Kiki + Cosmin // Day in the Life

I first met Cosmin at Dennis & Patricia’s wedding I shot around four years ago. I remember seeing a gorgeous painting inspired by one of my engagement photos and being speechless by its beauty. I later found out it was Cosmin’s and just had to shake his hand.

Fast forward four years. I was so honored that Kiki and Cosmin asked me to photograph them. I met up with them at his hip apartment near the city, and was greeted by the cutest French bulldog puppy I have ever seen. Cece likes to nibble on pretty much anything; including, but not limited to, pant cuffs, buttons, and paper towels. Kiki loves to laugh at Cosmin who apparently likes to laugh at his own jokes. She also loves doing laundry and walking around inside greenhouses. Cosmin spends most of his free time painting, playing video games, and taking care of his salt-water fish tank. Take a minute to see his work HERE. It’s pretty dang brilliant.

I will be posting photos from their summer Chicago wedding as well, but for now, enjoy this set of images from an ordinary day in their life.

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My Paris // Part One // Iphone

This trip was bittersweet for me. I got to spend some much needed time with Alin alone, but being away for 10 days from the kids was hard. I signed off of Facebook and Twitter and kept a small photo diary of my trip on my Instagram. Being “unplugged” opened my eyes and allowed me to really see everything around me. When Alin and I visit places, we don’t like to plan very much. Our favorite thing to do is wander and get lost, letting the paths, sounds, & smells lead us where they may.

Our first lunch date was at a nearby cafe and while eating our delicious French food, we heard a woman practice her Opera singing from an open apartment window up the street. My eyes teared up a little and Alin smiled at me because he knew how much I loved that moment.

On another day, we noticed hundreds of people sitting along the Seine River. We went down and laid ourselves along the edge, just listening to the conversations nearby. At one point Alin pointed out a group of people behind us who seemed to be friends meeting up after work. They greeted each other with multiple kisses, and each brought their own edible item to share; cheese, baguettes, wine, meat. There were around 10 people in this group and we just sat there and watched them interact with each other for around 15 minutes or so. It was at this moment that I noticed no one was on their phones. They were fully engaged in conversation, eyes locked on each other. I looked around, and noticed this was the case with almost every couple or group we saw there by the river.

At Musee du Louvre, all of the art was beautiful, but we especially loved the French paintings. I still can’t understand how artists did what they did back then before cameras and with fewer tools than we have today. I went into the Mona Lisa room and eventually pushed and shoved my way to the front. I stood there for a few moments just to take her in. I saw her 12 years ago when we were in Paris for our honeymoon, but she was in a room alone, and there weren’t many people in there. Now, she’s in a room with other large paintings, and herds of people surround her. I looked around and noticed that most everyone was looking at Mona through their cameras and phones, but would rarely take the time to actually see her with their own eyes. “Really?” I thought. When I was done looking at her, I took a photo of her, then photographed the scene behind me.

Another thing I loved about the culture was the food experience. Cafe chairs everywhere faced out towards the street to encourage people-watching. Meals were presented flawlessly and tasted glorious. Dinners lasted easily 3 or 4 hours, sometimes well into midnight. You never saw people on their phones. In fact, it felt strange for me to even pull it out to look at the time. Some bakeries looked like museums, selling dessert that resembled art, almost too nice to eat.

So many people dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower in their lifetime and will never get to see it, which is why I don’t take for granted that I was able to see it on two different trips in my life. As cliche as it may seem, it truly is one of the most romantic sights to see with your love. When the lights started twinkling at exactly 10:00pm, my heart skipped as I heard the gasps of the crowd around us. It was magical. I then heard old school jazz music so I followed the sound to some bushes nearby. I turned the corner and in front of me were couples dancing to street music as the Eiffel Tower stood behind them. “Is this for real?” I thought.

That question frequented my mind.

I also enjoyed watching many fun stereotypes come to life on this trip. Couples french-kissed. People walked around with baguettes. Everyday citizens transformed their average stances into supermodel-Kate-Moss-like poses when they smoked.

We finished off the trip with a day at Versailles. Although the main palace was a bit intense as far as crowds go, my favorite part was biking around the grounds and gardens. The sunshine, the breeze, the views… just magnificent.

So with all of that said, here are some images I took with my iPhone 5s. I took some film photos while there as well and will share those when I get them back from the lab. We also shot a wedding at a beautiful country estate just outside of the city which I am very excited to share later on.

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  1. Andreea -

    I’m so glad you two had this wonderful reconnection in the city of love. The photos are magical. Love you

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    Such beautiful images. Reading what you wrote was beautiful and brought me back to Josh and my trip to Paris 2 years ago. So much similarity. I loved every second of it!

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    Gosh, Caroline, I always love your iPhone photos, and these are incredible. You’re really a true artist, your brain seems like very creative place, and I mean that in a great way, <3

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    Magnifique! Wonderful shots and the perfect soundtrack. Dreamy! (It’s a shame that we have to wax nostalgic about people interacting without each other instead of with devices though. At least you soaked in every moment.)

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    Caroline – I love everything about this post. I love all of the photos…they are incredible for iPhone photos, and they remind me so much of my visits to Paris.

    It sounds like we had very similar experiences…particularly just hanging out along the Seine, and noticing how people there just take time to enjoy life. While we were picnicking with wine and cheese on Pont des Arts one evening, we had a group of Parisien people approach us and ask where we were from…when we said we were from Canada, they said “YES!!! YOU GET IT! THIS IS HOW YOU EXPERIENCE PARIS….it’s not about the museums and tours!”. They then invited us to join their group, we talked, laughed, and they sang traditional French songs. I’ll never forget it, and these photos totally brought me back. Thank you! :)

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