The day after Hanna and Johan got married in Paris we decided to have a second, even more relaxed photo shoot near where they were staying in the colourful 20th arrondissement. This disused railway line skirts around the outer edge Paris and has been abandoned since 1934. There are rumours it’s going to be turned into a public park soon, so we were glad to be able to sneak in whilst it was still overrun by wild vegetation and colourful graffiti – perfectly suited to Hanna & Johan’s personalities!
I’m already missing all my Paris couples so much! This is Pacifica and David who have been living in France for several years, and recently got married in the States.
Their shoot was particularly special for me as theirs was the last couples shoot I did whilst based in Paris, and they are very good friends with Alix and John, who were one of my first Paris couples last year! It rounded off my time in Paris perfectly, and I’ll be forever grateful to each and every client who made the experience so wonderful for me 🙂
Leslie and Alan got married back home in Costa Rica, and came to Paris for their honeymoon. As they are both training to become medical doctors they asked me if it as possible to have their love shoot at an old or abandoned hospital site. I absolutely love trying something new and off the beaten track so was very excited when I found the gorgeous grounds of the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière.
It has some pretty interesting history too – it began life in the 17th century as a gunpowder factory, but then became an asylum (read: prison) for prostitutes or any female labelled ‘hysterical’, and eventually a general dumping ground for criminals, orphans, disabled people, the impoverished, Jews etc. Finally in the 19th century a programme of humanitarian reforms and mental health care began under Doctor Pinel. You can read more about its fascinating history here
Today it’s a teaching hospital with grounds open to the public – so if you want to do something a bit different whilst you are in Paris I highly recommend a visit.
Danny proposed to Loretta in front of the Eiffel Tower in the morning, and then this super adventurous couple from New York wanted to do something a bit different for the second part of their engagement shoot!
Inspired by one of their favourite movies Amélie, they hired a vespa and bravely weaved through the Paris traffic to meet me at the Café des Deux Moulins in Montmarte – fans of Amélie will recognise this as her workplace!
It was so much fun zipping around the hills on Montmarte on their scooter, definitely the best way to travel in Paris!
Congratulations Danny & Loretta x
During the shoot Aaron told Brynn he had been keeping a journal of their time traveling together, and wanted to read out something he had written especially for her. As he began reading, nestled in the gardens of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Brynn began to get more and more emotional as it became obvious this was no ordinary travel writing. He eventually got down on one knee and presented the ring, and of course she said yes!
Congratulations guys! x
A beautiful morning back in February I met these two New York lawyers for a city shoot to celebrate their recent engagement! C.J. is a fashion blogger in her spare time so you should go check out her blog to see more of her awesome style there 🙂
Congratulations again C.J. and Alan x
It’s been a little bit quiet on here the last few weeks thanks to some mischievous little technical gremlins affecting my website! But I’m so pleased they are FINALLY fixed and I can blog again!
It will take me a little while to catch up, so in the meantime here is a sneaky peek of some of the fab couples, families and individuals I’ve worked with in Paris over the last couple of months – plus a few from a gorgeous country wedding in the North of England for good measure 🙂
More to follow soon ……
Hello from a very sunny and – dare I say it – almost spring-like Paris! The weather has been unbelievable this weekend and I’m so happy that we are finally (hopefully!) leaving the cold winter behind us. I can’t wait for all the love shoots coming up over the next couple of months!
In the meantime I am so excited to bring you Chris and Catherine’s proposal and engagement shoot. These two are the latest New Yorkers to grace my blog – it seems like the whole of New York is coming to Paris at the moment!
The lovely Chris emailed me several months ago with details of his plan to surprise Catherine with a proposal, and asked if I could secretly document the moment. I was completely honoured to be asked to share and record such a special time for them. Thankfully everything went to plan – despite an almighty rainstorm which ended literally minutes before they arrived at the chosen spot! Catherine was completely shocked but of course said yes 🙂 The following day I took them to the Eiffel Tower and for a walk around Le Marais for some official engagement photos, and here are the results.
A huge, huge congratulations to an absolutely adorable couple 🙂
I have two New Yorkers and a macaron-inspired love story to bring you today!
Gretchen and Allison met six months ago and have been inseparable ever since. Whilst in Paris they became officially engaged, and Gretchen surprised Allison with a photo shoot with me the following morning!
Here’s what Gretchen has to say about their relationship:
“Mostly we make each other laugh. What I find so amazing about our relationship is how loving, caring and respectful of each other we are. We have such ease around each other. It’s lovely and I’m hoping you can capture some of that between us…..
We had an amazing first date – drinks turned into dinner which turned into more drinks – and the next day I left for Paris for a week-long work trip. I found I couldn’t stop thinking about her the whole time I was gone. Later that week I asked if she would consider flying to Paris to spend the weekend with me. She wasn’t able to, but promised she would come and join me on my next trip there……
I returned to New York with Ladurée macaroons and rose champagne, which we had on our second date, and I promised to go back to Paris with her and take her to the shop which she has never been to”
We sheltered from the rain in a café on the Champs Elysées, then as promised took Allison to the Ladurée shop (naturally indulging in some treats!), and ended with a stroll through the Tuileries. These two are so natural together, it was a complete pleasure to witness their connection and the easy way they made each other laugh. A total dream for a photographer!