Best Paris Photographer Cengiz Ozelsel

CENGIZ (jen-gis)


Hi, I’m Cengiz, the founder of Kiss Me in Paris. I’m a proud Dad (and pet parent), an unshakable optimist, and a photographer with a passion for engaging and inspiring people.

Photographing couples around Paris (and the world) makes me happy. I truly believe photoshoots can be so much more than just pretty photos. The way I see it, they are a splendid opportunity for two soulmates to unwind from their busy daily lives, connect blissfully in the most romantic city known to mankind, and celebrate their special relationship.

My approach to photography emphasizes loads of fun and laughter, a believable connection, and boundless creative energy. I obsess over the essential details (dangling hands, natural breathing, flattering angles), so you don’t have to. The result? Well, a fantastic time with utterly beautiful pictures.

P.s. rumor is that I know the most delicious hot chocolate in town, so plan a little time after our shoot.

I love the Lakers, wood-oven pizza, my dog Brownie, and sharing a fabulous Bordeaux with my wife Chantelle.

I’m honored to have been named best destination wedding photographer in the world and best Dad by my super-cool daughter, London.

I earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, where Chantelle and I met. After a few years on Wall Street, I gave up a promising career in finance to pursue my love for people photography.

When I’m not taking photos, you’ll find me enjoying life to its fullest in Southern Italy and the Côte d’Azur.

Can you relate?

spoken languages

English, French, German, and basic Turkish

what I love about shooting in pairs

Paris offers the perfect mix of iconic, romantic, and ever-changing fun photo spots—the city photographs well in any weather, time of the day, and season.

my tip for the best possible photo experience

Prepare well before you arrive in Paris, and trust your photographer

favorite photo locations around Paris

Montmartre, Louvre, Moulin Rouge, Alexander III

favorite quote

“Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Taken.” — Oscar Wilde

favorite sports teams

Los Angeles Lakers and Bayern Munich

Cengiz’s Award-winning Work

Words cannot express how great Cengiz and the entire Kiss Me in Paris team are. They inquired about where I wanted to propose in Paris, the color of the flowers, and how my fiancée and I met. Cengiz is magical with how he directs his Paris photoshoots! When you’re after a fairytale night that you and your fiancée will remember forever, please follow Cengiz’s Paris Proposal Guide and retain his services! We had such an amazing time that we recommended Cengiz to everyone we met on our bike tour of Paris the next day :-). you guys are the best in the business!!!

Graydon Wyatt

My husband and I had never done a photoshoot and didn’t really know what to expect. We absolutely loved Kiss Me in Paris! Cengiz, our local Parisian photographer, was awesome and made us feel so special from the moment we met at Café Carette. He is fun, his energy is contagious, and his photos are simply the best!!! My advice is to not delay—book him if he’s available!

Robyn Groehn

I’ve worked with many photographers over the years, and Cengiz is definitely the #1 in Paris! Cengiz, you managed to memorialize our amazing wedding proposal—I cannot wait to work with you again!

Soraya, Luxury Concierge