35, rue des Trois Bornes 75011 Paris, France

Portraits of Paris,

Rome and the United States. Families, couples, lifestyle, vacation, tourists, weddings, proposals, engagements, headshots of Parisians and people around the world by English-speaking portrait photographer David Henry.

Paris makes for a wonderful photo studio! Have portraits of you, your family and loved ones in the City of Light with the famous monuments of Paris in the background: Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, l’Arc de Triomphe, the musée du Louvre and the River Seine. Regardez 

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The best time of the day for taking portraits outside is at the end of the day, during the last two hours of sunshine, at sunset. At these hours the light is more horizontal, softer, warmer, people have an easier time keeping their eyes open, etc. Portraits can easily be taken at noon on a sunny day though in that case we must get out of the sun, go in to the shade, preferably next to water surfaces, which is to say by the River Seine, by Canal Saint-Martin, the basins in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum, etc. I retouch and deliver your portraits the day after we take them by e-mail.

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The photographs I’m showing here are typical of my classic treatment/concept of outdoor portraits, with the exposure finely tuned between the ambient light, the sky & clouds, and the flash, all the while paying careful attention to people’s expressions, and the composition; the juxtaposition between the subjects and the background. To make a long story short this amounts to doing studio photography onsite, outside…

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I have been taking portraits for twenty years at least, and I made a great leap forward in 2003 thanks to a better understanding of flash lighting, and especially when I “went digital” at the end of 2008. People like what I do more and more, I’m pleased they appreciate my work, there is a snowball effect, and it’s a win/win situation… Candid, paparazzi-style pictures of wedding proposals, or even engagements and elopement are my latest specialties!

Portraits of Patricia Killeen on pont Alexandre III.

Patricia Killeen posing on the Alexandre III Bridge with the River Seine in the background

A portrait of Pulkit Goel and his wife in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Pulkit Goel, his wife and baby daughter in front of the Eiffel Tower and at the Louvre Museum

Sheldon is a classically-trained pianist who plays rock, r&b, blues and bossa nova songs many times per week in Paris.

Sheldon Forrest and Maria Muraeva on pont Alexandre III

In just a few short years, Nailia Nourkhaeva, through her activities with the galerie Onega, has become a personality of reference as concerns street art.

Nailia Nourkhaeva, gallery owner in Paris

Gérard has traveled extensively in the United States and has worked as a racecar driver, testing tires for manufacturers.

Gérard Halin-Hélline, an actor and race car driver

Laura is one of my photography students, this evening I was demonstrating the importance of the electronic flash in photographic portraiture.

Laura on the pont Notre-Dame

She didn’t say no…

Irina, a bride-to-be in front of the Eiffel Tower

Sopheak So in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum, July 15th 2006.

Sopheak So in the courtyard of the musée du Louvre

Louis-Jérôme Marchandier organizes trips to Paris and France for Chinese businessmen.

Louis-Jérôme Marchandier, in front of the Eiffel Tower

Jazz muscian Farris Smith on the east side of pont d’Arcole in Paris, with île Saint-Louis behind him.

Bassist Farris Smith Jr. on pont d’Arcole

Jacques Vincent, a Parisian actor

Jacques Vincent, an actor in Paris

Lisa Steer writes for Time Out Paris

Lisa, on pont Neuf

Lori Thicke, general manager of Lexcelera in Paris

Lori Thicke, general manager of Lexcelera

Arnys specializes in bespoke-quality clothing patterned after those worn by the landed gentry of 18th-century France.

Jean Grimbert of the clothing boutique Arnys

The prestigious Robb Report has said that ties made by Arnys are the best in the world.

Michel Grimbert of Arnys

François enjoys living in China, as much as he can.

François Eck, cadre au ministère de l’Éducation Nationale

Laura also performs in improvisation comedy and theater pieces.

A headshot of Laura Purdom, a tourism and travel guidebook writer

Ms. Canu is a playwright, among her works is a theater play about Vatel, the chef at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte.

Isabelle Canu on île de la Cité

Maria D’Arcy listening to the discussions and debates at the café Philo, held the first Wednesday of the month at the café Flore at 172, boulevard Saint-Germain.

Maria D’Arcy, writer, dancer and teacher in Paris

A self-portrait of David Henry, an American photographer in Paris. At the time, George Michael had released an album with a ridiculously sensitive portrait… here I am doing a parody of that image.

David Henry, an American photographer in Paris

Gentry Lane describes herself as “American by birth, French by choice”.

Gentry Lane, a lingerie designer in Paris

Yan Cadran at night on some steps in Montmartre

Yan Cadran is a sculptor and jewelry designer living in Paris

The restaurant is, as it happens, in front of a turning bridge.

Alexandra in a restaurant next to the canal Saint-Martin

Cyril Skinazy on the beach in Saint-Tropez, France

Cyril Skinazy, an artist living in Paris

Shao Lin enjoying a sunset in Paris.

Shao Lin on the south side of pont du Carrousel

David Van de Carr on a Roman Holiday

David Van de Carr looking over the Coliseum in Rome

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Enter the gallery of photographs of Paris

See the pictures I’ve taken in the United States

Take a look at the pictures I published in the Traveler’s Companion series of tourism/travel guidebooks, pictures of Canada, New England, and Mediterranean France

Photography workshops in Paris: Learn the secrets behind these pictures!

Take a look at the pictures I have taken on trips to Italy

See the pictures I took on a trip through Alsace-Lorraine

Take a look at the pictures I took on a trip through Switzerland

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