Today, French Wedding Style will introduce you to the top ten destination wedding photographers in France who are experts in their field. From documentary-style wedding photography to traditional posed photos, these individuals can help you remember your big day for years to come.
In this Article
- Discover 10 of the Best Wedding Photographers in France
- How much does a Wedding Photographer cost in France?
- How much should I spend on a Wedding Photographer in France?
- What to consider when hiring a Wedding Photographer in France.
- Do wedding photographers have travel fees?
- How to find the right wedding photography style?
- Additional Questions you should ask your Wedding Photographer in France.
Discover 10 of the Best Wedding Photographers in France
Lost in Love Photography
For almost a decade, Lost in Love Photography has captured couples’ sweetest wedding moments in several places around the world. Their past destination wedding locations include Fiji, Italy, and France. As the name of their business suggests, Lost in Love focuses on those dreamy, romantic moments that make your wedding truly unique.
Le Secret D’Audrey
Audrey is a wedding photographer in France who has an impressive portfolio, with work featured in famous fashion magazines like Vogue and Glamour. She’s a great match for couples who need a bit of help coming up with wedding photo ideas. Noted for her classy, elegant photos, she is an expert at black-and-white photography and can help you achieve the enchanting look you’re hoping for.
Greg Finck is another photographer with a long history of taking beautiful wedding pictures. Harper’s Bazaar has recognized him as a top photographer, and his photos have been seen in Elle and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. One thing that makes him stand out from other professionals is the fact he provides couples with a special Archival Box with printed proofs and a USB flash drive. He also offers wedding photo book options to his clients.
Couples who are searching for a skilled photographer in wedding photography styles should reach out to Maya Maréchal. She specialises in taking posed photos as well as candid ones, so you’ll have a comprehensive collection of wedding memories for years to come. Her work has been featured in widely recognised publications like Condé Nast BRIDES and Vogue.
Molly Carr Photography
Molly Carr states that her goal when it comes to taking destination wedding pictures is to immortalise “the ephemeral beauty that I see in the places and the people around me.” Her portfolio makes it clear that she succeeds in her goal with every wedding she documents, as she illuminates the charm of the landscape and bridal party alike.
Cedric Klein has a knack for preserving the vibrant atmosphere of destination weddings across the globe. From the French Riviera to Tuscany, he’s photographed nuptials at many gorgeous locations both indoors and outdoors. He focuses on creating complex photos that include an emotional component rather than focusing only on technical factors. Cedric is one of the most talented wedding photographer in France.
Lauren Fair Photography
The Lauren Fair Photography crew is comprised of Lauren herself and eight associate photographers. This larger group gives them additional availability in their schedule. Lauren’s work has been published in BRIDES magazine naming her one of the 50 Top Photographers in the World. Her photos emphasise lighting and all those bubbly, happy emotions of a wedding.
Oliver Fly Photography
Oliver Fly is a Paris-based photographer whose lovely photographs have been featured in magazines like Style Me Pretty and People. With his careful attention to colour, light, and texture, it’s no wonder that so many publications have recognised Oliver’s work. Clients can hire him for wedding and engagement pictures and editorial ones.
Another talented wedding photographer on our list is Claire Eyos. Claire travels within the United States and around Europe to capture wedding ceremonies and pre-wedding moments. Her artistic eye lends itself well to capturing those captivating moments so that they can be cherished for decades. Interested clients can contact her through her website and learn more details about her photography style.
Who better to photograph a wedding than a married couple? John and Marlene Koman are a husband-and-wife duo who travel across the globe to get those perfect destination wedding photos for their clients. Their photography business has received much critical acclaim, and they can also create stunning videos of your event.
How much does a Wedding Photographer cost in France?
When considering a destination wedding photographer in France, it’s crucial to look beyond the price and consider the photographer’s style, portfolio, and overall compatibility with your vision for the wedding. Remember that wedding photography is an investment in capturing the memories of one of the most important days of your life.
It’s also important to have a clear understanding of what is included in the photographer’s packages, any additional costs, and the delivery timeline for the final images. Always discuss your specific needs and expectations with potential photographers to ensure that their services align with your vision for the wedding day.
