How To Plan Your Paris Engagement Shoot
If you're a regular reader of Wedding Sparrow, you'll know that our brides LOVE Paris and some amazing destination engagement shoots. And showcasing this one today from Fine Art Curation photographer Natalie Bray, has us thinking - How difficult is it to plan an engagement session in Paris?
DO YOUR RESEARCH ON PARIS CITY LOCATIONS
There are so many beautiful places in Paris to be photographed but don't forget, there are lots of tips and tricks on how to plan exactly where you'll want to go for your shoot! Thinking of being photographed near the Eiffel Tower? You need to head to Trocadero where on this raised hillside, you'll have the perfect views of the Tower in the background (and it's much easier to avoid tourists in your shot!). Always head out early for the light (sunrise is worth it!) and the reduced number of tourists in this very busy city.
If you want the more garden based locations, get up early and head to the Tuileries. The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement. From here it's super easy to get to the Louvre right next door. Forget the glass pyramid though and head for the stunning ornate doors all around and the archways for beautiful architecture.
Other areas of Paris include the Latin Quarter (great for cafes and book stores), Montmartre (rolling hills and pastel colored cafes), the Seine (perfect for sitting by the river), and the Sacre Coeur (high up with incredible views of Paris below).
Practical things to consider:
- Any permits you might need - For public grounds you should not need, but private areas you may need to gain permission or pay a fee.
- If you will be walking to a location near by, a change of shoes is a great idea. Also, hiring a private car if you will be going to numerous locations, which can be incredibly fun. In the session featured, they went to 4 locations with 4 outfit changes and it was truly such a fun experience.
- Outfit options - Wear what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful! Take time to try things on ahead of trip, so you are not stressed and can enjoy your amazing adventure.
FIND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
We have LOTS of highly recommended film photographers that either live in Paris or travel there often to shoot so head to the Fine Art Curation right here and enter the location into the search bar to filter your results! You can also find plenty of stylists, florists, hair and make up artists and more to complete your Paris adventure.
From photographer, Natalie Bray: "Clarisse & Steven have a chemistry that is undeniable. They wanted to spend the day exploring Paris for their engagement session. An Engagement session is a special time and when planning your location. There are two options. Go with what you know, a link to how to met etc. or choose somewhere you want to go and create a new memory together. They wanted something truly memorable to keep in their hearts and what better place than Paris.
With a chic sensibility for fashion Clarisse chose different looks for each location. We started at sunrise at the Trocadero with the soft morning light. Then, we moved to the gardens surrounding the iconic Eiffel Tower. Love the greenery and softness surrounding the base with the white 2 piece gown. We then went to the Tulleries surrounding the Louvre. What a stunning path way during the Fall months. The look Clarisse created was unique and oh so magical. She hand placed pearls on her neck to create an illusion of jewelry. It is gorgeous!
We ended the day between laughs and snuggles at the lovely Les Deux Plateaux. It was truly a magical day and Clarisse and Stephen have a memory they will cherish forever."