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Nighttime Paris Portraits

Ahhh, Paris.. It’s not called the City of Lights for nothing.  The story goes that Paris was originally called the “City of Light” because of its prominent role during the Enlightenment and its history as a haven for great thinkers and philosophers, and that the nickname grew even more well known when it became the first city to have gas-lit streetlamps built on every street.  Now, Paris’ famous nickname evokes for most people the beautiful lights illuminating all of the landmarks and buildings and bridges and roads all across the city.  Knowing this, Jennifer & John asked me to change up my normal structure and do a session with them entirely at night.  Although I’ve taken a number of nighttime portraits to end sessions before, I had never done a photo session 100% after sunset.  With lights in hand and a lighting assistant to help us, we set out at 10 PM to discover the other side of this lovely city.  Here are some of my favorites from their shoot:

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Jordan - These are GORGEOUS!! The lighting is perfect!

Edgar Ruano - I wonder what´s the price for a sesión like the: Nighttime Paris Portraits.

How long does it takes to take the pictures?

Marissa - Wow, these are stunning! I love seeing night sessions from photographers

stacy - You can find all kinds of information about my portrait sessions here: http://lamourdeparis.com/pricing-and-faq/

Houseboats on the Seine River

Every time I walk along the Seine River, I see the boats lining the edge of the water, bobbing up and down with the gentle waves, and I can’t help but wonder about the people who own and inhabit them.  What kind of amazing, interesting person calls a Seine riverboat home?  What is their daily life like?  What paths did their lives take to get them here?  One of these days, I hope to meet one of these mysterious people.  Until then, I’ll have to satisfy myself being a pretender, and renting out one of the houseboats for a little staycation now and then, if only to wake up to the relaxing sounds of water lapping up against boat walls and the Eiffel Tower hovering above.

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Jordan - I love your scenery pictures; they’re beautiful! What lens do you use?!

stacy - I use tons of different lenses, but my very favorite is the Canon 50mm 1.2L

Surprise Proposal at Chateau de Versailles

This is by far one of the coolest stories I have ever come across.  Zeshan, master planner that he is, created one of the most intricate, amazing, unique proposal plans that any guy has ever put together to surprise the love of his life, Annie.  On the morning of April 1, a few days before her birthday, Zeshan surprised Annie with tickets to London – for THAT afternoon!  He had previously contacted her workplace and secured time off of work for her, so all Annie had to do was pack.  After being assured it was not an April Fools joke, Annie packed her bags and the two of them headed off to London that same day!  After a few wonderful days in London, he surprised her again, this time with tickets to Paris!  Once in Paris, he surprised her yet again with a “portrait session”  with yours truly at Versailles.  Annie was convinced that this was all an elaborate birthday gift, so she was more than happy to go along with the plan, not realizing that he had one last (very very sparkly) surprise left for her…

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Here we go!!!

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Surprise proposal at Versailles in Paris

It took quite awhile for Annie to stop grinning from ear to ear – and who can blame her with a stunner like this on her hand!

Surprise proposal at Versailles in Paris

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Way to go Zeshan – thank you so much for letting me be a part of your amazing plan!

Guys, if you’re looking to plan an extra special proposal for your sweetheart in Paris, let me know – we have all kinds of tips and suggestions for proposal spots to help ease the process for you!

Paris’ Prettiest Cafe

Ah, Le Nemours.  Paris’ prettiest cafe, conveniently located just beside the Louvre, guarding the pathways and gardens of the Palais Royal.  In the summer this place is packed with tourists and locals alike, both on the stunning column-lined terrace and in the equally beautiful and quintessentially French interior.  I was dubious about the quality of their food – any cafe this cute is usually horrendously bad – but I have to say, the delicious chevre sandwich I had here was one of my all time favorites.  It’s a pretty picture-perfect place to grab a midday snack and glass of wine in between a long day of museums and shopping in the 1st arrondissement.

Paris cafe Le Nemours

Rainbow over the Eiffel Tower

It has been a rainy mess in Paris these last few weeks, with rainstorms popping up nearly every day, punctuated by brief bits of gorgeous sunshine.  It’s certainly putting a kink in the picnic-ing plans, but on the plus side, when it brings moments like this it’s hard to be unhappy!

Rainbow over The Eiffel Tower in Paris

 

Erin Lassahn - Just gorgeous! What’s your vantage point to get a wide unobstructed shot like this? A building rooftop?

stacy - This was taken from the Trocadero viewing platform!

Dona Albalancy - Stacey. This is a magical picture. Love it!

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