When private clients are undecided about where they’d like to be photographed around the capital, I’m happy to give all the advice I can. However, so much being down to personal preference, I can’t recommend enough that clients spend a little time doing some research of their own, if only that based on the suggestions I make.
LESS IS MORE
Whilst everyone’s agenda, needs and image preferences are different, as standard I propose walking shoots based around one main location that can be easily discovered on foot; Paris packs an enormous amount into a relatively small city, hence sticking to one area won’t mean you’ll be in any way short of variety… I’ll occasionally get requests from clients wishing to “uber” quickly between the main Paris sights, which I’m more than happy to do, although that inevitably means that a) a large chunk of the paid shooting time is spent in transport, and b) they never really stay long enough in each location to really explore it, and exploration is one of the main pleasures of doing a private photo session, especially for tourists and visitors to whom the City of Lights is very new.
For those really wanting to look back over their photography catalogue and see a bigger overview of Paris, then I recommend, time permitting, to consider booking multiple shoots, e.g. a shoot each morning over several days. Asides from the wide range of Paris backdrops this will offer, clients can plan to wear different attire for each shoot, making each photo session really its own. I offer substantial discounts for multiple shoots, so if you’ve a little more of a budget, asides from offering even better value for money, this multi-day option could well be more cost-effective than hiring a private driver to dash around for an hour.
MORE THAN JUST THE EIFFEL TOWER
Needless to say, for every Paris lifestyle photographer, the Eiffel tower is the most requested backdrop for visitors, whether they’re a traveling family or a newly engaged couple. Whilst this is more than understandable, by focusing your location choice around around “the tower”, you will inevitably overlook the MANY other route options, which is a shame as many really fantastic areas, such as the wonderful Notre Dame area, often get overlooked. If you’re set on the Eiffel tower, should you be able to do a second shoot, then I strongly recommend you pick something “non-towery” to complement it. You won’t regret it :)
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