Ahh, Paris in the Springtime. Actually, scrub that. Make that 'Paris in the freezing cold, but let’s go with it’. But, thank the Lord, no rain.
Engagement shoots are great to do for so many reasons. They are a chance to get to know your clients better with time to wander. But far more important is come the big day the photographic style in which you work is familiar and you hit the ground running. The couple should have no worries about how things will be.
So, it was onto the Eurostar that Farnoosh, Andres and I jumped with a loose plan to shoot whatever occurred to us.
I don’t like to over plan any day of photography; an approximate outline with plenty of room to breathe is my preferred MO and it’s usually the same for those who employ me. But we had some basic location aims: Notre Dame, The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower were all on the 'to-do list', all the while being careful not to descend into an obvious travelogue. We even swerved past those cheeky chaps trying to get us to help 'free Tibet'(!)
It worked a treat. Sure, a temperature of 8c wasn’t ideal, and the brutal Metro barriers did their best to grab Farnoosh’s bag on occasion (cue obvious guillotine joke). But relaxing on the train home the feeling was that we had some fabulous shots of a lovely couple from a wonderfully romantic city.
A pretty good way to spend a Saturday. And Eurostar espresso ein’t at all bad, either.