Weddings & Elopements in Paris
Romantic Couples Sessions in Paris
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Surprise Proposals in Paris
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As a professional Paris photographer I love capturing the beautiful love stories of couples from all over the world.
+ Weddings + Elopements in Paris
+ Surprise Proposals in Paris
+ Couples/Engagements in Paris
+ Vow Renewals in Paris
I'm a friendly, helpful and enthusiastic English speaking surprise proposal photographer in Paris, and I love capturing your once-in-lifetime moment in Paris for you to cherish forever!
I'll be there when you get down on one knee, to capture the joy, excitement and happiness you both feel that moment. Paris is the perfect place for your surprise proposal! Choose from an outdoor stunning view with the Eiffel Tower or another magnificent outdoor Paris location like the Louvre or Montmartre.
Your images will be edited in my signature colorful and bright style, and uploaded in high resolution JPG format to an online gallery.
Within just 24 HOURS of your proposal, your fully edited images will be ready to view and you'll select your favorites. These are NOT sneak peeks, these are the real deal, wow!
You also have the option to add on an engagement session the next day, which is a wonderful, stress-free and fun way to celebrate your engagement. You can also add-on a bottle of fine French champagne + 2 glasses for your proposal!
+ My expert advice on outdoor surprise proposals in Paris, from an American actually living and working in Paris!
+ 30 minutes of incredible surprise proposal photography in Paris in your favorite location featured below.
+ 10 gorgeous high resolution digital images, delivered to an online photo gallery in JUST 24 HOURS! You'll select your very favorites.
+ My exclusive Paris Surprise Proposal PDF Guide, with tips & restaurant recommendations for after your proposal!
+ Memories you'll treasure forever!
+ Option to add-on an engagement session, it's a fantastic idea and wonderful way to remember this special time.
3 Easy Steps to Book Your Paris Surprise Proposal!
Book your date
Select your location
Scroll below to the RED BUTTON to book or see my calendar. Select your date, and reserve online, quick and easy! If you don't see the date you want on my calendar, contact me to inquire.
Choose from an outdoor fantastic Eiffel Tower location, or another outdoor scenic spot in Paris. Scroll down to see my recommendations!
After you book, I'll send you confirmation and directions to our meeting point. Then, it's time to get engaged in Paris!
Best Eiffel Tower Locations
Eiffel Tower Riverside
Bir Hakeim Bridge
BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER
MOST PRIVATE & BEST VIEW
PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE WITH GREAT VIEW
You can't beat the Eiffel Tower view from the Bir Hakeim Bridge overlook. Naturally, with such a great view, you can expect it to be very busy and CROWDED in the evenings, as people stop here to take photos. Mornings are a bit quieter at this location. If you like this location, I'd recommend a morning proposal over an evening proposal.
This is my client's favorite Paris surprise proposal location. First, it's relatively quiet. There will be people along the river, but much less than other locations, so this location is somewhat private (although there will still be people). Also, it has the most close up, unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower.
This is a lovely viewpoint of the famous Eiffel Tower on a pedestrian bridge. You have a beautiful view of the Seine River also from this viewpoint! As it's a bridge, it's a popular spot for people to stop to take photos, but a bit less crowded, compared to other spots.
Pont Alexandre III Bridge
Eiffel Tower Trocadero
ORNATE BRIDGE WITH DISTANT VIEW OF EIFFEL TOWER
BEAUTIFUL & POPULAR, MORNINGS ONLY
One of the most popular views of the Eiffel Tower, incredibly popular, but also super busy.
I photograph here only in the morning before 10:00 am, for the very best experience. How do you get your loved one here in the morning and maybe dressed up? You can say you're going to a nice lunch later, or if you're a casual couple, just a nice day sightseeing in Paris!
The bridge of Alexandre III is generally considered the most beautiful and most ornate bridge in Paris. It has a view of the Eiffel tower in the distance. As it is a popular bridge for photos, a lot of people stop here, but with a little bit of patience, you can have a very beautiful proposal here.
