fête paradiso! (and a little film…)

see MORE

we had been anxious to check out fete paradiso on governors island all summer long, and finally made it out there with friends this past weekend. we all kind of split up once we arrived so we could check out the different rides and attractions with our own individual families, and i can’t even begin to tell you how much fun our little family of four had. i’ve always enjoyed a good carnival, but this one really exceeded my expectations. the little french carnival is the world’s first traveling carnival and this is its first time in the USA. all the carousels and rides are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries! this stuff was legit and i felt like we were transported back in time. it’s here for only one more weekend, so if you’re here in the city and haven’t been yet, last call and i so recommend it!

the film above is footage we took during our day together at the carnival with our canon camera. i edited it in imovie. the song is charlotte mittnacht by devotchka (gosh we love them so it isn’t even funny.)

  1. lauren

    what a lovely video!I wish Fete Paradiso would visit Australia.

  2. Bianca

    What a cute video! :) And I love the music too.

  3. SunBeaM

    So sweet! What did you use to shoot the video?

    xo <3

    • TAZA

      i used my canon camera and edited in imovie. all my camera info is on my FAQ page…

  4. Constanze

    The video is very cute! ♥ :)

  5. Amy

    Totally agree with Lauren – wish Fete Paradiso was in Australia too! Adorable video xx

  6. Sanna

    So adorable! Seems like a perfect day :)

  7. JM

    Oh, you should come to Vienna, they have lots of those kinds of things at the Prater. It’s very old with many classic rides. Looks like you had a great day


  8. Cute movie, sounds like you had a great time x

  9. joanne

    When I lived in Europe I travelled around for a summer with a very similar but Dutch one. It was one of the loveliest experiences that ended with us going to New York as well

    So nice!


  10. hanna

    This looks like so much fun! –Hanna Marie

  11. this is so beautiful! i love that you still record some parts of your life. most people take pictures but they don’t really film anything anymore, even though i personally love watching footage of my baby self my dad filmed almost two decades ago (wow!!!). eleanor and samson are going to love seeing their baby selves out and about when they’re older. it’s a great gift for them and a beautiful reminder for you! :)

  12. Mo

    Such a sweet little video. The music pairs perfectly with it!

  13. I love Samson waving hello!! What a cutie he is!! I bet you´re coming back to Fete Paradiso next year!!

  14. Samantha

    This video is so sweet. Looks as though you had a perfect afternoon. So lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  15. selou

    how nice!
    wonderful moments :)

  16. bridget

    go you shooting with your real camera! the manual focus always intimidates me a bit (but that blurry carousel in the beginning was awesome and dreamy). also, you guys look like you have a lot of fun.

    • TAZA

      i know. the days i take my real camera out i never regret it. i need to do it more. thank the heavens for iphone cameras but ya know…

  17. tiffany

    Oh god, they are so freaking adorable, I just wanna eat them :D

  18. Alexandra

    Cute video! Such an amazing family :)

  19. kendra


  20. juni

    oh my gosh… how do I live in this city and not know that this has been here for two months? yikes and I have to work next saturday, is it by chance open on sundays too?

    • TAZA

      probably open sunday too. i’m not certain, but you can check their website.

  21. bea

    Love it!!!

  22. Heather

    What an incredible experience! The vintage rides and games look adorable, and the way you’ve captured the essence of the carnival on video is something really special! Beautiful video!

    • TAZA

      haha she thought it was a BIG lollipop! she kept trying to lick it! haha.

  23. Taylor

    The film is absolutely beautiful!! And that carnival looks like so much fun! I wish I was in the area to check it out. Gorgeous!


  24. Susana

    Trés cute!

  25. Amazing! What a lovely family!

  26. deloom

    Beautiful video! It looks like it was so much fun! <3

  27. Kelsey Clark

    I love love love your little film! What an amazing way to remember the day, and remember your babies when they are all grown up.

