Sun drenched December engagement session at the Eiffel Tower
Sun drenched December engagement session at the Eiffel Tower. Wow, just wow. The transport strike in Paris has now been going on for nearly a month. What this means is that a few metro lines are running, a few buses, and that’s it. No worries, there are taxis, Ubers, river boats and bicycles. Unfortunately, taking taxis from my office to the Eiffel Tower every day is getting a bit expensive and I can’t carry my camera equipment on a bike without falling over, I’m super clumsy. Good thing then that I have healthy feet, I mean, I’m a runner, and running the 4+ miles to Eiffel Trocadero isn’t a big deal at all, but to walk it uses different muscles and carrying a backpack with gear makes it a bit more of a workout. That said, it’s all worthwhile.
The last two days’ I’ve been working with stunning clients in Paris for the holidays, I leave my home office while it’s still dark and I’ve been seeing the sun come up. One day it was over the Seine River, and the sky was literally purple. No filters, no magic, it really looked like that.
Then today, on my way to meet Elaine and Charls, from San Jose, California, as I crossed the Place de la Concorde, the sky was literally pink. Did I really just see that?
It made me wonder what all I’m missing by riding the metro! Even though it was cold this morning (in the 30sF), it was bright sun and the light was just magnificent. By the time I reached my couple at Trocadero, I felt like I’d accomplished something big by walking all that way, and enjoyed listening to music on the way over. When I met Elaine and Charls, they were cold but in great moods and were an absolute delight. They live in the Bay Area in California, and became engaged in September. Now, they’re spending some of their holidays in Paris. My good fortune!
I felt odd, but I couldn’t stop swooning over Elaine’s gown. First off, it was a color I adore, a pink blush, that I think looks great on so many people. It sure photographs well. Also, as it was a gown, it had a gorgeous, elegant flow to it and Elaine had also gone through the trouble of doing her hair and makeup and she looked like a million bucks. Just simply stunning.
Charls was no slouch in the wardrobe department himself, he too looked elegant and so handsome in his suit. They warned me before we began that they were a bit awkward, and this is to be expected. Most of us don’t run around taking photos of ourselves all the time, and it’s completely natural to feel uncomfortable in front of a camera. That said, I do my best to offer directions and suggestions and love chatting with my clients about their lives, in the end it becomes more of a visit between friends with some stunning photos than it does uncomfortable and awkward photo session.
Still, Elaine and Charls could hardly be considered awkward, they shined during their Paris engagement photo session and I admired the elegant and ease to which Elaine twirled.
During the first portion of our time together, the sun was really strong and orangey, but later, the sun went a bit higher and we had less sun to contend with. Despite the fact it was cold, Elaine and Charls were absolute troupers, and we went both to the river, the Bir Hakeim Bridge (which Elaine knew before I even told her that it was featured in the movie Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio). We ended our Paris engagement session at a cute cafe with some coffees and a croissant. It was so Parisian. When in Paris…
I felt so fortunate to meet Elaine and Charls and photograph them in Paris for their engagement! As a Paris engagement photographer, I meet so many great people and I can’t wait to meet you too! If you’d like some lovely photos in Paris for an engagement, honeymoon, anniversary, birthday, or just because you’re in Paris, please feel free to check out my couples packages here.