You can’t go to Paris without snapping photos of the Eiffel Tower, period. There are several places to do this depending on the view and angle you want. This trip for a little photoshoot we went to the Trocadero which is a big open space across the river from the Eiffel Tower. You may remember my photos here from the fall where we were at Bir Hakeim. Such a different look and feel, right? And if you’re looking for those stairs that people often shoot on with the Eiffel Tower in the background? That’s at the Trocadero also, but instead of going down to the right, you go to the left. Will have to do that on my next visit.
How To Get Great Photos At The Eiffel Tower
Get Up Early!
If you ever wondered what it’s like to be a crazy blogger on a trip like this, we got up at 5:30am, to get to the Trocadero by 6:30 to meet our photographer. This place was already filling up with photographers and their clients. It’s the best time to shoot. Really any major tourist spot is best to shoot this early. It was fun to see everyone in their wedding dress, gowns, even a ballerina was there.
Hire A Photographer
Not everyone may be into this idea, but I really think if you’re going to want forever photos at the Eiffel Tower, it’s worth hiring a professional. I personally have worked with Katie Donnelly and also Federico of I Heart Paris.
Bring A Change Of Clothes
This is definitely a blogger move, but also a great idea. And most professional photographers will recommend this. Why? Well what are you going to do with two dozen photos of you in the same outfit? It’s nice to have some variety. Bring a casual outfit and a nicer one to mix it up!
There are a few great spots to get great Eiffel Tower photos. You can head to the Trocadero where the above photos were all taken. But below are a few other options.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim
This is a bridge that you can take the most incredible photos of. The views are stunning. On this bridge you can also take a photo of these pillars like you can see here. Another spot you can visit from here is on the water. Along the Seine you can walk and get some photos of the water AND the Eiffel Tower. There are steps to access the pathway from the bridge easily. That’s where these photos were taken, but we just chose to not have the Eiffel Tower in them.
The Champ De Mar
This is simply the park where the Eiffel Tower is. It’s a super long park which fills up every day, especially at night to watch the Eiffel Tower light up. You can get more up close and personal shots with the Eiffel Tower here.
The most popular spot for sure, Trocadero is opposite the park and the Eiffel Tower. Take an Uber or Taxi to get here. Once you’re here, you’ll see there are steps to go down to the left or the right when you’re facing the Eiffel Tower. To the left are these steps (I’ve yet to take photos here!). But if you go down to the right, you end up on a pretty walkway lined with trees, below.
A sweet little story from this morning…
While waiting for Lauren to finish up snapping her photos, I noticed a man I thought I recognized. As he walked closer, I realized it was Federico who I shot with on my last visit. I follow him on Instagram obviously (he’s hands down one of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow) and know he’s here almost every morning for a shoot. I ran over to him and gave him a big hug (should’ve done the more culturally appropriate kiss on each cheek, but oh well), congratulated him on his new baby that his wife had 4 days prior.
Quickly I realized this world is incredibly small within seconds of seeing him. His client was a couple from the states who were there celebrating their anniversary. It turned out the woman was a blog follower. The world is beyond tiny which is always a nice reminder to be kind if you ask me. That moment made me so thankful to be able to do what I do and travel the world. I get to meet these incredible photographers, see amazing sights and get to stay in touch with everyone all through social media.
PS read my ultimate Paris travel guide here.
Photos by Katie Donnelly Photography