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 picture me paris surprise proposals

Your Paris surprise proposal is so special! After all, it will only happen once! 

You can trust me to help you plan and pull off your special moment, and capture it with priceless images to last a lifetime.

You and your loved one will want to remember this special time in Paris forever, so check out the surprise proposal packages below and don't hesitate to reach out. I know this is an exciting time in your life, I'm here for you!

Karina helped with absolutely everything I needed in order to surprise my fiancée to be. Karina helped with the location and kept everything as secretive as possible, my girlfriend had no idea! On the day of the proposal Karina was professional, friendly and super knowledgeable of Paris. 

The result of her work is outstanding and the pictures were high resolution and perfect. I believe I made the right choice by contacting Karina.

Thank you again for such a fantastic day and perfect pictures.
— Alan, UK (from Facebook reviews)

Want to scroll through this info together and listen along? I've shared a lot of information in this audio below, which has more information about Picture Me Paris Surprise Proposals, how they work, and other info you may like to hear. [Running Time: 15 minutes]

 

picture me paris surprise proposal packages

surprise proposal in paris at eiffel tower

picture me paris 1 hour photo session

The Picture Me Paris 1 Hour Photo Session is perfect for your proposal plus some engagement images. This is our most popular proposal package. 

You can propose at the Eiffel Tower, or one of the many other beautiful locations in Paris, such as the Louvre or Montmartre.

Session time: 1 hour

Location: (choose from one)

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre
  • Montmartre 
  • Notre Dame

What you receive: You'll receive priceless images of your surprise proposal, a moment in time in this beautiful city of Paris to treasure your entire life. You'll also receive excellent customer service, care, and the utmost in professionalism, as well as my expertise on the best places to propose in Paris.

    Details: Within 5 days after your surprise proposal session in Paris, you'll be directed to your own personalized and private online portrait gallery. Here you'll see your beautiful high resolution images. which you have professionally printed for display in your home, or share with family and friends on social media or email. With this package you'll receive 50 high resolution images. To book or check availability, please visit www.picturemeparis.com/book.

    Amazing options: 

    • 24 or 48 hour image delivery (standard is 5 days)
    • Images provided in black & white (color is the default)
    • High quality print packages for your home, canvas, and professionally designed photo album

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    picture me paris 2 hour photo session

    The Picture Me Paris 2 Hour Photo Session is perfect if you'd like to capture your surprise proposal and then spend another hour at another location, capturing your engagement set against the grandeur of Paris!

    Many clients elect to use the images from their Paris session on their wedding "Save the Date" cards. This way you have beautiful images from Paris for your cards and don't have to go through the expense of an engagement session when you return home.

    Choose from the Eiffel Tower or another location, you can choose two locations.

    Session Time: 2 hours

    Location:  (choose from one)

    • Eiffel Tower + Louvre Courtyard
    • Eiffel Tower + Notre Dame area    
    • Louvre + Notre Dame
    • Montmartre

    What you receive: You'll receive priceless images of your surprise proposal, a moment in time in this beautiful city of Paris to treasure your entire life. You'll also receive excellent customer service, care, and the utmost in professionalism, as well as my expertise on the best places to propose in Paris.      

      Details: Within 5 days after your surprise proposal session in Paris, you'll be directed to your own personalized and private online portrait gallery. Here you'll see your beautiful high resolution images. which you have professionally printed for display in your home, or share with family and friends on social media or email. With this package you'll receive 100 high resolution images. To book or check availability, please visit www.picturemeparis.com/book.

      Amazing options: 

      • 24 or 48 hour image delivery (standard is 5 days)
      • Images in black & white (color is the default)
      • High quality print packages for your home, canvas, and professionally designed photo album

      Or, if you have questions, please scroll to the contact form below, I'll get in touch with you quickly. 

