Monday, February 13, 2017

Travel Portraits - Our Family in Paris

Last Christmas, we went for the very first time to Europe.

It was a very memorable and tiring trip ( we had all 3 kids with us). We visited only London and Paris in our short 8 day vacation. Five days in London and only 2 days in Paris (the rest was on a plane).

And before I share any details of our trip, I would like to share with you probably one of the BEST part of our trip, our Family Pictorial in Paris...

I booked a photographer -  I heart Paris Photographer, 2 months in advance to make sure they would be available on the 2 short days we were there. I highly-recommend Fede and his wife Anastasia since we absolutely had to do our photos on on one of the foggiest and coldest day in Paris at that time! We were so lucky to have found Fede since he was so patient with us and the kids and we definitely felt so at ease with him.

I can definitely say, these photos (which are only some of many), is one of the BEST SOUVENIR I could ever get or hope for for such a memorable trip! Choosing which ones to display is now the only hard part! ;-)

Some tips I would recommend if you plan to do something similar on your next trip:

1) Find the right photographer - browsing thru IG and FB is super easy, you get to see their portfolios and the type of photos they do and there are a lot of really good ones out there.

2) Book way in advance if possible  - once you get your tickets, you have to book your photographer next. Most of them require a deposit so that takes your mind off of things in terms of making sure your session is a go.

3) Plan your family's outfit on the day of  - ours didn't work out so well since it was so cold, we ended up wearing our jackets thru most of it all.

4) Have some idea as to what type of photos you want - again social media pics are a great example for your photographer, although with Fede, he mainly dictated what was good or not.

5) Plan to do it in the morning if possible - especially if you want it done in a famous iconic tourist spot, to avoid less crowd of course and that way you also can still look your best and do more sight-seeing in the afternoon.  But I understand if sunset is your thing, timing is crucial so be there early.

6) Make sure you are full. Yes, so true for pictorial with kids, you want them to be happy and content when you do this. In our case, it was the cold that we didn't expect so there were some photos that had Aidan looking grouchy. ;-)

7) Most important of all, HAVE FUN! Your photographer will edit for you anyway so just relax and let the moment take you!

And since it's Valentine's day tomorrow...

Happy Valentine's Day to you too!


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  1. Oh my word, these photos are truly stunning. What a fabulous idea and the perfect keepsake for such an amazing family trip.

  2. oh my goodness, what beautiful photos and memories you'll keep!

  3. Oh Vel, these are amazing!! Absolutely love them all and such sweet mementos for your family. The last pic is super adorable too:-). Happy early Valentine's day! xx

  4. I think this is SUCH a great idea. I've had friends who hire a photographer at the beach, but I've never thought to do it for foreign travels. Your photos turned out so beautifully and you have such a lovely family!

  5. Vel...these are exquisite pictures. A lasting treasure of memories with your family. Your handsome sons, that sweet Sophia (what a smile), and you and your husband looking like newlyweds! Thanks for sharing the best pics I've ever seen of the Eiffel Tower!

    Jane x

  6. Beautiful photos and family! What a gorgeous way of remembering your vacation. Happy Valentine's Day!

  7. Hi Vel and Happy Valentine's Day! I love your photos of your trip! What a great idea to hire a professional photographer.
    Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

  8. These photos truly are priceless Vel!
    Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
    May love and joy always be yours.

  9. What a wonderful experience and great tips. Ps...LOVE your outfit!! Gorgeous and tres chic!

  10. what a great picture capturing memories for all I so agree with you about morning portraits the best time to get the picture you want. Also out of season vacations work great as well
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  11. Wow, stunning family photos! And where else in the City of Lights or Fog at that time? :) What a fun way to travel and got to take pics with the best photographer. Indeed the best travel souvenir a family can keep forever.

  12. Beautiful family photos! Such a great idea to hire a photographer for your travels! Love your gorgeous outfit, by the way!


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