Last month I flew to Paris, France to photograph Jonathan and Kai’s romantic engagement session. Paris is one of the best wedding destinations of the world and after photographing there, I can see why. I saw wedding couples walking around downtown at the top tourist locations mid-week getting their photographs by other wedding photographers. I even took random photos of the Eiffel Tower with my Nikon Tilt-Shift lens and when I viewed the image, I saw a couple with a photographer in it. We visited everything that was worth seeing in such a short time, Montmartre, The Louvre, Arch of Triumph, love locks scattered throughout the city, Notre Dame, Eiffel tower, to name a few. Here are a few images from their Paris couple’s shoot.
Above: the day before the engagement session, I toured the city to get a feel of where I was going photograph my wedding couple. I visited the Eiffel tower for the first time and I have to say it was a magical moment. Needless to say, I did purchase a ticket to the top.
Above: The Arch of Triumph ( Arc de Triomphe ) was the first monument I saw on my way to the hotel. All roads lead to this moment. There is so much history and so many stories to this monument built in the early 1800’s.
Above: Many of the streets in Paris look like what you see in this image, which was taken right outside my of my hotel on a back street.
Above and below: Highest hill in Paris is Montmartre or Sacred Heart Basilica over-looking the city with some sweeping panoramic views and my awesome couple Jonathan and Kai. We met in the morning around 10a.m. and took off shooting from there.
Early in the morning, there are less crowds, but then later, this place gets crowded real quick. Good time for us to get away and get to our next location.
Here’s another Arch of triumph, but not the main one. It’s the smaller version next-door to the Louvre.
Above and Below: The famous Louvre and the Louvre Pyramid in the movies seems so unreachable and unreal. So it’s quite humbling to be taking photographs at the actual location with Jonathan and Kai. The following day, I toured a portion of the museum (it’s rather large to get through one part of the museum in one day). And yes, I did see Mona Lisa’s smile.
Jonathan and Kai wanted to eat here at the famous Les Deux Magots, which if said in English doesn’t sound appealing. However, they both sipped on hot drinks together served in tiny cups. I had a Cafe Latte and I was jolted upon the first taste. There is power in those little drinks. If you had a hot chocolate, it was the real chocolate that was rich and thick. The food was delicious, being served on every block outside, everyone talking to each other, looking in each others eyes, nobody on their cell phones, taking in the moment. That’s exactly what Jonathan and Kai did in Paris, they took in the moment. I’m honored to have photographed their special experience together.