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The Paris Photos I Wish I Had by Amanda of Presque Perfection

April 20, 2018

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The Paris Photos I Wish I Had by Amanda of Presque Perfection

April 20, 2018

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Paris photos & my most asked question answered by an American living in Paris | Alicia Yarrish Photography | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer

Paris Sessions & My Most Asked Question

“Where should we take our Paris photos?!” It’s usually asked to me almost frantically, and each time I can’t help but giggle. I know that location can be a huge stressor for your Paris photography session, however, if you know Paris like I do you know there are few bad locations in the city.

The cafés, the landmarks, the streets- it’s all inherently beautiful and Parisian. The real question, is what would reflect your relationship best?

I’ve been thinking on this more and more lately, and I knew who would have the perfect answer.

Meet Amanda of Presque Perfection

Amanda is an American living in Paris, for the second time, and has such an amazing story! She runs Presque Perfection I loved getting to know her during her branding portraits, and I knew she was the perfect person to answer the question of where photograph your Paris session whether it be an engagement or anniversary.

So without further adieu, here’s how an American-Parisian would answer my most asked question about Paris Photos!

The Paris Photos I wish I had

My love story

5 years ago, I met my boyfriend in a very dark basement bar in Paris. I was living in the French capital when we first met but shortly after, my visa expired and then it was time to go home. The next few years where a whirl of passport stamps, difficult to obtain visas, international flights and long distance FaceTimes. Finally, we came out on the other side. We have now made Paris our home and la vie really is belle.

We’ve never been an overly romantic couple. Celebrating anniversaries or Valentine’s Day was just never that important to us. I would say, however, that we are secretly sentimental. Small moments, little trinkets, fond memories, those things are carefully guarded. When I moved back to the States the first time, I took a plastic green Hawaiian lei back with me that was wholly unremarkable except for the fact that he had given it to me one night after a party. On a second thought… I may just be a hoarder.

The role photographs play

It’s for this small, sentimental reason that I love photographs. Photographs will last us long after the Birthday cards have been recycled and the flowers have died. They will be prized possessions to show to grandkids; a reminder of the time we were young and living in Paris. Some of my favorite memories of us as a couple are encapsulated in photos, whether they are snapshots taken on someone’s iPhone or seen through the lens of a professional photographer.

As our time in Paris grows and we make more memories here, I find myself nostalgic for the days when we first explored the city together. Our first few dates. The small spots where we started to realize that this wasn’t just another guy meets girl in a bar kind of situation. The places we fell in love. Those are the moments and times I would have liked to have photographed.

Our first few dates were very simple, like us. We went on long walks. He lived only a few blocks from me in the 17th arrondissement and on warm Spring nights we would walk all the way down to the Seine, watch it shine in the moonlight, and then walk back home. Looking back, I wish I had a photograph of that memory: the simplicity of a stroll through one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Photographs as a reflection of us

In keeping to the theme of ‘very simple’ we used to spend many of our sunny days at Parc Monceau picnicking. We would grab a few things from the grocery store, lay out a blanket in a spot with half sun/half shade and spend afternoons playing card games or napping in the sunlight. I wish I had photos of that.

Finally, quite simply, I wish I had a photo of us at the restaurant where had our first date. It was a lunch date and it was in January. We sat outside under the heat lamps drinking mulled wine. I later found out that it was his birthday but he hadn’t told me. I still laugh about it. I often pass by that restaurant and wonder how many other couples love stories started there and how insignificant it seemed at the time but how, for me, time has compounded the meaning of this simple corner brasserie. I wish I had a photo of us sitting outside on the classic cafe chairs. I’ll get one someday.

All this to say that when you come to Paris, do what makes sense as a couple. Paris photos of Martyn and I at a wine tasting or fashion show would make no sense because that isn’t who we are. But it might be who you are. Maybe you love the Louvre and photos at the pyramids would be extremely special for you. The real moments, the real places; those are the things that are worth capturing.

Paris photos & my most asked question answered by an American living in Paris | Alicia Yarrish Photography | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer

Paris Sessions & My Most Asked Question

“Where should we take our Paris photos?!” It’s usually asked to me almost frantically, and each time I can’t help but giggle. I know that location can be a huge stressor for your Paris photography session, however, if you know Paris like I do you know there are few bad locations in the city.

The cafés, the landmarks, the streets- it’s all inherently beautiful and Parisian. The real question, is what would reflect your relationship best?

I’ve been thinking on this more and more lately, and I knew who would have the perfect answer.

