How your Paris surprise proposal with Picture Me Paris works

Paris Surprise Proposal

How your Paris surprise proposal with Picture Me Paris works

How your Paris surprise proposal with Picture Me Paris works. You’re coming to Paris and you’re exploding with excitement. Not only are you excited to see Paris, one of the prettiest, most romantic, most dynamic cities in the world, you plan to propose to the girl (or guy) of your dreams! What could be more romantic and meaningful than that?

But, you’re a bit nervous about it all, and that’s completely normal. Maybe you’ve never been to Paris. Maybe you’re worried about the timing, how to keep your Paris surprise proposal a secret, or even if she’ll love Paris. Is it the right time and place? With very little hesitation, I can say YES! Most women on this planet would be absolutely thrilled to be proposed to in the City of Light, the most romantic and charming city in the world, Paris, France!

Okay, so now you’ve decided yes, this is the place I want to propose, a Paris surprise proposal that will be memorable and fantastic. Where to even start?

Luckily, I’ve done all the work for you. You just need to make a few decisions, and leave the rest to me! Not only am I an expert Paris surprise proposal photographer, knowing the absolute perfect angles to capture your big moment in so many locations, I’m a true professional. Someone you can count on in the months, weeks and days before you even arrive in Paris. Because I live here full-time, I know what’s going on in Paris, the best locations for a Paris surprise proposal, and can give you tons of advice. You can even add me on Whatsapp so we can plan your Paris surprise proposal in secret. Professionalism is so important, because you don’t want this pivotal moment in your relationship spoiled.

I don’t like negativity at all, but I have to be honest with you, and I’m always honest with my clients. Most Paris surprise proposal photographers are awesome. However, some photographers are not all that reliable. They may cancel on you last minute. Or worse yet, they may not show up. There could be communication issues if their English isn’t so good, and you may wait forever and a day to see your pictures.

It’s just not worth the risk.

As a professional Paris photographer, I’d never, ever leave my clients high and dry. I’ll be there for you, you can count on that, when we agreed to, the place we agreed to, and I’ll never cancel on your last minute. I’m also American, so I speak fluent English and I speak French too (y un poquito español). There will be no communication issues, which is a huge relief when you’re traveling to a foreign country.

You’re also not going to be waiting for your photos. I know you’re excited to share your news with friends and family, it’s a huge moment of celebration! Other Paris photographers may get your photos to you in a week or so. Not me.

You’ll have your fully edited, beautiful Paris surprise proposal photos in digital format in 24 hours OR LESS. In fact, in many circumstances your photos may already be ready while you’re still having your celebratory dinner! I charge nothing additional for this service, I just want you to enjoy your engagement?

More details on how a Picture Me Paris surprise proposal works

The photographs of surprise proposals I do take place around Paris, usually with a view of the Eiffel Tower. You can elect to add a violinist for some very special music, and champagne for a toast. Paris is already a feast for the eyes, and there’s no need to go overboard with grandiose gestures. The beauty of Paris itself I believe is the most beautiful background and setting for your Paris surprise proposal.

The whole process starts with the location. The most popular location, of course, is with an Eiffel Tower view. Here are the most popular locations with an Eiffel Tower view:

  1. Eiffel Tower Trocadero (straight on view of the Eiffel Tower, very scenic but you need to get there early to avoid the tourist crowds)
  2. Eiffel Tower Riverside (a close up view of the Eiffel Tower from the tranquil shores of the Seine River)
  3. Eiffel Tower Bir Hakeim (a really pretty bridge with a unique view)

Of course, your’e not obligated to be right at the Eiffel Tower itself.


The Pont Alexandre bridge is just gorgeous and has a view of the Eiffel Tower in the background. There’s also the Tuileries Gardens, with a view of the Louvre Museum in the background. You have lot of options!

After you decide on the perfect location for your Paris surprise proposal, then you just select the package you love best. The Picture Me Paris Classic Surprise Proposal and the Picture Me Paris Surprise Proposal Plus are your two options, and you can even add an engagement session the next day or day after.

One you’ve selected your location and then selected your package, you’ll reserve online with your credit card, and then I’ll send you directions to our meeting point.


What happens next

The big day has arrived, but how are you going to get here there without spoiling the surprise?

If it’s a morning proposal, and at the Eiffel Tower you can tell her that you’re getting to the Eiffel Tower early before the tourists arrive. Or, you can say you’re going to a late breakfast, brunch or early lunch. Or, you could just say you want to go for a walk and end up at our meeting point.

If it’s an evening proposal, that’s really simple. You just make dinner plans and she’ll be dressed up for dinner when you propose.

There are several scenarios for your Paris surprise proposal, meaning how you and I connect (your Paris surprise proposal photographer).

