Summer in Berlin

I just returned from spending a few days in Berlin where I taught a 3 days street photography workshop to a really fun group of people, most of whom had attended one or more  of my workshops before.

It had been many, many years since my last visit to Berlin. I wasn’t even a photographer back then. The city certainly offers a great variety of interesting backdrops for street photography, from modern architecture to historical monuments.

I hope you followed my daily videos on Instagram Stories, a fun way for me to take you on photo walks. Here are some of my favorite people pics collected during my short visit. Simple moments of everyday life in an amazing city.

Which do you prefer?

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All photos shot with the Fujifilm X100F in Acros.

Summer in Normandie

After a few days in Paris teaching, I spent the rest of July at home in Normandy. I taught a private 1:1 workshop for a few days immediately when I arrived and then spent the rest of the month enjoying family, friends and summer.  I never take time off so this was a real treat! The following pics are mostly from Cabourg and other surrounding towns on the coast of Normandy.  You will notice lots of dogs (even a talented pétanque playing dog), quite a few children (after all, it’s summer at the beach) and a few silhouettes…

All candid photographs of everyday moments away from the city captured during my daily walks…

Which do you prefer?

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Lensbaby Sol 45


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Lensbaby Sol 45

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All photographs shot with the Fujifilm X100F except the Lensbaby Sol 45 which was on an X-Pro2. All B&W pics shot in Acros, all color in Classic Chrome.

Wish to visit Normandy? Join me on a workshop 🙂

Summer in Paris


Long time no see… I haven’t even finished looking at my photos from Paris in July yet but it’s time I start sharing a few with you as I’m about to leave for Berlin next week for another photo adventure. I usually don’t teach workshops in July but I did this summer, for 7 days, and it was a glorious time to be in Paris. Lucky for us, my workshop was scheduled between two dreadful heatwaves and we enjoyed very pleasant weather, very long summer days and encountered lots of beautiful people.

Here are a few of my pictures. I shot mostly black and white this summer, I only have a handful of color photographs which I may share another time. I was there for a total of 9 days and loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to teach in Paris again in October, January… Paris is ALWAYS a good idea!

Which photo do you like best?

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All photo shot with a Fujifilm X100F in Acros.

If you haven’t bought my book PARIS yet, you may do so here. Also, visit upcoming workshops here.

Thank you for visiting!

Car People ~ Back to the 50s 2019

It had been a few years since I visited the ‘Big Car Show’. The Back to the 50s event is happening on the Minnesota fairgrounds every June and it is definitely a sight to see… With 11,500 registered collector cars, hundred of thousands of visitors… How could a photographer resist?

I’m not a ‘car person’ but I appreciate them and the craftsmanship and passion that goes into restoring and maintaining those classics. I’m also not a crowd photographer, so whenever I visit such events, I set some limitations. This year I focussed my attention on getting close to ‘car people’, mostly as they were driving around the busy fairground streets. Using my faithful Fujifilm X100F and its 23mm focal length, I set me camera to shoot in Acros and I hit the streets!

Here are some of the car people I collected this weekend… which is your favorite?

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Thank you for visiting! Please leave a note in the comment section 🙂

The Artist & The Space ~ Tim

I met Tim Shore at an art fair recently. He is the founder of Shore Boards here in Minnesota. This is the land of 10 000 lakes, so it’s no surprise to find so much passion for water around here. What is amazing is how Tim turned a garage project of building a paddleboard just a few years ago into a thriving business today. Today Shore Boards ships custom SUPs, longboards and wakesurf boards all over the world.

Fueled by passion, ingenuity and lots of hard work, Tim is also a super nice guy. And yes, it’s pretty cool that his name is Shore 😉 I also met Noah, his design artist yesterday. Both were busy at work and I asked them to pretend I wasn’t even there. Because of the dust in the air, I only spent a few minutes in the facility. But I managed to get a few shots of the artists and the space… enjoy!

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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project on my website: Part I and Part II

Barcelona in the Spring Time


I am still catching up with blog posts… Today I want to share some of my pics from Barcelona in April. Love the city, its people, the light and shadows… And the dogs!!!! Okay, I got a little carried away with the dogs of Barcelona but you’ll understand why in a few months 😉

Enjoy and thank you for visiting!


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My Birthday with 44 Dogs

Yesterday was my birthday and I took the day off. As a bonus it was the most beautiful spring day ever! I also had a special plan for my morning walk…

Several years ago I met Curtis Johnson in Minneapolis, he was walking 10 dogs and we chatted for a while. That was 2011. Last week, 8 years later, I emailed Curtis and asked if I could come on a walk with his crew and my camera. He kindly offered to meet on May 13th for the full experience. and WOW… What an unforgettable experience it was! As you know, I am a huge dog lover and I dearly miss my JRT Smartie who passed away last August. Since then I’ve managed to get my dog fix while I’m out and about every day. It’s not the same as having my own furry baby but it helps for now.

