Pastel Paris

Pastel Paris Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

Pastel Paris Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

Pastel Paris Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

   I’ve been dreaming about this moment for years…Pastel balloons in front of the Eiffel Tower was always #1 on my photography bucket list! When we started planning our trip across Europe this summer, I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to make this life long dream of mine a reality. It was 6:30 am on the third day of our stay that we arrived at the Trocadéro steps to take these photos. A lot of thought and preparation went into making my sweet little dream come true. Purchasing balloons on the other side of the city, transporting them in the rain (Thank goodness for Uber Vans!) and storing them in our hotel room overnight as staff members looked on in laughter was quite the adventure! lol All of the trouble to get these balloons became more than worth it as we set out towards the Eiffel Tower that morning. As we walked down the beautiful streets of Paris, the balloons were providing a bit of fun for the locals. I can’t even tell you how many people flashed brilliant smiles or stopped us to say a quick hello. It was almost as if the balloons were creating a way for us to connect with the people around us. The Eiffel Tower and balloons seem to be inextricably linked in my mind. Maybe it’s because the tower was built as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair…or maybe because they represent the fun, light-hearted spirit that Paris is known for…

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Pastel Paris Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

Pastel Paris Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

Once we set up the equipment and I stepped in front of the camera, I realized just how lucky I was to be in Paris with the love of my life. You see…Paris means more to me than just another stop on our Europe trip. For me…the city of lights represents freedom. The first time I visited France a few years ago, something inside me changed. It’s difficult to put the feelings that I had into words, but I will attempt to. At the risk of sounding cliché, it was like traveling to France allowed me to switch to a wide angle lens… to see the world on a larger scale. For years I had only seen a little piece of the world and at times, I felt trapped by how small my surroundings had become. As I’ve shared in previous posts, Paris is built on a foundation of passion and beauty! It radiates from the architecture, the streets, the people…even the food! Something about its undeniable charm provides me with unlimited inspiration. When I used to dream about this shoot, I always imagined it in a soft pastel color. For my Lightroom edit, I used a number of presets and brushes from The Complete Collection to achieve this silky, vintage-inspired look. First, I used the *Ever After” preset to get that sharp/defined look that you see throughout the photos. Next, I layered a “Vintage” and a “Chic Color” finish preset (finish presets are included in all chic collections) that washed out the saturation and added split toning. Finally, I finished off each photo with my Chic Makeup Brushes and Paint Brushes from The Brush Collection. The process gave me photos that were crisp and defined, yet at the same time, incredibly soft and elegant!  Before and after below…

Pastel Paris Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

   When we were finished with the shoot, we noticed that a number of other photographers had arrived to take wedding portraits in front of the tower. I walked over to a bride that had been eyeing up the balloons and offered them to her under one condition, that she would pass them along to the other couples that were there once she was finished. She was elated with my gift and promised to make sure that anyone who wanted to use them in their photos would get the chance. I walked away with a grin on my face, happy to know that those beautiful pastel balloons would provide joy and excitement far beyond the photos that you see here today. Until my next travel post…as always…sweet dreams until sun beams find you!

Pastel Paris - Chic Lightroom Presets

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