In less expensive markets or for photographers just starting, prices may range from 1,500€ to 2,200€. For mid-range photographers with more experience and a solid portfolio, you might expect to pay between 2,200€ to 5,000€. A high-end or wedding photographer, particularly those with a notable reputation, can charge 5,000€ to 10,000€ or more.
How much should I spend on a Wedding Photographer in France?
Wedding photography prices can vary greatly. Expensive doesn’t always guarantee quality and cheaper doesn’t always mean inexperienced – that said, you will generally pay more for an established, well-regarded and experienced wedding photographer in France. The more weddings a photographer has done the better equipped they will be to deal with anything a wedding day throws at them! They will be well prepared with backup gear, fully insured, calm under pressure, able to adapt and have the ability to anticipate moments ahead of time. Destination wedding photography comes naturally to them after years of shooting weddings and this is often what you are paying for. A safe pair of hands.
What to consider when hiring a Wedding Photographer in France.
So you have decided to have a destination wedding in France and frankly, who can blame you? The pace of life, the countryside, rolling hills and vineyards, fairy tale chateau, incredible beaches, the food, the wine and of course Paris, one of the most romantic cities on earth. Once your French wedding venue and/or wedding planner in France is booked, the next big thing on your to-do list could be to find THE dress or if music is important to you then maybe you are in search of the perfect band… but we would suggest that if your wedding photography is a high priority then you need to be booking a France wedding photographer as soon as you have a date and a wedding venue in France.
Some would say your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your destination wedding… it’s the one tangible thing you are left with afterwards that will help you to relive the day again and again (apart from your new husband/wife). Ultimately it depends on your priorities as a couple, and of course, your budget.
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A destination wedding photographer won’t need to see the venue beforehand as they are used to travelling wherever they need to be and working in new locations (that said, they will also usually arrive at least one full day before the wedding so may visit the venue then), they probably speak your language and chances are if you are considering this option it’s because you already love their work and style of wedding photography.
Do wedding photographers have travel fees?
Of course, they may not know the local area, and potentially don’t speak French and there will almost certainly be expenses to pay on top of the wedding photography in France package. The extras are usually: return flights, transfers/car hire and accommodation plus sometimes a per day charge to cover meals. However, it’s worth noting that some destination wedding photographers will quote an all-inclusive package and others may negotiate if your wedding in France is somewhere they really want to shoot. Which leads nicely on to…
Always be sure to spend the most you can afford on your destination wedding photographer!
Our advice would always be to spend the most you can afford on your wedding photography in France. And whilst you might start out with a figure in mind, be prepared to spend more if you find the perfect wedding photographer. Many brides have a maximum budget in mind for their dress but then find THE ONE and the entire destination wedding budget gets blown out of the water! On the other end of the scale we have had couples spend over 25% of their entire French wedding budget on photography and then cut back elsewhere. It’s all about priorities.
Ask your wedding photographer about their photographic style!
Choose a photographer whose work you LOVE. It’s really that simple.
Does their wedding photography really stand out? Have you lost many a lunch hour pouring over a particular wedding photographer’s blog? Are you looking at the wedding photography and not just the actual wedding in the shots? Are the images free from ‘fads’ (overly strong editing or cheesy gimmicks that will mean your photos look dated even before your first anniversary rolls around!)? Can you imagine yourselves and your friends/family in the type of shots you see on their website?
There are so many words banded around to describe the various styles of wedding photography in France… reportage/documentary/ photojournalistic (nothing set up, the photographer shoots what is going on around them); traditional/classic/timeless (a bit like your parents’ wedding photos! – directed, more formal); fine art photography (romantic, creative, each photograph is intended to be a work of art); vintage photography (often to do with the editing style, made to look like old photographs with warm tones); alternative/quirky (creative and fun, non-traditional weddings on the whole); editorial (modern, fashion-inspired, similar to magazine style shots).
How to find the right wedding photography style?
A good starting point for your search is right here on French Wedding Style of course! Look around at photographers Real Weddings in France and other destination wedding blogs that fit the style of wedding you are having, do a Google image search, Google web search ‘your venue name wedding photography’ and even ask the venue for a list of recommended wedding photographers (although this is not always reliable as some wedding venues in France charge suppliers to be on there).