I arrived at 10 am when all the dogs arrived after being picked up in several vans to start their walk around a nearby lake. There was quite a lot of excitement among the canine community but everything was so orderly, it was unbelievable! Dogs were patiently waiting for everyone to get organized. Except for the occasional “Martini, sit!”, they all knew the drill and soon every dog was grouped according to personality and compatibility. Curtis and 4 other staff members of Citizen Kanine set off for the lake…

The crew is well known and warmly greeted by the locals. The occasional first time visitors stop in their tracks in surprise and children are mesmerized by the caravan of dogs in all shapes and sizes. There were a few rest stops in the shade where water was available, a dozen large folding water bowls were quickly filled and passed around while everyone was patiently waiting and resting, eager to continue the walk.

I must admit that I was a bit of a distraction. Dogs always know immediately that I will let them lick me to death, which gave Curtis and his staff a little more work to keep all the dogs disciplined. But it was my birthday and I think they forgave me 😉


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Ready to go!

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Shit happens…. 


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But everyone is very understanding 😉

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“Okay, I’m refreshed. Curtis, can we go?”

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“I may be small, but I’m strong!”


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Here goes the gang!

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“We love little kids and they love us but we are not allowed to play.”

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Curtis and 10 buddies

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At the ‘Dog Crossing’!

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Time to regroup  everyone…

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“We have a guest taking pictures so I don’t want to sit today!”

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“Okay Curtis, if you insist…”

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Ready to go again…

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“We do what Curtis tells us to do, but please don’t tell our parents that we can be so well behaved.”

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Last water break of the walk!

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“I may just nap the rest of the day.”

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“We are best buddies and we laugh a lot together.”

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“Time to go home? Seriously? I like to hang out with my friends!”

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“Valerie, did I drool on you yet?”

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“Those ants are so fascinating to watch!!!”

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“Hey, if you don’t move, we can’t move…”

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“We pretend not to know each other because we have to look cool…”

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“Time to cool off the vans and bring us home!”

A Taste of New York

I told you it’s been a busy spring… Between two trips to Paris, I taught a workshop in New York City.

New York captured my heart several years ago. I can roam its streets forever and I can’t wait for my next visit. Here are a few pics of my short visit in March.

Which do you like best? Can you tell I LOVE dogs and I need my dog fix everywhere I go? 😉


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Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to order your copy of Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS. The first volume of a new series of fine art photography books!

A Taste of Paris…

Per my earlier post, It’s time to share some pics with you of the travels I did over the past 4 months. Here is a taste of Paris from January and March this year… I can’t wait to share new adventures with students in July and October again this year!

Which is your favorite?

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Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to order your copy of Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS. The first volume of a new series of fine art photography books!

Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS


Sorry for the short hiatus on this blog. It’s been a crazy few months with international photo workshops and a new book! But I have a lot of photographs to share with you so watch your inbox as I will be posting a little of Paris, a little of New York and a little of Barcelona in the coming days.

Today I want to introduce you my 7th book but also my 1st ‘fine art’ book Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS now available for purchase worldwide via my website. I am very proud of this book and it is the first of a series in the same format and high quality printing. GET YOUR COPY HERE before it sells out!

Chasing Light Paris cover


Please take a moment to read one of the first reviews since the book launched a few days ago:

Welcome Home

In “Chasing Light. Telling Stories. Paris” Street Photographer Valerie Jardin takes us by the hand to places in her heart and ours. 

I shoot pictures, therefore it’s a given that I collect books of photographs. Maybe you do too. I won’t go into who is on my bookshelf here, but invite me for coffee and I’ll talk for hours. I love the pictures, and I truly love photographers as people, professional or not. As a songwriter, my tools are different, but my aim is the same; capture a moment. 

Valerie Jardin, known around the world as a brilliant “Street” Photographer, teacher, podcaster, endorser, influencer, sometimes heart-on-her-sleeve-wearer, who dances across countries and continents practically non-stop with her students in tow, has landed just long enough to produce a first-in-a-series photographic art book of her own work. It will not look out of place on your shelf alongside anyone who is already there. Honestly, it’s a wonder she has the time to shoot for herself, but thank goodness! Her rich inner curiosity, an eye that never seems to tire, her clear-cut storytelling and no doubt sensible shoes and clothing choices, combine to make us the viewer richer for the result. 

The book has heft, like a great camera. The design purposely does not intrude, and the B&W pictures, some spread over two pages, are a pure delight. A bouquet of emotions spilling onto page after page, as if she had invited you to spend the day “purposefully getting lost” as she says, in a city that is gracious, charming, and above all, gloriously different, from one doorway, one cafe, one street to the next. 

Have you been to Paris? Fantastic! You are about to go back. You’ll know some of the places, but you’ll see them with added detail and introspection, and frankly, in ways you or I haven’t thought of yet. Never been to Paris? Well, that’s a pity, but if you look at Valerie’s book as much as I have in the short time it has been available (It’s selling like mad) once you put your feet on those streets for real, possibly with camera in hand, there is zero chance of having culture shock. Everything you’ll need to know will be familiar to you. Paris is your home and welcomes you, with Valerie Jardin as your guide, all exquisitely French. Don’t worry about the language barrier, her photo interpretation is enough to get you around. You simply don’t need any words.

Charlie Maguire