I’d seen pictures of the Senanque Abbey for months and knew this was a top spot for photos. There are many fields throughout the South of France, but nowhere else will you find a working monastery to add to the aesthetic of your photographs. It wasn’t until I went through great pains to get there that I realized photographing yourself in the lavender is actually technically not allowed.I’ve always been of the mindset that it’s…

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“Let’s take a practice shot,” Gaetan said as he backed into the square. “Just lean up against that column there.” I walked gingerly to the nearest column. It was at least 20 feet high and led up to one of a series of archways lining the Placa Massena, a public square in Nice, France. It was a populated area, right across from a large shopping center, which is probably why my photographer, Gaetan, had planned…

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