Use Social Media
Last but not least get on Instagram (search those hashtags!) and Pinterest. Top tip: Once you have chosen a wedding photographer for your destination wedding in France, don’t send them a board filled with ‘must have’ shots that you love, taken by other photographers – we are delicate flowers and don’t like to be asked to ‘emulate’ someone else’s work. Trust your wedding photographer to get the best shots on the day!
Let’s face it – it’s a pretty big decision and a big investment. But you are going to be looking at your destination wedding photos in France for years to come, maybe passing them on to your children and even grandchildren… like all those treasured old faded photographs you probably have somewhere of your parents or your grandparents’ wedding day. It is so important that you LOVE them and as we said earlier, we believe it is worth spending as much as you can to get amazing wedding photographs. You have one day, one chance to get it right.
What Should You Look for in Your Destination Wedding Photographer’s Personality?
Last but certainly not least as this is a biggie we think. And it goes without saying really, but your destination wedding photographer is going to be with you for your entire destination wedding day. You are going to want that person to be friendly and calm, not a control freak who bosses your guests around. It really will make it that much more relaxed and fun (and result in better photos) if you get on like, well… friends! You need to have some sort of connection, get on easily with them and most importantly you need to be on the same wavelength as far as your vision for the wedding and the photography goes.
You should be able to get a sense of who they are and what they are like initially from their website, Facebook page and maybe even Instagram so do a little stalking! Once you have made contact (and if they are available) most photographers will offer a Skype session, maybe a meet-up if you live nearby or a good old-fashioned chat on the phone.
Additional Questions you should ask your Wedding Photographer in France.
What is your availability?
Ensure the photographer is available on your chosen wedding date in France. Verify their commitment to your specific date to avoid scheduling conflicts.
Are you the primary photographer, will you have an assistant?
Determine if the photographer will be the primary shooter or if they will have an assistant. This helps you understand who will be responsible for capturing your wedding moments.
What is your experience shooting Destination Weddings in France?
Inquire about their experience shooting destination weddings in France. Familiarity with the region can be advantageous for knowing ideal shooting locations and navigating logistical challenges.
Have you shot a wedding at our venue before?
If your wedding is at a specific venue in France, ask if they have previously shot a wedding there. Venue familiarity can lead to more creative and well-planned photography.
Have you worked with any of our other French wedding suppliers before?
Check if they have worked with any of your other French wedding suppliers, such as planners or videographers. Collaboration experience can facilitate smoother coordination on your big day.
What is included in your package?
Review what is included in their standard photography package. Inquire about any add-ons available in more comprehensive packages to assess if they meet your needs.
How many hours are included in each package? How much do extra hours cost?
Determine the number of hours included in each package. Clarify the cost of additional hours, especially if your destination wedding in France involves extended celebrations.
Do you offer touch-up revisions? Is there an additional charge for them?
Ask about post-processing services, such as retouching and color adjustments. Inquire if these services are included in the package or if there are extra charges.
When will we receive the contract?
Get a timeframe for receiving the contract. Knowing when to expect the formal agreement helps with your planning timeline.
Do you accept payments in instalments?
Discuss payment options and whether they accept instalments. Understanding the payment schedule and methods can help you budget effectively.
What is the backup plan if you are unable to shoot my wedding for an unexpected reason?
Inquire about their contingency plan in case the photographer is unable to cover your wedding due to unexpected circumstances. Knowing there’s a backup plan offers peace of mind.
Can we request a list of specific shots we would like?
Express your desire to request specific shots or moments you want to be captured. Effective communication ensures your unique preferences are considered.
Wrapping up on our Top 10 Wedding Photographers in France.
Destination weddings are exciting events for so many reasons. They’re located in beautiful, faraway settings and attended by close family and friends. To capture the glamour of the day, many couples choose to hire the best wedding photographers they can find. Partnering with an experienced photographer can make your day stress-free and give you the most beautiful memories! Read on to learn more about each photographer and what sets their work apart from that of others.
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