NOT AT EIFFEL TOWER
Don't need an Eiffel Tower location for your surprise proposal? There are lot of other locations such as the Louvre/Tuileries Gardens/Luxembourg Gardens or Montmartre.
The quaint village on the hill, known as Montmartre, is delightful. There are several surprise locations to choose from. It's a very Parisian experience and a lot of fun!
The beautiful Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens is a very special and elegant location for a unique Paris surprise proposal.
The Tuileries Gardens with a view of the Louvre Museum in the background, is a favorite Paris surprise proposal location. The gardens bloom in the spring, summer and autumn.
How does your Paris surprise proposal work?
How does your Paris surprise proposal work?
As a professional Paris surprise proposal photographer, I have a ton of experience in Paris. It's my city. Trust my knowledge and expertise to ensure your proposal is everything you dream of! So, how does this all work? Read below!
Mornings are best if you’re morning people. If you’re up and about anyway sightseeing, this ensures your proposal is really unexpected (although your partner may not be dressed up for photos). There's also fewer tourists around in the morning. I offer morning proposals from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Evenings are best if you’re not morning people or would like to do other things during the day and then take your loved one to dinner after your proposal. It’s the best way to make sure your loved one is dressed up for their photos, as they know they’ll be going to dinner and will look great. I offer evening proposals from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, depending on the season. I do not offer proposals at other times of the day due to the lighting being more harsh mid-day and I try to avoid as many tourists as possible.
What's the absolute best time of day for a Paris surprise proposal?
The question many clients struggle with is where to propose in Paris. The truth is, Paris is magnificent, and there is no one best place or one size fits all. You can never go wrong with a surprise proposal in Paris no matter where it is! Please see my suggestions above. The main thing to ask is, do you want a view of the Eiffel Tower? This will help you narrow your search.
What's the absolute best place for a Paris surprise proposal?
When I started photographing surprise proposals in Paris, I wondered where I could hide so that clients would not see me, and I realized in short order it was impossible. Paris is a city with magnificent architecture, but not a ton of trees and also as one of the busiest cities in the world for tourists, it's nearly impossible to really hide anywhere. That's why I developed my "scenarios".
What is a scenario?
It's how we make the whole Paris surprise proposal magic! It's how we meet and pull it off expertly.
Here are the options:
- The Tourist (randomly walk up to me and ask me to take your photo with your cell phone)
- Covert (we don't interact, but you'll look for me and come to stand where I'm standing, this scenario is only possible in a few locations, Eiffel Tower Riverside being one of them)
- You Hired a Photographer (tell your loved one you’re just doing a photo session to capture your time in Paris)
- You Hired a Tour Guide (a tour guide to show you around Paris)
More about the options:
The easiest thing for us to do is meet at a popular spot. This may be near the Eiffel Tower, or another location we'll arrange in advance. As Paris has a lot of tourists, it’s very believable that I should be at our meeting spot as a tourist taking photos, just like you’ll be (and everyone else!). I’ll give you the exact meeting spot and tell you what I look like so you can spot me quickly. Then, you just approach me and ask me to take a picture of you and your partner with your cell phone. I’ll take your picture, ask you if it’s okay, and then hand your phone back, and from there you can propose. Then, I take images with my professional camera. It’s an easy and very successful way to propose and have your images captured without spoiling the surprise. Your partner will not suspect anything odd, as tourists do this for other tourists all the time. Please note, I give you your phone back, so please take it back and then put it in a safe place before you propose.
Why do I recommend this scenario? It’s a good one because it allows me to establish my “zone” so that people are not walking in front of you, ruining the proposal images. This is a real risk because of all the tourists around.