More about the options:

The Tourist
The easiest thing for us to do is meet at a popular spot. This may be at the Eiffel Tower, or another location we will arrange together in advance.

As Paris has a lot of tourists, it’s very believable that I should be at our meeting spot as a tourist taking photos, just like you’ll be. I’ll give you the exact meeting spot and tell you what I look like so you can spot me quickly. Then, you just approach me and ask me to take a picture of you and your significant other with your cell phone. I’ll take your picture, ask you if it’s okay, and then hand your phone back, and from there you can propose. Then, I take images with my professional camera. It’s an easy and very successful way to propose and have your images captured without spoiling the surprise. Your partner will not suspect anything odd, as tourists do this for other tourists all the time. Please note, I give you your phone back, so please take it back and then put it in a safe place before you propose.

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Why do I recommend this scenario? It’s a good one because it allows me to establish my “zone” so that people are not walking in front of you, ruining the proposal images.

For example: We meet at the Bir Hakeim bridge, which has a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. You casually approach me and ask me if I would mind taking your picture. As this happens all day among tourists, it’s nothing out of the ordinary and your significant other will not find it odd. I’ll take your cell phone, and take your couples photo. I will then give the phone back to you, and ask if the photo is ok. From there, you’ll put your phone away, turn to your significant other, say your words, and get down on one knee to propose. During this time, they are paying attention to you, not me. I am capturing everything that is happening with my professional camera. When your proposal is over, I’ll introduce myself and congratulate you!

**IMPORTANT: Many people ask, can’t I just give you a signal, a sign? Why do I have to approach you? She will be suspicious! It will be weird! Actually, it’s not at all weird and works perfectly. Can’t I hide behind a tree with a long lens? I don’t want you anywhere around!

I’m sorry, but this is not the way I work, and I’ll tell you why.

In a perfect world, you could wave your hand, all the people would part, and he’d get down on one knee and have a beautiful view of Paris all to yourself.  But it doesn’t work like that. People are in the way, people don’t move. Tourists want to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower too, and they are not thinking about getting out of the way of others. So that means I have to move them if they’re in the way, and the only way I can do that is to create a path so that they move out of the way. I know it sounds invasive and scary to go up to a stranger and ask them to take a photograph, but it happens multiple times a day, and even while I’m waiting there people ask me to take pictures with their cell phone. There has never been one woman who has said, “Why did you ask a stranger to take our picture!” or “I knew you were proposing, you asked that woman to take our picture”.

Paris is just too busy to hide somewhere and hope that I’m in the right spot at the right time. I watched another photographer do this once. What happened? There were five people in front of his couple and he ran up to the people, pushed them hard out of the way, and screamed at them. This was a very ugly scene for the couple and the tourists that were being screamed at, and I decided I’d never do that. My system works perfectly every time.

You Hired a Photographer
Another idea that some clients prefer is to hire a photographer for a photo session to capture your Paris memories. It is Paris photo session, but with a proposal thrown in! You just tell your significant other that you thought it would be nice to have some photos taken together in Paris.

For example: You tell your girlfriend Monica that wouldn’t it be nice to have some nice photos in Paris to remember your vacation by a professional photographer. Monica thinks it’s a great idea and wears her best dress because after your session, you’re going to have a nice lunch or dinner in Paris. We all meet and start our photo session, but during a portion of it, you propose!

The Tour Guide
I’m also a former tour guide, and you might tell your significant other we’re taking a Paris tour, and the tour guide also takes photos. I’ve done this with great success as well (and yes, I’ll really give you a tour!).

For example: You and your significant other want a nice tour of Montmartre. So you hire me as your tour guide to give you a tour and during your tour, you propose. Congratulations!

There are a few locations and situations  (Trocadero in the early morning, for example) where I don’t need you to employ any of the above scenarios. Honestly, they work the absolute best, but if you’re concerned about them, don’t hesitate to let me know. The most important thing for me is to capture your proposal beautifully, so I’ll do everything I can to ensure your proposal in Paris is the absolute best.

The Big Moment

Finally, the moment you’ve dreamed of has arrived! You see me, we connect in whatever way we’ve decided and you say your beautiful words and get on one knee. I’ll be there to capture it, and afterward, we’ll do a few post-proposal photos in the nearby area. We’ll have a lot of fun and within 24 hours you’ll have your beautiful photos available in digital format on an online gallery you can access with your phone, computer or tablet. But what’s better is you’ll also have the option to make beautiful prints, canvas, or a keepsake album of your surprise proposal in Paris. It’s a great idea because your memories are best preserved printed for you to enjoy.


newly engaged couple kissing at trocadero eiffel tower

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Are you ready to get planning your Paris surprise proposal? Check out all the details here.

I can’t wait to meet you both in Paris!


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