BEFORE YOUR SHOOT
Are you still available for my date?
This is typically the first question we get. The best way to find out is to submit an inquiry through our contact form. Our most popular starting times are sunrise and twilight, but we can accommodate shoots around the clock.
Please already specify your preferred date(s) and starting time, the desired amount of photo coverage and also tell us about your shoot ideas. The more information you share, the better we can help.
What are your rates?
Our Paris photo sessions are only Euro 350/hour for Odrida and Euro 450/hour for Fran or Cengiz. When you book one of our fabulous Collections, you can typically get even more value.
We also offer a brilliant 30-minute mini-session for Euro 250; typically all mini-sessions take place near the Eiffel Tower and are scheduled mid-morning or early afternoon.
Nighttime Paris photo sessions require an assistant at Euro 100/hour to help with lighting, assist with crowd management, and to protect your belongings from theft (which is a real concern). Assistants can also help carrying some of your props and bags so you are free to connect with your loved one and enjoy the City of Lights.
Multi-hour bookings receive priority with respect to popular starting times; our sunrise and Blue Hour photo sessions require a minimum booking of 2 hours.
How do we book you?
Yaaay! Sounds like we’re a great match … and we can’t wait to meet you! Your next step is to reserve your Paris photo shoot with a non-refundable 50% retainer and a contract; your balance is due latest on the day of the actual shoot.
How many hours of photography coverage do we need?
It really depends on you, your energy, and budget. That said, our most popular Collections are our 2+2 (two hours at sunrise + two hours in the evening, including the magical Blue Hour) and our 3-hour sunrise session. It’s not unusual for couples to book us for 30 minutes or 6 hours and more. Here’s a sample gallery of an 8-hour shoot that included two sunrise sessions and one evening session.
The minimum booking is our 30-minute mid-morning or mid-afternoon mini-session.
For families with toddlers (1-4 years old), we recommend our shorter sessions (30-minute or 1 hour). If your kids are relatively independent (pre-school or older), you should, of course, commission more substantial coverage and have your kids entertain themselves while you as a couple sneak in some romantic couple photos. Doing a family photo session with your kids is a brilliant way to experience the City of Lights together—our photographers are great with kids and will occasionally surprise them with a yummy hot chocolate. For larger families, we suggest renting a van with a driver which is safe, productive, and relaxing.
If you’re after maximum fun and location, outfit, and prop variety, we’d go with at least 3 hours of coverage, which is typically enough for the Eiffel Tower + Louvre (including surrounding attractions such as the Tuileries Gardens, Palais Royal, and a fabulous Parisian Cafe) + Seine River.
Please keep in mind that commute and outfit changes are part of your commissioned coverage.
What props do you recommend and where do we get them?
Glad you asked … since props that are within character are a brilliant way to spice up your Paris photo session. We recommend props that help you blissfully connect, distract you from camera awareness, and support the fun-factor. Conversely, we are not big fans of props that distract you from connecting with each other or might feel awkward.
Props that almost always work well in Paris include macarons (our favs are Pierre Hermé, Carette, and Ladurée), Champagne, flowers, hats, confetti poppers, and balloons. Keep in mind that props can be bulky and may require a little additional planning if your shoot entails multiple locations. Hey, just imagine fitting 10 oversized balloons into the trunk of a small French car :-).
If you’d like assistance in organizing props, just let us know and we will put you in touch with the local experts.
DURING YOUR SHOOT
What if it rains?
We can control almost every element of your Paris photo session except the weather (rain, wind, cold, etc.) … and quite frankly with over 800 shoots per year, it would be impossible to run a world-class studio based on weather conditions.
That said, some of our most award-winning Paris photo shoots took place in the rain—and it makes perfect sense since rain photos are rarer and rain actually has the potential to elicit real, emotionally-expressive connection.
In addition, the idea of rain scares away other couples and photographers, making for more privacy. Finally, an overcast sky means no squinting as well as no unflattering shadows and reflections.
During the winter months, we recommend bringing a warm layer and perhaps a pair of comfy boots you can easily switch into.
To be clear, though, while we try to work around rain on short-notice and occasionally even accommodate a time-switch, we never provide a refund of your retainer or guarantee an opportunity to reschedule.
What if we need to cancel or re-schedule?
We understand that—despite best intentions—it’s sometimes difficult or even impossible to keep your photo session appointment. Hey, we’ve heard of mass airport disruptions, canceled flights, visa issues, strikes, floods, health, pregnancy, job conflicts, personal issues, and a host of other good reasons.
Yet, as one of the most sought-after photography studios in Europe, we’re almost always busy. We try hard to accommodate your preferred date(s) and starting time … which often means a serious reshuffling of our personal schedules.
It also implies that we turn away additional inquiries for your time-slot after you officially book with us. And while we will always do our utmost to try to fit in an emergency change (depending on your photographer’s availability), we never issue a refund of your retainer under any circumstance or even guarantee that we can offer you an alternate time slot.
What if I’m running a little late?
We understand that life can sometimes get in the way 🙂 … Paris is a busy city.
That said, just as you’d expect your photographer to arrive on time, we ask that you kindly arrive punctually as well. We book multiple shoots per day and need to make sure that our photographers are available for their next booking … well-rested and well-prepared.
The maximum amount of time we contractually wait for you at the agreed meeting point is 15 minutes from your official starting time.
And even when your photographer agrees to start your shoot with a slight delay, we never commit to extending your photo coverage complimentary to account for the time lost due to your late arrival.
If you’re not sure about the traffic conditions, your Uber driver, or whether your beauty artist will be done in time, or anticipate any delay for any reason, please consider arriving at the meeting spot early.
