If you’re planning a Paris family vacation, having beautiful family photos to remember forever is probably on your must-do list. And what’s more memorable than an Eiffel Tower family photoshoot, right? Unfortunately, scheduling a Paris family photoshoot is often quite expensive!

And if you’re trying to keep your Paris family travel on a budget, a professional Eiffel Tower photoshoot might not be a good fit. No worries! This post will help you get GREAT Eiffel Tower family photos with a little DIY magic. *wink wink*

Lathrop Eiffel Tower Family Photoshoot Paris Family Vacation
Lathrop Eiffel Tower Family Photoshoot Paris Family Vacation

Whether you’re looking to showcase the best Eiffel Tower views or more affordable family photos, look no further! In this blog post, we’ll reveal the 7 best Eiffel Tower photo spots that are perfect for family photos you’ll cherish forever. (Plus a few tips to make it all come together easier.)

So let’s start building your Eiffel Tower picture ideas list for your perfect Paris family vacation mementos!

I’ve put this together as a Google Maps route for you, starting at the Passy metro station. We spent about 1.5 hours taking pictures for our own DIY Eiffel Tower family photoshoot before our Eiffel Tower ticket entrance time. 

You can do this as a walking route where you spend a few hours taking gorgeous photos, either before or after visiting the Eiffel Tower. Or, you can just visit the spots you like the most! 

Google Maps route of Eiffel Tower Family photoshoot

In hindsight, I wish I had planned to be there earlier and taken a bit more time to relax and get the photos I wanted. (Our typical slow-vacation style really failed us on our Paris family vacation, and we really needed more time for everything! The city really is BIG!) So I put this route together so YOUR family can take their time and get beautiful pictures of your Paris family vacation!

Before you solidify your Paris plans for traveling with family, however, I do want to mention that TripAdvisor has some great Eiffel Tower family photoshoot options for very reasonable prices with great reviews! Professional photography isn’t always in the travel budget, however. That’s what this list is for!

Without accounting for the time it takes to stop and take pictures, the whole route is a 30 minute walk from start to finish. I also suggest giving yourself plenty of time to park (if driving in Paris). The route starts very close to the Passy metro station, so driving is totally optional. If you are driving, see my tips on driving in France post for great parking spots in Paris!

You can click here to see the full Google Maps route of my ideal Eiffel Tower Family Photoshoot, and I’ll break down each location below. If possible, plan to spend the whole day exploring the Eiffel Tower and surrounding area. This way you have plenty of time to take photos at each location, relax, and enjoy the day! 

Near the Bridge With a Natural Frame

Starting on the opposite side of the Seine River, head to the Bir-Hakeim Bridge. This is the best place to take picture of Eiffel Tower with a bit of the river. This is only a block or two away from the Passy metro station, so it makes a great starting point for an Eiffel Tower family photo shoot! 

Wyld Family's Eiffel Tower family photoshoot on the bridge near the Eiffel Tower

This spot allows you to capture the tower in all its grandeur! You can get a glimpse of the river and a short line of trees along the bottom of the photo, which helps frame the image and separate your family from the scenery of the tower behind you. 

The Pont d’Iena bridge, on the other hand, is also a great spot to capture the Eiffel Tower behind you, but with more of a ‘street’ view and traffic behind you. This is great for more of an ‘urban’ look to your photo. There are often street vendors and plenty of pedestrians here. This a great spot to capture a ‘real’ moment of your Paris family vacation in action! 

This photo from Wyld Family Travel showcases a GREAT spot near the bridge between the Eiffel Tower and Trocadero, for example. (Ps- they have a great list of places to stay in Paris for teens on their family travel blog!)

If you’re following the Google Maps path I created, you’ll walk right past this spot.

Both of these bridges are marked on the map, with the Pont de Bir Hakeim (the bridge with the visible treeline) first. The Pont d’Iena bridge will come later in the route as you cross over to get to the Eiffel Tower. This way you get both of the best Eiffel Tower views off the bridges.

At the top of the Av. de Camoens

If you’re looking for the quintessential Paris family photoshoot for your Instagram feed, then the Av. de Camoens location is calling your name! This spot offers a stunning vista of the tower framed by gorgeous French buildings, making it a popular choice for tourists. 

Av du Camoens from the other side - Eiffel tower family photoshoot

Be prepared to share the space and wait your turn, especially during peak hours. But trust us, the perfect shot is worth a little patience!

This is where we stopped to take several family photos and individual shots of the kids. It took us about 15-20 minutes of waiting and about 5-10 minutes to grab a few great shots of everyone. 

As you can see in this photo, the spot is a slightly elevated point that isn’t super noticeable from the street. If you’re following my Google Maps route, you’ll be looking for a staircase that looks like this. (You can see where people are taking their photos at the top!)

I had read about this location before our trip, and was SO happy to have found it! These turned out to be some of my favorite photos from our entire Paris family vacation. And I still laugh every time I see the one on the bottom right, where my preschooler kept trying to photobomb our ‘couples’ shot!

