Ooh La La! Paris Street Photography
See the City of Lights from a Whole New Angle!
Overview Paris Street Photography
The Paris Street Photography Workshop is designed to show you the unique and often overlooked parts of Paris and that includes the time of the year! Everyone goes to Paris in April; they even wrote a song about it for crying out loud! The best time to go to Paris for street photography is November!
Imagine going to the Eiffel Tour or the Louvre without a bazillion tourists. Imagine going to Paris wandering the streets with your camera and an expert guide. Imagine taking advantage of the golden light photographers love at 6 and not 10! Now, wait for it; Imagine that you are in Paris having a blast and making some amazing photos too!
The Paris workshop is another Jeff and Kev production. Kevin has been there a dozen times, and I’ve been there a half a dozen times too. We know many of the hidden locations and vantage points of the iconic places you won’t see without our help. We’ve been thinking about this trip for a while and we have tried to think of ways to make it instructional, but allowing you time to enjoy all that the city has to offer. We have quite a few ideas for events to keep everyone happy and to ensure we are all having fun. We also think this is the perfect workshop to bring along your non-photographer “other”! We’ve also made that easy, your plus 1 comes along with for free!
Highlights Paris Street Photography
- Exploring Paris with 2 Professional Photographers
- Learn Street Photography Techniques
- 6 Nights and 7 Days
- Small Group – 10 clients
- Bring a travel companion along for FREE!
Arrive Paris November 11, 2018 at Noon
Depart Paris November 17, 2018 Anytime
November 11, 2018 – Day 1 – Group Lunch in Paris
We meet on Sunday at lunch to discuss the week’s activities and begin to inform you of different shooting techniques we will be asking you to try. During this group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are working to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques.
From here we will set out for a fantastic afternoon of photography at arguably one of the most iconic photography locations in Paris. Together we will wander around this iconic structure and photograph it from different angles during the day.
In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Parisian restaurants and then head back out to photograph the tower in all its evening glory from more locations that I have identified over the years. If it rains, all the better because Paris is even more beautiful at night when it’s wet and rainy.
November 12 – Day 2 – Latin Quarter
On day two we explore the hidden gems of the Latin Quarter, as well as Notre-Dame and the Panthéon. Here, we will apply our focus to street people and shop owners, as well as the impressive architecture that surrounds us at every turn.
For the movie Highlander lovers, you may know this location very well. The Shakespeare and Company, arguably the most famous independent bookstore in the world, occupies a prime piece of real estate facing the Seine in Paris, not far from the Latin Quarter, Place Saint-Michel, and Boulevard Saint-Germain. The river is just a stone’s throw from the front door, and a stone throw from the south side of Notre Dame—halfway across the Seine on Île de la Cité—from one of the shop’s second-floor windows. The view is that good.
November 13 – Day 3 – Champs-Elysées – Louvre – Musee D’Orsay
On day three, we set out to explore the Champs-Elysées, Musee D’Orsay, and Louvre areas, looking to capture the architectural beauty and manicured gardens and the locals that wander through this area on a daily basis.
Since there is so much to see in Paris, we’ll look to blend the iconic (monuments) and less visible (back streets and grit), so you get a beautiful collection of photos depicting Paris. After dinner, we will spend the evening photographing the Louvre and street scenes at night in this magnificent “city of lights.” If it rains, all the better because Paris is even more beautiful at night when it’s wet and rainy.
November 14 – Day 4 – Canal Saint Martin – Belleville
Wednesday is a day dedicated to the secret neighborhoods of Paris. With its footbridges arching gracefully over a canal that feeds into the Seine River, the Canal Saint Martin area offers equal parts greenery, lyricism, and urban grit. One of Paris’ oldest streets, Rue Montorgueil is a vibrant, cheery quarter bursting with some of the city’s finest food markets and pastry shops. Nestled between Montparnasse and Chinatown on the left bank is a hilly, well-hidden quarter whose narrow, winding streets, tiny houses, and art nouveau architecture recalls a Paris of another era. And Belleville – home to one of Paris’s lively Chinatowns, a burgeoning artist quarter and a dizzying array of cultures.
November 15 – Day 5 – Opera House – Catacombs – Montmartre
On Thursday morning we will go and visit the opera house when it opens so we can see and photograph the stunning architecture of the building. From here it’s a short trip over to the catacombs.
The Catacombs, which form a veritable labyrinth beneath the very heart of Paris, were created in the galleries of the former quarries whose stone was used to build the capital.
Situated twenty meters below ground, the ossuary contains the remains of millions of Parisians, transferred there gradually between the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries because the graveyards closed due to the risk they posed to public health. The first of these was the cimetière des Innocents graveyard in 1786 in what is now the district of Les Halle.
