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?!


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!

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.”


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!

Katie + KDP team


My Favorite Spots for Portraits in Paris || Katie Donnelly Photography, English Speaking Paris Photographer

Paris is beautiful; this is no secret! It’s a large part of the reason I love working here, and why many families and couples who are locals and those who are visiting choose to capture their special memories here through photography. While a list of my favorite spots for portraits in this gorgeous city could be nearly endless, here are a few that bear mentioning. Have any to add? Share them in the comments!


Louvre Pyramid

This iconic structure is one not to miss in Paris, but it has an added bonus as an excellent backdrop for portraits. When the sun shines through the glass, especially in the summer, the morning light is perfect!


Local Cafés 

There is nothing more Parisian than soaking up the sunshine with a café or chocolate chaud on the terrasse of a local café! My favorite part of portrait sessions that include a stop at a café is that it takes the pressure off of the moment — it’s a snapshot of everyday life and gives everyone a chance to let their hair down and chat!  


Medici Fountain

This iconic, ornate fountain is a favorite for many of our younger clients — full of happy ducks and splashing water — and also is a symbol of the history of French royalty. Inside the Luxembourg Gardens, this is a great stop that can be combined with other garden highlights in a single session!


Pont de l'Archevêché

The Seine boasts many beautiful bridges, but this is my favorite. The iron balustrade is a great texture for the foreground, and the iconic Notre Dame in the background creates an idyllic Parisian scene!


Musee Galliera

The larger, more central museums in Paris tend to get much of the attention, but this fashion and history museum in the 16th arrondissement is beautiful both inside and out! In particular, the gardens around the museum are a great place to soak up the beauty and capture portraits to cherish!


Palais Royal

The arcade and courtyard at the Palais Royale are favorite spots of mine for families. Kids have a blast running and playing and jumping from black-and-white candy-striped columns that dot the courtyard as a part of an art installation, like an elevated game of hopscotch!


TrocadEro/Eiffel Tower

Of course, what list of Paris highlights would be complete without a mention of the Eiffel Tower! Across the river from the tower and the Champs de Mars, the Trocadero is a perfect vantage point from which photographers can focus on their subjects while also integrating this iconic structure into the background.


You can find beauty in Paris on almost every corner, which is one of the best parts of being a photographer here; with each family, we can incorporate new favorites into each portrait session! If you head to any of these places to snap some photos, tag us on social media so we can see the beauty you create!


Katie + KDP team

Bon Voyage Portraits at the Jardin du Luxembourg and Place Saint Sulpice II English Speaking Family Photographer in Paris

For the W family, this short summer family portrait session in Paris was extra special; we captured these portraits during their last few days as Parisian residents so that they could bring these memories with them on their next adventure! While emotions were running high because the kiddos and their parents had recently said goodbye to beloved friends, we still were able to celebrate these last fleeting moments in a city that they truly grew to love. Together, we went to some quintessential Parisian locations to capture these incredibly special family portraits.


We LOVE doing individuals of the kiddos so their personalities can shine! It’s so important to feature the family not only as a loving unit, but also to show each child  that you appreciate and love them as their own individual person, too. As we can all attest to, kids grow up WAY too fast! It’s so important to celebrate them right here and now. 


The saying goes that home is where the heart is; this loving family will certainly be at home anywhere they are together. We wish them the absolute best on their next adventure!

Katie + KDP team


The 3 BEST Cafés Around the Eiffel Tower in Paris II In Collaboration with Wafa, from the Cups And Dishes Blog


Written in collaboration with Wafa from the Cups and Dishes Blog, all photos by KDP.

So you just saw the spectacular view from top of the Eiffel Tower after queuing for 35 minutes.  You braved the journey to Champs de Mars and battled you way through souvenir sellers and a large group of tourist.  You got all your selfies done and ticked your bucket list.  You now deserve a hot beverage or even a snack. But you don’t want to go to your touristy, over priced, under flavoured café. You don’t want to go to Starbucks and MacDonald’s. Where you need to go is to an authentic, local and delicious café. A place that is not your typical French bistro with Edith Piaf music. There is nothing wrong with a bit of cliché but honestly why go when we have THREE great places that we totally recommend.


