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Paris is known for architecture, food and fashion, but let’s leave fashion for another post and focus on the first two. Not only will you find culinary delights and architectural masterpieces around almost every corner, but you can combine the two for a truly amazing experience. A perfect way to follow up a photo shoot in Paris.
Here is a list of the top restaurants with a view of Paris (and the Eiffel Tower):
Ok, so this restaurant doesn’t actually have a view of the Eiffel Tower because, well, it’s IN the Eiffel Tower. While it is pricey and the waiting list to get a reservation can be long, the views alone make it worthwhile. While you’re sitting 410 feet (124 meters) in the air, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the city as well as up-close details of the structure of the Eiffel Tower itself.
Address: 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris
Service: Lunch and Dinner
This bar is extremely popular with Parisian (even though the entrance is unmarked, you’ll know exactly where it is by the lineup outside) and once you get up to the rooftop, you’ll see why. Perched on top of the fashionable BHV store in the Marais neighbourhood it has panoramic views of Paris, including the Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame de Paris. From personal experience, I recommend bringing a scarf as things can get pretty windy and chilly late in the evening.
Address: 33 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
Service: Dinner (bar)
Located on the rooftop of the Musée de Quai Branly, Les Ombres offers scenic panoramas of the city and is often referred to as the restaurant with the best view of the Eiffel Tower. Mimicking the Iron Lady’s metal structure, this restaurant is the perfect place for lunch or a romantic dinner overlooking the shimmering lights of the Eiffel Tower in the evening. With its international clientele (celebrities included) and modern cuisine, this restaurant is very friendly to English-speakers.
Address: 27 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Service: Lunch and Dinner
The only restaurant where you can actually look DOWN at the Eiffel Tower, Le Ciel de Paris (literally meaning “the sky of Paris”) is located on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse. With its futuristic décor and dramatic views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, this restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy classic French dishes and a glass (or more) or wine.
Address: Tour Maine Montparnasse, 56ème, Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris
Service: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Just off of the famous Champs Elysées, you’ll find the Maison Blanche restaurant, which boasts two terraces with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Situated on top of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and surrounded by fashionable high-end boutiques, this pricey restaurant has a beautiful mezzanine level serving French cuisine and the upper level has a fun glow bar.
Address: 15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Service: Lunch (only Mon-Fri) and Dinner and Club after 12:30am
If you’re craving seafood, an amazing wine selection and a direct view of the Eiffel Tower, then Girafe restaurant is where it’s at. The old-world charm of the outdoor terrace and the extensive greenery make this one of the most Instagram-worthy spots to eat in the city. Located at Place de Trocadero, it’s the perfect place to go after your photo session in Paris.
Address: 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris
Service: Lunch and Dinner
The Art Deco interior of the Monsieur Bleu is chic and elegant for a romantic dinner with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Located in the Palais de Tokyo museum, it’s just a stone’s throw from the Iron Lady. With a more affordable menu than other restaurants with panoramas of the city, this is the place to go for French cuisine in a gorgeous setting (and I highly recommend trying their cocktails).
Address: 20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris
Service: Lunch and dinner
Museums have some pretty great restaurants in Paris and the Musée de l’homme is no exception. Located in Place de Trocadero (the famous landmark that’s perfect for your Paris photo shoot) The Café de l’homme is a traditional Parisian bistro serving classic French fare with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower.
Address: 17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris, France
Located in the Terrass Hotel, this restaurant has sweeping views of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. The hotel is perched on a hill in the cozy neighbourhood of Montmartre, known for its winding streets and artist community (and the Sacré Coeur cathedral nearby). To book a table on the outdoor terrace, it’s best to book in advance.
Address: 12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris
Service: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
I was so happy to photograph Tahnee and Yann’s wedding last year in the heart of Paris. The day was a roller coaster of events, but in the end, it was a beautiful celebration filled with some much love and laughter.
Christelle and Julien decided to hold their vow renewal ceremony in the heart of the city that they call home – Paris! They were joined with their wedding planner Anaïde, who was their officiant for the small and meaningful celebration.
This gorgeous estate wedding in the English countryside was a dream to photograph! Roxanne and Laurence planned everything to the smallest detail and it really infused their personalities into the entire celebration.
I was thrilled to be able to photograph this editorial wedding shoot at the Chateau de Chantilly last summer with an incredible team of over 20 vendors! We had it all – a chateau, a vintage car, a string quartet and a choir!
I love when couples dress up for their engagement session! Windy chose a sparkly red gown that was perfect for their location – Place de la Concorde and Place Vendome. When you’re taking photos at the Ritz, it only makes sense to shine as brightly as the ornate decor around you. On top of all that, they were the sweetest couple and so clearly in love!
A chilly winter engagement session in Paris that almost didn’t happen! Molly was studying in Paris while her fiancé was in the US and was planning on flying over during her holidays to join her. Unfortunately, he had a layover in Montreal, which was being pummelled with snow and there was a risk that he wouldn’t make his flight. Luckily, the stars aligned and these lovebirds had their engagement session at the Louvre as planned.
While summer is obviously one of the most popular seasons for couple photo shoots and engagement sessions in Paris, you can still take great photos in the winter here! The light is soft and flattering and you don’t need to wake up at 5am to get ready!
The sun rises quite late in the winter (close to 9am in peak winter), which means that if you’re getting your hair and makeup done before your couple’s session, you can have a (little) snooze or enjoy a yummy Parisian breakfast of coffee and croissants at a café.
