If you’re planning on having a Paris photoshoot during your next visit to France, INSIDR has got you covered. Photoshoots are a great way to preserve your vacation memories. After all, what’s a better souvenir than a photograph? Of all places in the world, Paris is undoubtedly one of those that are just absolutely easy to capture through a lens. We understand that this is largely why so many travellers from all over the world gravitate towards coming to this city! This article will give you the coolest locations to visit, how to prepare for your shoot, and the best professional photo services for you and your budget. Whether you’re looking for iconic backgrounds or unique settings, INSIDR has the information. Read on for everything you need to know to get your perfect vacation pictures in Paris!
Research the best Paris photoshoot locations
N°1 Paris photoshoot location: Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most stunning backdrops for any photoshoot and a must-visit attraction in Paris. There are several locations close to the tower where you will be perfectly situated to take photos. Parisians love Rue de l’Université, Place du Trocadero, and the Passy area in the 16th arrondissement. Two other popular locations are Passerelle Debilly and Pont Alexandre III on the Seine. When you’re done, make your way up the Eiffel Tower and take a few shoots overlooking the city. It’s the best view of Paris and the best background for your next profile picture!
Iconic Paris landmarks for a Paris photoshoot
Some other iconic landmarks for your Paris photoshoot include the Louvre, Palais Royal, Jardin des Tuileries, Seine River bridges, Paris Opera House. It’s good to get a mix of urban and natural backgrounds for a dynamic photoshoot. The Tuileries Garden offers many amazing shoot locations and are conveniently located within walking distance of the Louvre. Don’t forget to get an iconic shot on one of the many bridges of the Paris over the Seine. The most picturesque are Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts. The same advice goes for Paris’ best parks and gardens.
Secret spots for a Paris Photoshoot
If you’re looking for some Paris photoshoot locations that are off the beaten path, there are a host of neat, secluded spots for you to choose from. The Bois de Vincennes is a beautiful park which houses a secret island where you can see the “temple of love”. There’s also the gardens at Musée Rodin and the high bridges of Canal St Martin where you can snap a pic in front of the green water. If you’re hoping for more romantic locations to take photos, check out the INSIDR guide to romantic spots in Paris.
Best tips to find great photoshoot locations in Paris
Instagram is a great tool for discovering Paris photoshoot locations. Search tags like #paris, #montmartre, and #louvre to discover thousands of different photo ideas. You can also follow INSIDR on Instagram to see all our secrets spots that we post daily. Plus, check out our dedicated article on the Top 10 Instagram worthy views in Paris. There are so many great locations to choose from! Our list includes a great mix of monuments, hotels, and parks that all have amazing views of the city from different vantage points.
How to get ready for a Paris Photoshoot
Look your best
Before your Paris photoshoot, it’s a good idea to plan which outfits you’re going to wear and decide how you will do your makeup. Pick out a few different looks that range from casual to fancy. If you’re planning on shopping for a new outfit while in Paris, take a look at our top Paris shopping guide and the best vintage clothing stores in Paris. If you’re going for a very classic and natural makeup look, perhaps its a good idea to make use of those French makeup secrets.
Prepare your makeup
A great way to look your best for your photoshoot is to invest in a professional makeover. There are a great number of salons and professional makeup artists in Paris but be prepared to pay a hefty sum. A great idea would be to head to the NARS counter in Galeries Lafayette Haussmann where you can get a free flash makeover. Their makeup artists are all professionals who will let you sample the latest NARS products and give you some new tips and tricks. You can choose what you’d like to get done: the base, eyes, or lips! An even better idea is to get the full makeover for just 55€.
You can book an appointment by phone (+33 1 43 87 22 16) or at the NARS counter at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. Get your makeup done in the morning and spend the rest of the day on a Paris photoshoot tour!
Get your hair done
So now you’ve got your outfit and your makeup. Complete the entire look by getting your hair done! Jean Louis David is one of the biggest and best salon chains in Paris. At any of their salons, you can visit one of their ‘style bars’ where you can get your hair done in 15 minutes for 15€. You can request for a blow-out, a styling, or even curls! It’s a great way to look your best for your Paris photoshoot without breaking the bank. Jean Louis David salons are everywhere in Paris but for a central location, we recommend heading to their salon on 5 rue Cambon in the 1st arrondissement.