Eiffel Tower family photoshoot for our Paris family vacation
Our Eiffel Tower family photoshoot at the Av de Camoens spot on our Paris family vacation!

The Place du Trocadero

The Trocadero Plaza (which is called the Place du Trocadero in French) is another great spot for your Eiffel Tower family photoshoot. It’s a great place to explore even aside from having some of the best Eiffel Tower views.

Place du Trocadero by ISO-TROPE from Getty Images
Picture of the Place du Trocadero by ISO-TROPE from Getty Images

So, if possible, planning to spend some time here would definitely enhance your Paris family vacation! 

For photos, however, there are a few spots to take advantage of. There’s a section of gardens you can walk around and get some great views of the Eiffel Tower. You can wander freely and find the best place to take picture of Eiffel Tower scenery. 

The reason I love this location so much is because it’s at a slightly higher elevation than the surrounding areas. This makes the Eiffel Tower just a bit smaller behind you, allowing your family to take up more of the frame without the height of the tower getting in the way. 

If you’re able to go all the way up to the monument, there’s a lovely patterned floor, and you can get some great Eiffel Tower family photos with a truly iconic vibe.

By the way, if this is your first time visiting Paris with kids, check out my list of Paris family travel tips here!

Tour Eiffel Park

Directly in front of the Place du Trocadero, there is also a landmark that serves as a great viewing point for the Eiffel Tower. The landmark is called the Tour Eiffel, and it has a clear view of the tower, some sculptures and even a fountain! (This is the same name as the Eiffel Tower in French, so don’t be confused! I’ve marked it on the Google Map route so you don’t miss it.)

Our Paris family photoshoot at Tour Eiffel park

Tour Eiffel is definitely worth including in this list, since you might get some great shots here. It is one of the busier spots for photos, however, so be prepared to move amongst the crowds here.

This spot is popular since it has a wide open view of the Eiffel Tower. And since the tower is still a bit of a ways away, it doesn’t take up the whole frame. You still have to cross the bridge to get to the actual tower from here. So the view point is perfect!

I do also want to note that this is a very sunny spot, since there aren’t many trees or buildings.

That means it can get quite hot, especially in the summer months. As you can see, we visited this park in the afternoon in July, when there was plenty of sunshine!

Plan to visit here earlier in the day to avoid looking hot and sweaty in photos. I’m NOT saying I learned this from personal experience… But I still love the photos we captured here!

Champ de Mars

Eiffel Tower photoshoot at Champ de Mars from the Travelynn family travel blog

The Champ de Mars is a fairly large park that surrounds the Eiffel Tower. There are a LOT of wonderful places to capture beautiful frames for a Paris family photoshoot here in the park. 

This Eiffel Tower photo spot offers a more intimate view and is perfect for capturing candid moments with your family. The grassy areas are perfect for a classic family photo where everyone can pose comfortably.

You won’t have to worry about rushing to get the best Eiffel Tower family photos. Feel free to take your time here and enjoy a slower moment in Paris with kids. 

We didn’t have time to explore the Champ de Mars on our family vacation in Paris, but the Lynn family captured this beautiful moment there! You can see more of their great photos (and tips) in their Paris with Kids post here!

Fun Paris Family Travel Tip: 

To really enjoy your day while keeping your family travel on a budget, bring a picnic lunch! Picnics around the Eiffel Tower are a great way to relax on your Paris family vacation. This can add some creativity to your Eiffel Tower family photoshoot as well!

Around and Under the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel tower family photos on our Paris family vacation

For a truly immersive experience, consider taking photos near the Eiffel Tower entrance itself. This is one of the best place to take picture of Eiffel Tower framework and capture the tower’s immense size and intricate details. 

Get creative and have your family interact with the structure. You can have the kids touch the base or stand underneath and look up! You can get more candid photos here, like our photo of Dad and kids walking up to the tower.

This is also a great spot to get creative and use the tower’s structure to add depth and dimension to your Eiffel Tower photoshoot. The base of the Eiffel Tower is a particularly fun spot in Paris with kids because the framework is SO LARGE!

Family photo of Eiffel Tower in Paris with kids by Justwandermore Family travel blog

We were lucky enough to take our time playing around the base of the tower and explore AFTER we were done on the tower itself.

Our kids look back at this part of our Paris family vacation and remember it as a lot of fun and laughter. (Score for family bonding time!)

There is also plenty of space to get some lovely family photos around the entrance to the Eiffel tower.

There will be a lot of tourists (and tour busses) in this spot, but look for the walkways (pathways) further out from the entrance. You can get a great, close-up view of the Eiffel Tower behind you without being rushed.

This lovely photo from the Just Wander More family travel blog is a perfect shot from further out. There’s a clear view of the tower behind them, with a great frame of trees on both sides. Check out their family travel blog post here for some GREAT tips for visiting Paris with kids as well!