      Loved working with Karina and my now fiancee LOVED her as well. I first contacted Karina when I found her website through searching the internet. I had already booked a trip to Paris and I planned on proposing and I wanted someone to capture the special moment. Karina helped me brainstorm and create the perfect scenario. She helped me with ideas and always responded to my emails immediately. She helped me pick the perfect spot and helped work with me on dress wear ideas as well. Once I arrived in Paris I met her at the spot that we agreed on and she met my (then) girlfriend...they chatted for a while to get to know each other and she helped position us in a few different poses....all leading up to how she magically helped get my ring box from my bag and into my back-pocket without my girlfriend noticing or suspecting a thing. I was able to propose and Karina captured EVERY moment. It was so special, my fiancee began crying as she said YES and it was so special. What made it the best was that Karina was such a kind caring person and showed emotion as well and was not a robot that just snapped pictures. Karina allowed us plenty of time to celebrate and never rushed us...and when we were ready she showed us to the next locations. If I ever have the opportunity to visit Paris again...which I plan on doing because its a very amazing place....I will be using Karina again. This is a decision you will not regret, I promise. Thanks again Karina if you are reading this...myself and Kyla are very grateful!
      — Manny, US (from Facebook reviews)
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      picture me paris eiffel tower AM mini session

      The Picture Me Paris Eiffel Tower AM Mini Session is perfect for those who want to ask their loved one to marry them at the Eiffel Tower, but just want the proposal captured with a few images afterward.

      Session Time: 20 minutes, 8:30 am (or 9:00 am depending on season) Monday through Saturday, Trocadero area only, this session is not available on Sundays.

      Location: Eiffel Tower Trocadero area only

      Description: Do you want to propose at the Eiffel Tower, but really just want the proposal itself captured? Then this package may be for you! It includes the moments of your proposal as well as a few images immediately afterward, not to exceed 20 minutes in duration. This package is only available at the Trocadero area of the Eiffel Tower (see image above) from Monday through Saturday between 8:00 am or 9:00 am, depending on the season. We do this to avoid the tourist crowds and have the best experience possible.

      What you receive: You'll receive priceless images of your surprise proposal, a moment in time in this beautiful city of Paris to treasure your entire life. You'll also receive excellent customer service, care, and the utmost professionalism.

      Details: Within 5 days after your surprise proposal session in Paris, you'll be directed to your own personalized and private online portrait gallery. Here you'll see your beautiful high resolution images. which you have professionally printed for display in your home, or share with family and friends on social media or email. With this package you'll receive 20 high resolution images. To book or check availability, please visit www.picturemeparis.com/book.

      Amazing options:

      • 24 or 48 hour image delivery (standard is 5 days)
      • Images provided in black & white (color is the default)
      • High quality print packages for your home, canvas, and professionally designed photo album

      picture me paris proposal + engagement two-day

      The Picture Me Paris Proposal + Engagement Two-Day was an idea I had during the following surprise proposal scenario:

      Oh I didn't know I'd be photographed today! I'm not wearing makeup, I have no mascara, I wish I'd dressed up a bit more!

      Sometimes, to keep your surprise proposal a secret, you can't say much. But often the other person is not prepared to be photographed, and may feel uncomfortable with their appearance, and the appearance of me--a photographer, all of a sudden capturing them in their most happy moment.

      The Picture Me Paris Proposal + Engagement Two-Day is the following:

      Day 1 - 30 minute surprise proposal photo session in one Paris location (i.e. the Eiffel Tower)

      Day 2 - 1 hour engagement photo session in one Paris location (i.e. the Eiffel Tower or Louvre)

      With this session, you can still surprise your loved one and get images of the proposal and a few just after. Then I'll slip away, and we'll meet the following day for a beautiful Paris engagement photo session in one location for an hour. This is perfect if you feel your loved one really wants to be photo ready and this will work better for you than a 1 or 2 hour session, which is done all at once. 

      Session Time:

      Day 1 - 30 minutes for the surprise proposal at one location such as the Eiffel Tower or Louvre

      Day 2 - 1 hour for engagement photos in one location such as the Eiffel Tower or Louvre

      What you receive: You'll receive priceless images of your surprise proposal, a moment in time in this beautiful city of Paris to treasure your entire life. You'll also receive beautiful engagement photos in Paris you can use on your save-the-date cards or for a beautiful photo album, or images to hang on your wall. You'll also receive excellent customer service, care, and the utmost in professionalism, as well as my expertise on the best places to propose in Paris.      

        Details: Within 5 days after your surprise proposal and engagement session in Paris, you'll be directed to your own personalized and private online portrait gallery. Here you'll see your beautiful high resolution images. which you have professionally printed for display in your home, or share with family and friends on social media or email. With this package you'll receive 100 high resolution images. You'll receive 20 of the surprise proposal, and 50 of the engagement session. 

