Announcing Their Growing Family at the Eiffel Tower | English Speaking Photographer in Paris, Katie Donnelly Photography

There is nothing more special to me than watching a family grow. I’ve been lucky enough to have multiple sessions with different families, celebrating engagements, pregnancies and watching their children grow all the way from newborns to teens! A few years ago, we had the honor of taking engagement portraits for R + A, and I was over the moon last year when the let me know we needed to create some new portraits as a baby announcement

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These two are stationed in Germany for a few years with the military, so we were able to make it work! Can we talk about how gorgeous this couple is?! Baby O has hit the genetic jackpot!

She was about 4 weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy so it’s been so fun to be able to compare experiences over the last 9 months, too!! I LOVE that clients turn into friends and especially when you can bond over the ultimate life changing experience of pregnancy and motherhood.

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I’m so excited to share these photos in particular because these two lovebirds just welcomed their son a few weeks ago — welcome to the world! R&A, you deserve every bit of happiness your son is going to bring you, and we can’t wait to meet him!! So much love to you, and wishing you all the very best.

XOXO

Katie & the KDP Team

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Wardrobe Tips for Your Portrait Session | English Speaking Portrait Photographer in Paris, Katie Donnelly Photography

Hooray! You’ve booked a portrait session to commemorate a special milestone, vacation, or just to capture some gorgeous memories of you and your loved ones. Now here’s the part many people freak out about — what do we wear?! I am always happy to help families with suggestions on what they might want to put on for their session, but these tips will also help guide you in the right direction.

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Coordinate

No, we are not saying to wear matching patterns and exactly the same shades of red. Think about what colors go well together and coordinate bits of those colors into your outfits — denim-blue and cream go well with soft brown and maroon. Black mixed in with grays, whites and reds are a beautiful Fall color pallet. For couple’s portraits or family sessions, try to carry similar or complimentary colors through each person’s clothing for a cohesive look. 

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Match the Season

If our session is among the cherry blossoms in Paris, dress for spring! For sessions later in the year, fall and winter colors and cozier clothing is best. Plus, you’ll keep from freezing or sweating like crazy if you’re dressed appropriately for the weather!

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Keep it simple

Classic patterns that don’t confuse the eye are great for portrait sessions, as are softer color-combos that aren’t too harsh. Your portrait session is not the time for giant logos, super thin stripes, or shapes that may come off a little strange at certain angles. Accessories are great, but don’t over-do it. Plus, you want to stand out in your portraits, not your wardrobe!

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Be You

If you’re a girly-girl, go for that dress and heels! More of a jeans-and-t-shirt guy? Rock that look! Plus, if you’re a little jittery, wearing something you’re comfortable in will help you relax in front of the camera and really let YOU shine. 

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Meaningful Accessories

If you have a pair of earrings from your grandmother, or a watch passed down from your father, this is a great opportunity to include a small piece of them in the portraits. And, share the story with us so that we can work that into the photos that we take, too!

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Feel Your Best

Wear what you know you love and what you’re confident in. That confidence will shine through in your smile, your eyes, and your body language in all of the portraits! Clothes that fit well and flatter will help us create the session of your dreams, and memories you’ll cherish for years to come!

Now that you have these tips, it’s time to start planning your outfits! I can’t wait to see how amazing you look!

xoxo

Katie & the KDP Team

Sweet Mother and Son Portrait Session in the Jardin du Luxembourg | English Speaking Family Portrait Photographer in Paris, Katie Donnelly Photography

There really isn’t anything more special than those small, quiet moments between mother and child. Between this sweet little one’s curls to the way his beautiful mama dotes on him, I was in absolute heaven during this portrait session!

With Mother’s Day coming up (or, for our friends in the UK, just behind us) these portraits are such a loving reflection of the bond a mother has with her sons and daughters. Mothering comes in so many different forms in this world, but at their very core they’re all based in selfless love. Mamas can be the ones who gave birth, the ones who brought a child into their home, the ones who support the children in their lives with gentle care and a sympathetic ear — there are so many ways to mother. May we all be so fortunate as to have the opportunity to provide that love to the little ones in our lives!

As we eagerly await the arrival of our little girl in just a few weeks’ time, I’m looking forward to the next step of motherhood with her, everything she will teach me and what I can teach her!

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For this portrait session, we met up in the Jardin du Luxembourg on a beautiful morning in August. We all had so much fun running around, jumping, and watching the ducks quack and paddle along in the water.

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We were so happy to join in on this special moment, and to create a beautiful artisan portrait collection and framed print of her favorite shots of her little guy!

XOXO

Katie & The KDP Team

A Parisian Getaway (Without the Kids) | English Speaking Paris Couples Photographer Katie Donnelly

With two little girls back at home, these sweethearts spent the weekend together in Paris. doing what couples do — enjoying each other! I absolutely LOVE that L+M took the time for a getaway just the two of them, as hard as I bet it was to leave their little ones back home for a few days alone. I can’t say it enough how amazing our clients are, but yet again I’m surprised. L was breast feeding, so she was pumping during her trip to overnight milk home to her daughter!! I swear the women and men we we work with for sessions are superheroes.

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L + M are so down to earth, and so in love with each other and with their children! We had a blast capturing their portraits at the beautiful Peninsula Hotel, then around the Musee Galliera, and then headed out to the streets of Paris to peruse a beautiful flower shop and step into a cafe.

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We were so pleased to create a beautiful framed collection of portraits for their hallway at home, and legacy album so that they can always look back on this special weekend they spent together!

