from a professional American photographer in Paris

Paris, and love–they go hand in hand. I’m so fortunate to capture that love to save forever!

My name’s Karina, I’m a professional photographer originally from the United States living in this amazing city of Paris, a place I’ve loved since I was a teenager. I know Paris so well, and the most beautiful spots for elegant photography in Paris. I specialize in couples—surprise proposals, engagement, honeymoon, anniversary and weddings.

I grew up in Minnesota, on a farm, in the middle of nowhere, with nothing to do on those long summer days but daydream, write short stories, and make movies in my head (I had no camera yet).

One year my parents gave me one of those old Kodak Instamatic(TM) cameras for Christmas. I was thrilled beyond belief and set out to photograph anything and everything I could. The only problem was, my photography stunk and processing those rolls of film were costly, especially when you ended up with very few usable images. I was just about to throw in the towel when…like magic Sony developed their digital camera the “Mavica” which used a “floppy disk” (remember those??, maybe not!) to capture digital images. I was in heaven! Now I could practice my photography and only keep the good ones!

I’d like to think my photography skills have improved a little since then!

I began Picture Me Paris to provide an elegant, classy and fun experience to capture lasting images of your time in Paris. From a couple who has just become engaged or celebrating a special anniversary, to a couple expecting their baby, a family spending time in Paris or a traveler seeing Paris for the first time. Photographs are like a time machine, they stay with us forever, and take us back to a place where we felt happy, filled with joy, and remind us of the love we share with others, or with Paris.

I first came to Paris as a student in high school and it made a huge impression on me. In 2012 I bought a little apartment here, and moved full time a few years’ later. I live in the hip, trendy and fabulous 11th arrondissement, where several times a day I can smell freshly baked pain au chocolat wafting through my windows from the bakery on the corner. It makes it difficult to stay on a diet, but I love living here! But what I love more is sharing this city with others.

I began my photography journey as a videographer, with a dream of being a documentary filmmaker. Gradually I became more interested in still photography, which is now also a passion of mine. I spent many years honing my stills on landscape and travel photography (you can see my Etsy shop here). I love to tell stories through visual imagery, and as they say–a picture really is worth a thousand words.

I’m attracted to bold colors and beautiful light. Using Paris as the canvas, I strive to capture the beauty and essence of people. I also love to work with everyone–whether you prefer to be photographed in blue jeans and boots or a ball gown. Everyone who comes to Paris should have an opportunity to be photographed and have images they’ll treasure for a lifetime.

To me there’s more to having a photography business than just taking great images. Your entire experience is really important to me. I want you to get the absolute best from your photo session.  I work with you ahead of time to discuss your wishes, and help make your dreams a reality. It is truly an honor to meet so many amazing people, capture their happiness, and see Paris together. I look forward to welcoming you too!

Random bits about me

* Yes, I speak French, not fluently, but I make myself understood. I also studied Spanish, a bit of Italian and I can see please and thank you in many languages!

* My favorite movie is Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock. I’m a huge fan of suspense.

* I’ve run 21 marathons, including two Boston Marathons, but I’m not a great runner. My moments of glory were fleeting, but I did manage to run a personal best of 3 hours 42 minutes.

* I love animals, especially cats, dogs and bunnies.

* Huge music fan! I like all types of music but rock is my favorite.

* I was first chair clarinet in band in high school, at least for while. I also was a singer soloist, but don’t ask me to sing now!

* I’m passionate about travel and have been to more than 56 countries. The world is so vast and amazing. My favorite places are the Greek islands, Italy, and I’m smitten with Africa and want to do more exploration on the continent.

* My favorite cuisine has to be Mexican! I love fajitas, burritos–you name it!

Now about you!

Okay enough about me, I want to hear about you! Please contact me with any questions you have or just to say bonjour!

Bonne journée! (that means have a nice day!)


P.S. I’m an absolute travel addict and available for your destination photography needs too (outside of Paris).

English Speaking Paris Photographer

I'm an American English speaking Paris wedding and engagement photographer.

From the iconic symbol of romance, the Eiffel Tower, to the magnificence of the Louvre Museum and charming cobblestone streets of Montmartre, there is no limit to the amazing places to photograph you in Paris. Let me be your guide! I know all the best places for a memorable, fun and stress-free Paris photo session.