In July I received one of the loveliest emails I can remember, the email started like this…
My name is Paula and I’m Brazilian, from Sao Paulo.
I’ve just turned 30 and I’ll be flying to London in July to finally make a big dream come true! That’s the b-day gift I’m giving myself. Visiting London has been such a huge dream of mine since I was 12. Finally, it will come true!
I’m not getting married. Actually, I don’t even have a boyfriend! lol Maybe you’ll find it strange but I had this idea… If my dream is coming true and I feel such an indescribable love for London (without even knowing it yet), why not register my love for this place having beautiful pictures to treasure forever?
I loved Paula’s email and immediately wrote back with my enthusiasm to capture her time in London. We arranged to meet on Portobello Road for a coffee and from there we walked all over the London, through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, then jumped on the tube to Tower Bridge which Paula had always dreamed of seeing… we exchanged stories along the way and spoke about our own lives and our experiences in the countries we lived. I could see Paula was so taken with London, every direction she looked seemed to live up to and maybe even beyond her expectation.
When we eventually made it to Tower Bridge, I was changing a roll of film along the way and when I was ready I noticed Paula’s back was to me and she wasn’t quite ready to turn around, when she finally did her reply was, ‘I’m afraid I will ruin your picture. I am just so happy.’ After a few tears of happiness and a few photos in front of Tower Bridge we jumped on a boat down the Thames to our final stop in Westminster, it was the perfect journey and end to our time together – I loved the photos of Paula on the boat, you can see the happiness and freedom she was feeling, after finally fulfilling her dream visit to London!
Thank you Paula for sharing your time in London with me and allowing me to document such a special trip for you, it’s was such an honor and even a great reminder to myself of what a beautiful city I live in. I can’t wait until Paris!