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Paris Photography Guide
I’ve organized these Paris photography shots into location categories and listed them by landmarks, neighborhoods, and best city views. There should be a good mix of the icons as well as candid scenic shots. I have included any tips (both photography and general) I picked up. At the end, you will find a map with all of the locations with their photos attached to help you identify them.
Let’s get to it! 🙂
Of course, everyone wants the traditional iconic shot of Notre Dame from the front. I actually got this photo back in 2010, but the weather wasn’t the best and mysteriously, my Notre Dame photos are the only ones I’m missing from that trip. My SD card
ate them corrupted. So, I made sure I got them again this trip. 😉
This time around, I also shot the side view from across the Seine River.
The cathedral also makes for a great dramatic shot at dusk.
And for the encore, the side view at night was a win with a bonus of light trails from a (long-awaited) passing boat!
TIP: If you want both the back of Notre Dame at dusk and light trails and don’t have a lot of time, you can get both from the bridge location. Boats will come through around dusk, but they get fewer and farther between the later it gets. This is also true from the side view location and I had to wait a while for a boat.
MAP COLOR: Notre Dame is Green
Notre Dame is located at 6 Parvis Notre-Dame-Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
The Sacré-Cœur is always on the “must-see, must-get” list. There are so many different angles from which you can photograph it. In addition to the traditional iconic front side, walk all the way around and find another aspect of the Sacré-Cœur that you like!
TIP: The Sacré-Cœur isn’t the easiest landmark to photograph especially without people. So rather than get it up close with a lot of people in the foreground, try moving farther back and getting the carousel, some of the flowers and greenery in the photo. You will still get people in it but they will be small and won’t overtake so much of the picture.
MAP COLOR: Sacré-Cœur is Orange
Sacré-Cœur is located at 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
No trip to Paris is complete without wandering around the famous Montmartre neighborhood. While there’s an endless amount of things to photograph here, I hit the highlights such as Moulin Rouge. Although technically not a part of Montmartre, it sits at the base of the neighborhood and is closely associated with it.
Moulin Rouge is located at 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
My best advice is to just meander through the streets and find things like this street shot with La Maison Rose…
La Maison Rose is located at 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France
and the Wall of Love. The Wall of Love has “I love you” written over 300 times in 250 languages!
Wall of Love is located at Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France
I love this classic street shot that is so characteristic of Montmartre.
Return to La Maison Rose at dusk…the light casts an amazing glow on the pink cafe, don’t you think?
Another popular site is the windmill at Le Moulin de la Galette.
Le Moulin de Galette is located at 83 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France
TIP: I found wandering the streets of Montmartre to be charming, relaxing and inspiring. Massive photography potential here!
MAP COLOR: Montmartre is Black
Musée du Louvre
The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world and the pyramid with the fountains is one of the most iconic shots in all of Paris.
Inside the pyramid (the entrance to the Louvre) is adorned from time to time with different decorations. This was what was present during my visit. Just be sure to notice what might be either inside, right outside or on the pyramid itself.
Also just as iconic is this night shot with the pyramid and its beautiful reflection!
Don’t forget to take a shot from inside the Passage Richelieu. It frames everything up so well!
TIPS: Get your tickets in advance for the Louvre and skip the long lines. Also, it’s open at night until 9:45 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. This is a great time to visit and then you can go outside for a night photo shoot!
MAP COLOR: The Louvre is Purple
The Louvre is located at Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe
There are various places to get shots of the Arc de Triomphe which isn’t easy because of its height and the surrounding busy roadways. This one was taken at the base on the Champs-Élysées side.
MAP COLOR: Arc de Triomphe is Blue
Arc de Triomphe is located at Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
In 2015, the Pont des Arts stopped playing host as home to “Love Lock Bridge”. Because one of the mesh panels of the bridge collapsed due to the weight of the locks (one panel supposedly weighed 1500 lbs alone), Paris made the decision to remove all of the locks and replace the panels.
When I was taking photos from the bridge, I noticed these locks secured to one of the light poles on the bridge.
Ponts de Arts is located at Ponts de Arts, 75006 Paris, France
Likewise, I noticed these news locks on the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor (formerly Solferino Bridge). Is this one on its way to becoming the new “Love Lock Bridge”? I’m not sure. There are supposedly 13 bridges that now contain love locks, but this was the only one I personally saw.
Passerelle Léopold-Sédar0Senghor is located at Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, 75001 Paris, France
Who has time for shopping when this is your view? The Galeries Lafayette Haussman is a photographer’s dream…can you imagine? Okay, okay…after you grab your photos, go get your shop on. 😉
Galeries Lafayette Haussman is located at Boulevard Haussman, Paris, France
There are many cool secret places around Paris. While the Covered Passages aren’t totally a secret, they certainly aren’t the most iconic either. I particularly loved this shot of the Passage Jouffroy.
Passage Jouffroy is located at 10 Boulevard Montmartre – 9 Rue de la Grange-Batelière, Paris, France
Parisian cafés are so, well…Parisian, right? How about the L’Escargot Montorgueil? I absolutely loved how cute it is!
