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Tips for photoshoots in Paris by Camera & Kit

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Hello and welcome to Paris, the city of light and love

Bonjour et bienvenue à Paris, la ville de lumière et d'amour

So, you have decided to have a romantic photo-shoot for two or an empowering and confidence boosting shoot for one - what better city to do this in other than Paris, so here are a few tips for you that will make your shoot a little more magical …

  1. Bring a spare pair of walking shoes, comfortable flats are ideal - you'll need them in between shooting as we stroll and meander around the streets of Paris, I will always be able to carry your bits and bobs when needed. If it gets cold bring a jacket if need be.

  2. I suggest wearing block colours if you can and if you are going to be wearing a dress, then something with flowing movement rather than a fitted dress, it makes the photos appear more playful and whimsical. Wear something that suits you, a suit is nice for a man but if that is no you, wear something smart and not casual. Clothes in which you feel comfortable, attractive and more importantly, feel like you.

  3. When visiting Paris, I suggest you buy a carnet of metro tickets, I find them cheaper than getting a travel card, you can buy them in batches of 10.

  4. Walking is the easiest and the best way to get around as Paris is small and you can usually go from one location to another by foot. If the next shooting location is a bit of a stretch I suggest taking the metro. It is a great experience too and usually a good opportunity for candid pictures of you in the undergrounds of Paris.

  5. Pick the time of day carefully, either morning or later afternoon and also the time of year. Mornings are best because of the softness of the light and few people however late afternoon makes for some wonderful photographs as well. If you are hardcore and what the best light them I suggest sunrise or sunset but morning and late afternoon works for those of us who like not to be pressured whilst on holidays.

  6. If it rains, we can walk around it and reschedule if need be.

  7. When it comes to Paris we have an abundance of Locations to pick from, I really want to photograph you in the authentic Paris and I am keen to avoid visual clichés that comes with engagement photography in Paris. I really want this to be playful, relaxed and whimsical. Pretty and Playful. A loving couple. Equals. Partners in crime. Co-conspirators on an adventure through the streets of Paris.

Location Suggestions include:

  1. La filmotheque cinema in the Latin Quarter,

  2. The Luxemburg Gardens

  3. Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Trocadero with the Eiffel Tower view

  4. Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower

  5. Bir Hakeim bridge

  6. Alexandre III bridge

  7. The Louvre Museum

  8. The Tuileries Garden

  9. The “place de la Concorde”

  10. The Cathedral of Notre Dame area

  11. Petit Palais is the Paris Museum of Fine Arts

  12. Montmartre area / Sacré Coeur

  13. Palais-Royal

  14. The Hôtel de Ville

  15. Rue Bonaparte

  16. Rue des Martyrs

  17. Rue Crémieux

  18. Arc de Triomphe, you should also take pictures from ground level at Place Charles de Gaulle.

  19. Printemps Haussmann is a department store and from the rooftop terrace, you get fantastic views of the city in all directions.

Fifteen Tips for Destination Wedding Photographers .... by Camera & Kit


Helpful Hints & Tips

Fifteen Tips for Destination Wedding Photography

1) Take a spare pair of shoes, I learnt the hard way when photographing a wedding in the deserts of Egypt and my sandals broke in the sand so I was walking around barefoot until someone got me slippers from a hotel.

2) This may sound obvious but take the appropriate electrical currency converters for the country you are shooting in. For my first destination wedding, I was shooting in Lake Como and it took me ages to find a little shop that sold them.

3) When I travel I actually don't carry my kit in bags that look like camera bags, this is a security move on my part, especially if using public transport, taxis or transport means not provided by the couple.

4) Learn some of the languages if you are going to a non-English speaking country, not all the guests may speak English and it's a brilliant way to fit in. I'm not saying become fluent but greetings and a few photography terms help a lot.

5) Double your kit, yep. Seriously, especially so if you are travelling to destinations where you just can't nip out and pick something spare up.

6) Trust your second shooters, I mean seriously trust them. I once had to take five photographers to a lavish event abroad and was short a shooter, so I agreed to let her come not realising that her understanding of the basic principles of photography was woeful, by way of example, shooting below 1/60 secs which is why now I only travel with a trusted team.