        Amazing options: 

        • 24 or 48 hour image delivery (standard is 5 days)
        • Images in black & white (color is the default)
        • High quality print packages for your home, canvas, and professionally designed photo album

        How to book: This is a custom package, to discuss available dates, times and photo session packages, please contact me directly to inquire or book.


        why choose Picture Me Paris for your surprise proposal?

        trust

        You can trust me! I've been proposed to, I know how important it is, it's a once-in-a-lifetime moment! You can count on me to be there for you, to show up on time, to capture your special moment for you to treasure forever, and to be happy for you and enthusiastic afterward!

        care

        I care about my couples as people, you're not just a number to me, I want to know and learn more about you, so that you have the best Paris experience possible.

        knowledge

        I know Paris very well, as an American, English is my native language and I'll be happy to help you however I can.

        quality & expertise

        You'll have incredible images from your time special time in Paris to treasure for the rest of your life and share with future generations. Remember when grandpa proposed to grandma at the Eiffel Tower?

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        useful information on picture me paris proposals

        what type of proposals are these?

        The type of Paris proposals I capture are set against the background of beautiful Paris itself. That means, outdoor proposals with a view of the Eiffel Tower, in one of the many beautiful Paris parks, or in the charming area of Montmartre, to name a few. If you're looking to propose on the Eiffel Tower itself, in a restaurant, or in a private indoor location, I'd be happy to capture your engagement photos after your proposal. For those who want to propose with the beauty of the outdoors and Paris landmarks behind you, I'll meet you there to capture the moment. Please read more below.

        best time of day for your proposal

        In the morning, generally between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 am, Paris is quieter and in spring, summer and autumn, the early morning light is beautiful.  It may be easier to surprise your significant other in the afternoon, as you may already be walking around and touring, they won't expect it or see it coming. The ideal times in the afternoon are be between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. It also depends on the season. It also highly depends on what works for you.

        Night photos with Eiffel Tower lit, when do the lights come on?

        In the spring and summer it gets dark between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm, the lights to the Eiffel Tower do not come on until then. In the fall and winter, it gets dark at 5:00 or 6:00 pm. My hours of operation are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, depending on the season. For proposals, I do not recommend we do the proposal during the darker hours, dusk is fine, but as I do not carry a lot of flash equipment with me, in an effort to be discreet for proposals, dusk is the better option. Therefore, if you really want to be near the Eiffel Tower as it's lit, I recommend a dusk proposal followed by a dinner at or near the Eiffel Tower, where you can enjoy the excitement of your engagement and the lights of the Eiffel Tower. 

        what's the best place for a proposal?

        A lot of clients ask, "What's the best place for my proposal"? I can't really answer that, as I don't know your dreams, what your ideal proposal looks like, or what you think will make your partner happiest.

        I will say that most people prefer to propose at the Eiffel Tower. The most popular spot for an Eiffel Tower proposal is the view from Bir Hakeim bridge, one metro stop over from the main Eiffel Tower area.

        The second most popular spot is Trocadero, which gives a very good overview of the Eiffel Tower (all of it) but is very busy later in the day. Morning proposals, in my opinion, are the ideal time of day if Trocadero is of interest. 

        Some people still want a view of the Eiffel Tower but don't need to be that close to it, so for this type of proposal the Bridge of Alexandre III is the idea location, as the bridge is quite beautiful and you can see the Eiffel Tower from it. It's also near the Tuileries Gardens and not far from the Louvre, which are also excellent locations.

        Some people select either the area around Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Courtyard, or the charming village on the hill known as Montmartre. These areas are also special, charming and have their own brand of Paris magic, and are highly recommended! 

        The choice is really yours, but this is Paris, so you really cannot go wrong no matter what you choose.

        Please see more ideas on the buttons below with images.

        how does my proposal session work?

        First, we decide where at the Eiffel Tower you'd like to propose (if that's your preferred spot), please click below to see the options. 

        Or, if you're thinking of another Paris location, have a look at these options:

        It's up to us to work together to make your proposal a magical moment. Capturing your proposal is really simple and does not require me to use a super zoom lens or hide behind a tree. I like to be closer to my clients to ensure I'm capturing the moment perfectly. Also, because Paris has so many tourists, establishing a connection between us also helps me to establish a "photography zone" so that we have as few people as possible in your images.

        Therefore, here are the most common scenarios for how we can ensure your surprise proposal is amazing:

        The Tourist

        The easiest thing for us to do is meet at a popular spot. You and I will decide on the time and the place to meet. This may be at the Eiffel Tower, or another location we will arrange together in advance.

