A family photo session in a Luberon village and lavender fields of Provence


Last summer, Samantha and her family visited Europe for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip definitely was discovering the beautiful South of France. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as lavender fields were in full bloom in Provence!
When we chatted about this family photo session, Samantha mentionned they really wanted to capture the sites that show the essence of Provence, and my mission was to make that happen!

Since the family was staying at the gorgeous rental Les Petitons in Oppède, I immediately thought of Oppède-Le-Vieux. It encompasses all the elements of a typical Provence village: the cobblestones, the narrow streets, the olive trees… so we met there to start our session.

Samantha choose 2 outfits for the family and they both looked lovely! What I love for a family photo session is to have some sort of coordinating without it being too obvious, and she managed to find the right balance. Plus the colors worked perfecty with our backgrounds. The pink tones work really well with the green as they are complementary on the color wheel.

We made sure to get fun family photos as well as some shots of Samantha and her husband Troy and some of the siblings Abby and Drew.

We then went to Les Petitons which is litterally 5 minutes away (or maybe even less!) to change up the decor of this photo session a little bit. The kids were enjoying picking apricots right from the tree, as well as the swimming pool so we had to include those in our collection of photos!

After a quick wardrobe change at their rental apartment, we did some more photos in the charming garden of the Provence residence. The mood definitely was relaxed and fun!

For the last part of our photo session, I took the family to a gorgeous lavender field a short drive away. The lavender was in full bloom for the pleasure of the entire family. Abby and Drew definitely had fun frolicking in the smelly purple sea!

We took a few more full family photos, some mother-daughter and father-son shots as well as some singles. Samantha and Troy were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary so we of course got some romantic photos in lavender too!

There are many other gorgeous locations all over Luberon and Provence that are as picturesque as these ones, for sure. But it was nice to cover such a variety of locations on this photo session without loosing time driving far away. I had so much fun with Samantha and her lovely family and I’m glad to help them remember the good times they had in Provence with these photos!

Samantha V.

Marie helped us create the ‘souvenir of a lifetime’! I was planning a special trip from the U.S. to Paris & Provence for our 15th wedding anniversary. I thought it could be fun to capture the trip in photos but quickly wrote it off as a crazy idea because I didn’t know where to start planning!

Luckily, I found Marie. Her work and style captured everything I was hoping for. She put me at ease, was great to communicate with, asked the right questions to make sure we had the same vision, and identified the perfect spots and itinerary for our shoot together. She was a natural with my kids and just made everything so fun and easy. She artfully produced so many great photographs. I’ll hold them dear for the rest of my life!

Samantha V.