Each month I love to share with you my favourite Instagram account. So last month (June) I was all over this one: @ophelieskitchenbook. Yes, it’s another French Instagram feed, I am obsessed, and I don’t see my love affair with the Parisian’s fading any time soon.
What I love in particular about Ophelie’s feed is the richness of colour, the dark contrasts and of course all of the food styling shots. In a world of ‘curated’ feeds, her account looks carefree and natural, with little worry about too many flat lays or should I iron my table cloth. There is a simple free quality to her images that I adore.
Take this shot for example. I would have faffed about with that table cloth for ages, trying to get rid of the fold mark. But no – just take the bloody shot! It’s beautiful and it works.
Angles – this shot of the coffee at a Parisian street cafe is at an angle that I would never shoot at. It’s jaunty, and I like it. I feel like I want to sit down to drink and watch the world go by.
And then there are the shop fronts! My heart! Oh I want to photograph these, enter the door (hopefully has a bell) and then spend ages observing everything.
Paris has my heart – although I have never been. But through the pictures of Ophelie’s account I feel I am there.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.