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the best paris photoshoot locations

Paris with its wide array of stunning photoshoot locations, is my absolute favourite city in the world. Whether you’re thinking of a romantic pre-wedding photo session, an intimate elopement or a chic Parisian wedding, you’re covered. There’s no shortage of beautiful backdrops for you to choose from. And while the list of beautiful Paris photoshoot locations is endless, I certainly have a few favourites that I keep coming back to.

THE BEST PARIS PHOTOSHOOT LOCATIONS

Petit Palais Paris France American couple engagement and pre-wedding session portraits featuring an off shoulder tulle Monique Lhuillier inspired a-line floral dress, classic natural fresh makeup and navy blue tuxedo. Taken by Cristina Ilao

Eiffel Tower Trocadero – the iconic Paris Photoshoot location

Did you really go to Paris if you didn’t see the iconic Eiffel Tower? Whether you think it’s cliché or touristy, a photo with the Eiffel Tower is undeniably one of the best Paris souvenirs to have. La dame de fer (French for “Iron Lady”) has a magnificent imposing structure that you can see from almost anywhere in the city. If you’re looking for one of the best locations in Paris for your Eiffel Tower photoshoot, make your way to Trocadero. My top tip? Plan to head there early in the morning just before sunrise. That’s the best way to enjoy the stunning view, relish the Parisian sunrise and have your romantic photos without the big tourist crowds.

Paris destination spring summer wedding inspiration with the panoramic view of the iconic Eiffel Tower: In the photo is a brunette couple opening a bottle of champagne and spraying it to celebrate. Groom is wearing a black tuxedo and ribbon, white shirt and rose boutonniere, bride is wearing an a line feather dress with tulle ribbons on the shoulders. Photo by UK and Paris film wedding photographer Cristina Ilao

Eiffel Tower Avenue de Camoens

If you don’t feel like waking up early while on your Parisian holiday, don’t worry. There are other options for avoiding the tourist crowds. Consider heading to Avenue de Camoens. About a 10-minute walk from Trocadero, this quiet street is slowly becoming one of the most popular photoshoot locations for Paris holidaymakers. But because it’s in a residential area, this space is less known and is less likely to be crowded at any time of the day.

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Petit Palais – the dream Paris Photoshoot location

One of my favourite photoshoot locations in Paris, Petit Palais is the epitome of old-world European elegance without screaming Paris. The museum’s Beaux-Arts architecture just has that French je ne sais quoi. Petit Palais is also one of the few art museums in Paris that opens to the public for free. Make sure you’re aware of the opening times if you plan to have this as one of your photoshoot locations while in Paris. Head to the entrance at Ave Winston Churchill and have the opulent golden gates as the backdrop to your epic Parisian portraits. The best time to come is of course, before sunrise and at least an hour before the museum opens.

PS: Did you know that Petit Palais is also a wedding venue? Their inner garden is a little oasis in the middle of Paris and is perfect for hosting small celebrations and intimate weddings.

Petit Palais Paris France American couple engagement and pre-wedding session portraits featuring an off shoulder tulle Monique Lhuillier inspired a-line floral dress, classic natural fresh makeup and navy blue tuxedo. Taken by wedding photographer by Cristina Ilao

Ponte Alexander III

Not far from Petit Palais is the most beautiful bridge in Paris, and possibly in all of Europe. Spanning the Seine River, the Ponte Alexander III is unquestionably a work of art filled with Belle Epoque details throughout. Ponte Alexander III is accessible to pedestrians and vehicles which makes it one of the easiest photoshoot locations in Paris to visit. Walk along the arched bridge with your other half and marvel at the stunning view of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower as you have your sunset portrait photos taken. Is there anything more romantic?

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Pont Alexandre III Bridge Paris France American couple engagement and pre-wedding session portraits featuring an off shoulder tulle Monique Lhuillier inspired a-line floral dress, classic natural fresh makeup and navy blue tuxedo. Taken by wedding photographer Cristina Ilao

The Louvre

Now let’s not forget another Parisian icon, the Louvre Museum. Musée du Louvre is such a popular Paris destination that you’ll struggle to get there without walking through a huge crowd. Unless you know when to go. Do you want to have your own dreamy Louvre couple portraits without tourists behind you? Head to the Louvre early on a Tuesday morning when the museum is closed to the public and the plaza is almost always empty. You’re welcome!

Paris Destination Wedding Bridal Portraits at the Louvre - taken on a medium format Pentax 645N camera using natural light and Fujifilm Pro 400H analogue film by Cristina Ilao. Features a long feather-encrusted 1 line skirt white wedding dress with a deep v-neck, chantilly lace bodice, and tulle ribbons on the shoulders. Asian Chinese Indonesian bride has light clean barely there natural and fresh make-up and a classic twisted french chignon elegant hairstyle.

Palais Royal

Last but not the least is the stunning former French royal palace, the Palais Royal. While the palace is no longer open to the public, the Palais Royal gardens are free to enter. Head to the entrance facing the Louvre and straight to Les Deux Plateaux or Colonnes de Buren, an easily recognisable art installation. Just like the other photoshoot locations in Paris, Palais Royal is a popular spot. So try to get there early before the tourist crowds arrive. That’s the secret to enjoying a relaxed time while having your Paris photos taken. You might even have time to grab a cup of luxurious chocolate chaud at Café Le Nemours on your way out.

Paris Destination Wedding Bridal Portraits at the Palais Royal Colonnes de Buren - taken on a medium format Pentax 645N camera using natural light and Fujifilm Pro 400H analogue film by Cristina Ilao. Features a long feather-encrusted 1 line skirt white wedding dress with a deep v-neck, chantilly lace bodice, and tulle ribbons on the shoulders. Asian Chinese Indonesian bride has light clean barely there natural and fresh make-up and a classic twisted french chignon elegant hairstyle.

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