Which locations do you recommend for our portraits?
The location of your photos will help to define the mood of the pictures. I am happy to help my clients choose their locations, especially those traveling who don’t know the area. However, time and time again it’s proven my clients are SO awesome making the decision! Below are several locations I recommend that each have their own unique feel of Paris, but please let me know whatever suggestions you have.
Alexandre III Bridge
Of the many bridges that cross the Seine in the City of Light, this one is the most photogenic by far! Like most of the locations in Paris, the best time to shoot here is at sunrise. Nothing beats the elegant architecture and old details!
Louvre/ Tuileries garden/Palais-Royal
The largest art museum in the world, the Louvre not only creates the most timeless images but also poses a particular challenge to photographers due to the crowds. As usual, it helps if the session is early in the morning or on Tuesdays when the museum is closed. There are ways to work around the crowds if you are unable to schedule a morning session but some patience might be needed at later times of the day.
Also close by, take a stroll in the ever popular Jardin des Tuileries. This location is knowen for its parisian trees trimmed with precision and the tree lined view of the Louvre.
A short walk and easy add-on location is Palais-Royal. This beautiful Palace and garden are located in the middle of the city. The striped columns present in the courtyard create stunning contrast in photos with plenty of stunning cafe terrace photo opportunities nearby.
The oldest part of Paris, Le Marais is home to some of the best restaurants, shopping, and many famous people, including at one time Victor Hugo. This is the perfect location for cafes, quirky shops, and narrow side streets.
Saint Germain and Ile Saint Louis
This location presents a lot of options for Parisian street scenes while showcasing Notre Dame at the same time. The cathedral is just across the river and a short walk from Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This area ties in beautifully with the only 2 natural islands in Paris - Cité and Saint Louis, well known for amazing areas by the Seine and a quiet place in the heart of the city. Include iconic photos shopping the bouquinistes, having a picnic by the river or sitting outside on an old Paris cafe terrace.
Jardin du Luxembourg
If your visit is during the fall, this is a top location to choose from to get the leaves and scenes lounging in Paris park chairs all with the palace as a backdrop. There is also a few cute cafes in the park. A great second location and short walk away is Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Open hours vary.
The home of the Sacred Heart Basilica, or Sacre Coeur, Montmartre is where some of the cutest streets, cafés, stores and art galleries add magic to any shot. It is home to Maison Rose and the LoveWall at the bottom of the hills. If you would like a panoramic picture of you with a view of the city of lights, this little-known location has it!
Eiffel Tower/Trocadéro/Bir Hakeim
Last but definitely not least, is a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. The most important thing to know is I only accept sunrise sessions at Trocadero. This means start times in the summer around 6h30 and 8h45 in the winter. This also ensures we have morning light before the sun is too high up and, in my opinion, it’s the most magical lighting for the Tower.
There are several options offering a good view and different backdrops. Bir Hakeim and Champ de Mars are a few. These also make a good choice for an Eiffel Tower view during the day if the morning time is not possible. In the middle Bir Hakeim, on the side facing the Tower, there is a small balcony with Monument de la France Renaissante Statue, which a great spot for photos.
Also, the immediate area around the Eiffel Tower including the cafes and banks of the Seine are just a short walk away. Like Trocadéro, the earlier we get there, the better.