The Best Place to Propose (Right Outside) Paris II Suprise Proposal Photographer in Paris

Ohhh how I LOOOOVE proposals. They're always filled with so much joy I swear I feel happy for days afterwards! L + B are the sweetest. Both a bit reserved, I made every joke in the book to try and have them relax for their portraits both before and after the proposal. I'm pretty sure it worked because LOOK AT THESE SWEET PORTRAITS! Seriously. I'm so excited to see them on their walls. Every day it'll take them back to this amazing moment.

 You can actually SEE the ring box in his pocket here!! How cute is that!  GIVERNY, FRANCE SURPRISE PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHY, KATIE DONNELLY

You can actually SEE the ring box in his pocket here!! How cute is that!


Giverny is really the perfect place to propose. It's right outside Paris (about an hour drive or train ride) and is CONSTANTLY in bloom! The flowers are always changing there so you always have an array of colors and foliage as a stunning background. These portraits are from mid-April (to give you an idea of what you can expect around that time). If you search Giverny in the search box on the sidebar you'll see other sessions and proposals I've done there at different times.


I always say, there are two ways to do a surprise proposal, we can meet somewhere and I'll be photographing around "like a tourist" and then capture your proposal secretly followed by an engagement session.


Tell your future fiancé that you organized a photo session (or was gifted one by a family member/friend) and propose during the session. This is my preferred way because then it gives your future fiancé a heads up to prep what they want to wear in the portraits and make sure they look nice! AND you don't have to create a weird reason to be at a certain place, at a specific time per the first one.

I've done them both ways and have a 100% success rate (ha!) so even though I have a preference, you're the one in control.


L+B,  Thank you for your trust and being absolute sweethearts. I cannot wait until life crosses our paths again!


If you'd like to get more info on proposals or to reserve a session with me, please get in touch here!

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY DANTE! At Home Newborn Session with I Heart Paris + The Flying Poodle II Newborn Photography Paris

I cannot beleive it's been an entire year since sweet Dante made his grand entrance into the world, an especially my heart. Two ways to describe him: Gigantic (he looks like a two year old now!) and ever smiling (just my type of person, eh?).

Federico and Anastasia, I couldn't be happier for your little family and cannot wait to see Dante grow! For now, here's a flashback to his sweet newborn session we did in their home a year ago!


A Love Affair With Paris II Paris Lifestyle Photographer

Paris is one of those cities that people seem to fall in love with. They dream about it, they come back over and over again.. Maybe it's the piping hot croissants or the city's stunning architecture that pulls them in, but it's without a doubt a city of dreams. 

When I met beautiful Caroline, she told me about how Paris changed her life, and each time she comes back, it's like a homecoming. It was so important to me to make portraits of her in places she loves and feels her best in.. where her personality can come alive, where she can look back in 30 years and feel the same joy and peace in her heart. 

We spent about two hours walking around the 6th, talking, and enjoying her favorite places. What I love so much about these portraits are a sense of discovery yet peace. She's home yet there's still wonder there. 


This was absolutely one of my FAVORITE sessions from last spring!! Have you done solo portraits before? What was your experience like? Please comment below! If you'd like to book a session like this, please contact us HERE. 

How to Be Happy II Paris & New York Family Photographer

It’s easy to get caught up in the million things that life brings us daily.. big things and little.. things like homework, cooking, being there for friends, trying to get everywhere on time, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, trying our best to be good people, to be good parents, to be good friends.. Life is a lot sometimes and these above are all POSITIVE things, never mind the difficulty of living with the negative things that take up our time (I’m not going to list those, but you know what I mean..) 

It’s easy to get caught up and forget to sllllooooooowww down. 

Take a break.


Look around you and realize how lucky you are to just be together with people you love.

Of course life isn’t perfect, but that’s not the goal in life either

So this post today is just to remind you that being together is enough. Amongst all of the craziness, please don’t forget this. Tell your kids, tell your husband, tell your wife, tell your dog.. tell whoever you love, that you’re so happy in their company. 

We don’t say it or hear it enough. So, to be happy, start with gratitude and repeat after me, “Honey (or doggie, or whoever), I’m so lucky to have you in my life. I love you, and love spending time together.” 

And thats is! Spread the love. Spread the gratitude. Simple, right? 

Mama And Son Photo Session At The Palais Royal II Paris Family Photographer

I'm going to be totally honest here: sometimes, I create blog posts and don't post them until AGES after. I do it either because I'm swamped and forget to post them, or because it's no longer the right season and I really want to give good inspiration that's for each season!

THIS post is one that I put together last June. So little A, is now MUCH bigger (and we've had another gorgeous session since then) but the memories and cuteness are just TOO cute to not share. So here goes!

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If you've been following KDP for a while you've seen these sweeties on the blog before. When little A was in P's belly, AND when he was first starting to walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg. What makes this session especially special is that it's just a mommy and me session. (I LOVE how P coordinated their outfits so he's like a mini-me.)

Little A was exactly how you'd expect any 1.5 year old to be.. running around, hyper, and TOTALLY on his own plan. When you're working with little kids like him, you need to figure out what HE wants to do and then have fun around that. He wanted to run, to see the ducks, to smell flowers.. so we did all that and made some beautiful portraits in the process! 

Afterwards, we made a little album, just for them documenting this special time. I know how special alone time is with your parents and this was especially fun to create something SO meaningful for now, and for many many years down the road.