A surprise proposal at Disneyland and an engagement session in Paris

When Harman told me he was planning on proposing to Sabrina during their Paris trip, I knew right away it would be a surprise proposal like no other. The lovers, who are big Disney fans, took their first trip together in Disneyland California and wanted to spend a day in Disneyland Paris while in France. What could be more magical than surprising your girlfriend with an engagement ring right before Sleeping Beauty’s Castle?

The sun was shining and the sky was blue that morning, so Harman didn’t wait to get down on one knee as soon as we got to the park! Of course, Sabrina said “oui”!

After this emotional moment, we strolled around Fantasyland and through Alice’s maze, and ended up on Main Street with a total Disney look.

Then off to the park to enjoy the many rides, characters and beautiful parade.

The next morning, after this magical day at Disneyland Paris, we met at Trocadero for an engagement session in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Then we stopped at Alexandre III Bridge, Place de la Concorde and eventually at the Louvre pyramid.

What a unique souvenir and a real pleasure to capture this very special moment in beautiful Paris!

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An engagement photo session at the Eiffel Tower, Alexander III Bridge and Louvre Pyramid

Andrew reached out to me several months before this romantic trip to Paris he has planned with his boyfriend Jose.

He was about to propose to Jose and wanted to surprise him with a beautiful gift: an engagement session in the City of Love.

Of course, Jose said yes when the man he fell in love with 6 years before proposed to him, and then got down on one knee and asked Andrew to marry him in his turn!

On D-day, we met at Trocadero to start off our photo session in Paris with the Iron Lady in the background.

The energetic couple was glowing, as much as the sun shining in the sky on this beautiful day.

We then walked to Avenue de Camoens which offers a different vantage point of the Eiffel Tower. Paris is full of beautiful alleys that make perfect spots for a photoshoot.

We stopped on Bir Hakeim bridge, followed by Alexander III bridge, for two very different looks.

I never get tired of shooting this bridge with accents of gold and massive lampposts.

Then off to the Louvre pyramid, but first we strolled through the Tuileries Gardens for some park shots in one of the most beautiful public gardens of Paris.

After a coffee break at a café, we ended our session on Pont des Arts where some rebels still find a way to hook their love locks…

A lovely moment shared with the new fiancés who are about to start a new life: moving to a different state, starting new jobs and getting married! A happily ever after adventure ahead…

We had an amazing time with Marie; the experience of setting up a shoot and planning for the day was effortless, and we really felt that she took an effort to get to know us as a couple and as people even before meeting in person. The day itself was magical, and we felt very at ease throughout the shoot. The whole day was very candid, which we really appreciated, because we didn’t want to be too posed or unnatural. We also appreciated how Marie did a great job of finding little spots that were out of the way to make our shoot really personal and unique!

Andrew F.

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A romantic engagement session around Montmartre and Rue Crémieux

Reilly proposed to Alexis on a rainy day in Washington DC.

The young couple couldn’t have been happier to visit Paris and take their engagement photos in the City of Love: Paris!

We started our session at Trocadero to avoid the crowds, as the Eiffel Tower is and will always be an iconic landmark in Paris.

Then we headed to Montmartre to visit the old Paris. Far from the tourist masses on the hill and around Sacré Cœur, we enjoyed the colorful Rue de l’Abreuvoir.

Our itinierary ended Rue Crémieux, aka the parisian Notting Hill. The outfits chosen by the lovers complimented the pastel color houses perfectly!

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A cloudy engagement session at Trocadero and Notre Dame Cathedral

After a beautiful marriage proposal back home in Philadelphia, Kelly and Steve travelled to Paris to celebrate their engagement in France. Kelly got in touch with me to put together their engagement photo session and we hit it off right away!

We started the session at Trocadero and it was drizzling a little. That wouldn’t stop the happy couple from enjoying their new fiancés status!

Knowing they wanted to make this photo session a celebration in the City of Love, they brought a bottle of Champagne and not 2 but 3 glasses! I was so surprised when they offered me to join them… especially at 9AM!

We carried on with some shots on Bir Hakeim bridge, then headed to Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral.

We eventually made a stop at a brasserie for some hot drinks and snacks, which was well deserved on a cold yet fun morning in Paris. Their wedding will surely be beautiful!

You’ve found your photographer!! Trust me! After weeks of reading reviews and reaching out to many photographers, I found Marie and immediately knew I wanted to book her for my fiance and I’s engagement shoot! I was blown away by her beautiful work, great value, and excellent communication. She was genuinely interested in our story and making the whole experience fun and carefree. This was our first time getting professional photos taken and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. She was very kind to email back and forth regarding spots I wanted for my shoot and even suggested some great ideas I hadn’t seen. Marie is very easy to work with and an extremely kind and talented professional. She was able to work magic in one photo removing an errant strap on my dress without a trace. She’s also 100% fluent so don’t worry at all about any communication barriers!

Kelly L.

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