L’Escargot Montorgueil is located at 38 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris, France
Capturing the beauty of Paris’ Statue of Liberty at night is a must especially if you are American. Remember, the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France!
TIP: Looking straight up at the statue is a unique take, but you can also capture it much further back with the Eiffel Tower in the background too.
Statue of Liberty is located below the Pont de Grenelle, 75015 Paris, France
MAP COLOR: Parisian Scenes are in Aqua
The Palace of Versailles was one of the top things I wanted to see on my second trip to Paris. I remember desperately wanting to see it on my first trip in 2010, but with only 3 days there wasn’t enough time. I made sure I saw it this trip!
The most famous part of the Palace? The Hall of Mirrors, of course! I managed to pull off my goal of getting photos without anyone in them. This isn’t easy to do and there’s really only one way to accomplish it…
TIPS: Buy tickets way in advance of your trip for the opening 9:00 am hour. Get there at least 30 minutes prior (45 minutes is ideal). I arrived around 8:30 and was still second in line. As soon as they open and your ticket is scanned, go straight to the Hall of Mirrors. Everyone else will collect their audio guides (I’m not a fan of these personally) and then will walk through the Palace per the audio guide. Confirming with employees that I could backtrack to see the parts of the Palace I was about to zoom past, I made a fast beeline for the Hall of Mirrors and had about 5 minutes or less to grab photos without anyone else present! Thanks to Amanda from KevinandAmanda for this tip!
MAP COLOR: Versailles is in Yellow
Palace of Versailles is located at Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
The Grand Foyer in Palais Garnier is one of the most stunning rooms I’ve ever been in. It actually reminds me of the Hall of Mirrors and I think I liked it better (shhhh…..).
It was just so much more ornate and had a little more contrast in color.
The Auditorium though is just breathtakingly beautiful and iconic as well. I couldn’t believe I was standing in one of the most famous opera houses in the world!
Please, please don’t forget to look up to see the stunning dome!
The Salon de Lune is unique with bats on its ceiling…
and likewise, the Salon de Soleil is equally as unique with dragons on its ceiling.
TIP: Take the Phantom of the Opera tour at the Palais Garnier. It’s an after-hours tour that takes you to all the above locations as well as the Phantom’s Box. This is a must for all Phantom of the Opera lovers and photographers alike!
MAP COLOR: Palais Garnier is in Coral
Palais Garnier is located at 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
Best City Views
If you’re flying into Paris-Orly be sure to see what aerial views you might have. I took this one as we flew in at sunset.
TIP: If you have a TV screen, use the in-flight map to see which direction you are landing and which side of the plane Paris is on. If you are landing to the west like we were, Paris was on the right side and this was our sunset view!
I loved the late afternoon lighting on the city view from the Sacré-Cœur.
Arguably the best views in all of Paris come from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
from every side!
TIPS: Tickets to the top go on sale 6-8 weeks in advance and most of the time slots sell out the same day. I got ours the day they went on sale (7 weeks prior to our trip) and still didn’t get my first choice of times. I recommend going late afternoon (which was a 5:30 pm entrance time for us in July) when the lighting is still great. Then you can go down for a picnic with the Eiffel Tower in view and then head over to the Trocadero for sunset photos!
Eiffel Tower is located at Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe also provides nice views of the city…
from all sides…
that include the Eiffel Tower
and the financial district too!
TIP: Buy your tickets online in advance and avoid the LONG ticket booth lines. We actually purchased ours online while standing in the line and then went to the front of it. Not sure if we got lucky or not so I recommend buying them in advance so you don’t have to worry about it!
MAP COLOR: Best City Views are in Gray
I saved the best for last, the Eiffel Tower. There are so many places to get photos of the most iconic structure in Paris such as near the base looking up.
But my favorite time and place to photograph the Eiffel Tower is from the Trocadero Gardens at sunset.
Stay after sunset for the Blue Hour and you will get this shot.
Then, walk down to the Seine River and continue to be amazed by what all the Blue Hour can show you!
TIP: If you don’t know, the Blue Hour is the time after the sun sets before the sky is completely black. During this time, the sky is a beautiful blue color that creates beautiful backgrounds. This photo was taken around 10:30 pm in early July.
I wanted to stay in a “room with a view” and I achieved this with my room at the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile. This was my nightly view as I was getting ready to go to sleep every night!
These photos were taken near the Pont de la Concorde Bridge.
I loved that I could see not only the Eiffel Tower…
but also the Pont Alexandre III bridge too.
Bonus-all the colors in the water reflections!
TIP: Be sure to get in place by about 10 minutes before the hour (from 11pm-1am) for one of the Eiffel Tower’s light shows. Play with your camera settings and capture both the sharper and softer sides!
MAP COLOR: Eiffel Tower is in Magenta
And there you have it…I hope this guide helps you capture the best of Paris photography. The City of Light is super colorful and fun to photograph! If you are looking for recommendations for fabulous food while you are getting all these fun photos, don’t miss my Foodie’s Guide to Paris!
Have you been to Paris? Do you have any fun photo spots to add to my Paris Photography guide? If so, I would love to hear about them!
‘Til next time…