How to plan a perfect engagement or pre-wedding session in Paris

September 28, 2023

From the stunning architecture to the picturesque landmarks, Paris has everything you need to create the pre-wedding or engagement photos of your dreams. Imagine strolling along the Seine River in Paris and gazing at the centuries old architecture along the riverbanks. Additionally, smelling a whiff of a flaky buttery croissant as you walk by a cafe. Lastly, imagine hearing the chimes of bicycle bells along the light filled streets.

Now, imagine doing it all in stride while holding hands with your betrothed. You are wearing your prized wedding gown and bridal jewelry, looking gorgeous in hair and makeup. We can make your dreams come true, and turn those imaginations into reality! Let’s capture your best self in the City of Lights and Love. Naturally, at the Eiffel Tower, frolicking across the golden Alexandre III Bridge, or standing in front of the Louvre.

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Reasons to have your engagement or pre-wedding photos taken in Paris

  1. Create memories in the most iconic locations

Paris never ceases to amaze, regardless if you’re a tourist or a local. Capturing your love on film in one of the most picturesque cities in the world is a memory you can cherish for a lifetime.

2. Relax and get comfortable in front of the camera

Most of us aren’t comfortable in front of a camera, especially when expressing our love for someone. We are here to familiarize you with how to pose and where to look. As such, your romance and relationship can flourish on the photos. By the time the wedding comes, you won’t even notice anyone behind the lens.

3. Distribute professional photos for your wedding save the dates, website, and invitations

Want to be a step ahead of the rest? Do you want to shine? Professionally processed photos set in Paris on your wedding distribution materials sets you apart. As a result, your guests expect nothing but the best on your wedding day.

4. Test your hair and makeup 

There is often a difference in how you look in front of a mirror, compared to your appearance in photos. Smeared mascara and glitter in the wrong places are mishaps that you can avoid! Having your hair and makeup done for a pre-wedding shoot allows you to test its durability. As a result, you and your artists know where to make alterations for the wedding day. In brief, a pre-wedding shoot gives you a glimpse of how you’ll look on your wedding day photos.

The most iconic locations in Paris


The Louvre is an art museum that houses famous works including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. It features 35,000 works of art and can take 65 days to see everything. Its famous glass pyramid, courtyard, and nearby Tuileries Garden provide one the most amazing backdrops for your pre-wedding or engagement photos. I adore it in the morning light, and the assortment of French Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical architecture scattered around the premises provides the perfect framing.


The Palais Royal is a former French royal palace. Today, it is home to the Constitutional Council and the Ministry of Culture. Additionally, beautiful and ornate townhouses, luxury restaurants, and a grandiose theater surround the palace. Furthermore, the courtyard of the Palais Royal features Les Deux Plateaux, an art installation with black and white candy striped tubes. French artist Daniel Buren created the art installation in 1986. This setting is a perfect background for representing the juxtaposition of modern and classic artistry.


The Alexandre III Bridge offers an unbeatable view of the Seine River, its surroundings, and the Eiffel Tower in the background. It connects the Champs Élysées (one of the world’s most famous commercial streets) with the Eiffel Tower. The bridge in its Beaux Arts style features Art Nouveau lamps, nymphs, and winged horses in gold at both ends. Built in 1900, it remains the most ornate bridge in Paris. Everyone, young and old, reconnects with their inner fantasy character when they walk across this bridge.


The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron tower standing 1,083 feet tall. Gustave Eiffel designed it and 300 workers built it from 1887 to 1889. Its purpose was to act as a decorative centerpiece for the 1889 World’s Fair, hosted in Paris. Can you believe French artists and intellectuals originally criticized it for being ugly? It’s now one of the most recognizable structures in the world with over 5 million visitors a year. No matter what angle you look at it, you’ll see its breathtaking beauty shine through.


Queen Catherine de’Medici created the Tuileries Garden to display her favorite art and sculptures. Thereafter, it has been a public park since the 19th century. Parisians and tourists alike meet here to relax or stroll through the park grounds. Secondly, one can observe the wide variety of sculptures, some dating back hundreds of years. Third, there are two basins: a circular one, Grand Bassin, and an octagonal one near the gates in the back. Moreover, your pictures in the Grand Couvert (tree covered path) and the Grande Allée (wide path), transports you back to the times of the Kings and Queens of France.


The sound of grinding coffee beans, floating smells of buttery croissants, and the tinkling of silverware provides the sensory background. While the wicker chairs provide an immediate sensation of being in Paris. Parisian cafes line the streets everywhere in Paris. No doubt we can find one that provides a glorious backdrop for your photos.

helpful tips

  1. Bring comfortable shoes for walking between the shoot locations. Don’t get your heels stuck in a cobblestone or sewage drain. Secondly, you certainly don’t want to exasperate yourselves weaving through traffic in fancy footwear.
  2. Schedule hair and makeup ahead of time. Let us know if you need recommendations.
  3. Plan your desired ambiance based on the time of day. Some locations are better in the morning, some during dusk and sunset. Discuss ahead with your photographer.
  4. The best time to visit Paris is in the spring or fall. This allows you to feel relaxed without worrying about sweating in hot weather, or shivering in cold weather. There are also less tourists to run into during the spring and fall.
  5. Book your Paris hotel near the photo sessions so you can easily change outfits before and after the shoot.
  6. Plan and discuss the type of outfits and the number of outfit changes with your photographer ahead of time.
  7. Prepare any props and ensure they are easily transferable.

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