Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of Paris photo sessions do we cover ?
ChouetteParis photography sessions depend on the type of your event. We cover Paris elopements , engagements, honeymoons, anniversaries, family sessions and Paris weddings. Take a look at the couples PHOTOALBUMS and BLOG for more details and insight in our recent work.
What is a Paris photo session ?
A Paris “chouette” photo session is the ideal occasion for you as a couple profoundly in love to celebrate your connection in the most romantic city in the world. In the same time it is an opportunity to create story telling images featuring you in the insanely attractive Parisian backdrops.
Are you still available for my date?
This is typically the first question we get. The best way to find out is to submit an inquiry through our contact form. Our most popular starting times are sunrise and twilight, including the romantic “Blue Hour,” but we accommodate Paris photoshoots around the clock.
In your inquiry, please already specify your preferred date(s) and starting time, the desired amount of photography coverage and also tell us about your initial shoot ideas. The more information you share, the better we can help.
Our friendly support teamwork nearly 24/7/365 which translates into responsive communication and ultimately peace of mind for you.
Who are the photographers?
The owner of Chouette Love – Liya Matiosova (thats me!) is the main photographer and I shoot all my weddings. I also have several other professional photographers who I work with to assist me when people want a second photographer.
What cameras/lenses do you use?
2 canon bodies (Canon DX1 and Canon 5D Mark III) and a selection of prime lenses. Plus 3rd body : Sony A7II
How long does the photo shoot session last?
The actual session itself usually lasts about 2–3 or 4 hours. (for the 4 hours session we propose you to use our driver, who will pick up you in your hotel and drives you back in the end of our session. Wedding Collections range from 4 hrs, 6hrs or 8 hrs.
We’re not used to having our pictures taken. Will the results still be okay?
Please, don’t worry, most of our couples haven’t had previous camera experience and everyone have been happy with their result. If you’re still unsure, you could add an engagement shoot before the wedding—this is a perfect opportunity for you and your partner to see what it’s like to be in front of the camera, and to see how we work.
Do you have any advice on what to wear for our photoshoot in Paris ?
Dressed up or casual, that’s the real question ! Well, it’s really up to you, but as a photographer, both are working for me!
Check some pictures of photoshoots in Paris in the portfolio and blog, and choose what inspires you the most.
If possible, avoid stripes & checked patterns.
Also, in case of night shots in Paris, I would not recommend ‘all dark’ or ‘all black’ clothes.
Avoid strong colors and logos. Ensure you are comfortable and take some time to think how you would like your photos to turn out and choose something appropriate.
For 4 hours session with our driver: we suggest having at least three to five different outfits. Variety is best, so make sure to bring a few different colous and styles so we have different options for the images.
Bring outfits that you are comfortable in.
We are having an amazing time! Can we extend our photo session?
Of course and as long as the photographer is available.)
Rates for additional time start at $150/hour and vary by destination.
Do you know any other professionals in Paris for services (make-up artist, officiant, florist…)?
Yes of course ! We done many beautiful events and in contact with professionals in Paris for whose you may require the services : make-up artist, officiant or celebrant, videographer, flowers, balloon, vintage cars rental…We’ll be happy to recommend you some if desired !
We find the best results come from having professional hair/makeup done. Not only does a professional know what will photograph best, we find it really boosts your confidence to get a better session. Please, precise in your email that you would like to add this service too.
If you would rather do your own hair and/or makeup Chouette Love great to switch up the styles.
What happens after my photo session?
We do our best to provide your photos as soon as we can, your images will be selected, edited and uploaded to a secure gallery usually within 2-4 week of your session . And then you will be able to download all your photos in HD with no trademark.You will then be able to make your perfect selection and to order your photo book with our personalised design or print any photo you like by yourself.
However we always email you a short selection (up to 10 photos) during next day, to share them with your friends and family.
If you use editing service and order the album, we can also send you DVD that will contain best images in full-size, High-Resolution .jpg format which are suitable for printing.
Additional DVD’s can be provided at a cost of 20 euros.
All images taken on the day on and those appearing on this site are the copyright of Chouette Love Photography. Their sale is restricted to private use and they may not be printed from the screen, copied, distributed, published or used for any commercial purpose without the written consent of Chouette Love Photography.
So, we can order prints and albums through you as well?
Yes! And we love to do it for you. Contact Chouette Love for a detailed price list.
How many pictures can we expect?
For those taking up the 3 hours session, you can be certain of receiving over 150 images. After 4 hours session – over 200 images.
For those taking up the Full Day wedding coverage option, you can be certain of receiving over 400 images that will tell the complete story of your day, from start to finish.
Can I choose the photos I want?
Your private gallery includes the best shots from your photo tour, selected and edited by your awesome photographer. We hope, you already check our gallery and trust to our professional taste.
But you can choice the images if you order us to print your photo book.
Also please remember that due to the nature of candid photography, not all shots will come out as planned. If you have any specific “must-have” shots or locations in mind, let us know prior to your photo session.
Can we have the Raw Files?
No. Part of the creative process you invest in is the preparation your images, its a huge part of it all. Raw images are a bit like raw meat, we suppose, its like going to a good restaurant for an awesome meal and asking the chef for the ingredients as opposed to the meal he can create for you.
Can we make a video also??
Yes, in our Chouette Love team we have fantastic videographer. Please, contact us for more information.
What happens if it’s raining on the day of my photo tour/elopement ceremony?
There is always a backup plan. Fancy umbrellas, outdoors under a roof, or inside portraits. Rain doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it can open up for some amazing photo opportunities. Some light rain or showers can be the good excuse for an empty Paris and we can use this rare advantage . Plus it is easy to find some covered alleys, galleries, passages, etc. in Paris.
With the exception of a hurricane, tropical storm or flood, the show will go on! Exploring the city under the rain is an adventure, and it will make for great photos (trust us!).
Please, check our Chouette GALLERY and see the series“wedding under the rain”.
What does a normal wedding day look like?
No two weddings are ever the same, but the basic point is that I will be with you all day. From preparations, till your last dance in a restaurant. We prefer to get about an hour before or after the ceremony, to go away with you and your partner for some photos of just the two of you.
Whats is a pre-wedding shoot??
So glad you asked. It is actually the same as an engagement shoot, a connection session or an engagement session. One and the same thing. We also wrote a blog post explaining why it is important to have an engagement photo shoot, which you can check in our GALLERY ENGAGEMENT/PROPOSAL.
Can I change clothes during the session?
Yes, it is possible in a café or in our rented car. Nevertheless it may be difficult if you intend to change clothes during a short session (1h). For a night & day session you could easily have 2 different dress codes (for 2h session or more).
Do you cover areas outside of Paris? Do you travel for weddings?
Most of the weddings are actually outside Paris and we do also take destination weddings or elopements, so whatever the case, just get in touch.
What’s really cool about living in Paris, is it being such a well connected city, which makes it really easy to get anywhere in the France or abroad.
A deposit could be refounded?
In case of cancellation, the deposit is available during 5 year.
Right, I think we’ve made up our minds! How we do book you?
Exciting! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form to see if we available on your date. In order to secure a booking, we need your confirmation by email and a booking fee (30% of the total sum).
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to book a session!