Meet Amanda of Presque Perfection

Amanda is an American living in Paris, for the second time, and has such an amazing story! She runs Presque Perfection I loved getting to know her during her branding portraits, and I knew she was the perfect person to answer the question of where photograph your Paris session whether it be an engagement or anniversary.

So without further adieu, here’s how an American-Parisian would answer my most asked question about Paris Photos!

The Paris Photos I wish I had

My love story

5 years ago, I met my boyfriend in a very dark basement bar in Paris. I was living in the French capital when we first met but shortly after, my visa expired and then it was time to go home. The next few years where a whirl of passport stamps, difficult to obtain visas, international flights and long distance FaceTimes. Finally, we came out on the other side. We have now made Paris our home and la vie really is belle.

We’ve never been an overly romantic couple. Celebrating anniversaries or Valentine’s Day was just never that important to us. I would say, however, that we are secretly sentimental. Small moments, little trinkets, fond memories, those things are carefully guarded. When I moved back to the States the first time, I took a plastic green Hawaiian lei back with me that was wholly unremarkable except for the fact that he had given it to me one night after a party. On a second thought… I may just be a hoarder.

The role photographs play

It’s for this small, sentimental reason that I love photographs. Photographs will last us long after the Birthday cards have been recycled and the flowers have died. They will be prized possessions to show to grandkids; a reminder of the time we were young and living in Paris. Some of my favorite memories of us as a couple are encapsulated in photos, whether they are snapshots taken on someone’s iPhone or seen through the lens of a professional photographer.

As our time in Paris grows and we make more memories here, I find myself nostalgic for the days when we first explored the city together. Our first few dates. The small spots where we started to realize that this wasn’t just another guy meets girl in a bar kind of situation. The places we fell in love. Those are the moments and times I would have liked to have photographed.

Our first few dates were very simple, like us. We went on long walks. He lived only a few blocks from me in the 17th arrondissement and on warm Spring nights we would walk all the way down to the Seine, watch it shine in the moonlight, and then walk back home. Looking back, I wish I had a photograph of that memory: the simplicity of a stroll through one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Photographs as a reflection of us

In keeping to the theme of ‘very simple’ we used to spend many of our sunny days at Parc Monceau picnicking. We would grab a few things from the grocery store, lay out a blanket in a spot with half sun/half shade and spend afternoons playing card games or napping in the sunlight. I wish I had photos of that.

Finally, quite simply, I wish I had a photo of us at the restaurant where had our first date. It was a lunch date and it was in January. We sat outside under the heat lamps drinking mulled wine. I later found out that it was his birthday but he hadn’t told me. I still laugh about it. I often pass by that restaurant and wonder how many other couples love stories started there and how insignificant it seemed at the time but how, for me, time has compounded the meaning of this simple corner brasserie. I wish I had a photo of us sitting outside on the classic cafe chairs. I’ll get one someday.

All this to say that when you come to Paris, do what makes sense as a couple. Paris photos of Martyn and I at a wine tasting or fashion show would make no sense because that isn’t who we are. But it might be who you are. Maybe you love the Louvre and photos at the pyramids would be extremely special for you. The real moments, the real places; those are the things that are worth capturing.

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  1. Sarah Holladay says:

    “On second thought… I may just be a hoarder.” Girl, I am cracking up… I resonate with this writer so much! Looking back on all those years I wasted purchasing trinkets, when unique photography experiences would have been so much more meaningful. Love this post! I hope I make it to Paris again one day!

  2. Jan says:

    Really good one! I love it, as I know something about it. First I’m from Europe, but I also have few amarican friends photographers living in Paris. You living a dream there.

  3. Elizabeth Weitz says:

    Such great advise! I would absolutely adore pictures of me and my hubby in Paris. We rarely travel so I would love to revisit our trip later through photos.

  4. Lindsay Zilke says:

    What a great read! I was in Paris years ago and fell in love with the city. I can see how you fell in love there, and I totally agree that one couples ideal photographs are not the same as others. Make you memories and photos where it best suites you!

  5. Alice L says:

    Oh my goodness I love how Amanda put everything you try to say to someone suggesting where they take photos into a story. It is great advice for new couples and older couples.

  6. Amy says:

    This post is making me want to pack up and fly to Paris tomorrow! It must be one of the most photogenic cities in the world.

  7. Amanda says:

    You’re a doll – thank you for sharing my words and my story! I hope it helps people make their choices when they decide where/what to get photographed! Bisous!

  8. Jamie says:

    Love this post- perfect advice. Bucket list to have photos taken in Paris, by someone who is familiar with the city!

  9. Beth says:

    I love that you mention if a background suits the couple! Yes, pretty places are pretty — but it’s more important for a location to speak to a couple and let their personalities shine!

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