Best time to take photos in Paris - Couples pictures, engagement photos, honeymoon or even wedding photos

what is the ideal time to start your paris photo shoot?

LIGHT IS EVERYTHING

One of the most important decision before booking a Paris photo shoot, is to choose the ideal starting time. If you're asking the question "what is the best time to take couples photos in Paris ?" Then we got you covered.

The best light for photography in general is early in the morning and late in the afternoon. This is what we call the golden hour. Now, the weather in Paris is unpredictable and most of the time the sky is covered, which makes any time of the day great for photos. There is another thing to consider though: the crowds. Paris is one of the busiest cities in the world, visited by millions of people every year.

Morning or evening - what is the best time for flattering editorial portraits in Paris

SUNRISE - Late morning - night


For our Paris photo shoots, we distinguish three popular starting times: sunrise shoots, late morning shoots and night photo sessions. In the sections below, we'll explore quickly all three starting times.

1. SUNRISE PHOTO SESSION

Sunrise starting time has the benefits of not having any people around

BEST LIGHT

The sunrise in Paris varies depending on the season. If in the summer, the sunrise is around 5:45AM, in the winter it can be as late as 9:00AM. To check the precise sunrise time for your travel dates, check this link with the sunrise times in Paris.

BENEFITS

At sunrise, you get the most flattering light and almost no people around. Paris feels like you have rented it out for yourself. Most of the tourists buses start arriving around 9:00AM.

DRAWBACKS

Unless you are a morning person, it's not easy to wake up very early to get ready for your photo shoot.

2. LATE MORNING PHOTO SHOOT

SLEEP IN

If you are not an early riser and wish to take your pictures later in the morning, this is possible. Our late morning Paris photo sessions are scheduled around 9AM-10AM. At this time of th day, the sun is already high, giving the pictures a bright and airy feel. There are already people around, meaning that not all the best locations will be available, as opposed to sunrise.

BENEFITS

You can sleep in and still have beautiful pictures.

DRAWBACKS

As tourists start exploring the city, not all of the ideal spots in Paris will be available for photos.

Indonesian girl holding green balloons is posing in front of the Eiffel Tower during a mid day photo shoot with The Paris Photographer

3. NIGHT PHOTO SESSION

Night pictures in Paris are magical - starting time at sunset

CITY OF LIGHTS

Paris is magical at night. The architecture, the city lights, everything offers a unique charm. Night photo shoots typically start at sunset, which is around 5:00PM in the winter and 10:30PM in the summer. Here are the sunset times in Paris depending on the season. 

BENEFITS

Photos of a city that looks magical at night, that you will cherish forever. Truly unique images.

DRAWBACKS

Night photos require an associate that helps with lights. In conclusion they are more expensive. Then, the light set-up takes time, meaning that we take less and more posed photos in the evening.

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