7) Be prepared to catch taxis in some dubious places, carry print directions as well as on your phone/tablet. Getting taxis in Dubai can be a nightmare especially finding one that knows where you are going, is not going to rip you off and does not have an issue with sole women travellers.

8) Decide how you are going to charge your travel fee, for me, mine is included in the price and then I find travel/accommodation within that budget. I don't go fancy when I travel.

9) Arrive a couple of days in advance, this avoids any last minute freak out in case of flight delays and gives you plenty of time to scout locations and sort out charging kit just in case you ignored my advice in dot point tw

10) Be organised, yes! Have everything printed out in case of no coverage. Book your flights and accommodation as soon as you can, get a detailed plan of the day from the couple or wedding planners. You can never be too organised for an international wedding.

11) Get on the internet and research the destination, venue and other locations for photo opportunities, also weather conditions (pack plastic bags and little raincoats for your kit)

12) Don't work to rule. Seriously, don't. If you are booked for 8 hours don't finish right on 8 hours, I know this may be controversial to suggest but you are in an international destination, take all the opportunities you can get to photograph. When I book destination wedding photography I don't have a set number of hours, I also suggest when I am out there photo shoots for the following day or whilst we are doing a venue walk through. Destination wedding photographs pack more punch in your wedding photo portfolio so use all the time you can to capture those moments.

13) Double check your gear, and then check it again! Extra batteries, memory cards/film, card reader, backup cameras, etc. Also, if you shoot digital, bring an external hard drive to backup your cards before you travel home.

14) Hang out with the couple and guest prior and after the event, this makes for some wonderful candid photographs.

15) Be proud of yourself, take any mistakes you may make as lessons as learnings and move one. Remember to enjoy it, your surrounding and have faith in your abilities. You got this!

What happens after your Paris photo shoot? by Camera & Kit paris photoshoot

What happens after your

Paris wedding, Paris Photoshoot or Paris engagement?

That is just as important as what happens before and during your nuptials.

I shoot both in film, RAW + Fine Jpeg as soon as the celebrations or the photo shoot ends theses digital images are backed up with a copy of the unedited originals carefully secured away in a safe.

Any film I shoot with is developed & polaroids wrapped in pretty ribbon and boxed up ready to be collected by you. The negatives also locked away securely. Remember not to lose the Polaroids as there are no replacements.

I undertake a painstakingly carefully selection of images in which I pick only the best pictures from your day. I then dedicate time to edit. I do a colour edit that makes your images more vibrant, and then I make a selection in black & white and some with artistic, whimsical enhancements. Your photographs will be ready in 2 weeks from the date of your wedding. You will receive a link to your password protected wedding gallery You and your loved ones can order prints from your gallery. You are invited to come in to collect your memory stick beautifully packaged in a lovely handcrafted box.

You will have time to think about the photographs you want in your albums and boxes; we can sit down together and choose lovey fabrics & linen with pretty ribbons and bows. You then tell me which photographs you would like in your album & box and then I spend time crafting these for you.

Featured on Polka Dot Bride by Camera & Kit

Super excited to announce that Camera and Kit Paris has been featured on the wonderful website Polka Dot Bride all they way down under! 

Bright colours, movie inspiration and the city of love must make for the romantic setting for engagement photos and that is what dreams are made of. So when Camera & Kit joined with Wendy and Gareth on a hot summer August day they set about capturing an engagement shoot with a very fun twist.

Tells Wendy “We wanted something different, relaxed and memorable so we went on a slightly offbeat bohemian photographic walking adventure around the les rues de Paris from l’hotel l’Amour (the Love Hotel oh laaa laaaaah!) on la Rue de Navarin in the 9th arrondissement de Paris to Saint-Germain-des-Prés and everywhere in between. It was so different compared to the normal way an engagement shoot is done. It was a fabulous two days, free upgrade on the Eurostar, lunch, outfit changes and an adventure across Paris. It was a romantic photographic stroll (with three outfit changes!) Cami promised that the photo shoot would be the whimsical and romantic feeling of La La Land meets the wonderful sugary pastel colours of a box of macarons and she was right.”