French Riviera Photography - Routes
These routes make it easy for you to capture what you want on your next trip to the French Riviera (sorry, I haven't created routes for Paris yet). Do you like romantic strolls along the beach? What about glamorous luxury lifestyle? Or perhaps you prefer authentic cobbled stoned streets. There is something for everyone here on the French Riviera and these routes are broken down by their vibe with a short description. I have shot at all of these locations so I know their special secret spots to capture the perfect pictures.
It is possible to create custom routes at private venues. I often shoot in rented villas, yachts, hotels, restaurants, etc. For hotels/restaurants I require written permission from a member of management. People are often surprised that France follows very strict formal protocol in respect to where photos are taken. The French Riviera and Paris have so many beautiful public locations to shoot at it's normally not a problem, however it's the clients responsibility to attain permission in the case that they want to take photos at a private venue. Normally hotels are very accommodating if you are staying on the property. Gourmet restaurants are typically not accommodating as chefs in high-end restaurants tend to take themselves very very seriously (twirls the end of moustache). Keep in mind that I specialize in natural light settings, cramped venues with bad lighting is not my thing.
Sometimes clients have specific requests that I don't recommend. For example the casino in Monaco is not only illegal to take professional photos in front of but it's also a tiny spot filled to the brim with tourist and (at the moment) construction. I avoid it at all costs.
Please note: Just because you choose a photoshoot route does not mean that you are going to get 100 percent the same thing that I have already shot there. The pictures will vary based off of time of day, time of year, the lighting, the flora and fauna that is in bloom at the time. Leave some room for magic and mystery. Photography isn't a product just bought off the shelf. Live dangerously my friends.
For a beach shoot bring sandals! Nice's beach is large pebbles. Plage Mala, Paloma and Villefranche all have corse sand.