The Louvre in black and white is magic
When I started Picture Me Paris, I used to shoot all hours of the day and night. I was up for anything, and since I love the night time, I was in love with the idea of shooting at night. But then I realized how challenging it was. You really have to carry flash equipment with you, and even when you do, the look you’re getting is more shadowy than I typically like. I love to see people’s faces and their expressions, and for that, it’s essential to shoot when there is great light, or at least, light.
So I changed my tune and then became a morning Paris photographer. Chasing the great light when I can, but only during the morning, in an effort to also avoid the thousands and thousands of tourists who descend on popular spots like the Eiffel Tower. Do I blame tourists for wanting to see the most famous landmark in the world? Of course not, but I just don’t want them in my clients’ photos!
But on this particular occasion, we decided to do an afternoon photo experience because it really fit in better with my clients’ schedule and therefore, I found myself in a position of shooting at dusk and into the early night when I hadn’t in quite some time. To be honest, I was a little nervous.
Luckily, my clients Tsubasa and Jayon, a lovely engaged couple from San Francisco in the United States, were really nice, really easy to work with, and up for anything!
They had become engaged earlier this year at Zion National Park in Utah, one of the most magical national parks in the United States.
Jayon had been sent to Italy for work, and he thought it would be the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with his lovely fiancée, in the most romantic city in the world. It was his idea to also do the engagement session, which I absolutely loved.
Rain at Trocadero
It had been raining at Trocadero, one of the major photography spots with magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower. That meant that way fewer tourists were around, and while still challenging, we managed to get some beautiful photos at Trocadero and then later, at the river side, one of my favorite spots.
After we finished at the Eiffel Tower, we headed to the Louvre. It now became really cold and windy, but luckily there was no rain. We had fun photographing around the courtyard and then called it a night after I was satisfied we had some pretty shots.
When I got back to my office to edit, I edited everything at first in color. But then I added black and white to some of the Louvre images, which is a paid add-on you can request during your booking. All images are created in color, but I can create them in black and white too. Now at night, the images are going to have a lot of grain (or noise), and they have sort of a film look, but actually a lot of people love this look, so it’s all personal preference.
So there they are, a bit of Louvre at Night magic!