XO

Katie + KDP team

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Cherry Blossom Season! Family Portraits at the Jardin Des Plantes and Notre Dame || English Speaking Photographer in Paris, Katie Donnelly Photography

Cherry Blossom season in Paris is truly magical; the small pink and white petals float on a warm breeze in the sun, and I just can’t help but have a huge smile on my face as I soak in the sunshine! This sweet family joined me for some springtime portraits and to take in all of the beauty of the season at two locations: the Jardin Des Plantes, and at Notre Dame. This little boy was all smiles, all day! He’s a bundle of energy, but mom and dad keep right up with him!

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I cannot get over how dapper this family looks! Grays, blues and whites are the perfect compliment to the pink backgrounds we found at the Jardin Des Plantes, and the muted yellows of Parisian limestone.

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Can you tell that Mom and Dad are used to chasing after this young man?! He’s certainly a ball of energy — he even challenged Dad to a fun race through the garden!

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We have a winner!!!!

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What can I say, spring can bring out the very best of Paris!

XO

Katie + KDP team

Stop Itchy Pregnancy Belly! Three Easy, Natural and Quick tips to Prevent and Relieve Itchiness


Since my belly started stretching at around 20 weeks into this pregnancy I’ve had seriously itchy belly (especially around where my belly piercing was!). Seeing that it was/is winter, my skin was super dry already — I needed to nourish it any way I could. Here is what I’ve used to survive those crazy itchy belly spells. These are all totally personal remedies and not medical advice. Please be sure to consult your doctor for any medical questions!

P.S. These links below are affiliate links.

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For INSTANT relief:

  1. Olive Oil — I discovered this when I was working at the studio one day and had no cream, my belly was all of a sudden SO itchy I could have screamed. I was literally ready to put butter on it (though that grossed me out, ha!) and I saw my saving grace on the kitchen counter — extra virgin olive oil. I figured since people use coconut oil on their skin why couldn’t I use olive oil to help my poor itchy pregnant belly. Holy relief Batman! It’s such a thick oil it instantly soothed my skin and created a layer of hydration that lasted for hours. Strangely enough, I also saw my skin tone even out after I started using it! 


    PROS: If you get the extra virgin kind, it’s already cold pressed, made without preservatives, you can easily buy organic, and it’s so much less expensive than the special belly creams. Personally, it works better for me. It even cleared up a little rash I had on my upper chest overnight. That was something that creams (prescribed and over the counter) couldn’t do and my handy dandy EVOO seemed to take on with ease. After doing some research I’ve also discovered that it’s lipid restoring which is important when your skin is stretching so quickly.

    CONS: You smell like a salad (though, that could be a pro?). You have to really rub it in, all over, in a circular motion and then let it soak in, otherwise you’ll get oil on your clothes which isn’t fun!

    VERDICT: I use olive oil every day now on my belly after I get out of the shower in the morning and before I go to bed at night. I use it during the day if my belly starts itching too. 

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For PREVENTION:

  1. Drink tons of water: This is an obvious one, but if you’re not drinking enough water your skin isn’t getting the hydration it needs. Dry skin means itchy skin! Drink water whenever you can — I bring a water bottle with me wherever I go. I love this one. Make it easy on yourself to drink enough water: whenever you feel hungry, before you eat, just have a small glass of water to quench your thirst. I’ve replaced all of my liquids except “treat” drinks that I super crave (coffee and ginger ale) with filtered water. It’s really healthy, and keeps me hydrated. I’ve also found that when I’m dehydrated I’m especially sluggish, so water has also helped with my crazy pregnancy fatigue, too! 

  2. Collagen powder/pills — this basically hits your skin from the inside, and helps with elasticity. Personally, I prefer the pills to the powder as they have no taste, but I do put the powder in smoothies to get a little extra boost. This is more of a long term idea, but I definitely feel and see a difference in my skin when I take them versus not! I read about this on blogs, saying that it helps prevent stretch marks. I have no idea if it’s true as I haven’t gotten any, but my pregnancy isn’t over yet... however, it has helped with my itchy belly! 

So there you have it! My 3 favorite easy itchy belly remedies. For fast relief break out that olive oil, for long term care, hydrate with water ALL DAY, and try collagen pills! 

BONUS TIPS:

  1. I’ve switched my shower gel to shower oil. I absolutely LOVE this one, and it’s pregnancy and baby safe.

  2. I also can’t rave enough about the Sugar Momma body scrubs! It’s made with natural oils and sugar. I went through a massive tub of it in less than a MONTH! I loved it so much. It’s called Sugar Momma Scrubs and you can get them HERE.

XOXO

KD



Romantic Couples Portraits to Celebrate a Special Anniversary I ENGLISH SPEAKING FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER IN PARIS

In the grand scheme of a lifetime of marriage, I am a newlywed, so when I have the chance to meet couples who have been married for multiple decades, there’s always an extra level of curiosity — I look to see how they interact with each other, what makes them tick, what they most love about each other. I like to think it’s like peering into my future, while also celebrating their past!

This couple came to Paris on a romantic getaway to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary, and enlisted our help in creating photographic memories to bring home as a celebration of their long-lasting love. Just one look at these two and you know they’re just as smitten as they were on the day they met in college. How lucky are we to witness such a gorgeous relationship?!

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We spent the morning between three locations; we started at the Eiffel Tower, made our way over to the Louvre and wrapped up in a café for some casual moments. These two were so sweet together — they shared stories about their children, and you can tell from their beaming smiles just how proud they are!

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I can’t help but think of this famous quote from Johnny Cash. When asked what his definition of paradise was, he gestured to his wife, June and said, “This morning, with her, having coffee.”

I can’t help but think of this famous quote from Johnny Cash. When asked what his definition of paradise was, he gestured to his wife, June and said, “This morning, with her, having coffee.”

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To capture these memories for them to take home, we created a legacy album that they can look through for years to come, as well as a stunning portrait to have by their bed. As these two lovebirds prove, each and every moment spent together is special!

xo
Katie + KDP team

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