Family day in the Paris rain

One thing's for sure, it's been a rainy winter in Paris! It is normal to rain a lot in Paris, but it seems that this season we've had more than our fair share. In fact, the banks of the Seine River are flooded.

What happens when the weather is bad? We make the absolute best of it! Kim and her husband Ricardo and two young daughters flew all the way from Sydney, Australia, to visit Paris. A little rain get us down? No way!

This fun, colorful and energetic young family had an amazing attitude about it all and while the rain and wind was challenging at times, we had a lot of fun. We started off in more casual clothing and then popped into a local cafe to have some hot coffee, hot chocolate, and do a quick change of clothing. Just as we were set to head out again, the rain started coming down in buckets.

Nothing to do but embrace it, and when you're at the Eiffel Tower, somehow it all seems okay.

Kim and Ricardo's daughters were adorable, and filled with fun and energy. Kim and Ricardo make a handsome couple and Kim is so glamorous. 

We finished our session with a ride on my favorite carousel in Paris, across from the Eiffel Tower. I love the Belle Epoque design and charming Parisian music.

My thanks to Kim, Ricardo and the girls for a wonderful morning, playing in the rain!

 

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Bonjour, je suis photographe à Paris et je voudrais l'assurance pour mes équipements contre les dommages et du vol. J'habite à Paris mais je voyage fréquemment. J'ai deux appareil photos (valeur @9000€) plus objectifs (valeur @10000€).

A New Year's Eve surprise proposal in Paris

The last day of the year means so many things to so many people. Whatever the year brought, going into a new year is filled with excitement and fresh opportunities. 

How about celebrating a new year as a newly engaged couple? I was thrilled and honored to have been selected as the photographer in Paris for this gorgeous surprise proposal. Anupam contacted me about his proposal and asked if we could do something as the lights of the Eiffel Tower were coming on.

Night photography can be tricky, and I always get a bit nervous about shooting in the dark. However, it was New Year's Eve after all, and a beautiful occasion.

I love the blue dress Shihka wore, they make such an elegant couple. I stayed until the lights of the Eiffel Tower were illuminated and basked in the glow of their happiness, which is always inspiring to me.

I'm so glad to have met them and wish them a beautiful life together!

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A sunny day, a sunny surprise proposal on Pont Alexandre

The sun hadn't been out in a few weeks', gray and glum, Paris is a gorgeous city, but the winter can be a bit tough. But how fortunate were we that for this surprise winter proposal in Paris, the sun was out in full force!

Walking along the most beautiful bridge in Paris, the Pont Alexandre, Nicholas took his love Paula aside to talk to her. Then, he gave her a small gift and the next thing, he was down on one knee asking for her hand in marriage.

She didn't see it coming, but was so happy and it was really touching to see!

In fact, the absolute love this couple has for each other was really powerful. I asked Nicholas about it. He said from the moment he met Paula, he knew she was the one for him. I asked what they loved about each other and they shared all of the wonderful things they love to do together, their similar interests, and one important thing, they shared the same values.

We began our photo journey on Pont Alexandre, and then walked to the Place de la Concorde. The fountains don't run in the winter, but the fountains were still gleaming in the bright January sunshine.

Then, we walked through the quite pleasant Tuileries Gardens and finished our time together at the Louvre Museum.

For anyone looking for a unique proposal with a view of the Eiffel Tower, this is a great route!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this captivating couple. They made me feel good. You hire a photographer to capture images you'll want to treasure your whole life, but my clients don't realize they're also giving me a gift. 

Thank you Nicholas and Paula, and many happy wishes to you for a blessed life together!

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Tips on how to select a Paris photographer

Congratulations, you're coming to Paris! You're in for a huge treat! I may be biased because I live here, but I've been visiting my whole life, and while yes, Paris is a city and has big city issues (traffic, garbage etc), it's a gorgeous city.

Even now, all these years later, as I'm walking through the city, I see things that awe and inspire me. I think about the people who were here before me, and all the history I'm surrounded by on a daily basis. I love how walkable Paris is, and how it always seems to show me new surprises.

Maybe you're coming on a special couples' trip to celebrate an anniversary, honeymoon, marriage, birthday or other special event.

Maybe you plan to propose marriage to your special loved one.

Maybe you're coming to Paris with family or friends, or perhaps you're on a solo trip. 

There are so many reasons to come to Paris!

Now you've decided you'd like do to a magical Paris photo session, and you've started the process of doing research. It's overwhelming! Like any city influenced heavily by art, fashion and culture, there are hundreds of photographers in Paris.

How do you choose one? Well, the simplest way seems to be based on price. You don't want to spend too much, yet you don't want a cheap photographer either. Fair enough, but please know that price is actually a tiny part of what you should be considering for your Paris photographer. 

