Lebanese wedding in Paris
Two weeks ago I’ve been shooting a Lebanese wedding in Paris, as I’ve promised to you in one of my wedding posts I’ll get back with the pictures when they will be ready, so here I am! I’ve been recomennded to this couple by their cousin, she was invited to a wedding of one of her colleagues that I’ve been photographing last summer in Paris. She liked my work so she recomanded me. Did you follow? Ok, no worries, the idea that I want to share is that the word of mouth is really important. When you take care of your customers and do your best, they will recommend you. This is why I don’t shoot so many wedding photography, just to try to keep special.
We first met with the couple few weeks before the wedding, to get to know each other a bit. I’ve written that is really important to meet or at least to spend some time talking without your camera with the people you’ll take pictures of. Especially if it’s a wedding or pregnancy photography. Just think that they will have to spend the whole day on one of their most important day in life with you. So at least they should and you should know them a bit, know what they are expecting from you, which kind of photography how do they plan to marry the schedule. But for me. I spend 10 maybe maximum 15 minutes talking about that. Then we are mostly talking about eveything and nothing to get to know who we are. I think it’s important.
We met at the bride’s parents place on Saturday afternoon, they welcomed me with mint tea and some “Kahweh”. Always good to start working in these conditions. After taking some portraits of them in the house during their preparation we went roaming in Paris for some wedding photography portraits. we started with their hotel, located in the 8 th district of Paris. A nice and cosy place with a beautiful view. Then we went two block further to have a stop at the “Arc de Triomphe” people were greeting them and complementing about the birde’s white dress. It’s always good to have people interacting with you, it makes them feel relaxed, people are always nice. It’s good too for your photography because it makes the couple smiles more and more. People are understanding that they don’t have to stay in the middle of the street, they give you space. But the police is not helping, we tried to park in a non allowed place, we thought that wedding dress would help to park but no it didn’t work at the “Trocadero” ! I wanted to go to somewhere where you can have the Eiffel Tower behind and some nice Parisian roof tops. So I remembered a place where you can have that. So we headed to Palais de Tokyo, between the smiles of the people and horns of cars celebrating for them the wedding we arrived and parked without the help of the cops 😉
Under the rythme of Zaffa / Dabke
After the portrait photography sessions in the streets of Paris the time came for the dinner and partying with the family. We had 30 min left, we took time to breathe a bit. The programme was about making an entrance with a Zaffa / Dabke band, kind of procession. First the groom with his brothers and father. Then afterwards the bride on the arm of her father. It’s been really intense, wasn’t expecting so much loudness from the percussion during the wedding march, making all the guests moving under the beats. It was beautiful to catch the movement, even if there’s no sound on pictures, the lighthning effect makes it closer to the atmosphere we had there.
Dancing after the lebanese dinner
I met one Yvan, the guy who was in charge of the video it’s always pleasant to meet kind of a colleague when you shoot a wedding. we took a break at the same time to have dinner with tasty Lebanese food on the buffet, hummus, falafel and Baba Ganush where there for giving us some energy to last longer during the party time and to not miss any moment of it !
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