You are coming to celebrate a special event in Paris (engagement, elopement, wedding, surprise proposal, honeymoon, etc.)? Looking for a couple or family photographer in Paris to get some great memories of your time in the most romantic city of the world? Daria Lorman is your Photographer in Paris! Please find below the most frequently asked questions about a photoshoot in Paris.
Q: What kind of photo sessions do I cover?
A: I cover all types of photography sessions: elopements and weddings, engagements, honeymoons, anniversaries as well as family photoshoots, maternity and surprise proposals. I work essentially in Paris, but can travel in France, Europe or around the world.
Take a look at the couples photos galleries for more details and insight on my recent work at my portfolio page http://parishappypictures.com/portfolio, for even more photo sessions in Paris and around the world feel free to check the blog http://parishappypictures.com/Journal
You can also read the testimonials of my couples left for me - http://parishappypictures.com/testimonials.
Q: Do you travel?
A: Of course! I love traveling, and especially for documenting your beautiful stories. If you're longing for adventure, get in touch so we can chat about capturing it!
Q: How far in advance do you book?
A: Usually between 6 - 12 months in advance, but sometimes 2 years in advance. If I'm available, I might take a last-minute booking (a few days before the shooting date).
No matter where you are in your planning process, feel free to reach out!
Q: When do you recommend taking portraits?
A: I prefer sunrise and sunset moments. Sunrise sessions are especially good for the glowy, soft light, few people out, and no security guards who often hassle you at the Eiffel Tower or Louvre area. Generally I start these between 6 AM and 9 AM, though the recommended start time changes throughout the seasons. However if the day is not sunny we can meet later. Sunset time in Paris is usually pretty crowded, so not all the location will be available.
Q: What should we wear for our session?
A: Even if you are more “jeans and t-shirt”, I suggest you to dress up and wear something more formal or dressy. If you’re recently married, consider bringing your wedding gown and suit.
Try to avoid dark dresses at night to add some light and color to your photos. I would advice light pastel coloured dresses, such as light pink, peach, light blue or gold for the light and airy look of your photos. You can also send me your outfits options and I can help you choose.
Bring high hills with you, even if you don't wear them everyday - it will make you look so feminine and Parisian! Ladies, if you choose to wear heels for your session, bring a pair of easy-on-easy-off comfortable shoes that you can slip into as we travel between locations.
During winter, layer thick thermal leggings under your dresses and consider a fur coat or wrap that will keep you warm and photograph nicely.
Try to avoid ill-fitting clothes: too baggy, loose or too tight.
Don't forget that you should match with your loved one: if one of you wears cocktail clothes, the other one shouldn't be dressed casually. Try to put on coordinated colours or match your accessories.
Q: Can you recommend us a videographer, make up artist, florist, cake artist etc?
A: Of course, I work with a team of Paris professionals that will make your wedding or photo session experience perfect. Once you book your photo session with me, I will provide you my preferred vendors list.
Q: Can I change outfits during my session?
A: Yes, within any package, however it is included in your session time, so I recommend to have no more than 1 outfit per hour. Be ready to use different places to change clothes. Usually you change in public restrooms, go in a cafe and have a drink, so that you can use their restroom to change, or change in the streets in some hidden place.
Q: Can we share our photoshoot between day and night time?
A: Yes, if you take at least 5 hours photoshoot.
Q: How do we travel between locations?
A: Paris is made for walking. For the locations that are not very close to each other, I usually suggest using Uber or taxi. Please kindly note that Uber accept only credit card registered within your account, no cash payments are available in Paris. Private driver starts at 60€ per hour, if you are looking for an extra comfort during the shoot.
Q: Does travel time in between locations count against my session time?
A: Yes, as I spend this time with you.
Q: What happens if it rains? Will we cancel the session?
A: It rains very often in Paris. We can reschedule if I have another date free. However I can promise you to suggest suitable for rainy weather locations and your pictures from Paris won't be spoiled by this weather. By contrast, they will be filled with a special Parisian atmosphere. By the way, in case it rains, I recommend bringing a cute umbrella for your session that you don’t mind getting photos with (I do not provide umbrellas).
Q: Is there anything else we should bring for our session?
A: Besides the balance of your session fee, make sure you’ve got comfortable shoes with you for walking between locations. Bring a cell phone so that you can contact me if you get lost or if you’re running late. Bring a comb, blotting tissues and other makeup for touchups if needed. Please leave your valuable items and passports you don't need during our photoshoot at your hotel/appartment (like cameras, etc).
Q: Do you have props, umbrellas etc. ?
A: No, I'm more into shooting emotions and capturing feelings. Flowers are the best props according to me. However, you can bring your personal props if needed.
You can order balloons at Wow Factory by Kyona Studio (email: email@example.com). They deliver them to the photoshoot location.
Q: Do you provide dresses or tuxedos?
A: No. Most of my clients rent/buy gowns at home (as it's quite expensive in Paris and it's not a very popular service here).
Some of French companies renting dresses:
I also have a partnership with Chinese dress boutique (400 dresses available in the centre of Paris). The price is around 125-180€ for a day rental per dress. Let me know if you'd like to see some examples of their dresses.
Q: Can you edit my photos to look like _____? Can I get the RAWs or all of the unedited JPGs?
A: I ask you to look at my previous works. If you like what you see, then you can trust that I will use my expertise and artistic vision to choose and edit the images in a way that is consistent with my style. I invite you to tell me about your preferences, such as whether you prefer candid or posed images, whether you like romantic or playful images, your retouching preferences, etc before or during the photoshoot. I will take your answers into consideration and do my best to accommodate them. However, if you are looking for a completely different shooting, lighting or editing style, I suggest you seek out a different photographer whose style more closely matches your vision.
Q: How do you edit the photos ?
A: Post-production will be applied on every photo delivered. This involves contrast enhancing, colours improvement and my personal touch specific to Paris Happy Pictures as well as skin retouching for portrait photos. I don't modify your body silhouette, change sky colour or correct wrong make-up, hair or grabby clothes. Additional editing (eg., body slimming) can be requested for additional charge.
Q: When and how will I get my photos?
A: Once the images are finished, I will email you with a link to download the high-resolution photos. Turnaround time ranges from 3-6 weeks in low season (Nov-March) to 4-10 weeks (for full-day weddings) in high season (April-October), but I try very hard to get everyone’s photos delivered as soon as possible. If you need a couple of images quickly for a special reason like a holiday card or announcement, let me know before the session and I can send over a few sneak peeks.
Q: Can you suggest places for us to take pictures?
A: Absolutely! Here are some sample images to give you an idea of your options. The right location(s) for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your personality, as well as the timing and weather for your session. Some places are good for rainy days, night photoshoots or for couples, wearing casual clothing, etc.
You can choose a few locations from the following list that feel right for your couple or let me choose for you for your photo session in Paris. You can also ask me to show you some unusual spots.
You can check this "5-hours collection" session example (with locations described) here.
The Louvre Museum
The River Seine
Trocadéro (Eiffel Tower)
Champ de Mars (Eiffel Tower)
Bir-Hakeim Bridge (Eiffel Tower)
Hidden countryard (Eiffel Tower)
A typical Parisian Café
Place de la Concorde
Notre-Dame de Paris
Jardin du Luxembourg
Pont des Arts
Paris balcony (let me know if you have a nice balcony in your hotel or appartement you rent, so we can start our photoshoot there)
Jardin des Tuileries
Alexander III Bridge, and many other locations...