Street Photography: First Steps and Beyond

Bonjour!

I recorded this short video to give you an overview of my ebook, Street Photography: First Steps and Beyond.

Big thank you to my friend Shawn Brezny for the video production!

To download the ebook, click here.

Thank you for your support!

 

 

Classic Characters

I don’t have much interest in cars, old or new. But I love people, old and young!:)

The Back to the 50s event in the Twin Cities attracts very interesting people from all over the world.  I rarely do street portraits these days but I enjoyed spending an hour at the car show on Friday night, stopping car as they were cruising down the street and taking quick portraits of their drivers. People are always willing subjects if you tell them they look cool or handsome. 

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Charlie was my favorite, I love his VW bus and his hippie demeanor!!

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As the rain started falling, people started leaving. Until next year!

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Paris Je T’aime ~ A Photo Exhibit

Last Saturday was the grand opening of my photography exhibit Paris Je T’aime. It was such a successful event! Hundreds of people filled the Mpls Photo Center for several hours on a very hot Minnesota night. It was an evening of art, music, food, wine and great conversations with like-minded people.

My good friend Shawn Bresny put this video together for those of you who could not attend. Please note that we are planning an exhibit closing party on August 26th, I hope to see you there!

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Instants Volés ~ Paris

Les instants volés are the precious moments in time stolen in a fraction of a second. Moments that never happened before and will never happen again. It’s the responsibility of the street photographer to immortalize such moments in a respectful way, without disrupting them.

Moments of daily life become powerful in their uniqueness. They tell a story, which is often left for the imagination of the viewer.

Here are a few of those moments of everyday life ‘stolen’ in Paris just a few weeks ago…

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Thank you for visiting my blog! Please visit my website to see a list of my upcoming photo workshops and get your copy of my new eBook!

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La Pétanque

La pétanque, or Boules, is an old favorite game played in most city parks throughout France. Many take it very seriously and play in leagues several times a week, others play it only during summer gatherings with friends and family. It’s always fun to watch and listen to the interactions between players. The goal is to throw the steel balls as close as possible to the small wooden ‘cochonnet’. Here are a few snapshots from the courts at Jardin du Luxembourg yesterday…

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Shot with the Fujifilm X100T at 23mm.

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My Street Photography Book

Bonjour!

Wow, it has finally happened! I wrote my first book and I’m already working on the next one…

You all had a big part in it. Your continued support during the photo adventures I have shared with you over the years has kept me motivated to want to share more.

Thank you for believing in me!

Valerie

Click HERE or on the book to be directed to the store.

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Postcards From Rome ~ Friends

I’ve been back from Rome for almost two weeks now. Every minute of each day has been filled with answering emails, taking registrations, planning new workshops, scheduling, writing, recording… I’ve have had very little time to take my camera on the streets and I really miss it. I also miss the friends I left in Rome.

Photography and friends is such a happy mix! I remember the days when I was a commercial photographer, the daily routine of Shoot – Edit – Repeat was not entirely satisfying. Making the decision to quit and follow my true passion to see the world through my camera and inspiring others along the way was the best risk I ever took!

I immediately realized that teaching what you are truly passionate about is the best job in the world. The friendships that developed in the process came as an unexpected gift. I could not think of a more satisfying way to live my life. 

Live your dreams!

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Speaking of friends…

I photographed this woman on a bench in Rome. As a street photographer, I always look for the extraordinary in everyday life. The fact that she was sitting alone in the middle of the bench struck me as unusual. She looked lonely and a bit sad. I grabbed a shot as she made eye contact.

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I waited a couple of minutes, enough time for her to forget I was there and… She was joined by two friends, her body language changed entirely. She became alive!

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

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Shot with the Fujifilm X100T at 23mm, ISO 1250 F/5.6 1/250 sec.

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Purple Tears in Minneapolis

The news of Prince’s death came like a shock in the entire world on Thursday, April 21st. Even if you are not a Prince fan, you cannot deny his incredible talent and the influence he’s had on the music scene for several decades.

You can imagine the impact the tragic news had in his own city of Minneapolis. The home of First Avenue where Purple Rain was born. Prince put Minneapolis on the music map. Minneapolis is also my second home…

Instead of staying glued to the news, I needed to be with people one Thursday night and mourn the passing of this amazing talent with music, tears and hugs.

