Engagement Love! Paris Photography Romantic

Real life Paris engagement shoot : Bethany and James

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I met Bethany a couple of years ago. She was a student under my care when I worked in study-abroad, and we remained in contact after her session here in Paris. We have shared our life news since, and I was so happy to learn several weeks ago that she was engaged, and even more thrilled to know that she would be visiting Paris and was hoping to do an engagement photo-shoot. She wanted to know if I knew anyone available on short notice…I did, myself! Eager to try something I haven’t done before, and also happy to do something beautiful and creative for someone I care about I asked her if she would allow me to take their engagement photos. She was more than happy to let me have the opportunity. So on the scheduled day of the shoot I met them at the Alexander III bridge where we did a series of shots, and then headed over to the Grand and Petit Palais, followed by a quick pass by rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré and then to Ladurée for breakfast on rue Royal. They were relaxed and care-free about the whole thing, the perfect couple to photograph. Being that it was my first every engagement photo-shoot, I was unsure if I would be able to direct my subjects well. After the first few clicks of my camera I was not worried. Not only were Bethany and James super photogenic, but they were happy to oblige in any direction I gave them.

James is a shoe designer and comes from a family of artisans that restore old Ford Model T cars… and man this guy is organized! When he decided to propose to his chérie he planned it all to a T! 😉 He got their friends involved, and managed to pull of the most unexpected, most romantic moment full of surprise and delight to a bewildered Bethany who had no idea what was coming.

The bride-to-be is a product manager for Keds. Both of these two lovebirds work in the shoe industry. So in addition to being best friends and life partners, they both have their feet pointed in the same direction. So as to saying goes : if the shoe fits… And these two certainly fit!

They are a couple of accomplices in life and have tons of obvious compatibility together, all you have to do is look at the two of them to see that they were meant to be! I wish them a long and joyful life together…

♥ Love rules!!! ♥

I am looking to fine-tune my skills in capturing love in Paris on camera…if you are interested in doing a shoot with your sweetheart, let me know, perhaps you’ll be my next blog subjects! Don’t wait too long, I just may get good enough to require remuneration!


  1. Really nice photos! Great pics with Paris in the background and I love the creative shoe shot with the heart! Very nice!

  2. Beautiful photos! Are you seriously interested in doing another romantic shoot?! My sweetie proposed to me in the Luxembourg gardens 25 years ago (it was May with chestnut blossoms fluttering above us–aah!!) and we are traveling to France with our 3 children this August. It’s going to be a grand celebration of our 50th birthdays, 25th wedding anniversary and a final fling with all three kids before the firstborn girl gets married herself in March 2013! We will be in Paris on Friday, August 17. Wouldn’t a mini-photo shoot in the Lux gardens be perfect to help mark the occasion?!!

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