Paris engagement photos are a fabulous way to celebrate the love and happiness you share with your partner in the most romantic city in the world. Chances are you're freshly engaged, head over heels in love, and overflowing with affectionate energy. What better time than now to have your first professional pictures taken as a couple. Paris engagement photos are not created equal, however, since your experience and the quality of photographs will depend heavily on your choice of Paris photographer as well as the time you dedicate to preparing for your Paris photoshoot. This gallery is sure to inspire creative engagement photo ideas, cute couple poses, eye-catching outfits, the best Parisian locations, epic props, and the best time of the day to have your photos taken in Paris.
What's the best time of the day to have my Paris engagement photos taken?
Assuming you already booked an English-speaking Paris photographer, one of the first decisions you'll make is the time of day to start your photo session. The most popular options are sunrise, evening, or a combination of both.
What's the difference between starting my Paris photoshoot at sunrise versus evening?
The most obvious distinction is your starting time: sunrise photoshoots—as you might imagine—start at or around sunrise whereas our evening sessions usually kick-off about 60-90 minutes before official sunset, then transition into evening civil twilight (which includes the so-called "Blue Hour"), and conclude during evening nautical twilight (i.e., nighttime).
Yet, depending on the time of the year, sunrise, sunset, and the duration of the Blue Hour will vary considerably in Paris—here's our favorite sunrise & sunset calendar, which you should use to plan your Paris photoshoot.
But there's more of course: your decision on whether to start at sunrise or in the evening should be based on multiple factors, notably when you feel most energized (when you travel thousands of miles, biorhythms can be out of whack affecting your mood, energy, hunger, and even romance), lighting conditions, privacy & crowds, access to popular landmarks, beauty services, the feel of your Paris engagement photos ...
Paris engagement photos in the evening—understanding the Pros & Cons
We are big fans of starting your photo session in the evening, including the magical "Blue Hour," and here's why: evenings—notably the so-called "Blue Hour"—simply makes for the most romantic Paris engagement photos.
Just imagine softly kissing your significant other against the backdrop of a vivid blue sky and the flickering Eiffel Tower behind you (and in case you were wondering, the Eiffel Tower lights up every day from sunset through 1:00 am... and until 2:00 am during the summer months).
- the Eiffel Tower lights up every day
Our evening sessions—which normally begin 60-90 minutes before official sunset—combine 3 distinct types of lighting conditions, namely the Golden Hour (the period immediately before official sunset), the Blue Hour (the tail-end of the civil twilight period when the sun is below the horizon), and classic nighttime (nautical twilight).
Check out this super-sexy 2-hour evening Paris engagement session, which beautifully illustrates all three types of lighting conditions.
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- PHOTOGRAPHY Adagion Studio