Don’t Forget the Second Floor Views

If you’re going to all the trouble to plan an Eiffel Tower family photoshoot, chances are you’ve probably ALSO gotten tickets to go up into the tower and explore. 

If not, you can grab affordable tickets here– be sure to get them in advance because they DO sell out! This is one of the places where spending a few extra bucks for ‘Skip the Line’ tickets is definitely worth it. Especially if you’re wanting to make the most of your time in and around the tower!

GetYourGuide Eiffel Tower attractions and tours for Paris with kids

For a truly unique perspective, take the elevator up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. This vantage point offers panoramic views of Paris, with the Seine River winding through the city. 

Pose your family photo with the beautiful cityscape as your backdrop. You can wait for breaks in the ‘traffic’ to get truly beautiful family photos in the Eiffel Tower itself. Walking around the 2nd floor lets you capture the different views from each side of Paris. What a wonderful way to memorialize your trip to Paris with kids!

And don’t forget to capture the iconic tower itself from a different angle! Some of the best Eiffel Tower photos (IMO) are from ON the tower itself. 

Our Paris family photoshoot on the Eiffel Tower 2nd Floor
Our Paris family photoshoot on the Eiffel Tower 2nd Floor with my (impromptu) mobile phone!

Eiffel Tower Photoshoot VIDEO Tip:

To get a fun video clip, try to be the last people to get onto the elevator and stand facing the doors. You’ll be able to position your phone/camera against the glass and film the ride up the elevator. This is a great way to capture the magic of your visit! (See more fun Eiffel Tower tips in this post!)

Capture Magical Moments with Nighttime Photos

The Eiffel Tower truly comes alive at night, sparkling with thousands of golden lights. If you’re able to stay past nightfall, you can really make your Paris family vacation feel more magical.

Consider taking your family photos after dark to capture the tower’s impressive illumination. A night time Eiffel Tower picture is a unique addition to your Eiffel Tower family photoshoot. TripAdvisor does have a great selection of Paris night tours if you want to capture all of the magic of a twinkling evening Paris family photoshoot.

If you DO post night time pictures online, MAKE SURE you include the copyright disclaimer. This avoids any issues with violating copyright law. Simply add: “© Eiffel Tower- Illuminations by Pierre Bideau” to your post content. (This is because the lights on the Eiffel tower are considered an ‘artistic installation’ and are a protected work.)

The Place du Trocadero is one of the best place to take picture of Eiffel Tower lights at night. The photo locations listed above also have some of the best Eiffel Tower views after dark as well. 

While night time photos can be one of the funnest Eiffel Tower photo ideas for your Paris family photoshoot, it DOES involve planning ahead to get the right shots. Make sure you have a good camera to capture the lights against the dark sky. 

If you are planning to spend several days in Paris with kids, see how your trip itinerary looks. It might be easier to split up the day and night photoshoots into two separate days of your Paris family vacation. This way, you can get the best views of Eiffel Tower day or night, and take photos without rushing. (Even if you’re traveling with family in tow.)

On the top of Eiffel Tower Paris family vacation

Capturing the best Eiffel Tower pictures is just one way to make lasting memories during your Paris family vacation. The ‘City of Lights’ offers endless opportunities for family exploration, adventure, and of course, delicious food! 

So pack your camera, embrace your inner photographer, and get ready to create a family vacation album filled with unforgettable moments. Paris with kids is magical, and with these tips, your photos will be too! 

And don’t forget to read all about my tips for planning your family travel on a budget, so you can make traveling with kids easier and less stressful!

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10 Comments

  1. What a clever post! I like the idea of trying to get photos by an iconic spot from all different angles and lighting..you never know which angles will come out the best! Paris is such a beautiful city!

    1. Thank you so much! We did it quite by accident, because I hadn’t planned our day out very well and was just wanting to get photos from every possible place! LOL! It worked out great, though, because some of them turned out to be popular spots for beautiful photos!

  2. So fun to see the Eiffel tower! The view at night is just incredible. Thanks for more details on photographing it at night; I’ve always wondered why people say it’s “illegal” to do so.

    1. I had always wondered about the ‘illegal night time’ comments as well until researching for our trip! It makes sense, but it’s also nice to know that you just need to give the artist credit in your post and you’ll be fine! <3 Thank you so much for reading my post!

  3. Fantastic post, and amazing timing! I am just in the middle of booking a family vacation to Paris. Could you tell me if there are any safety concerns taking photos in Paris? There seems to be a lot of videos on tiktok about getting your phone stolen in the city. Did you use a selfie stick or timer? Thanks!

    1. Hi Tanya! Thank you for reading! We were never more than an arm’s reach away from our phone, and for some of the more crowded places we had a long selfie stick. For the family photos, we used the tripod and the other other people on the street nearby were other people taking photos just like us, so it worked out great! :)

  4. This is perfect! I have been planning a trip to Paris and this will help me get the most amazing shots!

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