  28. amanda

    I finally made it over there this past weekend as well! So lovely! The last time we went to Governors Island was a few years ago when they had that food truck festival that was a massive disaster (something like they’d expected ~4000 people to show up and like over 20,000 people showed up) and this trip was MUCH better. The rides were all so beautiful.

  29. Briseidy


  30. sara

    love this little film. looks like you all had such a fun time! and devotchka is always good :)

  31. Faith

    I just love when you share films like these! This one is too perfect with the music and colorful French themes. E looks so precious in her little Parisian inspired top & S has grown so!

    Thanks for sharing as always :)


  32. What a sweet little film. Looks like a lovely day.

  33. looks like your cuties had a lot of fun and enjoyed “barbe à papa”…..love it ♥

  34. Emily

    That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Your talent at, well, everything, just astounds me! You have a beautiful family.

  35. Mónica

    That fantastic video. That happy face you have all four. Doing these things together is the best. Kisses and Happy Mondays.

  36. ^ what emily said! the cutest video ever. also, josh’s face on the carousel… :)

  37. Teresa

    This is so lovely. I think capturing moments like these is what life is about. so glad you have this for your children to look at when they’re older

  38. Hilary

    Cute video! Loved the music. You might also like Yann Tiersen. I choreographed a pointe dance with a song like this…they were suppose to be a carrousel.

    • TAZA

      thanks for the rec, will check it out!

  39. That place looks like a lot of fun! Great memories. I just moved ‘back east’ from CA this summer, and spent a lot of this summer and years’ before taking my children to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, right on the beach in Santa Cruz. It’s so much fun to have memberships to places like that and let them enjoy it all as much (or sometimes as little!) as they like without worrying about making ‘the most’ out of any particular day, since you know how some days they’re just not feeling it. :)


  40. Jess


  41. Aslyn

    Your little film was so great! It made my sick little one smile, so it made our morning!

  42. looks charming and whimsical and the perfect place to spend a day with your family!

  43. Taylor

    This video made me SO happy! You have the cutest little family! :) Love that you document everything with pictures and videos. I plan to do the same with my future family! Thanks for sharing:)

  44. Sarah

    So gorgeous! This makes me want to get out my video camera and play with it again.

  45. What a beautiful little video! You’ve captured the feel of the carnival and the sweetness of your family so perfectly! <3

  46. Brett Schmidt

    Your family is perfect in every way!

  47. Emily Mauldin

    Naomi, the cuteness is killing me!!!!!!!!

  48. Heather

    Too cute, I always love the videos the best :)

  49. smiles for days! I love all your videos! oh my!

    xoxo, kerri

  50. jaclyn

    OMG what an adorable video!! your family is so cute!! i love the part where S is dancing! OMG he is just so adorable! and E with the cotton candy!

  51. I don’t particularly like watching videos, but my gut was telling me not to skip this one of yours. And I’m so glad I didn’t. Such a sweet, happy, bright, timeless and quality video. Every second of it was pure joy. I loved the music too. You guys are such good parents, because you make your kids happy and that is the most important thing in my opinion.
    Have a great week!

  52. Laura

    Adorable video! I wish I had gone to this when I was in NYC this summer.

  53. Chinta

    Wonderful and refreshing. Thanks for sharing bits of your happy family day. Always delightful and fun to watch :)

  54. Patty

    Thank you for sharing! This video is absolutely precious. Your little ones will love it as they grow older. I need to start filming with my real camera, too! It looks like you guys have nice fall weather already. Jealous! Fall doesn’t arrive until December in Texas! :(

  55. Marie

    Samson and Eleanor are looking more and more like twins!! Both of them are in similar height and body size? :D anw love the video and your babies look so happy! :)


  56. Nina

    One of the best blog posts I have ever seen :) please do more little videos like these, this was beautiful and really brightened my day <3

  57. Lainey

    Naomi, I have to say- you have the most beautiful family. It’s something I wish to have with my husband someday. I just love how family is priority number one, and I’ve seen you and Josh grow since this blog was created-and the love that you have for one another is so palpable. Amazing edit on the video, as always. I should really utilize my vimeo account more rather than youtube. Have a great day!

