We strongly recommend morning sessions. The light is glowy and bright and soft and beautiful, there are very few people out so you don’t have to fight the crowds, you can avoid security guards who often hassle you at the Eiffel Tower or Louvre area, and once you’re done you’ve got the entire day free to sightsee or relax! Morning sessions are especially good for those husbands and boyfriends who aren’t entirely excited about taking portraits, because it doesn’t take a large chunk out of their day and they don’t have to be embarrassed by posing in front of large crowds of strangers. Generally we start these as early as 6AM, but no later than 7:30AM at the Eiffel Tower locations, though the recommended start time changes throughout the seasons. (If you're coming in Fall or Winter you get to sleep in!) Afternoon and evening sessions usually result in substantially less photos, because we have to spend more time waiting for crowds to clear from the background.
In my opinion, Paris is the kind of place where you dress up. The architecture and atmosphere of the city is refined and elegant, as are the French people. Even if you consider yourselves “jeans and t-shirt” people, I suggest taking this as an opportunity to embrace your inner Parisian and go with something more formal or dressy. If you’re recently married, consider bringing your wedding gown and suit. Otherwise, companies like Rent The Runway in the USA or Ma Bonne Amie, Le Temps d’un Soir, and C’est Ma Robe in France offer you the chance to wear expensive designer gowns at very moderate prices. We also love TB Dress, SheInside, ModCloth, Simply Dresses, and Vogue Dresses for inexpensive formalwear. In the winter, layer thick thermal leggings under your dresses and consider a fur coat or wrap that will keep you warm and photograph nicely. The most important thing to keep in mind when selecting your outfits for the session is silhouette. What makes you look best is the curves that define your body. If your outfit (this includes jackets and overcoats, if you wear them in the photos) is baggy, loose, or ill-fitting, you’re not going to look your best, so choose something that shows off your curves rather than hides them. We are experts at using lighting, posing, and retouching to make our clients look amazing, so don’t worry about looking bad – it won’t happen! We will be adding more resources for family suggestions this year as well - but in the meantime, keep your kiddos toes warm! It's often still in the 50's on occasion in June, so please pay attention to the weather when coordinating outfits.
Our Instagram account and Pinterest page are also great resources to see what people have been wearing for their sessions.
Yes and No, we do require a deposit up front to hold the date, but arrangements can be made to pay your balance in euros the day of the sesison. See this page on our site for more information about banking and currency while traveling abroad.
No. Before you inquire with us, we ask that you look at our previous work and view some of the sample sessions on our site. If you like what you see, then you can trust that we will use our expertise and artistic vision to choose and edit the images in a way that is consistent with our other work. Before your session, we will send you a questionnaire asking about your preferences, such as whether you prefer candid or posed images, whether you like romantic or playful images, your retouching preferences, etc. We will take your answers into consideration and do our best to accommodate them. However, if you are looking for a completely different shooting, lighting, or editing style, we suggest you seek out a different photographer whose style more closely matches your vision.
We cannot guarantee any specific photographer, as each person’s availability changes throughout the year. All of our photographers are heavily trained to shoot in the same style with the same editing, and we work very hard to make sure our work is consistent across all of our team members. If you like the work you’ve seen on our website, you’ll like your photos, too!
If you will be paired with our associate photographer due to limited availability, that will be discussed in advance.
Weddings and elopements often require more time discussing logistics and more photography coverage the day of the event, which leads to more editing and sometimes more staff. Please inquire with us about the specifics for your event. We are happy to send you more information on the pricing.
Yes, however places to change clothes are EXTREMELY hard to find in Paris. Usually you will have to go in a cafe and have a drink so that you can use their restroom to change. This can easily eat up 15-20 minutes of your session time, and that’s if there’s a cafe nearby. If not, it can take 30 minutes of your session time. It’s also a major hassle to carry around extra bags with a change of clothes for the entire session. Unless you really want two outfits, we suggest sticking with your favorite one. If you don't mind to change on the fly, behind a tree, in a corner, then it's a bit easier.
Make sure you’ve got comfortable shoes, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Ladies, if you choose to wear heels for your session, bring a pair of easy-on-easy-off flats that you can slip into as we travel between locations. Avoid anything with snaps, buckles, or zippers, as you don’t want to waste your session time constantly changing into and out of complicated shoes. Bring a cell phone so that you can contact me if you get lost or if you’re running late. You may also want to bring a small Ziploc or clutch with makeup for touchups. Otherwise – leave everything else at the hotel! Please DO NOT bring a big bag full of passports, cameras, and other valuable items that you might keep on you. When we stop to take photos, you’ll have to set that bag down and it will be unattended, and unfortunately, some thieves do target photographers for this reason. I can keep a small sack inside my camera bag, but please leave any large bags at your hotel.
