Asbury University Paris Semester

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

A year later and I still ache for this city. I don’t know if I will ever stop aching for it. Every time I see these pictures I am taken right back to the smells, the chill in the air, the light, the laughs on the metro, and how the city just felt so alive. Paris, truly won my heart in our 4 weeks there.

I thought that since it has been one year since our travels there it would only be appropriate the reignite the inspiration this city left me with by not just sharing some images but also finally really opening up about the work we did while we were there. Surprise! We were not just hanging out all the time in this beautiful city…we were actually working.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

This trip came about in the craziest way. Our friend Jonathan Grant, The Culture Keeper, suggested that we help our Alma Mater, Asbury University to promote their new Paris Semester program that would allow students to come live, experience, and work in Paris for one semester. I couldn’t think of a better way to give to a place that taught me so much than to help more students have similar amazing experiences as I did.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

So the 3 of us were offered our trip in exchange for giving them all the pieces they needed to show off Paris. We were asked to create beautiful pictures they could use and also to shoot a short little film that would display the experience of what it was like as a student in Paris.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

So, the whole time we were enjoying our time in Paris we were also working to snap pictures, show off this beautiful city, and capture the true inspiration and importance of Paris. Since we had never been we added on an extra week on the front and back end to really enjoy ourselves. Jonathan was already in Paris when we went last year so it was really fun for him to show us around.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Each day we would tour the city, look for locations and then come back and schedule time to shoot with our lovely student, Lucy. It was one of the first times I got the chance to really do work as an on-site art director. I helped cast the vision, Jonathan made sure each shot was well styled, and Mike shot and edited.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

I really couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to work with on this. Each day was full of creativity and adventure as I am sure you could see by our 16 posts from our days there. We learned so much about Parisian culture and how to blend in.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

I remember the first day (only a week there) I was asked for directions in French. It made me really proud that some how in just that week I had become so comfortable with the culture there that others thought I was local to the city. Such a compliment especially in such a beautiful city.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Those 4 weeks were pivotal in our business. I have shared that before, but at that time Mike and I were not officially working together yet. This trip solidified that decision for us. Seeing how we worked every day as a team showed us this was what we were meant to do.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

So, to this day each picture holds such weight and emotion to me because they are all slices of what has transformed me in to who I am right now. Amazing what can change in a year…even now the video we did for them feels different from even our work now, but I still felt it was great to show.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

One note was that we had to carry the school’s branding on to the video. We could not custom design the brand for them, but it was still a real treat and a lot of fun. I hope ya’ll enjoy.

If you are a student and want to find out more you can head here and apply. It is an amazing program headed by one of our favorite professors at Asbury. A seriously amazing opportunity!

Leave a comment

  1. Ah, this is lovely! And so exciting. It was during your time in Paris that I first stumbled across your blog 🙂 I was a fresh new master’s student in this city then. I’m glad you were able to become so comfortable and at ease here in such a short time. It took me a little longer.

    Also, I’m so freaking impressed with all you and Mike have accomplished since. Thank you SO much for sharing your inspiring journey here!

  2. Stop aching and come back in Paris. So many things have changed since then!
    For instance, macaroons are not so cool now, “choux à la crème” are back!
    Vous êtes tous les bienvenus !

  3. Loved it. All of it. Makes me long for the day I can see it in person….long for the day Steven and I will do more creative work together. I know I say it all the time, but you guys rock. Keep rocking! 🙂

    1. You rock lady! You inspire me to watch you with your littles and still creating and inspiring so many. Virtual high fives. Let’s keep living the dream and chasing what we love.

  4. I didn’t study abroad in Paris, but I have visited Paris and studied abroad in Verona, Italy and this video you created really portrays the life of a study abroad student. It’s beautiful and you guys did a great job! Thanks for sharing the work you do!

  5. this is absolutely lovely, and very close to home. I was fortunate enough to spend a semester studying in Paris, and I could go on for days about how much the experience has affected my life. I am forever bettered because of my time there, and your photos bring back so many amazing memories. Thank you so much for sharing. You just made my day exponentially brighter!
    -Amanda

  6. Your video told such a sweet and subtle story (and that shot from the museum window of the city and all the black roofs and the fog literally just made me whisper “wowwww” at my computer screen.) well done, Megan!

  7. You and me both, I lived in Paris for half a year and it has touched my heart and soul in a way that no other place really ever has. I have dreams that I am yearning to go back, and luckily I will in 7 months on a leg of our honeymoon. Beautiful photos!

  8. These photographs are amazing. The style is perfect. What equipment do you guys use and how do you edit your pictures? I’d really like to apply stuff like this to my photograph skills.