I used to work for BlackRapid as head of their social media. Part of the job was to travel with the company to photography trade shows around the world to connect with customers, dealers, and distributors to promote their camera accessories. Most of my time traveling was spent in convention centers working, but somehow we always fit in a photo walk for a few hours. This travel series are from that great adventure of going to photokina, the world’s largest imaging fair, four years ago.
These images were shot for myself, the RAW files were put aside to process “on a rainy day” and intended to be put into a scrapbook album for my home. Well, it’s four years later and I’m just now looking at them with fresh eyes and love the memories that are coming back to me and am happy that I get to share them with you here.
Today, I’m sharing my whirl wind trip through Paris, “La Ville-Lumière” (“The City of Light”), and our incredible walk through the Avenue des Champs-Élysées starting at the Louvre Museum, eating the best steak and pomme frites available to man at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time in my life (at night!), and visiting a special car exhibition at L’Atelier Renault. It was the best trip to Paris I’ve had yet!
LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, host, and instructor with over 20 years of experience photographing, directing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. She focuses on providing artists, actors, models, and companies with lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Her approach is very contemporary, her work has a timeless elegance, and she represents the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in photography.
Her curriculum vitae includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, the production of 13 private and community events, and two year’s experience as director of one of Seattle’s largest art walks. Her images have been published in The Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report.
LaRae’s position as a lead host for online educational giants such as CreativeLive and Polaroid University gave her the unique opportunity as one of an elite group of professionals to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. She brought her network to BLACKRAPID as their Culture Liaison, facilitating close working relationships between influencers and organizations for promotional sales and marketing.
Grateful to be a stay-at-home mom while balancing a rewarding career in the photography industry, this proud single mom enjoys a nomadic traveling lifestyle between Seattle and the Florida Keys with her daughter, Emerson.