Strolling through Paris is one of lifes greatest pleasures. It's my favorite thing to do in the world and I crave to be there when I'm not. I love the way Sonja and Ivan of Paspartu Photography
used the beauty of Paris's streets for this engagement session. It's such a lovely way to show off the city that should inspire wanderlust in everyone to visit the city of love.
What was your inspiration behind the shoot and the use of light?
When we first heard this couple's love story, we knew that it was going to be special and emotional. Paris is a dream destination and a perfect setting for an engagement shoot, but we did not want the location to overpower the couple, just provide a subtle scenery.
We wanted to celebrate love, and capture the essence of those beautiful emotions.
The morning sun seemed like the perfect light for this photoshoot, and we loved how calm and pure the city seemed this early in the morning. We started photographing just when the sun came up and started the session with a slow cup of coffee in a Montmartre cafe. We loved those quiet moments we managed to capture between the couple and as we slowly progressed towards midday, they were more relaxed and playful just like the city around them.
How did you prepare your clients for this type of session?
We have our client guides about what to wear and some useful inputs about the light and location choice, but our ultimate goal is to let the couples be themselves. We just provided some tips, but wanted to tell their story as it is, so we let them choose the photoshoot location where they felt comfortable, which turned out to be very personal and emotional. At the beginning of the photoshoots, we use a couple of prompts to help them relax, but after that, we just hang out together and capture some beautiful moments.
What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?
We were swept off our feet by this couple's energy, so we just focused on them and the love they showed us. This is why we tried to achieve a more intimate mood and almost disregard the amazing Paris architecture around us. We love to incorporate a slower shutter into our photoshoots, movement and partially blurry photos represent life and that ''crazy-in-love'' moment for us.
Any advice to other clients or photographers who want to do this type of shoot?
When photographing in cities and urban environments, it can be challenging for a couple to relax and pose in front of other people.
Nature and private locations provide shelter, but crowded places can be tricky. This is why a sunrise photo session can be better than the evening golden hour one in these cases. There are fewer people on the streets, and for shy couples, this can be very helpful. We started this session with a cup of coffee, so they can relax, doing a thing they would usually do which requires minimum posing and feels more natural.