What happens if a live event results in the obstruction of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, or another one of my preferred locations?
As you might imagine, no week goes by in Paris without some sort of special event—be it a marathon, Paris Fashion Week, July 14 festivities, a techno parade, women’s health, strike, election celebrations, sports event, … you name it. Seriously.
And since the Eiffel Tower says “Paris” more so than any other structure in the city, many events just happen to take place somewhere in the immediate vicinity of the tower. As a result, there may be cranes in front of the tower, a soccer ball hanging in the arch of the tower, a barricade erected around the tower, streets blocked off … you get the point. Hey, we have even seen the tower remain dark at night in protest of theft. The Louvre Museum also occasionally closes off to the public—most frequently on Tuesday or Sunday evenings. Either way, if the Louvre is closed off, our photographers are nimble and resourceful and can take you to places such as the Alexander III Bridge, Bir-Hakeim Bridge, Moulin Rouge, Montmartre, or along the Seine River for amazing nighttime photos.
Your normal expectation should be that your preferred location will photograph well and as you see it in our galleries. You should, however, also expect the unexpected since Paris is a vibrant city in the heart of Europe … and events are part of our everyday life.
All to say, we do not offer any refund or reschedule your photo session in the event that your preferred location is partially or fully obstructed or otherwise visually less appealing. And while our editors are incredibly talented, we do not guarantee that they can fundamentally alter your photo back to the original unobstructed state.
AFTER YOUR SHOOT
How many photos do I get?
As part of your Collection, you’ll get standard 15 photos per contracted hour of photography coverage (10 photos for the 30-minute mini-session). You will get more than 15 photos per hour of coverage when you book a Collection with more hours (think Value!). All pictures are watermark-free and will be masterfully edited and delivered to you in high resolution print-ready digital format (JPEG).
That means you can download your photos and get them professionally printed at a local photo lab near you, or conveniently print them through your gallery link (we use some of the finest photo labs, which fulfill print orders around the world).
Typically, we capture well more than 15 great photos per hour of photography coverage. That’s why you have the opportunity to request additional photos edited in high resolution and print-ready for only Euro 5 per photo.
You can also purchase your entire batch of photos in unedited, high-resolution print-ready format (JPEG) for only Euro 300. It’s truly a spectacular deal, and the price is fixed and non-negotiable whether your session lasts 30 minutes or 6 hours.
What’s the process and turnaround time for my photos?
- within only 24 hours after your Paris photo shoot, you’ll typically receive an online proofing link to view your entire gallery. The link includes all photos from your session in unedited, screen-optimized (low resolution) format;
- since it’s a proofing gallery, you’ll not be able to download the photos. Instead, you’ll select your favorite photos and email us at email@example.com when you made your selections. The sooner you make your selections, the faster we can get started with the editing process and return the photos to you. We ask that you take no more than two weeks to make your edit selections, and reserve the right to select, edit, and send you your photos if we do not receive your photo selections within one month from the date we sent you your proofing link;
- depending on our editing pipeline, your number of photo selections, the season of the year, and even how long you need to make your editing selections, it typically takes us between 1-2 weeks to return to you your fully edited photos in high resolution and print-ready via a digital download link;
Do you edit my photos?
Yes! We take great pride in making your photos look absolutely stunning. Our goal is to edit your photo selections the exact same way we edit the photos you see on our website and social media. That means we invest real time (4-10 minutes per photo), resources, and money into our editing services. And unlike many studios who simply apply a preset filter across all of your photos with the click of a button, we actually custom-edit each of your photos by hand and with love.
Here’s what you should expect from our standard photo edit that comes with your Collection:
- adjustments to exposure, sharpness, contrast, and highlights;
- cropping for beautiful composition;
- horizontal and vertical rotation of your photo to ensure elements such as the Eiffel Tower and strong horizons look perfect;
- color, vibrancy, and saturation enhancements;
- skin smoothing (optional);
- beautification (thinning) of arms, legs, body, and chin (optional);
- removal of blemishes, scars, moles, or even stains from your outfits;
- removal of distracting elements (other people and structures) whenever easily possible and desirable.
Here’s what is not included in a standard edit, but which you may request for an additional fee:
- black & white versions of your photos;
- adding a more flattering sky or otherwise fundamentally altering the integrity of the original image (depends on the image);
- removing wallets, phones, or anything from your pockets;
- smoothing wrinkles in your outfits, including shirts, gowns, pants, …;
- clone a body part, eyes, etc. from a similar photo to a different photo.
Where can I leave my review?
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a heartfelt review—it means a lot to us and, importantly, helps prospective couples make an even more informed decision. Think of yourself as their “inner voice” and provide as much detail as possible.
Here are a few links to read up on what other happy couples have to say about us … or to leave a review yourself:
What if I’d like to order prints and other fabulous products?
When you’re ready to order your prints and wall art (canvas, mounted, or framed) through Kiss Me in Paris, we are happy to accommodate pretty much any dimension, size, finish, frame and order quantity … and will professionally fulfill your orders around the globe. Your photos will look absolutely gorgeous and ready to hang. Best of all, you, your family and friends can use the same online gallery link to place your orders regardless of where you live.
I would love a pretty album; can you help?
Looking for a stunning sign-in book to display your photos during the cocktail hour of your wedding reception? We can help. Our artisan albums present unparalleled value and are sure to wow your friends and families.
We also offer an incredible range of innovative and fun photo keepsakes, such as mugs, mouse pads, luggage tags, photo puzzles, magnets, photo puzzles, photo stickers, aprons, playing cards, and much, much more. Just ask and we will gladly send you additional information.