Daina and Oliver are adventurous world travelers and oenophiles. Daina, originally from Arizona, and her fiance, from nearby Bergerac, France, wanted to have their fun and relaxed engagement session in the town they both love and now call home, Bordeaux. I absolutely loved Bordeaux and never thought I could fall harder for another French city more than Paris, but… I did! I think that had a lot to do with Daina and Olivier. They were such gracious hosts, and showed me places I might never have found on my own, including across the river where Olivier works, in the Darwin-eco-systeme, old military barracks turned eco-friendly coworking space. The music was great, the beer was cold (I know right, drinking beer in the wine capitol of the world, but don’t worry we drank plenty of wine together too), and I loved the light installation showing energy consumption of the two connected buildings. (Check it out here.) Bordeaux has the charm of a small city and the art, culture, and conveniences of a large one. It’s a mix of preserved, old world beauty with amazing modern designs and architecture. The next day we went to the Dune of Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe, it was awesome. Their engagement session was shot exclusively on medium format Fujifilm with a Contax 645, and thanks to Richard Photo Lab for the beautiful scans. I just had such a great time with them and can’t wait to photograph their wedding in a French chateau next July!