Who doesn’t want storybook, Instagramable photos from an anniversary trip to Europe??
Last summer, Kyle and I celebrated our five-year anniversary with a trip to Europe. We visited London, Italy, and Paris. And as a special five-year anniversary present to ourselves (okay it was for me) I booked us a Parisian photoshoot with an amazingly talented photographer, Marie. Scroll to read the dets.
Choosing a Photographer
Months before leaving for Europe I knew I wanted to do a Paris photoshoot. So I started looking around at different options. In my search, I kept coming across Flytographer. While I love the concept, I wasn’t in love with the cookie cutter vibes (also, our fine art, film photographer offered us a better deal for higher quality, more unique photos). And Google didn’t produce any better results – either waaay to expensive or super touristy.
Finally, I moved my search to Instagram by scrolling through various hashtags: #ParisPhotography #ParisCouple #ParisEngagements #ParisPhotographer #ParisWedding. Tah-dah! This was the winner and where I found Marie!
Choosing a location is Paris isn’t easy. There are magical places around every corner. After scrolling through tons of Paris photos on Instagram and Pinterest, I knew didn’t want the standard Eiffel Tower pic or anything else too touristy. So with that in mind and with the help of some inspiration photos, our photographer guided us to a few locations.
Initially we decided on shooting in the Tuileries Garden and then going to Pont Alexandre III. But due to a summer carnival in the Tuileries Garden, after the bridge we went to the Eiffel Tower and a Persian cafe instead.
The thing about Paris is that it’s a pretty popular destination. And once the city wakes up, it’s a busy place. In the world of photography, that means early morning photoshoots when the Parisian streets are empty and the lighting is perfect. So early before sunrise, on our final day in Paris, we met Marie.
After choosing a photographer and setting a time and place, it’s time to think about clothing. So going back to my location scouting methods, I took to Instagram and Pinterest to decide what to wear (Pro Tip: just go through liking and pinning inspiring. Then go back and look through your finds, most likely you’ll see a trend emerge – that’s your style. Build your outfit off of this). At first, I was thinking more black tie but my photographer sister-in-law led me to a more neutral palette path.
I didn’t want the stress of shopping for the perfect outfit while exploring, so we brought our outfits from home. And I must say this was one of the more ambitious elements of our European adventure (and one Kyle hasn’t stop making fun of me about).
What to do with the photos?
Too often, we take photos, professional or otherwise, and just keep them on our photos and computers. This time around, I wanted to make sure we made the most of our investment. So I used our Paris photos to make a premium mini book from Picaboo. I was super impressed with the quality and love the mini size. I also used the photos in our 2015 year in pictures book ( from Picaboo). And when I finally get around it, I am gonna frame some prints for our house.
Overall, I was very happy with our Parisian photoshoot! As much as I wish we had the budget to do a shoot everywhere we go, this was a special anniversary experience. And my favorite souvenir for our trip!