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Dan Rubin  Saudade; Sehnsucht. 📷 Photographer 📐 Designer + 🎨 Art Director 🎵 Music Producer 📧 hello@danrubin.is

The finals of Couvoisier’s Toast of Paris International Cocktail Competition, held at The Purple Bar in Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomph, Paris, a few weeks ago (check out the Story Highlight on my profile to see some video clips and notes on what I used to shoot the event).

Watching anyone who is at the top of their craft is a joy, at least for me — though I know nothing about tending bar, the finalists all managed to keep me captivated during their two-cocktail performances, and I’d like to think I learned a few things along the way. The energy they all brought to the competition — and the support they showed each other before, during, and after — was inspiring, and made it feel like watching a group of friends showing off to each other, rather than competitors vying for the top position.

The finalists, including the champion, Ferenc Haraszti (first photo), represented Austria, the UK, France, Italy, and Germany. All were outstanding, as were their drinks (I don’t have to be an expert to know *that* ;) and they left the judges with an extremely difficult task.

Those judges — Courvoisier’s global brand ambassador Rebecca (@rebecca.courvoisier_ambassador), esteemed author and cocktail expert Salvatore Calabrese (@cocktailmaestro), and Master Blender Patrice Pinet — had their work cut out for them, deliberating for over 40 minutes and even creating a runner-up award that wasn’t part of the original plan, as the final decision was so close.

I’m so glad I got to see everyone’s presentations, sample the cocktails, and capture these talented artists and their creations. Stay tuned over the next few days for shots from our trip to Jarnac (the home of Courvoisier), including a little drone action…

#courvoisier #toastofparis18

Arc de Triomphe at sunset* // Contax T2, @kodak Portra 160

*Yes, this is also in the carousel I just posted, but it deserves pride of place ☺️

Paris 🇫🇷

Those of you who watch my crazy long Stories (thank you!) know I was in France a few weeks ago shooting for Courvoisier, covering the final of their Toast of Paris international cocktail competition and accompanying the competitors on a quick visit to Jarnac — the Story is saved as a Highlight on my profile, in case you missed it. 👌🏼😌

It was a fun little project, and the best part was getting to know the competitors and Courvoisier team along the way (ok, the scenery, architecture, and food were also amazing — and of course, all the outstanding cognac). I’ll be sharing some of my favourite shots over the next few days, starting with these glimpses of Paris from the day leading up to the competition.

Many thanks to the wonderful folks from Courvoisier for their hospitality, especially their lovely ambassador, Rebecca (@rebecca.courvoisier_ambassador) who managed to wrangle an energetic cadre of cocktail experts for days while never once breaking a sweat.

#courvoisier #toastofparis18

Ollie, 2018

Snapped this on set while I was modelling (yes, I know) for the amazing @danielalexanderharris (styled by @reubenselby) on a shoot for Rado. #leicaq #makeportraits

Made a new friend today 🐶

The sun is finally out in force in London, and I’m dreaming of cloudy, moody days on the coast… what are you dreaming of today? ✨

Ioe, London (swipe to see the uncropped image)

Hasselblad 500C/M, Kodak Portra 400

#film #filmphotography #kodak #portra #portra400 #hasselblad #makeportraits

Lake District, 2012

Bristol, 2016

Happy International Film Photography Day! 🎞 #filmphotographyday

Sunny days on the Wild Atlantic Way #filmisnotdead

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