I went to First Avenue (the club where Purple Rain was filmed) where a large crowd had gathered to attend an all night music block party that was to take place just hours after the announcement of Prince’s death.

It was an emotional evening. Everyone had a story to share. Prince had touched so many local lives in so many different ways…

I went back to First Avenue on Saturday afternoon. Today, Sunday, Minneapolis is crying purple tears. After visiting the new mural by local artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez in Uptown, I made my way to Paisley Park Studios several miles away. It was an emotional day, but I needed to document it. My way of dealing with one of the greatest music loss of our generation.

Rest in Peace, Purple Prince… 

 

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Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

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Postcards From Rome ~ My Students’ Work

One of the best parts of any photo workshop is the final presentation where students share a selection of their favorite photographs of the week. I’m always amazed at the growth they experience in just a few days. For some, this workshop marked their first steps as street photographers. Others, more experienced, challenged themselves by chasing the light. They all learned to photograph with more intent and made great strides in their craft. I am very proud of their accomplishments!

As a group, we not only shared our passion for photography for a week, we also shared many conversations and good laughs over great Italian meals.

Each workshop holds a special place in my heart as I make life-long friends along the way, and that’s a beautiful way to live your life!

Here is a slide show of some of my students’ work captured on the streets of Roma last week…

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I would like to give a special thank you to my dear friend Karen Hutton for sharing this wonderful week with the group and to Fujifilm USA for supporting our efforts to share the passion with others around the world. Never forget to LIVE YOUR DREAMS!

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Rome 2018 is already one the schedule!

“Life doesn’t get much better than spending a week in Rome with Valérie – she’s a superb guide to the street photography experience. Her love of the genre is contagious – helping me see in new ways in special places – while both learning and having fun together! She pours herself into her workshops and you come away awakened and refreshed. Go if you can – magical moments flow!” — Scott Loftesness

Scott also shared in experience in this blog post.

“Valerie’s vision is an inspiration. She exudes passion for her craft and is equally passionate about helping others learn to create images that effectively show their own vision. Her easy going nature and sense of humour can be infectious. All in all, the week was lots of fun with my new found friends and I would do it all again. If any one is interested in one of her workshops you should book immediately!” Jane Sheers, Australia.

Jane Shared her experience in this blog post.

Ken Lyons shares his experience in this blog post.

More testimonials…

“I flew all day yesterday from Rome where I had participated with 9 others in a week long photo workshop. We had people from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Belgium, the United States, and Texas. Five men and five women whose experience levels ranged from well established and well known professionals to amateurs who had been filling family albums and making occasional online postings.

Valerie is becoming a Rock Star and yet if you have gone to her website and read her blogs, listened to her podcast, looked at her photos, you know Valerie Jardin. That is exactly who she is. There is no pretension. She is generous with her time, generous with her praise, helpful with our stumbles, clear and appropriate with her critiques, tolerant, and disagrees agreeably.

This was my second workshop and other participants had attended many workshops with Valerie. I too hope to attend more. In both that I have attended I have been impressed with how well all get along. Perhaps this is due to a common interest we all share, perhaps this is because we came together as individuals, i.e., we left our partners at home, or as a group we too are tolerant and respectful of differences and learn from one another. […]” John M, Texas.

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Postcards from Rome ~ Ciao

The workshop ended last night. It was a busy day. After a morning photo walk, we met again at the conference room for a final presentation of a selection of the students’ images. It was really fun, and I saw many photograph I wish I had taken myself! Being an educator is so gratifying, I am always amazed at the growth and confidence I see in each participant in just a few days. And, for many, year after year as I see them in different workshops around the world.

We enjoyed our good bye dinner at a very special little restaurant called Le Mani In Pasta where authenticity is evident as the staff speaks Italian only. We all parted ways later, with hugs and tears, as a good week with friends should end.

Many are flying home today, with renewed vision and full memory cards.

Fortunately for me, my dear friends Karen Hutton and Ken Lyons are still here and we are going to hit the streets of Rome on this beautiful sunny Saturday and enjoy La Bella Vita.

The story behind the photograph: Before the start of the photo walk yesterday, I spent a few minutes in the Jewish Ghetto chasing the light. I found this great spot where bright light and deep shadows meet and waited for an interesting silhouette to walk through the light. This gentleman with a small cap crossed through the light in a determined stride. What makes this photograph special to me is that nothing times it and it could have very been shot half a century ago.

Shot with the Fujifilm X100T at 23mm.

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