Winters in Paris are chilly but nothing compared to Canadian temperatures that I was used to. The difference is that Paris is very humid and windy, which means that you’ll still want to bundle up for the photo shoot. I always recommend bringing layers – warm jackets, scarves and even gloves or mittens. Even if you’ll take them off during the photos, you can put them back on while we’re walking from spot to spot.
Keeping warm is super important in order to have a comfortable couple’s photo shoot or engagement photo session. Do you want goosebumps, purple fingers and a red nose in your photos? Didn’t think so! So bundle up!
Jackets and blazers are your best friend – I love Molly and Elliott’s outfits during their engagement session. They’re both looking stylish and keeping warm!
There are a lot of great locations for couple’s photo shoots or engagement photo sessions in Paris, no matter what the season. However, we’re not quite in the tropics, so winter means barren trees and often gray skies. That’s why I prefer to leave the parks for the spring and summer photo sessions and go to place with a lot of architectural details like the Louvre, the Palais Royal, Montmartre, Trocadero, Bir Hakeim Bridge and Place Vendome.
For all your northerners that are used to putting on snow boots in December, don’t worry, we rarely get snow and when we do, it’s actually very magical. The city will be at a standstill, but that just means that we’ll have more privacy for your couple’s session. We never get more than a few centimeters of snow and it usually lasts for one day before it melts away. So you can leave your snow boots at home and come to Paris with some stylish shoes (or cute boots like Molly here) instead.
Christina and Aaron’s engagement sessions is one of my favourite ones to date! The happy couple, the morning sunshine, the fabulous ring (!)….it all made for some extra magical photos.
Summer is definitely one of the best seasons to take your couple’s photos or engagement session in the City of Lights. The warm mornings and gorgeous light are the perfect combination for stunning photos. The only downside is the very early wake up times. The sun comes up as early as 5:30am in the middle of summer, so if you want time to get your hair and makeup done and get some breakfast before your photo shoot, you won’t be able to hit snooze on your alarm!
Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting that you get up at 3am for your photo session (trust me, I’m not a morning person either). I usually recommend starting the session at around 7am to avoid crowds and get that soft morning light.
That’s exactly what we did for Christina & Aaron’s engagement photo shoot. Their session started at 7 am at Place de Trocadero, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. We made our way down the stairs toward the iconic landmark and then took an Uber to the Tuileries Gardens.
The choices here are endless! Summers are usually warm and sunny (although we do have the occasional rainy day here and there), which means that you can wear whatever you want! If you’ve decided to wear a killer pair of heels, remember to bring a comfy pair of flats. No matter how often you wear high heels, the cobblestones can do a number on your feet, so come prepared.
And gentlemen, this is the time to dress up! You’re in the fashion capital of the world, so leave the cargo pants in your suitcase and put on a nice outfit to match the stunning backdrop of the city.
I loved Christina’s chic sleeveless dress and chunky heels. Aaron looked very dapper in this jeans and blazer. Their outfits totally go together without being matchy-matchy.
Just like your outfits, the choices of locations are also endless. My go-to locations are the areas around the Eiffel Tower, like Trocadero, Bir Hakeim Bridge and Champs de Mars. I also can’t ever get enough of the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. There are so many gorgeous spots in these two locations alone.
My other favourites include the Palais Royal and the adjoining gardens, the winding streets of Montmartre with the grandiose Sacred Heart Cathedral (Sacré Coeur) and cute Parisian cafés. The Pont Alexandre III and the Petit Palais nearby are also beautiful locations for couple’s photos. If you’ve already done all the classic spots, I like to go to places like Parc Monceau or Buttes Chaumont. And if you’re reeeeally tired of Paris (are you though?) then I suggest doing your engagement session or couple’s photos in Versailles and Parc de Saint Cloud, both of which are a quick train ride outside of the city.
When Emily and her family moved to Paris a few years ago, she booked me for a family session around the city. This time they chose a location closer to home for their fall photo shoot – Versailles! Not too shabby eh? We were so lucky because the grounds were almost completely empty and the kids had plenty of space to run around and have fun.
With the pandemic affecting how we celebrate love, we wanted to give couples some ideas of how to have an intimate elopement without compromising on style. This fall editorial featured deep, rich hues with pops of brighter colours to keep the look modern and elegant.
For a third year in a row, I was fortunate enough to photograph this growing family. This year, with 2 little ones and another one on the way, they decided to skip Paris and do their family session in Parc de Saint Cloud, on the outskirts of the city. We were so lucky with warm weather, sunshine and a park that we had almost all to ourselves.
We wanted to show three different hair looks that all channeled that classic French girl chic. I worked with the lovely Alesia, makeup artist extraordinaire, who accentuated Anna’s beauty with a natural makeup look.
Look 1: Loose waves
Alesia’s tip for elegant waves: keep them loose and pair them with a delicate headband or hair comb.
Look 2: A low bun with tendrils
By letting tendrils and curls fall naturally around the face, Alesia gave this low bun more depth and sophistication. This style looks great hair combs or with hair pins.
Look 3: A no-fuss low bun
For this last look, Alesia kept the low bun soft and romantic and made sure to think about the veil when choosing hair accessories. To avoid snagging your veil on your hair comb, avoid sharp edges and wires, and choose combs with soft beads and contours.