Going to Paris soon & planning a photoshoot there? Awesome! Discover the 5 Best places for a photo shoot in Paris.
The Eiffel Tower / Trocadero
The Trocadero area gives you the best view over the Eiffel Tower. Nothing is in its way and you can capture it from top to bottom. The pictures you will create there are very classic/iconic. For anyone not living in Paris it’s a must have shot. [update: still the #1 spot! don’t miss it]
Best time to shoot: Sunrise. Want that gorgeous shot of you and the Eiffel Tower? Wake up early! It’s one of the most touristic place in Paris. Get there just in time for Sunrise. Your Paris photographer will know what to do from there.
Insider’s tips: If you can’t wake up early enough avoid the Trocadero and go along the Seine river banks the view is great too and you won’t be fighting with the thousands of tourists for a spot.
Location on a map: http://bit.ly/trocadero_
Place de la Concorde
The amazing “place de la Concorde” offers an incredible choice of backgrounds: the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysée, the National Assembly, the Madeleine or the “jardin des Tuileries” (Tuileries garden). Pick you favorite and capture your memories in Paris!
Best time to shoot: Sunrise before 7am. The place will be empty as the sun starts hitting the building and the place.
Insider’s tips: Get there before anyone else, big buses will start dropping tourists around 8am and block the best views. As soon as you are done on the place head over to the “jardin des Tuileries” heading towards le Louvre museum. The parc is gorgeous and offers a nice transition in mood for your photo session.
Location on a map: http://bit.ly/placeconcorde
Alexander III bridge
Iconic landmark of Paris, the Alexander III bridge is a deck arch bridge that spans over the river Seine. The bridge itself is perfect for a photo shoot in Paris, the old lamps and beautiful statues decorating it will leave you speechless while your photographer captures your memories in Paris. Oh and of course you get an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.
Best time to shoot: Sunset. The sun will set in the West by the Eiffel tower offering a great sky to capture.
Insider’s tips: Don’t just shoot on the bridge, go down on the quay side and enjoy the stroll. If your photographer is up for a night shoot in Paris, the bridge is illuminated with old lamp poles which will create a perfect “midnight in Paris” ambiance.
Location on a map: http://bit.ly/alexandre3
Notre Dame / Île DE LA CITé
The cathedral of Notre Dame is located on a small island on the Seine river called “Île de la cité”. It is the heart of Paris. The area is great for a photo session in Paris as it will give you different sceneries all in a very short walking-distance. The main front area of the cathedral itself can be an interesting view to get but the best is to go on the quay side and the bridges up the river.
Best time to shoot: Sunrise. Reason? It gets crowded. Afternoon/Sunset is also an option if you walk away from the main area.
Insider’s tips: Go two bridges up the river to get a good view of the Cathedral and find less tourists.
Location on a map: http://bit.ly/notredame_
Bir Hakeim Bridge
Beautiful two level column bridge 5-10mn walk from the Eiffel Tower itself. On top of having a great view on the Eiffel Tower the Bir Hakeim bridge is magical. It is made of column which offers your Paris photographer very interesting perspectives to create art with.
Best time to shoot: 1-2h before sunset. Yes it might get busier but the light will be better for capturing the scenery with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Insider’s tips: The bridge is blessing when it rains thanks to the second deck that protects you from the rain.
Location on a map: http://bit.ly/birhakeim
Bonus locations recommended: Le Louvre museum (Sunset), Montmartre, the inside “passages” (galleries), Pont de Arts and any cute Parisian café.
When booking your photo shoot in Paris, professional photographers will propose packages with different shooting time. As a rule of thumb expect spending one hour per location to cover it decently. Take your time, enjoy and don’t rush your photo shoot just for the sake of covering as many landmarks as possible.
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