HOW DOES MY
Paris Surprise Proposal Work?
STEP 1: Date and Time
Decide on a date that works for you. It’s best to not propose the day you arrive to Paris, your loved one may not feel photo ready and may be tired.
Then, decide on the best time of day.
Mornings are best if you’re morning people and you’d like to start out your day with a surprise proposal. If you’re up and about anyway sightseeing, this ensures your proposal is really unexpected. There also less tourists around in the morning.
Evenings are best if you’re not morning people or would like to do other things during the day and then take your loved one to dinner after your proposal. It’s the best way to make sure your loved one is dressed up for their photos, as they know they’ll be going to dinner and have to look great.
STEP 2: Preferred Location
There is no “best” location in Paris, the entire city is wonderful.
On the locations page you’ll see photos of real Paris surprise proposals and a video of the location. Most clients want a view of the Eiffel Tower. The best place for an Eiffel Tower proposal in the morning is Trocadero. We cannot photograph surprise proposals in the afternoon or evening at Trocadero, as it’s way too crowded with tourists. The best place for an Eiffel Tower proposal in the late afternoon or evening is Bir Hakeim Bridge, followed by Eiffel Tower Riverside and Passarelle Debilly, a pedestrian footbridge, also has a great view. If you can’t figure out the best location for you, don’t worry, just fill this out and I’ll make a personal recommendation. If you don’t know which location you want, it’s not a problem, you can decide later!
STEP 3: Choose your package
Select the package you like best here. There are three to choose from, the Surprise Proposal Classic, which is 30 minutes, and the Surprise Proposal Plus, which is 45 minutes and includes violin and champagne. The third choice is a Surprise Proposal Classic + Engagement Session, which is a really great idea and a lot of fun!
STEP 4: Book your date (before someone else takes it!)
Book your date! You can do this by selecting the package you’d like and click on BOOK NOW.
STEP 5: Our Plan
On the booking form, you’ll choose your date and available time and indicate your location (which can be changed later). Trocadero is not available after 10:00am. Then you’ll select your “scenario”. What is a scenario?
Here are the options:
- The Tourist (randomly walk up to me and ask me to take your photo with your cell phone) For a video of how this works, view video here >> https://youtu.be/7rtag8aye6c
- You Hired a Photographer (tell your loved one you’re just doing a photo session to capture your time in Paris
- You Hired a Tour Guide (a tour guide to show you around Paris)
More about the options:
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.
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.
STEP 6: Confirmation
After you reserve your date with your credit card, your reservation comes to me, and send you the photography agreement. When the agreement is returned, I’ll send you a confirmation with the details on the directions for our location, how to find me, and other tips. It’s really easy!
Where to start!! Karina was with me every step of the way
Communication was amazing, she answered every question I had even before I knew I had it. I was very nervous but Karina put my mind at ease. Very knowledgeable of how to keep the proposal a surprise. We received our pictures only a few hours after our shoot and they were better than expected. She knew the best places for the photos and they were amazing. If you are thinking about proposing anywhere in Paris, Picture Me Paris is a must. Thanks again Karina!
Lawrence B. Spokane Washington
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