        As Paris has a lot of tourists, it's very believable that I should be at our meeting spot as a tourist taking photos, just like you will be. I'll give you the exact meeting spot and tell you what I look like so you can spot me quickly. Then, you just approach me and ask me to take a picture of you and your significant other with your cell phone. I’ll take your picture, hand your phone back, and from there you can propose. Then, I take images with my professional camera. It's an easy and very successful way to propose and have your images captured without spoiling the surprise.

        For example: We meet at the Bir Hakeim bridge, which has a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. You casually approach me and ask me if I would mind taking your picture. As this happens all day among tourists, it's nothing out of the ordinary and your significant other will not find it odd. I will take your cell phone, and take your couples photo. I will then give the phone back to you, and ask if the photo is ok. From there, you will put your phone away, turn to your significant other, say your words, and get down on one knee to propose. During this time, they are paying attention to you, not me. I am capturing everything that is happening with my professional camera. When your proposal is over, I'll introduce myself and congratulations!

        You Hired a Photographer

        Another idea that some clients prefer is to hire a photographer for a photo session to capture your Paris memories. It is Paris photo session, but with a proposal thrown in! You just tell your significant other that you thought it would be nice to have some photos taken together in Paris.

        For example: You tell your girlfriend Mary that wouldn't it be nice to have some nice photos in Paris to remember your vacation by a professional photographer. Mary thinks it's a great idea and wears her best dress because after your session, you're going to have a nice lunch or dinner in Paris. We all meet and start our photo session, but during a portion of it, you propose!

        The Tour Guide

        I'm also a former tour guide, and you might tell your significant other we're taking a Paris tour, and the tour guide also takes photos. I've done this with great success as well (and yes, I'll really give you a tour!).

        For example: You and your significant other want a nice tour of Montmartre. So you hire me as your tour guide to give you a tour and during your tour, you propose. Congratulations!

        planning your location

        When you inquire with me, I'll give you a Surprise Proposal Checklist which will help you determine where you want to pop the question. 

        Please note: many people ask me to photograph their proposal in a hotel or restaurant. While I'd like to be able to help you out, I only offer my services in public spaces (mostly outside) at this time. You can check with your restaurant or hotel on their commercial photography policies, but as a general rule, I only photograph in public spaces outside (like the Eiffel Tower), as hotels and restaurants are private establishments and have their own photography policies.

        photo session duration

        Most people book an hour photo session for a surprise proposal. This is usually enough time for the proposal and a few photographs post-proposal, but not a full engagement session. If you'd like more time for engagement photos after the proposal, or to go more than one location (i.e Eiffel Tower + another location), you'll need to book two hours.

        If you book a 1-Hour Session, we have time for just one location. If you book a 2-Hour Session, we have time for two locations (i.e. Eiffel Tower + Louvre)

        proposal extras

        Many clients ask me if I can bring balloons, cards, roses, champagne etc to the surprise proposal. Unfortunately, I have to focus on the photography and make it the absolute best it can be and cannot carry anything extra with me (I carry just a camera bag). If you have something in mind, don't hesitate to ask and I'll see what I can do to help.

        I know of several amazing violinists who are available for surprise proposals. The fees for musicians are separate and paid directly to the musician. I'd be happy to put you in contact.

        about the photos

        Depending on the session you select, you'll be provided with a minimum of 20 digital photos within five (5) days of the session via a private email link to your very own portrait gallery (this varies by package). The images are high resolution digital JPG files that have been professionally edited to adjust for color and brightness. You can download these photos to your phone or computer, print them as you wish, or order paper prints through my web site and they'll be directly sent to you. You can then frame them and hang them on your wall or even create a memorable photo album.

        The photos will include the moment of the proposal, and a few photos after the proposal. If you select the 1-Hour session, for example, we'll do photographs in the area after the proposal, such as the Eiffel Tower area. If you select the 2-Hour session, we have time for many more engagement photos (post-proposal) and in more than one Paris location.

        I also offer an expedited add-on service of 24 or 48 hour delivery, so that you can share your big news faster with family and friends if you wish!

        nervous? anxious? worried?

        One of the most important moments in a couple's life is the moment you decide to propose marriage. After all, you're asking that person to spend the rest of their lives with you! We women, and of course some men, dream about this moment our entire lives, how our loved one will propose to us. It's a memory we want to have and cherish forever. 

