“ Adriana: I can never decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or by night”
“Gil: No, you can't, you couldn't pick one. I mean I can give you a checkmate argument for each side…”
(from the film Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen)
As an independent filmmaker living in Paris, I offer private photo sessions to individuals, couples and families.
What’s my style?
As primarily a film director, my style of photography is deeply cinematic. No problem if you don’t know how to pose, you will not have to. What will happen instead is that I will direct you, like an actor. Photos will not be posed, but staged. The best way I can describe what you are going to get is like screenshots from movies.
My moto is “Never look at the camera”.
So, instead of fashion-style portraits, what you will get here is mostly "candid", natural photos in the urban environment, the real Parisian life, the small streets, the cafés, the unseen corners.
The photo session can be during the day and/or the night. I love to play with the city night lights, the sun and the shadows, the contrast, and I always try to create the most cinematic/atmospheric/moody portraits and scenes possible.
Is this only about the photos? What about history and culture?
Depending on the path and the location, my walks will also allow you to discover movie locations, listen to stories and historical facts on the movies/locations and walk through some cool hidden spots you would probably not find on your own. The goal however is always to capture the best photos possible!
Day or Night?
The eternal question. Day offers more variety, and it tends to be more joyful. For a family, daytime photos is the only option.
Night offers less options (I don’t use flash so the place must be well lit), but nighttime photos tend to be more dramatic, dark and impressive. An important thing to note is that nighttime photos are more staged than daytime, as they need more detailed preparation before each shot. That’s why I don’t recommend this for kids.
What if it rains?
To quote once more Midnight in Paris, “Paris is more beautiful when it rains”. All sessions go rain or shine, because rain can only make the photos more beautiful. However, in case of a big storm or extreme weather circumstances there can be a delay or even cancellation and refund.
What equipment do I use?
I use a mirrorless full frame Sony A7iii, one of the best cameras on the market right now, and I have a variety of prime lenses that are perfect for low light shooting, starting from very wide to telephoto. For night photography I have several led lights that I use only in extreme cases.
What packages do I offer and what is the cost?
THE STANDARD PACKAGE:
Photo session in the center of Paris, in several spots of the Latin Quarter and the Saint Germain:
For an approximately 2 hour session:
-69 euros per person, in a 4-person group. Fixed path / no outfit changes (this is not a private session)
-210 euros for a private session for 1 to 3 persons (including couples, friends etc)
For an approximately 1 hour session:
-120 euros for a private session for one person
THE PERSONALISED PACKAGE
Photo session by the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, or any other preferred location (upon request):
-160 euros for 1 hour shoot for a private session for two persons (for example couples)
-120 euros for 1 hour shoot for a private session for one person
-230 euros for 2 hours shoot for a private session for two persons (for example couples)
-200 euros for 2 hours shoot for a private session for one person
*families and large groups, please contact me for special offers.
*extra cost for a wedding proposal, depending on the area and the time we are shooting.
What about special occasions?
Unfortunately I don’t do pre-wedding photoshoots, engagements etc, but I do offer thematic movie photoshoots. If you have a favorite movie shot in Paris, please contact me and we may do a special photoshoot in the locations of this movie! For any other kind of uncommon, out of the book request fee free to message and surprise me! If you are an actor for example, I'll be happy to help you make your book.
How many photos?
No session is the same with the next one, but no matter the package you chose, you will get 50 to 100 photos per person, (in both color and b/w form, so 100 to 200 per person in total), sometimes more. This depends on the session, the time, and the number of locations.
What about couples?
Couples are counted as two persons, so that means double photos. We will be doing solo and/or individual.
How are the photos delivered and when?
The photos are delivered maximum 4 days after each session. They are in a private gallery that you can watch and download them. Uncompressed in jpeg format (there is no possibility to get the raw photos) and in full quality, ready for printing. No extra costs.
How do you book it?
You can send me a message over at [email protected], or on Instagram at @cinematic.walks, let me know when you will be in Paris and what kind of package you want, and I will let you know my availability.