Street Photography in the City of Light and Love
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 actually in November!
Imagine going to the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre without throngs of tourists. Imagine going to Paris wandering the streets with your camera and an expert photography pro and guide that knows where to be and when to get the best image. Imagine taking advantage of the golden light photographers love at 7:00 AM and not 10:00 AM on a regular tour! Now, wait for it: Imagine that you are in Paris having a blast and making some amazing photos just steps away from iconic cafes, the smell of fresh-baked bread and french coffee in the air!
Kevin Pepper has led this workshop in Paris over a dozen times. He knows many of the hidden locations and vantage points of the iconic places you won’t see without his guidance. We’ve been thinking about this trip for a while and we have tried to think of ways to make it instructional, while still 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.
Since there is so much to see in Paris, we’ll look to blend the iconic (monuments) and less obvious (street photography) for a diverse, unique, and personal representation of the city.
November 7–14, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
Note: We are prepared for the unexpected, and may adjust the itinerary to take advantage of circumstances not noted here. Flexibility is key! We’ll also be holding image review and post-processing instruction sessions when time and facilities best allow.
November 7, 2021: Arrive this day into Paris (CDG) by 4:00 PM and transfer to your hotel. We will meet in the lobby of the hotel at 5:00 PM for a welcome dinner aboard a river boat. Afterward, we’ll set out for an evening photography session at the Eiffel Tower, one of the most iconic photography locations in Paris.
November 8, 2012: Today, we will go underground on a visit to the Catacombs, a labyrinth of old quarry tunnels beneath the heart of Paris that has been transformed into an ossuary. The remains of millions of Parisians were transferred into these meandering tunnels between the late-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries as graveyards around the city closed. It is a sobering and fascinating experience to spend time in this unusual place.
We’ll continue today’s “Under the streets of Paris” theme by riding the Metro. Did you know the Paris Metro is an underground visual experience that is definitely worth checking out? Kevin has chosen six of his favorite Paris Metro stations, and we’ll visit them alongside a local Parisien guide.
November 9, 2021: Today, we’ll be busy exploring the Champs-Elysées, Musee d’Orsay, and Louvre areas, to capture the architectural beauty and manicured gardens that make these sites legendary. After dinner, we will spend the evening photographing the Louvre and adjacent street scenes. We will have a model with us today to bring life to some of the images we capture.
November 10, 2021: Today we’ll choose which of Paris’ many small neighborhoods to venture into. Footbridges arch gracefully over the Canal Saint-Martin. Rue Montorgueil, one of Paris’ oldest streets, is vibrant, cheery, and bursting with some of the city’s finest food markets and pastry shops. The region between Montparnasse and Chinatown on the left bank is a hilly, well-hidden quarter whose narrow, winding streets, tiny houses, and art nouveau architecture recall a Paris of another era. Belleville—home to one of Paris’s lively Chinatowns, is a burgeoning artist quarter that is home to an array of cultures.
We’ll also make time today to photograph one of the most picturesque churches in the city, Saint Chapelle. Then onward to photograph the rebuilding of the Notre Dame Cathedral after the devastating fire of 2019. We’ll end our day photographing the Louvre at night after the crowds of tourists have left.
November 11, 2021: This morning we’ll visit the architectural grandeur of the opera house, then make our way to the famous Montmartre Cemetery and its century-old tombstones, then climb the stairs at Sacre Coeur. After dinner, we’ll venture out again to do some night photography in the center of Montmartre.
November 12, 2021: This morning we’ll visit Père Lachaise cemetery, the final resting place for many recognizable figures, including Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, and Chopin. We’ll then head back downtown to Galeries Lafayette, which will be in full Christmas display mode. After a dose of Christmas cheer and dinner, we’ll end our day with an evening shoot at the Arc de Triomphe.
November 13, 2021: We’ll set out early this morning for a sunrise photoshoot from the Trocadero, with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, and a ballet dancer model for additional (optional) visual interest. Afterward, we’ll have time for more Paris street photography before returning to our hotel for a final image critique. Following dinner, we’ll revisit a few of the areas we captured this week for the last evening shoot.
November 14, 2021: Flights home can be made for any time today, or we are happy to help you extend your stay in the city.
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double Occupancy Lodging (single available, just ask)
All meals and transportation during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from Kevin Pepper
Image reviews and post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Air transportation from your home to and from Paris, France. Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Travel medical and trip cancellation insurance (optional). Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included. Anything not listed as included.
Kevin’s Paris workshops are very popular, and always sell out. Space is limited, so if this photo workshop has your name on it, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we’ll see you in Paris! Got questions?