One of the highlights of this past year was getting the opportunity to spend three days in the south of France documenting life around a beautiful fig orchard. I was invited to fly out by my clients Amber + Alexis, who hired me to shoot their wedding in Los Angeles the summer before. Alexis is from France, and since most of his extended family couldn’t make the LA ceremony they decided to host a party on his grandfather’s 100 year old property, where the family gathers together every summer. The first couple of days centered around lots of cooking, swimming, drinking, eating, and chatting in a circle. I really appreciated this opportunity to immerse myself in their environment and daily routines, something I may not have ever otherwise experienced as a traveler on my own. The country home was quintessentially French — filled with charming touches, the smell of warm baguettes, and ordinary chaos of a home taken over by four generations for the week. What I really loved about this experienced was that there were no parameters for these photos. I had total creative freedom to just simply document whatever I saw, with the goal to create a little time capsule of memories from the summer shared by this close knit French family.