Gear up for the photoshoot
To keep your hair and makeup looking perfect all day long, there are a few products you can pick up to help. A setting powder for your makeup is a must. Setting powder prevents foundation from oxidizing and stops skin from getting greasy. The Light Reflecting Setting Powder from one of our favorite French makeup brands, NARS is specially designed for photoshoots. It helps the skin reflect light while keeping your makeup intact. It’s light, effective, and the perfect product for your Paris photoshoot. The second thing you’ll need is a good hairspray. Check out local French parapharmacies for a wide selection of products. To add light and dimension to your face without doing a heavy contour, pick up the NARS Multiple stick and apply it to the cheeks, temples and eyelids.
Find your photoghrapher
All-in-one luxurious photoshoot
For an all-inclusive Paris photoshoot experience, there are lots of amazing studios to choose from. Paris Odyssey will provide you will a professional photographer, hair and makeup services and even dress rentals from the famous atelier Pronovias. Paris Odyssey will help you plan your Paris photoshoot. Plus, their services are offered in Chinese and English. To ensure the best results, let their professional photographer take the reins of your photoshoot!
Romantic or solo photoshoot
If you’re only looking to hire a photographer for your photoshoot, there’s Seinsfilm. Seinsfilm specializes in couple and individual photoshoots. This photographer knows all the best locations in Paris and is an expert in his craft. We love how the photos come out after editing. The images look like they were developed on film, perfect for a Paris background! A two hour photoshoot for one person is just 270€ and a 2-hour couple’s shoot is 410€. Seinsfilm selects the shoot locations, helps you pose, and edits all your photos.
Book a photographer anywhere in Europe
Sweet Escape is an online platform that connects tourists with local photographers across Europe. Their photographers are located in more than 400 cities around the world. It’s an easy way to quickly and conveniently find the perfect photographer for you. Prices per photoshoot start as low as $120 USD.
Family Photoshoot in Paris
For a family Paris photoshoot, you’ll need a professional photographer who knows how to work with children. Localers Paris offers fast, professional photoshoots that last one hour. One hour may seem short but actually, that’s just the right amount of time before the kids get distracted. The professional photographer who’s also a local in Paris will take care of the photoshoot itinerary for you. The hour-long photoshoot costs €179.
4 INSIDR top tips for the best Paris photoshoot
1. Make it unique
For an individualized Paris photoshoot, choose a location off the beaten path. Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris New Philharmonic and Parc de La Villette all have a unique feel and look which will make for more original photos. The 11th district of Paris is a cool up-and-coming neighborhood where you can find charming cafes, a gothic church and colourful streets. It’s the perfect place for a cute, unique photoshoot.
2. Make it fancy
For a touch of class and sophistication, make a trip to the Palais Garnier in the Opera District. For 12€ you can take a self guided tour of this opulent building. The entrance hall with its grand staircase is an absolutely beautiful location to take photos. Palais Garnier is one of the world’s most stunning examples of 19th century architecture and an absolute marvel to behold. There are so many great spots to take photos inside the Opera House. It’s definitely worth a visit during your Paris photoshoot. Best of all, it’s just a short walk away from Galeries Lafayette Haussmann where you can get your makeup done by NARS so you’re sure to still be looking fresh for your close up.
3. Capture the view
For a stunning view of the Paris skyline there’s no better location than the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. This is one of our favorite Paris rooftops. Located in the 9th arrondissement, this rooftop provides sweeping views of the city. You’ll be able to also get a better look at the ornate roof of the Palais Garnier. If you arrive at the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann rooftop first thing in the morning, there’s a good chance you’ll be the only one there. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a private photoshoot with the Paris skyline as your backdrop.
4. Follow the experts
A great way to discover unique Paris photoshoot locations is by joining a photography tour. On a photography tour, local experts will take you to some of the most picturesque locations in the city and teach you how to get the perfect shot. Bring your camera or write down the locations you visit on the tour and come back later with your professional photographer. For a self-guided tour of the city, you should download any one of our Free Walking Maps of Paris!