Fabulous Paris honeymoon photo session at the Louvre
This was an absolutely fabulous Paris honeymoon photo session at the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, on a mild day in September.
Sara found me on Instagram. I have to say, I love Instagram. It makes sense, as I’m a professional honeymoon photographer in Paris, but I took to Instagram right after it launched in 2010. I thought it was such a cool way to share photos from my various excursions, when I was living in Los Angeles. I lived in Los Angeles for 10 years, and during that time I was exclusively a landscape photographer, travel photographer, and snapped a lot of selfies! I mean, image in Los Angeles is everything, so it stands to reason! Kidding aside, Instagram has evolved into a place where people share photos to a place where people make real connections. Sara liked my work and asked me about scheduling a photo session in Paris for her and her husband, Mike.
Sara explained that they were married a year ago in New York, but never had engagement photos, and this trip to Paris was a honeymoon for them, so they thought it would be a great idea to have photos in Paris. Sara is right! Paris is a wonderful place for couples to be photographed. First, it’s a really romantic city, which comes out through the magnificent architecture. I’ve been around the world, and the architecture in Paris to me is the most romantic. With its little cherubs often found on the side of the buildings, to the delicate wrought iron balconies and the shutters, it makes a wonderful backdrop for honeymoon, engagement and anniversary photos. Or what I call, “just because” photos. It’s a memory you’ll cherish forever from your time in Paris!
When I arrived to Trocadero, the regular meeting point for a photo session starting at the Eiffel Tower, I was met with two surprises. I spotted a couple at our meeting spot, and the gentleman had a t-shirt and shorts, and the woman was dressed casually. I became worried. Oh no, I hope that’s not Sara and Mike. Why you say? Am I a fashion snob? Do I judge others? Of course not! It’s just that Paris demands dressing up, it’s an elegant kind of place, and the more you can dress up, the more you’ll love your photos. Sara was spot on with her beautiful red dress. It had a little flouncy hem that looked so pretty in movement, and her dress was perfectly selected to her shape. With her raven hair and gorgeous red dress, topped off with a strappy heel, she looked like a million bucks! Or should I say, euro!
Mike was no slouch himself, he looked sharp and crisp, but I could tell maybe he wasn’t too thrilled to be doing photos. Not that he wasn’t friendly, he was, but I have a sixth sense about this as a Paris photographer. Ladies, if you’re bringing your husband or boyfriend to Paris and he isn’t that into photos, he’ll do the photos because you want to, but make sure there’s something in it for him, so he has a fun time.
What could that be?
- Room service before your photo session, so he’s nice and full
- Taking him to his favorite cafe after the photo session
- Taking him to his favorite Paris landmark, museum etc
- Taking him to an Irish, Australian or British pub for a beer
- Giving him a really long back rub when you get back to your hotel
Call it being nice, call it bribery, call it what you will, I try my very best to make our photo sessions fun and interesting, and often share fun facts about the city. In this case, Mike knew almost as much and more than I did about Paris, I was so impressed with his knowledge of the city and his knowledge of French history!
The second surprise of the day was construction equipment at Trocadero, cranes everywhere. It’s that time of year again, building the village for the Yves St Laurent Paris Fashion Week shows, which happens twice a year. YSL gives Paris a great deal of money to rent out the space at Trocadero on the bottom level, which means cranes in the sky, often blocking the Eiffel Tower, and no access to some areas of Trocadero during this time.
This is something that used to freak me out, oh no, what will we do! The answer is this, we photograph at Trocadero the very best we can. I don’t remove cranes etc from photos, but if it really bothers you, I can put you in touch with an expert retoucher. We also will go several other locations with gorgeous views of the Eiffel Tower, so there is no risk of not getting a beautiful photo with the Eiffel Tower.
With Sara and Mike, we did what we could at Trocadero and then went to the river and finally, Bir Hakeim bridge. They are even doing construction on the bridge (Paris is never boring), but we still, despite rush hour traffic, made magical images.
First time to Paris? Book two hours!
I already shared that Mike wasn’t too keen on being photographed, so why would you book two hours, you may ask? There’s much more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. If you’re only being photographed at the Eiffel Tower, you’re only getting a carbon copy experience of Paris. For many people, this is sufficient. But, if you have time, I highly recommend booking the two hour package, that way you get to see the Eiffel Tower, but another location too. In this case, Sara selected the Louvre, which was a great choice! We hopped in a taxi from the Eiffel Tower area, which takes about 15 minutes by taxi. A taxi ride from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre usually costs around 10 euro. You can also use Uber, but in rush hour, Uber charges elevated rates and it takes a lot longer for a car to arrive.
Once inside the taxi, with our typically grumpy Parisian driver (don’t expect a friendly driver and then you won’t be disappointed), we chatted about other places to see in France that are a short train ride away and then were dropped at the Louvre. No matter how many times I see this former palace, now the world’s most visited museum, I’m in awe of it. Sara and Mike sparkled here, so incredibly pretty.
To finish our time together, we went across the street to the Tuileries Gardens. Here, you have a beautiful view of the Louvre from the front, and the gardens are divine right now. The color palette is so pleasing to the eye, so romantic, with beautiful pinks and purples. Our two hours together flew by and I enjoyed my time with Sara and Mike so much! I hope to see them again in Paris, or another place.
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