Street Photography in the City of Light and Love
April 15 – 22, 2025
Embark on an unforgettable photographic adventure in the heart of Paris, where the enchanting streets burst into vibrant life amidst the blossoming trees and colorful flowers of May 2025. Imagine a city transformed into a pastel paradise adorned with flower shows, lively festivals, and charming street fairs. Join our Street Photography Workshop and immerse yourself in the magic of Paris as it awakens from its winter slumber. In this captivating workshop, we will guide you through hidden gems and iconic vantage points that even the most seasoned tourists might miss. The city’s soul will unfold before your lens as we explore off-the-beaten-path locations and capture the essence of Parisian life. From the bustling markets to the serene back alleys, every moment will be an opportunity to craft a diverse, unique, and deeply personal representation of this extraordinary city.
But that’s not all – our carefully curated experience goes beyond chance encounters. Picture this: a model dressed in modern Parisian fashion accompanies us through subways, back alleys, and busy streets, adding a touch of contemporary flair to your compositions. As the sun sets, a ballet-trained dancer will grace the Trocadéro, framed by the iconic Eiffel Tower—a moment frozen in time through your lens. Nestled in the charming Montmartre district, our quaint upscale hotel is your home base, conveniently located next to the famous Montmartre Cemetery, Sacré-Cœur, and the Moulin Rouge. Indulge in the Parisian atmosphere as you sip drinks on the rooftop patio, gazing at the Eiffel Tower in all its illuminated splendor.
Join us for this magical photographic journey, where we’ll teach you the art of capturing breathtaking images during golden hour, blue hour, and into the night and impart techniques for low-light photography, black-and-white masterpieces, and the intricacies of long exposure. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Paris while refining your skills and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Seize this opportunity to explore, learn, and capture Paris’s essence like never before!
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
April 15, 2025: Today you will arrive in Paris. We will meet for dinner to discuss our workshop activities over the week. After dinner, we will go out for our first-night photoshoot of some of the iconic scenes in Montmarte.
April 16, 2025: Today, we will visit 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. Spending time in this unusual place is a sobering and fascinating experience.
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 worth checking out? We have chosen six of our favorite Paris Metro stations and will visit them alongside a local Parisien guide.
April 17, 2025: 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. Today, we will have a model with us to bring life to some of the images we capture.
April 18, 2025: 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, 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.
April 19, 2025: 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.
April 20, 2025: 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 head back downtown to Galeries Lafayette, followed by dinner and an evening shoot at the Arc de Triomphe.
April 21, 2025: 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 review. Following dinner, we’ll revisit a few areas we captured earlier this week for the last evening shoot.
April 22, 2025: Flights home can be made anytime today, or we are happy to help you extend your stay in the city.
Moderate: You can handle long days walking on cobblestone streets. Some walks include stairs without resting spots.
Arrive Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris, Île-de-France before 3:00 PM on April 15, 2025. Flights out can be made anytime on April 22, 2025. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,250 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from Jeff Wendorff.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Paris, Île-de-France.
- Unscheduled airport transfers.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,250 supplement.
“Jeff’s photography workshops are the best! Jeff is personable, experienced and knows his locations as well as photographic skills. He has helped me learn my equipment, the computer and the subject matter we are shooting. You can count on his trips being a great experience and fun! I hope to take more of his trips. – Kathy Deets ”
“If you want to learn more about photography, get great pictures and have a good time, I strongly recommend this workshop. Jeff has both the knowledge of photography and the area where he is taking you. I have been on numerous workshops with him, and always learn something new every time. Expect professionalism with a touch of humor. – Ty Shroeder ”