Adagion Studio was founded in New York City in 2008. We subsequently opened a second studio in sunny Miami. Our typical client wanted photos that felt and looked real with a good blend of candid photojournalism and editorial fine art. Eventually, we started winning national and international awards and were featured in the most authoritative bridal publications and even bigger-than-life news outlets, such as CNN, abc. The Huffington Post, TIME, and others. In turn, many top wedding planners and celebrity clients took note of us, and couples opted to fly us around the globe to document their love stories.
One such couple were Kate and Adam, who hired us for a veritable Paris adventure with 25 hours of non-stop photos. Unlike many of the existing local portrait photographers, we took a fresh approach with the very first sunrise photoshoots at Trocadero. We were also the first to pop Champagne at Moulin Rouge and capture the vivid Blue Hour with continuous light sources as opposed to flash. During the Kate & Adam couple shoot, we met Fran, the owner of The Paris Photographer. He and we teamed up to create Kiss Me in Paris, which quickly became a household name among the most discerning venues and vendors. 2 years ago, we were selected as the exclusive Royal Photographer for the wedding of Princess Ameerah at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicompte and last year were named ‘“Best Luxury Wedding Photography Team in France.’
Why is Paris so special to you?
We love Paris because the City of Lights and Love offers the perfect mix between iconic, romantic, and ever-changing fun photo spots. The city photographs well in any weather, time of the day, and season.
Tell us about 3 most exciting places to visit in Paris…
So while it may sound a tad cliché, my favorite spot is likely greater Montmartre, including its vibrant cafés, La Maison Rose (not big fans of its owners :-), and the stairs below Sacré Coeur. I also absolutely LOVE Moulin Rouge. It is not romantic. That is for sure. But with the right Parisian photographer, it is incredible fun and beyond iconic. Just imagine popping a delicious bottle of Champagne and spraying anyone who has the courage not to move out of the way. The third location for photos is almost certainly the Louvre. The Louvre works well at anytime of the day and even when it is raining. Palais Royal, Tuileries Gardens, and Pont des Arts are within 5-minutes walking distance. In other words, you should expect insane photo variety when you hire us for a 2-3 hour shoot.
Your favourite Parisian Brands
Angelina, Pierre Hermé and Cédric Grolet for out of this world treats. In terms of fashion, I love Charvet for shirts and ties and JM Weston for artisan handmade shoes. Ha, for women it would be the usual … Chanel, Louboutin, etc.
Anything funny that happened to you in Paris…
Given how much I walk in Paris on a daily basis, almost no day goes by without some funny story. During a recent shoot at Moulin Rouge, my couple was popping a Champagne in front of Moulin Rouge. There is a platform immediately above the metro with insane ventilation from below. It is perfect for creating an other-earthly Champagne spray. But little did my bride imagine that her dress would also blow up and make for the ultimate Marilyn Monroe moment. Ha :-). She played it off well and the dozens of spectators around us fell in love with her playfulness.
What do you like and don’t like about living in Paris?
There is plenty to love about Paris. Its unparalleled beauty, the walking-nature of getting around town, the yummy restaurants and cafes, shopping, macarons, …
If there is one thing that annoys me it is that folks do not clean up after their dogs. It has more than once led to me spending precious time cleaning my shoes 🙂
What is on in Paris that is worth a visit?
I love the candlelight show at Chateau Vaux le Vicomte. It is beyond romantic and awe-inspiring.
What would be your advice to anyone who wants to settle down in Paris?
Do not expect what you are use to from America or you will be disappointed. Instead appreciate what makes Paris unique, such as its fabulous architecture, delicious cuisine, central location for international travel, good healthcare and public school, and more.
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