Here are some other things you should consider:

 

REVIEW THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S WORK

You must always review the photographer's work on their web site. Do you like their work? Does it reflect your personal style and taste? Make sure that what you see there does, and don't go to a cheaper photographer with samples of another photographer that is more expensive and ask them to replicate their work. Respect each photographer for what they bring to the table and choose one that fits what you're looking for. This process does take a bit of time.

 

REVIEW THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S WEB SITE

As you've never met your photographer before, it's more important than ever to review the content of their web site. It's really their "storefront". Do they have a lot of information to help you decide if they're the right fit for you? 

Are they transparent with the information, such as their policies, availability, pricing and the products and services they provide? 

 

COMMUNICATION WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER

When you contact a potential photographer, how long does it take them to return your email or call? Everyone can get busy of course, but if you're waiting days for a response, this may signal that they are not very responsive. 

When they do contact you, are they professional? Do they give you the information you need to make a decision? Are you able to contact them via email, Whatsapp, SMS, phone, and chat? Is it hard to find their contact information?

 

TRUST FACTOR

Through your communication does it feel like you can trust the photographer? Do you have concerns of any type? If you're doing a surprise proposal, do you feel confident this person will show up on time and in the place agreed upon?

 

EASY BOOKING

It is easy to book with your photographer? Do they have an easy to understand booking system, that allows you to see their availability straight away? You're a busy person, you should have all your questions answered in the quickest fashion.

 

PERSONALITY

When you book a Paris photography session you're not just booking someone to take your picture. Anyone can take a picture. You have to look at the other little things. Does the photographer seem personable? Are they friendly? Does it seem that they provide a professional service? Does it seem the experience will be a positive one? How well do they know Paris? How open are they to your ideas? How honest are they with you about their opinions?

 

LANGUAGE

Most photographers in Paris speak multiple languages, including English. But maybe you feel more comfortable with a native language speaker. Whether you speak Chinese, American English, or any other language. As communication is so important, make sure your Paris photographer is easy to understand and communicate with.

 

AFTER THE SESSION

Does the photographer provide a great experience, good value, and do they offer other products and services you may be interested in? Definitely look for a photographer that will offer your images in color and black and white, as well as a photographer that offers not just digital prints, but has the ability to print images for your home, create beautiful photo albums, or other wall art. You may want to avoid a photographer who just provides digital copies and no other products, should you desire them.

 

COST

Pricing, I left this one for last. Shouldn't cost be the first thing you determine when selecting a Paris photographer? After all, price is the most important thing, isn't it? Actually, it isn't! I understand maybe you're on vacation, and you have a lot of expenses. You had no idea how expensive photography (or anything) in Paris is! You want to keep your costs low, after all, they're just taking your picture, no big deal, right, anyone can take a picture?

Not so fast. Yes, anyone can take a picture, but let me give you an example, I have a really good camera. I gave it to my colleague when we were on a business trip and asked him to take a photo of me. To my shock, the photos were less than stellar. Was it because of the camera? No, it was the photographer.

A photographer, one that you'd want to hire, needs to have good skills. This goes without saying, right? But they should also have good customer service skills, effective communication, and know Paris very well, in addition to creating beautiful work. This is worth something.

You will find photographers in Paris that charge 100€ and those that charge 500€ and up. You also have companies that say that they do "free" photography (there's no such thing as free except for the sunrise and sunset, those are free). So do your homework, invest in someone's work you like at a price that seems fair for their skill level.

Don't forget, you're not in Paris every day. Especially if you're celebrating a special event such as a surprise proposal. It only happens once! Make sure it's captured!

 

As you can see, choosing a Paris photographer is a bit of work, but by following these simple steps, you'll be sure to find the photographer that is perfect for you.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about Picture Me Paris photography services in Paris, don't hesitate to contact me at contact@picturemeparis.com

A bright red coat, a beautiful Paris surprise proposal

A view of the Eiffel Tower, it's always a good idea for a surprise proposal. As I waited for my couple, the cold winds were blowing, but I knew it would be worth it as I was excited to photograph a couple in love, and a couple that would soon become engaged. 

For me, surprise proposals are among the most fun photo shoots I do.

Timothy arrived with Kalina, a gorgeous blond lady wearing a stylish bright red coat. They were a fascinating couple, both going to graduate school, Timothy to study history with the goal to teach one day, and Kalina, a biologist, studying to be a neurosurgeon. They are a perfect pair!

Before I knew it, Timothy was down on one knee, and it was really a beautiful proposal. I was so glad to be there, as I usually am.

We spent the next hour together, enjoying a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower and chatting. What a wonderful afternoon!

I wish this spectacular couple so much happiness!

 

 

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Are you coming to Paris? Let's work together to create a beautiful surprise proposal just like Timothy and Kalina!