For example: We meet at the Bir Hakeim bridge, which has a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. You casually approach me and ask me if I would mind taking your picture. As this happens all day among tourists, it’s nothing out of the ordinary and your significant other will not find it odd. I’ll take your cell phone, and take your photo (and in doing so, ensure people won't be in the way when you get on one knee). I will then give the phone back to you. From there, you’ll turn to your significant other, say your words, and get down on one knee. During this time, your partner is paying attention to you, not me. I am capturing everything that is happening with my professional camera. When your proposal is over, I’ll introduce myself and congratulate you!
**IMPORTANT: Many people ask, can’t I just give you a signal, a sign? Why do I have to approach you? She will be suspicious! It will be weird! Actually, it’s not at all weird and works perfectly. Can’t I hide behind a tree with a long lens? I don’t want you anywhere around!
In a perfect world, you could wave your hand, all the people would part, and you'd get down on one knee and have a beautiful view of Paris all to yourself. But, that's not the Paris reality. People are in the way, people don’t move. Tourists want to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower too, and they are not thinking about getting out of the way of others. That means I have to move them if they’re in the way, and the only way I can do that is to create a path so that they move out of the way. I know it sounds invasive and scary to go up to a stranger and ask them to take a photograph, but it happens multiple times a day, and even while I’m waiting there people ask me to take pictures with their cell phone. There has never been one woman who has said, “Why did you ask a stranger to take our picture!” or “I knew you were proposing, you asked that woman to take our picture”.
Paris is just too busy to hide somewhere and hope that I’m in the right spot at the right time.
YOU HIRED A PHOTOGRAPHER
Another idea that some clients prefer is to hire a photographer for a photo session to capture your Paris memories. It is Paris photo session, but with a proposal thrown in! You just tell your significant other that you thought it would be nice to have some photos taken together in Paris.
For example: You tell your partner that wouldn’t it be nice to have some nice photos in Paris to remember your vacation by a professional photographer. Your partner thinks it’s a great idea and wears their best dress because after your session, you’re going to have a nice lunch or dinner in Paris. We all meet and start our photo session, but during a portion of it, you propose!
THE TOUR GUIDE
I’m also a former tour guide, and you might tell your significant other we’re taking a Paris tour, and the tour guide also takes photos. I’ve done this with great success as well (and yes, I’ll really give you a tour!).
For example: You and your significant other want a nice tour of Montmartre. So you hire me as your tour guide to give you a tour and during your tour, you propose. Congratulations!
There are a few locations and situations where I don’t need you to employ any of the above scenarios, you can just show up and we won't interact because it's not necessary. Instead, I'll instruct you to look for the spot in which I'm standing, you'll approach this spot, I'll back up and capture the magic! This is possible in just a few locations (the rest are too busy), so ask me if you have any questions.
How does it work the day of the proposal? Do you hide behind a tree? How do I find you?
Reserve your engagement session when you reserve your proposal!
How does your Paris surprise proposal work?
WHAT IS THE PARIS SURPRISE PROPOSAL PACKAGE RATE?
The base rate for Paris surprise proposals is 425€. You may add on extras like champagne, and don't forget to book your beautiful engagement session too! You’ll see those options when you book your surprise proposal. Remember, your images will be ready in just 24 short hours, not sneak peaks, but the beautiful finished images.
+ Personalized advice and assistance planning your surprise proposal via email or Whatsapp. Trust an expert, someone who lives in Paris and is an expert in Paris surprise proposal photography.
+ 30 minutes of photography, covering your proposal plus some memorable post-proposal images nearby. You'll receive 10 gorgeous edited images, and you'll have at least 30 to choose from in your gallery. 30 minutes is PERFECT for a surprise proposal, it's not too short, not too long, your partner will love it, and if you'd like to do a 1-hour engagement session the next day when your partner is prepared, they'll love you for it!
+ You can add on something really special such as: Champagne + 2 glasses and an engagement session. This is always a great idea and your partner will LOVE it! You’ll see all options when you reserve your date and surprise proposal in Paris.
WHAT DO I RECEIVE?
WHAT'S THE NON-REFUNDABLE RETAINER?
