Marie & Corentin’s Laid-back Living E-session in Paris


Today we have another lifestyle engagement session. Marie and Corentin wanted authentic photos of themselves as a couple so they started their shoot chilling in their apartment in Paris and ended up taking a stroll outdoors where they took fun and artistic portraits that totally reflected their playful personalities!

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Aren’t they the sweetest? I think the simplicity of this photo’s composition allows us to focus on their clear love for each other. I’m a big fan of Jean-Laurent Gaudy of Un+Un Photographie (you’ve already seen his work on this blog via Laetitia & Nicolas’ Charming Palais-Royal E-session) so I’m thrilled that I can showcase more of his gorgeous photography today. Here’s what he had to say about Marie & Corentin’s shoot:

Marie & Corentin are the first couple I met in 2012. After they told me their story, they shared their wishes, the importance on the choice for a photographer, and what they expected from their wedding’s photos. In a word: authenticity! The frame was set! I explained my approach, how I considered the wedding photography and the way I like to work. We were definitely on the same page!

Both have jobs that fill their weeks. Always running everywhere, they don’t have much time to themselves. This is why I thought it was important to take all the time necessary in order for this session to be a relaxing break: no pressure, no stress, no schedule.

After coffee at the corner’s bar, we met at their place. I really adore their apartment! Full of life, with a traditional parquet floor, an easy chair in the middle of the living room and a blackboard-styled wall (except it was red) in the kitchen. It is obvious that no little accessory or decoration element is there by accident. They tell their story (I won’t talk about the Ferrero Rochers box hidden under the sofa… that’s another story). The stroll then took us to their neighborhood and finally ended in the Parc de la Villette where the sun showed up for a short while before the session came to an end.

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Love the quirky red chalkboards!

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

A disco ball in the living room! LOVE.

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Are you loving how romantic and relaxed this photo shoot is?  Let’s meet the beautiful couple. Here’s the lovely Marie to tell us about their quest for the perfect photographer:

When Corentin and I took the plunge in the adventure that is organizing our wedding, we were quite neophytes on the matter. But very quickly, we agreed on the importance of having a great photographer by our side. We met with photographers from the region we had decided on and those encounters were…. disastrous! We ended up thinking “Too bad”: if we couldn’t find a local photographer, we would bring one from Paris (the city where we live) with us in our luggage.

Once we had decided that, we were none the wiser… For a moment we thought of asking the friend of a friend but when we made a move in late December, it was already too late. In early January, we asked all our friends about everything there is to know about the photographers who immortalized their wedding. But nothing would do, nothing would speak to our hearts. And then one day, on La Mariée aux pieds nus’ website, we saw the pictures of an engagement shooting. We thought these photographs exuded naturalness and that they made you want to meet the couple in question since they seemed nice and above all, normal. Like us, in the end.

The rendezvous is set with the photographer in a café on the following Saturday. We were wondering how it would turn out (have YOU ever had to choose and hire a photographer before your wedding?) but not even 2 minutes after getting settled, we were reassured: Jean-Laurent (“J.Lo” to us!) took the time to listen to us telling him how we imagined our wedding and above all what pictures we wanted of the D-day. And he took interest in our story, in what makes us unique. Leaving the café, at least one hour and a half after our arrival, we were convinced: it had to be him!

I’m glad you decided on “J. Lo” too, Marie, because he is AMAZING. 🙂

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

LOVE these creative photos! The couple is apart and yet the structures connect them somehow. 🙂

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Marie shares more about their engagement shoot:

While talking about the various services available for a wedding, the engagement session came up. J.Lo presented it as an opportunity to get to know each other better before the wedding and we (like a lot of other couples) regretted not to have other pictures of us than the ones taken with the arm straight out on holidays. So we decided to set that session for mid-April. Honestly, we were bad students and in spite of all our good resolutions, we didn’t manage to find the time to think upstream about the shooting like we wanted to. But J.Lo knew how to make up for our lack of preparation: he arrived with an itinerary in mind that was adapted to us, based on our previous conversations. He was equipped with a map in order to get his bearings and he had a lot of time ahead of him. And thank God he did because we needed it!

Because it is not that easy to suddenly find yourself in front of a camera. We thought we would manage to be at ease… we were brought down to earth quite quickly! But J.Lo’s calmness and humor took the heat out of the situation. In the end, we spent a long morning wandering about the places we love and laughing. The moment itself was very nice, like an enchanted get-away. But of course, once the session was over, we started wondering about the results: the moment we had spent was it going to show?

We were not disappointed. Quite the contrary. The night J.Lo gave us the photos, we must have looked at each one of them about ten times. And same thing –- if not even more!  – during the following days. What shows in these photographs, it’s even better than what we imagined, they show everything: our apartment that we adore, our complexity, our love and more than anything, the joy we felt all along during the shooting.

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

How fun!

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Osamu Tezuka exhibition!!! (Please forgive my momentary fangirling)

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Paris lifestyle engagement session

Thank you SO much Jean-Laurent for sharing your gorgeous images with us, and congratulations Marie and Corentin! I wish you guys all the best. 🙂

Photography: Jean-Laurent Gaudy of Un+Un Photographie
Location: Paris, France

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