Picture Me Paris Couples Photo Session Planner
Choosing your Paris location
Most couples coming to Paris, especially for the first time, would love treasured memories from the Eiffel Tower. After all, the Eiffel Tower is a worldwide symbol of romance and love. Most Picture Me Paris photo packages for couples include Eiffel Tower photography at several locations with stupendous views of the Eiffel Tower, such as Trocadero, Bir Hakeim bridge, Eiffel Tower views riverside, and other little secret spots I know. All Eiffel Tower-only Picture Me Paris photo sessions are for up to one hour and take place only in the morning, as the Eiffel Tower draws so many tourists later in the day.
The second most popular location for a Picture Me Paris photo session is the Louvre Museum. The courtyard of the Louvre is an architectural gem, and so many couples love it for their photos. Also, time permitting, we can go next door to the Tuileries Gardens. Most couples add on the Louvre to a one-hour session that begins at the Eiffel Tower, but if you’d prefer to be photographed just at the Louvre, we can do that too!
One of the most “Parisian” of locations is the area around the gothic cathedral, Notre Dame. One of the most famous cathedrals in the world, the gardens surrounding it are also quite nice. We always then go riverside to capture the Parisian vibe with the cobblestone streets and often we also pop into a cute little café for those classic shots.
Couples looking for something unique and a bit off the beaten path will love Montmartre. Situated high on a hill overlooking all of Paris, Montmartre is the most charming neighborhood in Paris. It’s also quite colorful with its red and pink buildings, with some blue mixed in for good measure.
How much time should I book?
If you’d just like, say, photos at the Eiffel Tower, then one hour is great and you can consider booking the Gold Picture Me Paris Photo Experience. You’re not limited to the Eiffel Tower, though. I can highly recommend the Louvre and Montmartre for your hour if you’d like to do something a bit different. If you’re interested in seeing more of Paris and being photographed in 2-3 locations, then I highly recommend the Platinum Picture Me Paris Photo Experience, as it will give you a lot of variety. The Platinum experience lasts 2 hours.
What should I wear?
Paris, with its amazing architecture and famous sights, is a really elegant city. You’ll want to look your absolute best, but also feel your absolute best.
Choose clothing that is colorful, as Paris is often cloudy and gray.
In summer, ladies can consider wearing a pretty dress or gown. Gentlemen can wear dress slacks or more casual slacks, with or without a jacket.
If possible avoid the following types of clothing:
- Anything orange. If it’s sunny, the sun bounces off the orange outfit and can make your face look a bit orange
- Stripes, or heavy patterns, it’s better to go with solid colors
- All black. Black is elegant but especially in winter, can make your photos look very drab
In spring, autumn and winter, it gets pretty chilly in Paris, and rains a lot. Days are usually cloudy. Again, color is key. A bright winter coat (maybe in red) or a black winter coat with a pop of color, like a red scarf or pink beret is perfect.
Also, the most essential accessory to have in Paris is an umbrella, A clear one is best, that way we can still see the landmark behind you, but other colors can work as well. You can find a clear umbrella in Paris in most souvenir shops or in food markets called Monoprix or Franprix in Paris.
How to check time and availability
I keep my calendar up to date, you can check out the dates you’ll be in Paris and available times. If you don’t see a time that works for you, let me know. I photograph couples in the morning , as there are less tourists out and the morning light is very flattering.
You’re in Paris, the most romantic city on earth, and you’re with the one you love. Not only are we capturing you with some of the great Paris scenes, such as the Eiffel Tower or Louvre, but we’re capturing the closeness and love you feel as a couple. For couples, we want to make sure we show that closeness with physical contact. This could be holding hands, touching hands, a kiss–anything that connects you.
