"SIMPLICITY IS THE KEY NOTE OF ALL TRUE ELEGANCE"

-COCO CHANEL-

 


Paris from the eye of a Paris Wedding Photographer

 

Ever wondered why Paris is called the city of love? It is because of the beautiful crisp mornings of the city and romantic evenings which exude love in every moment. Every breath you take in of the Parisian air, you can feel romance seeping in through your veins and lighting up your mood, bringing out the real romantic in you. In Paris, Love is always in the air.

The streets, the art, every nook and corner of this beautiful city has ‘love’ written all over it. You will fall in love all over again with life. Paris is known for its exquisite architecture, roadside cafes and food (French bread, macaroons, and pastries anyone?). It is the art and architecture of this city that bewilders the most, with structures like Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe and who can forget the great Eiffel Tower, boast Paris and Parisians’ love for art.

Traveling alone most of the time gives me the freedom to explore the local culture while getting lost in the city of love and also as a Paris wedding photographer.

Even with my years of traveling, I have yet to master the art and sense of direction. I keep getting love in big cities, small towns or just within a travel location. I used to think it was a curse, getting lost in amazing places like Venice, Santorini, Dubai, Barcelona amongst many others opened my eyes to new interesting places. Those artistic back lanes that can lead to another amazing discovery of the local people and culture. 

Having been to Paris a few times for wedding or pre-wedding session, this amazing city always inspires creativity. Maybe its the music, the Parisian culture or just the lifestyle. Tourists were flocking to the iconic locations such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Cœur for photos while others were enjoying their coffee in the tiny cafe around the city.

This trip, I have decided to share my experience with film photography, going old school and carrying a bunch of film rolls in my bag, quite the weight by the way and wasn’t easy on my shoulders and back, but worth it. 

I had to plan well to avoid too many tourists in the shot and to capture my dreamy Paris in my painterly color palette. 

Plan for a dream destination wedding in Paris followed by a romantic honeymoon. Let love speak through every moment, every silence, let it surround you so that nothing echoes but love. Hold his/her hand and walk through the city, living in those love stories, you have wished to experience for real. It can never be wrong with this city when you are planning to make your wedding and honeymoon a romantically memorable one. The city of love has that spark that brings out the romantic in you.

Let your wedding in Paris be a memorable affair for you and your life partner. Everything, from the lights to the flower arrangement, the food and the feeling of love between you and your love will speak volumes of romance. All the arrangements will amalgamate into the air and create the perfect aura so that you enjoy every bit of it.

You want to secure everything, don’t you so that you can relive those moments time and again. You want everything to be captured splendidly so that your wedding photographs speak; they take anyone looking at them into the moment itself.

This city has one of the best in everything. You will have the fun of a lifetime sharing your life’s best days with your love in this city. Make sure you get to enjoy every bit of it while you are there. Who knows when you get the chance to revisit Paris?

I am hoping that my images would give you a relaxed and artistic experience of Paris, France.

 

I was shooting a destination wedding in Angers, France and decided to take two days to wander around Paris before my next Pre-Wedding shoot. The last time I was here was over a decade ago during my summer break from uni in the UK. Although Paris is the same, my experience was entirely different.

Why different?

I wasn't a photographer then and was being a typical tourist. The things I see and experience wasn't the same. Previously, I went to Musée du Louvre and spent the whole day, Disneyland, went up the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame. And the other tourist sites around Paris.

This time, site seeing was so different. I was looking around for people, shapes, backdrops, light, etc. Feels more like scout location for the shoot the next day rather than feeling like a tourist. I even cycled nearly the whole of Paris as it looks better than traveling via subway or just taxi from point A to B, it is the journey that makes it more interesting than just the destination.

My accommodation was towards where the locals live, Montmartre, I captured people jogging and try to capture images that portray my style rather than selfies or typical tourist photos, and it's quite hard knowing that so many photographers have captured Paris and it's nearly impossible to portray a slightly different look. I guess I was also hoping to catch the Parisian lifestyle as well as the famous landmarks.

During my travel, I love to travel light, well..and still learning how to. Because there are so many pickpockets around (actually it wasn't as bad as before because of the massive police and army presence after the terrorist attack), I felt quite safe. But being a worrier, I did travel with my small national geographic shoulder bag with just a Leica Q & Nikon D750 with 58mm 1.4 lens. I shot everything with it. And even that, it was heavy after adding the spare batteries, water bottle, snacks, etc.

The Challenge was everywhere I go; there is a million tourist everywhere!! Well, it is called the city of love and probably one of the most visited cities around the world. That is why more and more photographers do not shoot during peak hours, some even start at 10 pm and shoot through to the morning to get some nice landscapes of the famous landmarks. I will do that the next time. 

What do I love about this trip to Paris?

I felt like a local and lived the Parisian lifestyle. I tried all forms of transportation, experience the French music, even attempt to speak French..just simple sentences to start but hoping to learn more. Maybe next trip, hopefully, I would be able to speak fluently! The last trip, I only know Bonjour and a few other words mostly communicated in English :P.

Traveling alone does feel lonely especially in Paris, but loneliness allows me to explore Paris better from my point of view, perhaps not better, but different. You probably can sense my solitude in my images.

Hope you enjoy these images captured through my lens :)