couple drinking coffee in paris with motorcycle passing

Cozy and Quaint Winter Engagement Photoshoot in Paris

January 16, 2024

This engagement photoshoot in Paris was so much fun! This cute-as-can-be couple are recently engaged, and were celebrating their engagement and love story in Paris, just after the Christmas holidays. As a long-time Paris photographer, sometimes the winter season can be gray and depressing, but it can also be incredibly charming and a great time of year to come to Paris!

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The Essence of a Paris Photoshoot

How to best prepare for your Paris photoshoot in winter? Try to have the best attitude possible, and it’s important to be flexible. This fun couple had a great attitude and were prepared to have fun. Not every person loves having “photos taken”, but to be honest, this is a very ‘old school’ approach. Back in the Pleistocene era, people would gather around to be photographed, and it was a tedious and boring process. Particularly, if you didn’t like standing there being told to smile, or look at the camera, look this way. I mean, who would enjoy that?

Thankfully, we live in modern times, and I seek to capture the essence of people, meaning what they would be doing anyway in Paris. I try to infuse my sessions with a lot of movement, because I think standing static like a statue all the time is just not too enjoyable. Therefore, I encourage my couples to play. Movement is key–spin, dance, laugh, embrace, kiss. You get the idea. Now what if you’re someone who doesn’t want to do any of that? That’s totally up to you, of course we will and can do more static, posed images, and those are quite romantic and I incorporate those too. However, if you’re sort of looking for the classic look at the camera and smile type of couples session, I may not be the best fit for you.

engaged couple laughing hand in hand at the eiffel tower
engaged couple laugh at the eiffel tower in paris
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A Dream Couple Sent from the Photography Gods

In this case, I feel like Katherine and Patrick were sent to me from the Photography Gods. They were positive, upbeat, had a “let’s do it” attitude, and we so very kind and fun. First, we started at the world famous Trocadero overlook, with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. On this day in December, we had a nice sunrise and some interesting clouds.

man and woman hold hands walking in paris with view of eiffel tower
couple embrace with view of the eiffel tower in paris
couple dance in paris with view of eiffel tower
couple embrace with view of the eiffel tower in paris
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engaged couple kiss in paris with view of eiffel tower
engaged couple dance at eiffel tower in paris
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engaged couple kiss at eiffel tower in paris
man and woman kiss with view of engagement ring

From here, we went on a pretty walk along the river, with the charming cobblestone paths, and finished up the Eiffel Tower portion of our program with a visit to the nearby Bir Hakeim Bridge. This impressive double decker bridge sets a dramatic backdrop for the Eiffel Tower, and I love photographing couples here. It feels so cinematic!

Visiting the Louvre, the Most Famous Museum in the World

We then hopped in a taxi to head over the the Louvre, which is the very best place in Paris to see some stunning architecture, in my humble opinion. The juxtaposition of the modern glass pyramids, with the intricate carvings on the palace itself are exquisite. After we covered many angles at the Louvre, we popped across the street to the former “Love Lock Bridge”, Pont des Arts, and finally, to a charming cafe to warm up with some coffee.

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engaged couple walk in corridor at the louvre in paris
couple walk in front of glass pyramid at louvre in paris
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engaged couple run around a lamp at the louvre in paris
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man and woman embrace at the louvre in paris
couple walk at the louvre in paris
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engaged couple embrace in paris

Dressing in Paris During Wintertime

It was such a wonderful morning! I also loved how this couple dressed. Katherine selected a colorful winter coat, which is essential. Paris in winter can be drab and gray, and often rainy, so having a bit of color really helps bring the photos to life. Also, so cute, Katherine and Patrick added some Parisian flair for a few photos with colorful berets. Despite the fact no one in France really wears berets anymore, you simply cannot argue that they’re as cute as can be!

If you’re coming to Paris in winter, a Parisian couples or engagement session will be such a fantastic memory for you, and I’ll never forget this beautiful and friendly couple!

man and woman in beret embrace in paris
couple in paris embrace with eiffel tower in background
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woman and man in berets laugh in paris
cute couple in beret at cafe in paris
woman holding cup of espresso with engagement ring
couple drinking coffee in paris with motorcycle passing
man and woman cheer each other with coffee in paris

Karina Leigh Photography

Winter photoshoots in Paris are fantastic, and so much fun. If you’d like to schedule your own wonderful Paris photo session, in winter or any time of year, don’t hesitate to contact me, I’d love to meet you!





I adore capturing love stories in France! From the grandeur of the most romantic city on earth, Paris, to the colorful and lively seaside city of Nice, to the lavender fields and olive groves of charming Provence, France is filled with stunning beauty. To better understand my approach and my style, have a look at my work, by selecting a category below. Here, you'll get a better idea of how I can tell your love story, too!




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