Many of my clients tell me they dislike being “posed” and some also ask me for direction during their session. I strive for a natural look during your photo session. This means that there will be images where you’ll be looking directly at the camera, and images where you’ll be looking at each other. I will direct you and give you ideas. You’ll be sure to communicate if there are angles you dislike being photographed from (i.e. one side of the face you do not like) . Any ideas you have for your session, don’t hesitate to communicate them. I also like to be spontaneous and if there is something really beautiful along the way, such as a blooming tree or falling leaves, we may stop and photograph those in addition to the traditional Parisian landmarks.
Most couples aren’t too comfortable posing, and that’s natural, as it’s really not something we do on a regular basis. However, images that look the prettiest may also not feel so comfortable as you’re posing for them, but they are amazing! My job is to make you feel comfortable, give you ideas for poses, and maximize your enjoyment—not only of your photo session but of Paris itself.
How does your Picture Me Paris photo experience work?
After you book the package and location you prefer, I’ll be contact with directions to our meeting point. Our meeting point is usually at major landmark or a metro stop. For example, at Notre Dame, it’s the “big horse statue of Charlemagne” in front of the cathedral. For the Eiffel Tower, it’s usually Trocadero.
You can meet me by taking a taxi, Uber or metro (or sometimes if you’re close enough, you can walk). If our photo session is more than an hour, we’ll take a taxi or Uber to our next location. Be sure to pack a pair of flats in case we walk, and if it’s chilly, consider bringing a scarf to keep warm.
The goal with a Picture Me Paris Paris photo session is to have fun, see Paris, and capture images you’ll treasure for a lifetime. I love to laugh, learn about my clients, and make it a really great day!
Weather considerations, what if it rains?
Paris in general is a pretty rainy town, particularly in the autumn, winter and spring. Sometimes it rains all day, sometimes it rains on and off. If you’re visiting between November and March, you can expect a high probability of rain.
Most people prefer sun, but rain isn’t all bad. First, it is actually quite magical in Paris, it gives the city a really special feel. It’s also a great excuse to cozy up with your loved one and drink hot chocolate!
In winter, an umbrella will be an essential accessory. For photo shoots, rain can be challenging, but it also makes for gorgeous photos. The other plus is that major tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower are often quieter in the rain. Sometimes you even have the place pretty much to yourselves.
For a photo session, a clear umbrella is ideal. However, a bright color, like red, can also be great. Umbrellas can be found all over Paris, in pharmacies, supermarkets and department stores. Some of the most common supermarkets are Franprix, Monoprix and Mon’op. Department stores with great selections include B&H, C&A, H&M, Galeries Lafayette, and Printemps. If you’re coming prepared, you can find clear umbrellas on Amazon.
What about props?
Props such as flowers, hats, sunglasses, wine and wine glasses, baguettes, croissants, umbrellas, balloons and so forth add a little special something to your Picture Me Paris photo experience and are encouraged.
Flower shops don’t open typically until about 10:00 am, same with balloon shops, so it’s best to get those the night before.
We can also find “props” along the way, like a colorful and bright bicycle!
My significant other isn’t so thrilled with having photos taken!
I totally understand! Sometimes our significant others aren’t as keen on spending time taking photos in Paris, especially when you’re on vacation. They may not enjoy the process, but I’d like to think my experiences are a little different. I like to laugh, have fun, and show my clients around Paris. I’ve even had people say to me, “Wow, that was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be”. No one likes a boring, repetitive bunch of photos, instead we infuse our experience with fun, laughter, and getting to know each other while seeing Paris. At the end, you have gorgeous souvenirs of your time here. Remember, you may not be back to Paris for a while, and you’ll never be as young or as good looking as you are right now. 🙂
Seriously, I know some people don’t enjoy photos at all, so in my experience, the best thing to do is to ensure your loved one has something to look forward to after the photo session. A really nice lunch, a break to watch some sports in a sports bar (lots of Irish, Canadian, Australian and British pubs in Paris), or a visit to a museum or Paris location they really want to see. Okay, call it a bribe if you want, but it’s really thinking about their feelings too, and if they can try to enjoy the photo experience, something equally fun is waiting for them when it’s over.