1. The least stressful option is to schedule a car to be with you for the duration of your session. You may do this on your own, or we can do this for you. There is a 50€ booking fee plus the rate of the driver. Their price is around 140€ for 2 hours, 210€ for 3 hours, paid in cash.
2. You can schedule an Uber or G7 taxi to pick you up and bring you to your first location. Please allow buffer time to arrive to your session on time in case your scheduled car cancels and you need to find another car. For the second location you can call uber or taxi on the spot again as well. If you are a large family, the downside is that sometimes the vans can be tricky to find, or wait times are often longer. The photographer will help guide you as to when to request it so you can keep shooting while you wait.
3. There's always the option of public transportation. From Trocadero, Bus 72 is convenient as it runs along the river to many of our photo locations. It's unavailable in the very early morning hours, and starts later on Sunday mornings, but usually is a viable option. The metro is also an option, but the method that takes the longest as it's approximately 30 minutes to all locations by metro. (Montmartre is closer to 45 minutes.) If you already have a metro pass/card it will work on the bus too. You can also purchase tickets on the bus if you have cash with you.
Absolutely! When you book with us, we’ll send over our great location guide that lists our favorite locations and some sample images to give you an idea of your options. The right location(s) for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your personality, as well as the timing and weather for your session. There are some places that photograph better in the winter, or when it’s raining, or when it’s nighttime, or with couples who are wearing casual clothing, etc. If there’s a location that has special meaning to you, we definitely want to incorporate that as well.
Yes, and this is why we recommend that you keep locations to a minimum or pick locations that are close to each other.
It rains very often in Paris. Typically it rains for just a few minutes, then clears up to a bright beautiful sky for a few hours, then back to rain, and so on. I recommend bringing a cute umbrella for your session that you don’t mind getting photos with so that if it does happen to rain, we can embrace it and turn it into more portraits. See my post here for a long list of sturdy and photogenic umbrella suggestions. I also have a number of cute umbrellas I can bring for you to use (upon request). Otherwise, we can duck into a cafe for a quick drink until it passes. We can also reschedule if you feel it is necessary, depending on our schedule. For family sessions we do our best to work around the rain -- often rescheduling bc it is more difficult to have the entire family under umbrellas.
We are very flexible with scheduling, and we do not charge any fees to reschedule your session, so if a conflict pops up, just let us know and we will adjust accordingly. Sessions may be canceled up to 4 weeks prior to the session with a full refund. Any session canceled under the 4 week mark will forfeit 150€ booking fee for reserving the date. However, the 150€ may be used as a credit in our Art Gallery Print/Gift shop, or it can be applied towards a new session date for yourselves or a friend within one year of your original session date.
We do not refund for rainy weather. In our experience and time in Paris we do not have many days truly affected by the weather. When it does rain, it is typically very light and manageable in nature. We can generally adapt with the use of umbrellas or pivot to locations with some cover and still have lovely images in your collection. Oftentimes, rainy days end up providing some of the most unique Paris portraits.
If rainy weather can be avoided if it looks to be a true thunderstorm or high winds, we will work with you to try and secure a better time if your schedule and ours align.
Once your images are finished, we will email you with a link to view the photos in an online gallery, where you will be able to download the specified number of images included with your session. Turnaround time ranges from 2-4 weeks depending on what part of the season you visit. Summer months are the busiest! (We do have a 3 day rush fee available for sneak peeks or your full gallery rush within 7 days starting at 175€ if you need your images quickly.) Within your online gallery you'll have the option to order prints, albums, and wall portraits, as well as the full digital gallery if you simply have to have them all! Please allow us to help you breathe life into your images so you can enjoy them forever! Our new Paris Chapter Book is the perfect addition to our collections as it will live on forever, allowing you to remember this special occasion for years to follow! Also, the first 10 days your gallery is live there will be a special for you! Don’t miss out!
We're looking forward to your arrival in Paris and helping make your Paris experience a memorable one that you will cherish forever. We'd love to help you round out your Paris plans with your own customizable Paris photo session. It will be the most treasured souvenir when your trip is complete!