Recently we have had the chance to interview Lindsey from Pictours Paris . We got to know her a little bit more and we wanted to share this with all of you.
Lindsey kindly accepted to answer to some of our questions, but if you want to know more about her and Pictours Paris, don't hesitate in visiting her social platforms.
What made you begin with Pictours™ ™ Paris? And how did you come up with its name?
The idea for Pictours™ Paris first came to mind when our friends were visiting us in Paris on a leg of their European honeymoon in October 2011. My husband and I had been in Paris for about two months so far, and I was actively brainstorming ideas and options for what I might do for work in Paris.
While our friends were here, I toured them around the city and took pictures of them all along the way. Photography had always been a hobby and passion of mine, so it was instinctive to be photographing them as we visited all of the great monuments and sites Paris has to offer! One day, while sipping wine on a terrace with my friends, they mentioned how lovely it was to have all of these photographs of them in Paris together. During the rest of their honeymoon in London, all of their photographs were either of him or her, or very rarely of the two of them together (other than the stretched out arm “selfies”).
So that’s when the light bulb went off in my head. I decided that Paris needed a service that focused on photographing couples, families, and adventurous solo travelers in Paris: “picture-perfect memories in the world’s most picture-perfect city!”
I got to work building a website and portfolio, and the business rolled out about six months later.
The name for Pictours Paris came to me one night as my mind was wandering while I lay in bed (as it always does!). I literally shook my husband awake to tell him I’d come up with the perfect name, and it just stuck. Why “Pictours?” Because Pictours Paris photo session is a great way to see the city by foot as we take beautiful portraits of you all along the way!
Can you describe what it is all about? What will people find in it?
A Pictours Paris photo session is so much more than just smiling for the camera: it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Most of my clients write me and say their Pictour was one of the highlights of their time here, because not only will you have these memories cherished in photographs, but the session itself is also a lot of fun and we get to walk all around this beautiful city!
What would you say you love most about it?
My favorite aspect of Pictours Paris is that I get to meet couples from all over the world! So far I’ve met people from every continent except Antarctica, and it’s such a thrill to be surrounded by people day in and day out who all share a common interest: a love for Paris.
Do you have a favorite Blog or people that inspires you?
I find inspiration from my clients every day, as well as from the support of my family. My father-in-law, Tony Kent, was a well-known fashion photographer in Paris and around the world for many years. And my step-father-in-law, Jim Arndt, is an advertising and fashion photographer in the states. Both of them are huge inspirations to me, and their support of my career in photography (and starting that career here in Paris!) has been instrumental.
What does Pictours™ Paris mean to you?
To me, Pictours Paris is my ultimate dream job and I feel like I’ve finally found what I’ve been searching for in a career: the combination of creativity, working with amazing people, and travel.
Do you have any future plans for it?
Yes, I do! I’m currently focusing on strengthening my brand and services here in Paris and France, but I have definite plans to expand the “Pictours™” concept in the near future. All I can say for now is to stay tuned!
Is there something more you would like to tell us?
I’d love to tell you about the collaboration that began last summer between my husband and Pictours Paris. My husband, Justin, is a chef and has cooked at some of the city’s most amazing restaurants (L’Arpege, Verjus, Agape Substance). So last summer, we began offering my clients gourmet picnics after a photo session on his days off from the restaurant. My clients looooved the idea, and so my husband has now created a website (Picnics in Paris) and we’re hoping to really build his picnic and private dinner business this coming year. It’s been so much fun to build Pictours Paris, and now to be able to collaborate and work with my husband is like the icing on the cake!
What do you like most about Paris?
For me personally, I think it’s amazing that Paris connects people from all walks of life and from over the world. It truly is a magical place, and I’m so lucky to be able to call it home and wake up every day happy to be doing the work I once could only dream about! And of course I love how photogenic Paris is all days of the year! Rain, shine, blue skies or gray skies: j’adore this city!
Thanks Lindsey for sharing your passion with us and with our readers. It has been absolutely amazing to be able to know you better.