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.
Winter couple’s photo shoots in Paris
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.
What to wear for you winter couple’s photo session
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!
Where should you take photos in Paris in the winter?
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.
What about snow? Ice? Freezing rain?
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.