Eiffel Tower is no doubt the most sought after Paris photoshoot location. It doesn’t matter if you’re a couple, solo traveller or family. Everyone wants to take home a little bit of this cultural icon of France in their travel memoir. It is a “must do” especially when it’s your first time in Paris.
99% of my clients request for the Eiffel Tower: either at the Trocadero (most popular and most crowded) or Pont de Bir Hakeim. Both locations offer stunning views of the Iron Lady.
Nonetheless, other spots around the Eiffel Tower offer dreamy romantic photos too.
Here is the list for the best Eiffel Tower locations for your Paris photoshoot, starting from the most popular location to the lesser known ones.
1. Paris Photoshoot at the Trocadero
If this is your first time to Paris, make the first look between you and the Eiffel Tower count. The best place to have the first magnificent view of the Tower is coming in from Place du Trocadero. Enter the Trocadero platform from between Palais de Chaillot and Musee National de la Marine.
Try to do this before your Paris photoshoot to soak in the breathtaking view of this 131 year old beauty. Do it without rush and experience the glory of her.
Needless to say that the best photo spot is on the Trocadero platform itself, presenting the full view of the Tower.
Following on are the stairs leading you down to the Jardin du Trocadero. You can find them on the right and left hand sides of the main platform. There is also a little platform between stairs which is worth a stop for different poses for your photos.
You will then walk towards the water jet cannons with sprigs of fountains on the sides when you get to the bottom of the big staircase.
Don’t be afraid to get a little moist when the fountains come alive. They make for dreamy photos when framed right.
Gardens at the Trocadero
You can also get different views of the Eiffel Tower from the gardens to the left and right of the fountain. Different seasons offer different photo views but all are equally pretty.
The side gardens are nice spots in the winter when the leaves have fallen from the trees. You will have trees in the foreground making the Eiffel Tower a subtle backdrop in your photos.
A photoshoot here in autumn shows the beautiful changing colours of the leaves in hues of browns and fiery yellow.
Spring displays the cherry blossoms that line up the side of the garden.
Carousel at the Bottom of the Trocadero
You will find a carousel at the bottom of the Jardin du Trocadero (look towards your right). Here gives you photos with two cultural icons of Paris with a whimsical feel.
Hop on the carousel if it’s open for some fun whilst having your photos taken by your Paris photographer.
If you love carousels like I do, I have written a Paris Guide on them here.
Best time to have your Paris photoshoot at this location is at sunrise to avoid the bus loads of crowd.
2. Paris Photoshoot at Pont de Bir Hakeim
Pont de Bir Hakeim is the second most asked Paris photoshoot location. Hollywood films like the National Treasure and Inception have shot here.
It is a two tiered bridge. The first level for vehicles and pedestrians. Built on top of this level is a metro track where Line 6 passes between the Passy and Bir Hakeim stations.
The charm of this bridge is in the architectural mix of industrial looking steel pillars across the river Seine with masonry arches in the middle and at both ends.
Whichever part of the bridge you’re at, it gives you a varied stunning perspective of the Eiffel Tower.
There is a balcony in the middle for you to hang around soaking in views of the Tower, river and passing boats.
Pont de Bir Hakeim gives you a better array of background looks for your photos, compared to the Trocadero. It is a photoshoot location that provides architecture, water, boats and dry landscapes.
A great photoshoot location for a rainy day too where you can take cover underneath the bridge. Rain gives a moody panorama to the Eiffel Tower. The wet reflections on the ground makes your photos nicely different.
Best times to have your Paris photoshoot here are sunrise, all day and sunset!
3. River Banks on Port de Debilly (between Pont d’Iena & Pont de Bir Hakeim)
This location is ideal for a late morning or early evening Paris photoshoot.
Avoid booking a photoshoot for the middle of the day especially in the summer months. The contrast between the light on sunny days and shadows are rigid and harsh. Strong sunlight at these times may cause you to have squinty eyes, not to mention sweat marks on your clothes. Not great for creating connected and soulful romantic Paris photos.
You only have one great angle view to the Eiffel Tower on this location, but it is worth it. You will also have water, boats and no crowd in your photos. Ideal for some privacy.
This spot is ideal for your Paris proposal. You can then move onto a nearby location like the Trocadero or Pont de Bir Hakeim for your engagement photoshoot afterwards.
4. Avenue de Camoens as a little part of your Paris Photoshoot
It is a little quaint spot near the Trocadero, about 5 minutes walk away. You will not have a full view of the Eiffel Tower here. It is partially hidden by some pleasant photo worthy rooftops. This place is also surrounded by some charming Haussmannien facades.
Photoshoot at this location requires no more than 10 minutes. You can include it as part of your Trocadero photoshoot. Let your Paris photographer know so that he/she can plan the time for it within your photo session time.
It is lovely to have your Paris photoshoot here in the autumn. You will have vivid and vibrant backgrounds from trees rich in auburn, mustard and deep yellow colours. It’s magical.
5. Paris Photoshoot at Champ de Mars
This location is at the exact far opposite of the Trocadero, in front of the Ecole Militaire. It is a big garden.
Be prepared to walk around with your Paris photographer if you’re having your photoshoot here. There are many angles to be had for your romantic photos.
It is beautiful in the spring. Flower beds and trimmed leafy trees line up the garden leading your eyes up to the Eiffel Tower.
Champ de Mars is a popular destination for both the locals and tourists in good weather. People come here for picnics, hang around with kids and pets or sun bathe.
Best time is always sunrise or early in the mornings.
6. Paris Photoshoot at Pont Alexandre III
This incredible Art Nouveau bridge is stunning in view by itself. Photoshoots with the Invalide Dome in the background especially at sunrise is dreamy. It is my favourite bridge in Paris.
With the right camera lense, you can have a nice partial view of the Eiffel Tower prominent enough in photos.
This is a vehicle and pedestrian bridge. It is a commuter route and becomes busy when rush hour starts and throughout the day. So, the best times for your Paris photoshoot here is at sunrise or early morning during the week. You can probably do a mid-morning photoshoot here at the weekends. It’s not likely to be as crowded.
7. Paris Photoshoot at Passerelle Debilly
This footbridge was built during the 1900 World’s Fair to regulate visitor traffic. There were debates in taking the bridge down afterwards. Thankfully, someone had some sense to allow its existence.
Today, this bridge gives an edgy vibe to your photos with graffitis and sporadic love locks attached along the railings. The close proximity to the Eiffel Tower means that it gives a better and closer view than Pont Alexander III.
8. Paris Photoshoot at the base of the Eiffel Tower
The base of the Tower gives a different feel to your Eiffel Tower themed photoshoot. Being here lets you feel the enormity of this famous wonder.
You will find little pretty “Allee”s coated with flowers and shrubs for a discreet romantic partial view of the Tower.
There you have it! The varied Eiffel Tower photoshoot locations to consider in planning your Paris photoshoot with your photographer.
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Fun fact : want to know why, who and how the Eiffel Tower was built? Read here.