Amulette de Cartier
I'm excited to share a few photographs from some recent work I've done for Cartier. If you follow along on Instagram I'm sure you're familiar with these shots by now but I wanted to share them here as well since we put a lot of thought and effort into the shots that I had in my mind for this. When I say "we", I'm referring to my friend Katie, who's always the sweetest and who's kind enough to put up with my pickiness and meticulous behaviour. I thought I'd share a few words about how these photos came about for anyone who's interested in knowing a bit more about the process.
I picked three different locations for each colour of the Amulette de Cartier (which honestly happens to be one of my favourite jewellery pieces ever), the first one being the charming street Rue Crémieux in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, where I immersed myself in my favourite colour in the world: blush pink. We found this super cute little house all painted in blue, white and pink and thought it was pure luck since I wanted to surround myself with pinkish hues for the opal rose colour of this necklace. Ironically enough the man living in this sugar sweet house was not so pleasant himself so nailing these shots within in a few minutes suddenly became very necessary.
The second location for the Amulette de Cartier in the colour cornelian I had had in my head for ages and I can't believe that I was fortunate enough to have these pretty blossoms in bloom just in time for me to shoot these photographs. What wasn't so fortunate on the other hand was the fact that the day when Katie and I photographed these images it just happened to be quite windy. I don't know about you and if you've ever tried shooting a necklace among delicate blossoms and a million bees in the wind but it wasn't the easiest task in the world. Getting the focus just right, getting no other super excited blossom people in the background and avoiding getting stung by the bees were all challenges we faced that day...
For the Lapis Lazuli amulette (which also captured my heart...) the location I had in mind was the magical balconies of the Plaza Athénée Hotel here in Paris and even though it decided to rain on this particular day we shot these photos anyway. Standing on a balcony in pouring, ice cold rain, wearing nothing but a summer dress was not ideal but what don't you do when you get access to this pretty view, hey? I had the sweetest of friends patting me down with towels in between shots, holding umbrellas and handling reflectors. By the end of it I couldn't speak since I was shaking too much but that was nothing a yummy lunch at Carette couldn't fix afterwards.