Lovers in Paris {Portrait Session Guide}

Hello Spring!

I'm so excited for the beautiful blooms, sunshine and warmer temperatures heading our way. It's without a doubt my favourite season and also one of the best for Lovers in Paris portrait sessions! Today's post is all about how to plan for your session. Read on to find out my tips and tricks to ensure that we'll capture gorgeous photos that you'll treasure for many years to come!

Light

The best light happens just after sunrise and in the last two hours before sunset (aka the "golden hour" - click here to read more about it!). I would strongly suggest a sunrise session when the light is soft and there are fewer crowds.

Timing

My sessions are laid back, free flowing and on average last for around two hours. Plan on an early night the evening before and head off for a breakfast date somewhere lovely when we've finished the shoot! Carette and Ladurée are two of my top picks. 

Love

The key to a successful session is to relax, enjoy and most of all, be yourself! I know it's never easy being in front of the camera but panic not! I'm a talker and have plenty of ideas for how to embrace any awkwardness so that your love shines through.

Locations

There are so many wonderful locations to photograph at here in Paris. Once you have a session date locked in, I'll share with you my recommendations and help you decide on the two that will suit you best.

What to Wear

Your outfits should be a reflection of you! Wear something that you are comfortable in, that makes you exude confidence and feel amazing in front of the camera. See below for some gorgeous outfit ideas!

Neutral tones are ideal! Light coloured clothing will help to reflect light (think white, blush, nude, yellow, gold and pastels). 

Primary colours can help add a little 'pop' and help you stand out from the background. 

Don't be afraid to accessorise! Hats, necklaces, scarves, suspenders and ties can add the perfect finishing touch to an outfit.

Hair and Make Up

I work with some very talented hair and make up artists here in Paris who I will happily put you in touch with once you've secured your session date. A hair and make up team and come to your accommodation in the early morning and will ensure that you arrive at our meeting point feeling totally gorgeous, stress free and ready to begin our session together.

What to Bring

During the session, plan on only carrying the bare minimum! Please leave large bags and valuables at your accommodation (I'll have a small bag to carry your essentials). Don't forget to pack a pair of comfortable flat shoes if you'll be wearing heels as we often walk a lot as we move between locations.

How to Prepare

It's totally normal to be a little nervous before your portrait session. It may help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera if you see some of my images and poses beforehand, so feel free to have a look through some previous sessions here on the blog in advance. I like to keep everything as easy and as natural as possible. We'll have lots of fun - I promise! 

Thank you for reading!

Feel free to leave any comments below, or you're most welcome to message me here with any questions! 

Katie xo