  58. Amy

    I just loved this. Your family is so cute and it’s clear that you all adore one another so very much! I hope to have the same sort of experience one day myself. Thanks for sharing!

  59. What a lovely video and what a beautiful music!
    I’m surprised by how big Samson is!And he got some dance moves, huh?

  60. TJ

    Okay, could this video be any more perfect? I love how legit all the rides are, and how historical! Your little ones are just precious!!!
    xo TJ

  61. Meryl

    What a wonderful video! The rides, the accordion music, the smiling, laughing faces…it all captures the joy of being a child. Hopefully when your little ones are all grown up, they will look back at this video and smile just as wide. Great job!

  62. ashley

    so much joy captured in this video! it looks like it was the perfect day!

  63. Sarah

    Naomi, how adorable!

  64. Jocie

    I’m convinced you are the cutest fam ever. Such love & adventure-filled lives you give your kids!

  65. Solenne

    So refreshing! We feel like kids too watching you havîng fun on Carrousel manèges! Have you seen french movie Amélie Poulain? You would probably love the music composed by a french artist Yann Thiersen: http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=zb1oJwD_Ktk

  66. Jacky

    Simply adorable! Taza, can you tell me where I can find Eleanor’s shoes for my Little Emily. Thanks.

  67. Andy

    Hey Naomi. Can you remind me where you got your high tops? I searched under ‘shoes’ but I couldn’t find the post where you featured them. I’m trying to break out of my Converse rut! Thanks. X

  68. Lauren

    So precious. How on earth did you film it with your canon then edit it on imovie? My imovie is on the ipad. Is that how you did it? How does that work?

  69. Spencer Clark

    I can’t get over how adorable your littles are!! You must feel so blessed. I can’t wait to have some of my own. Yay for eternal families. :)

  70. maggie

    Adorable video!!

  71. siheme

    I loved your little video. Remember me of Paris, my hometown…
    God bless your family!

  72. Samantha

    AH i love that song and i love this film. So Parisian.

    Carnivals are one of my favourite places to be. I’m glad your family had a great time

    Sam // samanthaheather.blogspot.com.au

  73. Kelly

    What a cute video! I love all of the shots of your precious family waving to you plus E’s polka dots are just so cute and I love how you captured Samson’s little dance – you are right, that boy will have a future in entertainment!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  74. Marvelous! This video is wonderful. I can’t get over how precious your two littles are :)

  75. Gia

    What a lovely family!
    Love the video.

  76. This is so awesome! Our family was at the carnival this past July. The craftsmanship of the rides and games was amazing! Such fun we had that day.

  77. Shannon

    haha love Josh getting all terribly razzed on that ride. Looks intense!

  78. Kym

    Wow! Beautiful video. Thanks for sharing.

  79. Sharon

    Beautiful video! Your children are so adorable!

  80. seyda

    very nice ;))

  81. Sinead

    Such a lovely video! Looks like you guys had a great day out :-)

  82. Joo

    absolutely the cutest! your babes are going to love looking back at these moments captured by you!!

  83. Anna

    It is such a sweet video! I’m so lucky that my parents recorded most of our moments on video! Every time I get to watch a video tape from my childhood I just can’t stop crying. It is one of the greatest gifts you can provide your children with and I’m more than sure that Eleanor and little Samson will be more than grateful one day for their mama and papa to have taken all these beautiful pictures and videos from moments their lives!!!
    Keep spreading the family love Naomi and may God bless you all!!!
    Anoodles from http://www.tincturetales.com

  84. Giulia

    So lovely! :)

  85. Morgane

    lovely kids!!

  86. Oh MY, this was just utterly delightful. I LOVE when you make videos. This is something that i really, really would love to learn. There’s something so special about a moving picture. :)

    Can you tell me, how much time does it take you to get all the clips into a little film like this? I know it would probably take me week. :/ Everything has a learning curve though…and it’s so worth it!

  87. Melany

    What a sweet little film! Totally made me smile.

  88. Cait

    adorable film.