80+ Dazzling Paris Engagement Photos Sure to Inspire You
Some authoritative wedding resources, such as Brides.com, would want to have you think engagement photos are “like a wedding-day dry run.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. Engagement photos in general, and Paris engagement photos in particular, are a fantastic opportunity for two people deeply in love to celebrate their relationship with a memorable couple photoshoot.
We often hear that our engagement sessions are splendid fun, and our photos are routinely used for save-the-date cards, wedding websites, wedding guest books, large-scale wall prints, and more.
In the FAQ below, you’ll find the answers to everything you need to know about engagement photos in Paris.
What should you not do in engagement photos?
Well, it's your engagement shoot and experience; you can and should do whatever you like. That said, do more of what makes you happy and results in the best photos. Don't do things that stress you as a couple.
Men, do not let your arms dangle. Instead, insert your hands into your pockets, hold your jacket's notch lapel (folded flaps), or place them on your partner. Don't carry your phone, wallet, or other distracting objects in your pant pockets. And ideally, do not cast shadows on your loved one or cover her engagement ring with your hand.
Ladies, if we can only provide a single tip, it would be to breathe abundantly. Holding your breath is not sustainable, can make you tense, and get you to think of being photographed instead of your soulmate. Don't walk stiff (lead with the hips instead) or stand flat—it's boring. When doing the lift, be mindful of your chin, hair, and leg posture. Use a feather-light touch whenever you place your hands anywhere.
Finally, prepare well, don't be late for your shoot, avoid excessive location choices and outfit changes, and don't forget the so-called "parent-pleaser" photo (looking directly at the photographer).
What month is best for engagement photos in Paris?
We love spring, summer, and fall for fabulous Paris engagement photos. Consider avoiding the winter when it can be cold and rainy. On a positive note, anticipate paying less for travel and your photoshoot during the low season (winter).
Spring and fall stand out for colorful foliage and mild temperatures. For example, come to Paris for the first fortnight in April when you're after the prettiest cherry blossom pictures.
Similarly, expect stunningly colorful fall foliage in popular parks, such as the Tuileries Garden, Luxembourg Gardens, and Parc Monceau.
Summertime can sometimes get hot, making it difficult for gentlemen to sport elegant attire. We love the long days in June, lasting from 5.45 AM until 10 PM. Plus, early July is when the locals leave Paris for the summer holidays. Accordingly, it's the perfect time to get unique shots in otherwise inaccessible photo spots, such as Pont d'Iéna, Rue de Rivoli, and Place Vendôme, ...
How much should I spend on engagement photos?
There are no hard rules, but you typically get what you pay for. Sure, it's possible to find affordable photographers on Airbnb. We've even heard of emerging photographers willing to take a loss to build a portfolio.
That said, why would you hire an artist who has little-to-no value? Why take a day off work, hire a beauty artist, and passionately prepare with your partner just to end up with snapshots or—worse yet—a forgettable experience?
Book a fun, professional portrait photographer whom you trust and whose style appeals to you.
How much should you spend on an engagement shoot? It depends on where you live, hours of coverage, and whether your shoot is part of a wedding collection. Expect to invest approximately Euro 250-500 per hour to hire a photographer in Paris.
Since you’re checking out this gallery, there’s a good chance you are freshly engaged and decided to have professional engagement photos taken. Congratulations!
One of the first decisions is where to take your engagement photos. We’re admittedly biased, but a romantic getaway with your sweetheart in Paris promises an unforgettable adventure and one of the happiest memories for years to come.
Next, it’s time to pick a professional Paris engagement photographer. Besides availability and budget considerations, choosing the right artist comes down to the photography style you’re attracted to and the artist’s ability to inspire you and your partner to connect naturally.
Once you lock in your photographer, it’s time to kick preparations into high gear. And that’s where this gallery comes in: we recommend you answer the following questions as you browse these pictures:
- What are the best engagement photo locations in Paris for you? How far are they from your hotel and, crucially, from each other? We mapped out 14 ridiculously iconic, idyllic, and hidden spots here.
So, when you can afford it, our preferred method of getting around town is by private van with an English-speaking driver. It’s one of the best investments you’ll make: coordinating with an experienced driver saves much time better spent on fun Paris engagement pictures. Plus, you’ll know your belongings are safe from theft; you can even use the van to discretely change your outfits and store props.
So, when you can afford it, our preferred method of getting around town is by private van with an English-speaking driver. It’s one of the best investments you’ll make: coordinating with an experienced driver saves much time better spent on fun Paris engagement pictures.
Plus, you’ll know your belongings are safe from theft; you can even use the van to discretely change your outfits and store props.
- Do you prefer bright, airy morning light and a relative absence of tourists? Or rather Paris in the evening, when according to Woody Allen, the City is most enchanting and magical? Of course, funds permitting, combine sunrise and the so-called Blue Hour for maximum fun and picture variety. Here’s a nifty tool to figure out sunrise and sunset times for the day of your Paris engagement photos.
- Style matters: scan our gallery for outfits that speak to you? What about hair and makeup? Whether you go simple or elegant, dress the way you want for your Paris Photoshoot.
- Do photo props work with your personality? Great props energize and supercharge the fun factor! Props can even make you forget that a camera is pointed at you. In contrast, the wrong props tend to feel awkward and distract you from connecting with your loved one.
- Perfect your poses and practice kissing before you arrive in France. You’ll feel more confident and look better in your Paris engagement pictures. Hey, kissing practice is not the most demanding homework.
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