In the long maze of dark galleries and narrow passages, visitors can see a tableau of death with bones arranged in a macabre display of high Romantic taste. The alexandrine verse “Arrête, c’est ici l’empire de la mort” [Halt, this is the realm of Death ] above the entrance to the ossuary is just one of an extensive series of maxims, poems and other sacred and profane passages giving pause for thought during the tour. This unusual site movingly brings the history of the Parisian people back to life and takes visitors on a timeless journey.
Then, as a group, we will visit the famous Montmartre cemetery and its century-old tombstones, then climb the stairs at Sacre Coeur to photograph from this fantastic vantage point.
After dinner, it’s back to doing some night photography in the center of Montmartre of the iconic Metro signs and some night photography in front of Moulin Rouge.
November 16 – Day 6 – Final Editing Session – Street Photography – Night Photoshoot
On day six, we set out early for some Paris Street Photography and then our last group discussion, review our past week’s photos, and give one final critique.
Then we head out for one last dinner where you can trade contact information with everyone, enjoy the sites as you eat and then head out one last time for a final night shoot.
Tonight is all about capturing the city of lights and love between two locations you would have visited already this week. The Eiffel Tower and Le Louvre. Tonight is your opportunity to take those images that you may have missed during a night where you will see local lovers strolling along the paths and enjoying the company of friends with these iconic structures as the backdrops for your candid portraits.
November 17, 2018 – Day 7 – Departure day
We urge you to extend your stay in Paris or elsewhere in France and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure.
Included in the Tour
We’ve got you covered for all of the entrance fees into all attractions, photography guidance, welcome luncheon, dinner on last night.
You are on your own for International airfare, accommodation, meals not outlined in itinerary, traveler’s insurance, transportation from the hotel to attractions.
Be prepared for temps between 0 and 50 F (0-10 C). It is likely to be rainy or misty, and so so some water resistant/proof outer gear will help keep you stay warm and dry. You should also wear neutral colors or even camouflage gear.
BC Birds is a workshop for the big glass, a minimum of 400mm and as much as you have will be the proper tools for this Bald Eagle photography workshop. A sturdy tripod and a gimbal head will be invaluable. You should pack your wide angle; there are some beautiful landscapes throughout the valley.
You should bring your standard kit for landscape photography because the style of shooting is very much the same. We recommend a wide angle such as a 16-35mm, a fast prime (F1.8) such as a 20 or 24mm, and mid range zoom like a 70-200mm. A tripod and ball head with a remote trigger release. A polarizing filter and perhaps Neutral Density filter.
I also like to carry a discreet small camera for street photography. I carry the Sony RX-100, but there are many others including mirrorless options.
It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, so just get in touch, and we can talk about what you have and what you might need.
US Citizens Traveling To France*
Must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure.
Blank Passport Pages
Must have at least one blank page for stamps.
Not required for stays under 90 days.
Arrival and Departure Airport
Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is the arrival for this tour. Upon arrival in Paris make your way in to the city either by train (about $15) per person or by Uber (about $50) for the car.
If you are going by train and staying in Montmartre take the RER Blue Line to Gare Du Nord and then transfer, walk or Uber to your hotel. This is a good source for the details of taking the train if it is your first time.
Plan you outbound flight anytime on November 17, 2018
Lodging & Transportation
Transportation is not included on this workshop. Feel free to get in touch and we can help you make the best choices.
Lodging is also not included in the tour. We will spend the majority of the trip in the eclectic 18th arrondissement aka Montmartre. There are myriad hotels in every price category as well as a great selection of AirBnB options, so choose something that suits you. Again, we can help, just ask.
I always use trip insurance for my travels. It’s so much easier and with so many more benefits when you compare it with your insurance. I’ve found the costs to be reasonable given the benefits. I use Travel Guard when I travel and even though; I’ve not had a claim they were helpful and easy to deal with on the phone.
*Information for US citizens travel to France was obtained from the US Department of State and was valid as of April, 2018.
Complete the “Reserve Your Space” form on the right of this page. On a mobile device it may be at the end, but it’s a big green box, you can’t miss it.
I will get an email which will provide me with your request including the payment details. I will confirm space availability and then send you an invoice from your preferred payment method for the deposit. Once I receive the deposit your space is confirmed.
When I receive payment I will follow up with another confirmation email and receipt.
About 30 days before departure, you will get a welcome kit with the nuts and bolts of what to expect. Of course, feel free to email me or call me and we can talk about it as much as you like!
There is a 2.5% convenience fee to pay your balance by credit cards. There are no fees with any of the listed payment methods for your deposit.
The tuition for the Paris Street Photography workshop is photography workshop is $2595 for you and you may bring along a travel companion at no extra charge!
A non-refundable $500 deposit is required to reserve space in the photo tour. The balance will be due on May 24, 2018.