Here is all you need to know to plan the perfect engagement in Paris. I will tell you what to wear, the best locations for your photoshoot, what’s the best time for your photos and much more. I’ve been an engagement photographer in Paris for more than 4 years and I’ve helped hundreds of couples to create memories to cherish forever and I can help you.
Gloria Villa is the best photographer in Paris, period. I live in San Francisco and reached out to every photographer in Paris with a web presence in the hopes of finding someone to capture the moment that I proposed to my now-fiancee (she said yes!) - and all roads led back to Gloria. I knew Gloria was the photographer for me when multiple other reputable photographers, unavailable, referred me to Gloria - that kind of respect among competitors in photography told me everything I needed to know about Gloria, and I'm glad I trusted my gut. I was so extremely nervous about the logistics of proposing in a foreign country, but Gloria put me totally at ease despite the fact that I had never met her and barely knew what she looked like - and captured my big moment with the most beautiful photos I've ever seen. From sending me latitude and longitude of where to go (seriously) to wearing a fabulous hat that helped me spot her, she knew exactly how to help me pull it off - and I could not have done it without her. And she blended in, looking merely like a tourist - helping to keep it a surprise. It was the most special moment of my entire life and would not have been possible without Gloria. And because of her, my future wife and I will have beautiful memories of that moment for the REST of our lives. Thank you, Gloria. To those in search of a photographer: look no further.
Here are some of the best locations for your engagement photoshoot in Paris, some places are more iconic and some are more authentic and less traditional, but all of them are equally beautiful:
My personal recommendation is to combine the best of both worlds: capture the iconic and then move to the unexpected.
Just one further thought when considering the perfect location. Why not choose a hotel for your romantic stay that offers wonderful views across the city, either from the room itself or from the many that have rooftop bars and restaurants? There are many that can provide the icons of the Paris skyline, such as the Eiffel Tower, as the perfect backdrop to an intimate and equally romantic candlelit meal for 2. Maybe your perfect idea of the perfect proposal?
Here are some of the hotels with the best views of the Eiffel Tower (either from their rooms of their rooftops):
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt
Sunrise is the most requested time of the day by my clients and there are good reasons for that:
Nighttime is also a very popular option as it allows to have more edgy and bohemian photos. This is why so many of my clients love nighttime pictures:
In fact, my most popular collection is called Paris by day and night that allows you to divide your engagement photoshoot into 2 sessions. 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours at night. It gives you the best of both worlds.
Photography is very subjective and it has a lot of different styles, so here are my recommendations for you:
If you haven’t used Pinterest yet, now is the perfect time. This is a great tool to get inspiration on what to wear, which are the locations you want to go, makeup and hair ideas, and much more.
It will help you structure your ideas and narrow down all possibilities. You’ll see once you start collecting pins on your board, everything will make sense, you’ll be attracted to similar images, color palette and attires and you’ll be better prepared for your engagement session.
You can get inspiration from my own Pinterest profile, I’ve created boards to help you narrow down your ideas.
It depends on your attire and the number of hours you want to book. For more than 4 hours, distant locations or very big dresses I recommend renting a van. I can give you some recommendations of trustworthy people who you can call.
Otherwise call an Uber or take a taxi, is the easiest way to move around during your photo session.
If you’re taking the metro during your stay in Paris I recommend using an App called Citymapper, it will tell you what line to take, where to change and the map will work even if you’re off-line, you just have to save your journey when you have a Wifi connection.
Ok, so you have your outfit now decided upon. Your accessories can enrich your photos by getting them out of the ordinary and making them really unique. Think of an old convertible in the streets of Paris, a beautiful bouquet of peonies to complement your outfit or some macarons with your ring. Your accessories can be anything that identifies with you as the individual you are. The important thing is that they go with your personality and say something about you.
As an engagement photographer in Paris, my goal is to tell stories through my images and give my clients precious memories that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I dedicate myself to documenting love through my artistic, photographic vision. Good taste and elegance is the embodiment of my images.
I’ve helped hundreds of couples create the photoshoot of their dreams and I can help you. I have done couples photo sessions mostly in Paris but also in Barcelona, Alicante, Lisbon, Porto, Salzburg, Vienna, Munich, Avignon, Bali and Colombia. My unique images have been published in a variety of specialty publications, including Cosmopolitan, Strictly Weddings and Junesbug Weddings who voted me one of the best 50 engagement photographers in the world in 2016.
If you identify with my work ethic and my style, and wish to hire me as your Paris engagement photographer, please contact me to check my availability by clicking on the contact button or you can call me directly at: +33 (0) 782 93 55 88. I eagerly anticipate our more informal introduction to each other and look forward to creating with you both those perfect, treasured memories of your Paris experience.