HONEY MOON IN PARIS - A TWO-HOUR MORNING PHOTO SHOOT WITH MERVE & KEMAL

If you were living in Europe and had to choose a city for your honeymoon reachable in only a couple of hours, where would you go and what would you do in 48 hours? Audrey Hepburn does not need to convince us anymore, her “Paris is always a good idea” famous quote has travelled all around the world before inspiring thousands of people.

Merve and Kemal just got married in Belgium in September and wanted to travel to Paris to celebrate their union in a very romantic and unique place in the world. They wanted to capture their memories at Eiffel Tower but also add the Louvre Pyramid as a backdrop of their fairy tale couple photo session experience in Paris.

In mid-November at 8AM in the morning, it’s rather cold with 3 degrees outside and the sky is kind of greyish. Autumn is almost over and winter is approaching step by step. At this time of the year, it’s difficult to find motivation to work outdoors even though you live in Paris and you love your job very much. This is the one and only thought that goes through my mind while waiting for my guests by the beautiful Louvre courtyard.

Finally, when I see the Bride with her elegant white dress walking towards me followed by her husband a few minutes later, it feels warmer and at that exact moment my creativity’s going all over the place. My only motivation from now on is to capture the most beautiful memories for this newlywed couple in the next two-hours.

“We had a very nice experience with Paulette in Paris. We came for Paris for an after-shoot. And luckily we did this! The photos were beautiful and professional! Definitely recommended!” Merve & Kemal




ANNIVERSARY PHOTO SESSION IN PARIS WITH MARIA & ANDREW - PHOTOGRAPHER IN PARIS

It's 8AM in Paris. The temperature is minus something outside. It’s dark and miserable. Another typical winter day like so many in December here. I don’t want to get out of bed, nor get dressed to face the freezing cold. I have hit snooze on my alarm clock several times already and in a superhuman effort, managed to jump out of bed, get to the bathroom, have a quick shower, dress warmly, and quickly swallow breakfast and enjoy a cup of hot coffee before leaving the apartment to make my morning appointment on time.

When I got into the Parisian metro—fully packed of course (this is Paris), I thought to myself, ironically: "I've chosen to work as a freelancer to be able to choose my schedule, and now I find myself in the same routine as most people who've got a 9-5 job! That really sucks!" Why do people book a photo session in the cold winter, wouldn’t spring be better? No! Because they’re only travelling in Paris then and won't be back anytime soon.

And why that early? Oh, I remember, because I’m the one who suggested it because there are fewer people in the morning, and after 9.30AM the Eiffel Tower is totally packed! Do I kick myself?! :) They’re from the United States and like many Americans it was one of their life’s dreams to visit the City of Lights one day and see the famous and iconic Eiffel Tower. Maria, a tall, gorgeous and sweet woman walked towards me in high heels accompanied by her husband Andrew, a friendly and courteous man. They are already married but Paris was more of an opportunity to capture their memories and intimate moments while on vacation. Both were dressed very elegantly for the occasion even though the temperatures were at the lowest for the season.

I felt a bit disappointed because the light was not very good for a photo session and heavy mist was hiding the top of the Eiffel Tower.  We walked, posed, shot photos, smiled, moved, and talked… They took their winter jackets off from time to time for various pictures: So brave, so much admiration for them! Finally, after 45 minutes, we’d covered the whole area and everything was now in the camera.

I went back home, uploaded the pictures, worked on the post-treatment and surprisingly, they all looked gorgeous. As the light was not very pretty, I had converted most of the pictures to black and white and the fog gave them a very romantic and fairytale-like mood. The black and white images had a sort of vintage style look of Paris in the 20-30's, reminding me of Robert Doisneau pictures' style taken on the same spot. 

I finally sent the final photos to Maria and Andrew the day after, and their first feedback was: OMG! :) Not sure how to actually take it but I never had any complaints afterwards :)