Each Paris surprise proposal requires a 100€ non-refundable retainer as part of the rate. This blocks time in my schedule for you and I turn away other inquiries. Your retainer entitles you to my expertise and planning, and ensures I take on no other clients at that time, that time is reserved expressly for you! If you need to cancel, no worries! Your payment will be refunded in full, less the 100€ retainer.
WHAT LOCATION IS BEST FOR MY PARIS SURPRISE PROPOSAL?
The best location is the Eiffel Tower Riverside location if you'd like a really close view of the Eiffel Tower. If you don't require an Eiffel Tower view, the Tuileries Gardens, Luxembourg Gardens and Montmartre are also other lovely locations. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!
HOW DOES MY PARIS SURPRISE PROPOSAL WORK?
You can book online! You'll select your date and time. I offer services in the morning and early evening only, for the best light and to try to avoid tourists. After booking, I'll give you the directions on where to meet and I'll be there ready and waiting to capture your big moment!
DO YOU OFFER VIDEO TOO?
At this time, I personally do not offer video services but can help you find a video person for your surprise proposal.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
First, try not to worry about the rain, because it’s not something we can control. It rains a lot in Paris and is often cloudy. The good news is that the city is beautiful in the rain, it actually shimmers. It’s always a good idea to take an umbrella along with you, especially in the winter. Our proposals are conducted rain or shine, and I'll give you some tips on what to do if it rains.
A lot of my clients get really worried about rain, they worry their photos won’t turn out, they worry they may get wet. As it rains so much in Paris, we have to work with the weather or we’d never get out if we never went out in the rain. Instead of fearing the rain, think of it as a romantic Paris adventure, to be able to share an umbrella with the one you love in the Paris rain, it’s distinctly Parisian. One winter it rained every single day in Paris. I shot beautiful, romantic surprise proposals of couples in the rain, so don’t fear it, embrace it as a unique opportunity to get close to the one you love.
I'D LIKE SOMETHING SPECIAL LIKE A MARIACHI BAND, FLASH MOB, HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE.
Wow, that’s super exciting! However, I’m not able to help with “event” style surprise proposals. I’m a photographer and capture the moment you get down on one knee with one of the beautiful sites of Paris behind you, like the Eiffel Tower or Louvre (only outdoors locations). I do not help plan special events, like horse-drawn carriages, fireworks shows etc, Marry Me signs and displays, nor do I photograph in restaurants or rooftops. The proposals I capture are simple, and elegant, with the beauty of Paris behind you. If you’d like a more elaborate surprise proposal, consider contacting Les Entremetteuses or The Proposers.
I'D LIKE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED WHEN THE LIGHTS OF THE EIFFEL TOWER ARE ON, IS THIS POSSIBLE?
There’s something so beautiful about the Eiffel Tower when it’s lit, it’s so romantic. However, it stays light out very late in Paris during the spring and summer. Surprise proposals with the Eiffel Tower lit are only available in the winter (between November and mid-February), when the lights of the Eiffel Tower come on around 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm. You’ll see the options on the calendar when you book.
I'D LIKE TO PROPOSE IN A PARIS RESTAURANT, HOTEL, HOTEL BALCONY, ROOFTOP, ETC, CAN YOU HELP ME?
Sometimes clients ask me to photograph in a restaurant, hotel, their hotel balcony (with a view of the Eiffel Tower) or even a rooftop. My services are focused on outdoor locations with the magnificent background of Paris at your feet (and back!). I do not offer surprise proposal photography inside in hotels, on hotel balconies, in restaurants, on rooftops, or in commercial establishments. But I’d be happy to recommend a wonderful outdoor location in Paris for your surprise proposal. Otherwise, feel free to contact The Proposers.
I'D LIKE YOU TO SCATTER ROSE PETALS OR LIGHT CANDLES, CAN YOU DO THAT?
Some clients have a vision of how they’d like their Paris surprise proposal to look. They love the thought of a surprise proposal with an Eiffel Tower view, for example, but they really would love to have some rose petals scattered, maybe some candles illuminated, perhaps a big sign, and so forth.
