It’s no secret that Paris is one of the most photogenic cities is the entire world – but that doesn’t mean that snapping the perfect picture in Paris is easy! With a huge number of tourists visiting the city each day, it can be very difficult to get a picture without people in the background. This list of my top 5 spots for photos in Paris includes some hidden gems for snapping iconic shots – without the crowds!
Jardins du Trocadero
It may seem impossible to get a decent picture in front of the Eiffel Tower – but it’s easier than you think! The best location to get a picture with the Eiffel Tower is anywhere around Jardins du Trocadero. The photo below was taken at the top of the stairs, and the sneaky angle means that the crowd of people below is virtually hidden.
Photo credit for the picture below (and the cover photo above) belongs to The Paris Photographer
One of the most famous sights in all of Paris is, no surprise, also the busiest. Despite the crowds I promise you that it’s still easy to get great pictures here! There’s two tricks for getting great shots at the Pyramid….. The first trick is to visit in the early hours of the morning. When we went to the Louvre Pyramid for a photoshoot with Fran we managed to get some incredible shots with hardly anyone around! My second trick, is to sit or stand on the half-wall on the outer perimeter of the courtyard. As you can see in the second picture below, I still managed to get a decent picture of Paul at the Pyramid even though there were hundreds of people around.
Photo credit for the first picture below belongs to The Paris Photographer
Le Palais Royal
The courtyard at Le Palais Royal is just begging to be photographed! The black and white ‘pods’ are the perfect place to stand for an iconic shot in front of this typical Parisian building. Late morning has the best lighting, and the area is large enough that you can usually get a picture without anyone else in your shot (unless it’s fashion week – in which case this area will be filled with bloggers).
Les Ombres is one of my favourite restaurants in the entire world – and it’s located on the rooftop of a museum near the Eiffel Tower. If you eat here during the summer months and sit outside, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower all lit up at night! Not only did we have a great view of the Eiffel Tower during our meal, but we were also able to snap a few great pictures away from the tables. (Excuse the low photo quality below – my last visit to Les Ombres was before I had this blog!)
For the most picturesque shot of the Seine River, head towards the Notre Dame Cathedral (preferably with a bottle of wine) and take any of the many staircases down to the river bank. What I love most about my picture on the Seine River is that it captures exactly what life in Paris is all about – hanging out along the river and drinking wine with friends! For a stunning shot, aim for golden hour (that time right before sunset when the lighting is soft).