1. O Coffeeshop

23 Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris  Facebook & Instagram

15 minute walk (1 km away from Eiffel Tower)

KATIE: What I love about O coffeeshop is that it’s in a super calm area, but even so, you go in and it’s bustling. It’s the mark of how you know somewhere is good.. if it’s busy. I’ve had their banana bread too and it’s incredible, along with their avocado toast! I love that you can just sit at the counter and the guys are open to chat. Wafa’s DEFINITELY been there more, but even in my few times of going, it’s left a great impression. 


WAFA: This is my local and regular café. I love it due to it’s amazing breakfast and coffee. World renowned banana bread is toasted for you with a nob of butter! Delicious organic eggs over avocado on toast with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro and paprika really set you up for the day. You will not find croissants here but delicious baked tarts, cinnamon rolls and cakes by Chef Hélène Touin . They have a rotating lunch menu that is simple yet full of flavour. Owned and run by two coffee surfer dudes  Timothee Teyssier  and Matthew Sloane, they will welcome you with their warm Australian French smiles and charm along with a creamy cappuccino. So go in order your coffee and enjoy this modern cafe and it's cool vibe. 

See Wafa’s full review on her blog HERE.


2. Terres de Café

67 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris  Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

5 minute walk ( 350 meter from Eiffel Tower)



KATIE: The first time I walked into a Terres de Café was at their Marais location with my mother in law. What drew us in was the incredible smell of the coffee beans. This location has that same charm and incredible coffee. If you’re a local and are looking for fresh coffee pods for your nespresso machines, they sell them, or if you want a great coffee to take back as a souvenir from Paris, they sell bags of beans too. I love that they are coffee specialists and their excitement and passion rubs off on you. Also, their gluten free brownies are to die for!! 
Fun fact, if you come into the KDP office and have coffee, they’re fresh beans from Terres de Cafe.


WAFA: Don’t let this tiny café fool you. Go in and discover one of Paris’s top coffee specialists. A prizewinner for best retailor in Paris 2015. It serves fair-trade organic coffee from their own sustainable coffee farms in Africa and Latin America. They serve snacks and set lunch menus that include sandwiches and quiches that are all hand made on site. You will discovered gluten free brownies and varied milk options. Long tables and benches inside makes it a great communal space, or you can people watch from their bright outdoor seats. I love their ethos and outlook on coffee, just look at their logo! No one knows what you are sharing over a cup of coffee with friends, Terres de Cafe gives you that personal space.  Ears will be burning!

See Wafa’s review on her blog HERE



3. ZIA

22 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris  Facebook & Instagram

12 minute walk (950 m away from Eiffel Tower)



KATIE: What I love about Zia is the light that pours in from the storefront windows, the beautiful artwork on the walls, and that the coffee’s plain GOOD. You can get different kinds of milks (good for my fellow non-lactose drinkers, they actually make their own almond milk) and can even get it to TAKE AWAY which is unheard of in Paris other than a few other coffee shops! The food is good and fresh, and every time I go in all I want is their amazing banana bread, and granola. Seriously, try it! I haven’t personally tasted their iced coffee (yet) but one of my girlfriends claims “It’s the best in Paris”. Once the warm weather comes back, it’s my next stop! 

WAFA: This is a small bright café with modern art hanging that is bursting with amazing flavours from American owner and chef Justin Kent.  The coffee and tea is good along with their baked snackes. Breakfast is served till 12 and then you have the lunch menu. 
I would recommend the home made Granola for sure. Their fish dish is also great and just the right portion. Reasonably priced and varied menu is what you get at Zia, exciting flavours is where Justin really exceeds in mixing flavours and textures. Using organic local produce and leaving your belly truly satisfied. It really is a hidden gem.

I hope that the next time you’re in Paris, or you’re in the 7th or 15th arrondissements around the Eiffel Tower and looking for a good coffee or pick-me-up, you’ll head over to these three hidden gems! 

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