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Hey, I'm Janelle! I'm a Kiwi living in Paris & I've been photographing people experiencing the wonder of Paris for 3 years.
In July 2017 my husband and I packed up our life in New Zealand and flew to literally the other side of the world to begin a new adventure - life in Paris! I am a trained foster care Social Worker, but knew that coming to Paris would mean I would have to put my career on hold for a while. So I set out to discover what was next for me…
Photography had previously been just a hobby, however I soon discovered that living in Paris means beauty is around every corner! It's impossible to walk down the streets and not take photos of every beautiful thing you come across!
In 2020 My Paris Portraits was born, and it has been the best adventure I could have asked for!
I love this quote by Vincent Van Gogh
"There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even — the French air clears up the brain and does good — a world of good.”
There is just something in the air here - the creativity, joy and love that comes out of this city is purely magical! And I am so thankful that I get to spend my days helping other people fall in love with Paris as much as I have!
In 2013 I moved to Paris to play professional volleyball. My plan was to come for one season, eat every pastry that France had to offer, and then head home to the US and get a job in accounting. Well…that plan didn’t entirely work out! I was successful in eating all the pastries, but I also met my husband that year and somehow one season of volleyball turned into 9 years in Paris!
I’ve been photographing as a hobby since I was in university but after retiring from volleyball I finally had the time to pursue it as more than a hobby! Living here has offered me the incredible opportunity to photograph friends and families who are here to enjoy the beautiful city of lights ✨
Half Aussie, half Malaysian, living the dream in Paris after coming for one year just to explore and travel… 7 years later, I’m still here! Formerly a nursery school teacher, I am just loving meeting new people and capturing beautiful moments on my camera out and about in the most beautiful city in the world. I have a freakishly good memory (to the point that it annoys my friends), and I’m an absolute fiend for useless trivia. When I’m not taking photos and exploring the city, you can find me eating delicious food somewhere with friends #summerbody2023
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