I believe that if you’re proposing in your home town, those romantic gestures might be necessary to make the scene more romantic. But personally, in Paris, I think it may be a bit too much, which is why the surprise proposals I offer are really designed for clients who realize that Paris in itself is romantic and additional gestures aren’t really necessary and can actually detract from the moment. However, I do have an option for champagne (for a wonderful toast!) after your proposal.
If you’d really like something more, like rose petals etc, please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with a Paris concierge who you’ll work with directly for those additions.
DO YOU WORK WITH LGBTQIA+ COUPLES?
Absolutely, yes I do! I photograph love stories, everyone's love stories.
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
Sometimes plans change, I totally understand that! You may test positive for Covid-19 and have to cancel your plans, miss your flight, miss your train, or simply just have to change your plans for whatever reason. No worries! You'll be refunded in full less a 100€ non-refundable retainer.
HOW DO I BOOK MY SURPRISE PROPOSAL?
Great news! You can book quickly online, look for the BOOK ONLINE HERE buttons on this page.
WHERE CAN I READ REVIEWS BY PAST CLIENTS?
You can check out Google Reviews (Google Picture Me Paris or Karina Leigh Photography) as well as Facebook.
Email: [email protected]
Whatsapp at 33 07 51 42 35 78
Please remember that if contacting me from the US, there's a 7 or 8 hour time difference, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
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Capturing your beautiful love story set against the magnificence of Paris is my joy and honor! Whether you're in Paris to celebrate an engagement, honeymoon, anniversary, birthday or just because, the most beautiful souvenir you can have are beautiful photos from these moments together in Paris.
Together we'll capture that City of Love magic at two gorgeous locations, such as the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre, Ile St Louis, or one of the beautiful Paris gardens, like the Tuileries Gardens or Luxembourg Gardens.
I'll gently guide you in my natural and relaxed style, and we'll have a lot of fun, too!
Paris Romantic Couples Collection
+ 2 beautiful Paris locations, such as the Eiffel Tower + Louvre
+ 25 gorgeous professionally edited high resolution digital images delivered to online gallery
+ Optional outfit change
+ My exclusive Couples Style Guide
+ Tons of fun!
8:00 am - 10:00 am
OPTIONAL: Add on an additional location FOR EVEN MORE VARIETY!
Romantic Couples Collection
2 beautiful Paris locations
such as the eiffel tower + louvre
25 gorgeous professionally edited high resolution digital images delivered to online gallery
optional outfit changE
my exclusive couples style guide
tons of fun!
8:00 am - 10:00 am
OPTIONAL: Add on an additional location
My pledge to you
my approach + process
Once your date is reserved, I'll send you helpful information to plan your session, plus directions to our meeting spot.
During our time together, you won't believe how fast the time goes. It won't be a boring, stagnant experience. Instead, we'll walk around together, I'll share my love of France with you, and my world famous American friendliness.
I'll gently guide you with natural, romantic poses that feel carefree and candid. Even if you're not a fan of photos!
My approach for romantic couples photographs in Paris is to capture your love story with natural, elegant images filled with emotion-- images that will give you joy and happiness every time you look at them.
To get started, have a look at the collection above, then contact me or click on "book your session" to reserve your date. I'll send you a booking link, and you may pay online, it's super simple.
After our time together, the magic begins, as I masterfully edit your beautiful images in my signature colorful and bright style. You'll receive your images in just one week, via an online gallery, where you may download your very favorites.
Don't forget to print some and frame them! The option to print your images is one of the options in your gallery, images are printed at my professional photo lab in the USA.
Preserve Your Precious Memories!
We all love digital files, I do too, and each collection includes digital files. But you can't curl up with a digital file, grab a cup of coffee, and re-live your beautiful memories. That's why you also have the option to create gorgeous print products, and other wonderful keepsakes . You can design these yourself, and order directly from your online gallery, to enjoy forever!