        Many clients who I work with for surprise proposals are nervous, anxious and sometimes even worried. How will this moment play out? Will it be as perfect as they dreamed? Will my loved one suspect anything? From being in the surprise proposal business, I can tell you the following for sure:

        • You're going to Paris. Of course your loved one may think maybe you'll pop the question, after all, Paris is the most romantic city in the world! Their friends may even say, I bet he's going to propose to you in Paris! This is a pretty normal statement as everyone knows Paris is a city of love. However, even if your loved one may have it in their mind, they don't know for sure, they don't know where, and they don't know when. So you have that going for you! Never has a person said, Oh I knew it! I knew that was happening! People are always surprised!
        • A lot of my clients fret over the actual moment itself, they want it to be perfect. Of course we want it to be perfect. We can't control life, Paris of course isn't a movie set, it's a city and a busy one at that. So we plan our proposal the best we can, and understand there are always a lot of tourists in Paris, traffic etc. But despite it all, we always, always have a memorable proposal! There has never been a time where a person who was proposed to said, Gee, that wasn't as great as I thought it would be! Or, Wow, I just got engaged in Paris, I'm so disappointed! You just proposed to someone with a view of the Eiffel Tower, or on the hill of Montmartre, or by the Louvre Museum. They're living the dream and you made that dream possible! How many people can say they became engaged in Paris? It's very special!
        • A lot of people also fret about the proposal itself. Remember, you'll be on one knee for less than three minutes, maybe not even a minute. The important thing is the sentiment, the moment, and the love you feel for each other. Try not to fret about the details. I'll be there to capture it in images you'll look back on forever!

        a word of advice on your loved one's appearance

        There are many things to take into consideration during your surprise proposal. One of the items that you may overlook, is the appearance of your significant other during the proposal. As it is a surprise, you don't want to create any questions and want to maintain the surprise. On the other hand, there have been many cases where the person behind proposed to (often a female) has expressed dismay and satisfaction that they "didn't know" they'd be photographed that day, or that they didn't wear makeup, do their hair, or wear a nice outfit. For many people this is really important, and can detract not only from your proposal but also from the images we take if your significant other is uncomfortable with their appearance. Yes, we want to surprise, but it is more difficult to enjoy the images of this special time of a person feels uncomfortable with the way they look.

        So, what can you do? You know your loved one better than anyone. If it's a morning or late morning proposal, you can tell him or her you booked a special lunch or brunch at the Eiffel Tower and they have a dress code at the restaurant, and both of you will dress up. That way, especially the women, will do their hair and makeup if they wish. If it's an afternoon or early evening proposal, the same holds true, you can tell your loved one you've planned a special dinner to celebrate your time in Paris.

        If none of these scenarios work, do your best NOT to give away the surprise, but take the lead. You can say, hey, we're in Paris, I feel like dressing up! This is quite natural is Paris is a dressy kind of city. They may take your lead. If you think that will totally tip your loved one off, you have to tread with caution. But try to give gentle pointers, as there's nothing worse for them than being photographed and not feeling or looking their best (even if they're super happy you proposed!)

        Also, if it works best for you to do your proposal one day and an engagement session the next day, please contact me for the Picture Me Paris Proposal + Engagement Two-Day Photo Session, which is a custom designed package.

        i'm here for you!

        Consider me your friend in Paris, your Paris "connection". I love my clients and it's important to me to be courteous, polite, professional and create a really wonderful environment that you will always remember, as well as beautiful photographs to cherish. So, do not hesitate to reach out if I can help you in any way.  I will also provide you access via Whatsapp if you wish so that we can plan your proposal!

        how to find me for the session

        We agree on a time and place to meet. I always ask my clients if they can send a picture so that I know who I'm looking for. I recommend taking a taxi or Uber to our meeting location. Traffic in Paris can be heavy, so please allow more than enough time to get to the location. If you're going to the Eiffel Tower, allow 30-45 minutes for traffic.

        During our session, for transportation we usually take a taxi, which is fastest. If the weather is nice, we also can walk, and metro is always an option as well. Please note that transportation costs are not included in your session. Please make sure to bring enough euro cash with you, as many taxis do not accept credit cards.

        options

        Would you like a lovely violinist to serenade your beloved when you propose? I'll put you in contact with an amazing violinist that will create a memorable moment. This is separate from my services and payable directly to the musician.

        what if it rains?

        It rains a lot in Paris and is often cloudy. The good news is that the city is beautiful in the rain, it actually shimmers. It's always a good idea to take an umbrella along with you, especially in the winter. Our sessions are done rain or shine, but I'll send you more information on weather options.

        contact me

        Feel free to contact me below with questions!