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When I take pictures for my blog, I sometimes first go looking for related photography from the professionals for inspiration.
I know quite a few in this field, many of whom I am delighted to say read my blog.
Julie Williams is one of these talented people, an award-winning photographer, who is able to capture life’s moments through her lens.

Julie on-location shooting at an outdoor event getting low to capture the moment.

Julie, in her early fifties, has traveled the world photographing sports figures and their events, musicians and their concerts, chefs and their dishes, just to name a few.
What I like about Julie’s pictures is the palpable energy that emanates out and makes you feel like you are there.  They feel alive.

On Vacation In Provence


So what happens when a professional photographer goes on vacation? Do they put the camera away and take a rest from their day job?

Heck no!

Like the rest of us, Julie loves France and so I asked her to take us somewhere she has been and show it to us through her personal pictures.

She picked Provence.


I am going to let Julie do the talking as she takes us on her journey through this magical part of southern France.

(I know how hard it was for her to pick just a few…)

(The featured image is hers and one of many gorgeous balconies in Provence.)



“Quintessential memories of Provence, narrow cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured homes, timeless ivy-covered walls, and terra-cotta tiled rooftops.”


Copyright Julie Williams

“Memories of our boat trip and the gorgeous limestone cliffs of Les Calanques in Cassis.

Copyright Julie Williams

“This is one of my favourite images: clay-potted geraniums on the steps, framed in this weathered and cracked corner.”

Copyright Julie Williams

“My mouth still waters at this image of locally grown and harvested olives in all colours and varieties at the market in St-Remy!”

Copyright Julie Williams

“There’s nothing so enjoyable as French baguettes and fromage|cheese!”

Copyright Julie Williams

“Beautiful blue lavender for sale outside a local shop.”

Copyright Julie Williams

Julie’s Tips To Take Better Photos

Julie offered up a few tips to improve our photography and produce great images, even with a cell or iPhone.  Julie uses both a professional camera, the Canon 6D MarkII, Fujifilm XT-2 but also her iPhone XR which is what I use.
1. Rule of thirds and positioning the subject off-center. Imagine a TicTacToe board. Position the subject at one of the four intersections of the grid. 
2. Zoom with your feet. Move closer to your subject. 
3. Shoot high, shoot low. Shoot from different angles and get low to the ground at eye level with your subject.
You can see more of Julie’s work on the platforms below.
Thank you so much Julie for being my guest this week.
Julie Williams, Pretty in Pictures, Owner, Chief Visual & Verbal Storyteller
And don’t forget to leave your comments below!

Paris Book Club

Have You Read  Louisa Deasey’s

A Letter From Paris ?




I just reread this memoir. It is a surprising tale by an Australian woman who receives a letter from someone in Paris who has a past connection to her dead father.  Louisa barely knew her dad, a mysterious man, the black sheep of her family, and around whom there was also a sense of failure and shame.  This letter kickstarts a journey of discovery that eventually takes Louisa to Paris and other parts of France, retracing her father’s life there with some of the greatest literary names of that time.  It is where Louisa finds a new perspective, new friends, and redemption for her father.

P.S. If you don’t believe in kismet, or serendipity, you will after reading Louisa’s story.

A Letter From Paris by Louisa Deasey

Don’t forget to check out my BOOK CLUB PAGE to keep finding new memoirs about Paris and France written by women, the most comprehensive list you will not find anywhere else!


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  1. Lagatta de Montréal on September 20, 2020 at 8:15 am

    The daughter of an old friend who lives in Paris, but who is originally from Toronto, studied at a prestigious university in the beautiful small city of Aix-en-Provence. She is now a prominent human rights lawyer. Will she become the next Gisèle Halimi?

    • Diana Bishop on September 20, 2020 at 8:46 am

      It was so sad to lose Gisèle Halimi this year.

  2. M. A. Gendreau on September 20, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Another perfect Sunday morning read! The photos are a pure delight. Thank you Diana!

    • Diana Bishop on September 20, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      Love hearing from you as always. I am sure Julie is thrilled to have some new fans!

  3. Trudy Van Buskirk on September 20, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    In the summer of 1971 after my university graduation, I travelled to Aix-en-Provence, lived in a student dormitory and took courses.. I chummed with 2 American sisters and a Sottish girl that summer. We got to know the town. Unfortunately digital cameras didn’t exist back then and I was on a tight budget but I do remember a black and white blowup of a picture of Cassis. Thanks again for the memories Diana … and Julie!

    • Trudy on September 20, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      …. oops Scottish ….🤭

      • Diana Bishop on September 20, 2020 at 5:58 pm

        haha — yes indeed.

    • Julie Williams on September 20, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing your memories, Trudy!
      On a return trip I would Love to explore Aix-enProvence.

      • Diana Bishop on September 20, 2020 at 5:59 pm

        Yes so much to photograph in Aix.. one of my favourite cities in Provence.

    • Diana Bishop on September 20, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      Such lovely memories Trudy! Thank you for sharing! Diana

  4. Julie Williams on September 20, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Diana – merci beaucoup, ma cherie! It was truly my pleasure to be featured in your delightful travel blog.
    I invite all your readers to visit my Shopify store where they can view more of my travel images and enjoy them in their homes!
    A bientot!
    Julie (Williams)

    • Diana Bishop on September 20, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much Julie, I am sure you have made some new fans! Diana

  5. Twink on September 21, 2020 at 7:55 am

    I ache for the French villages of Provence when I see her photos.
    Thank you

    • Diana Bishop on September 21, 2020 at 11:51 am

      Yes, Ache is the right word!!! Me too.

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