Vintage 50′s Gown, Model Aleksandra Domagala, Headpiece Viktoria Novak.