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Photo Guided Tours in Paris~ Atelier Vagabond
We offer a number of different tour routes to showcase different areas of Paris. Each tour will last approximately three hours and will introduce participants to some of the famous locations as well as a number of lesser known sites in Paris. Students of all levels of photo experience are invited to join us and to learn to work more comfortably and confidently with their cameras to capture visually striking images of the sites we will visit. Shared tour groups are limited to a maximum of four participants.
Cost: 1 three hour Private Daytime Tour (1-2 people): 175 euros; 1 Shared Photo Tour: 125 euros (per person).

Nighttime Photo Tour in Paris| Atelier Vagabond
Paris is the City of Light and as beautiful as it is during the daytime, it becomes even more magical and beautiful at night. Come join us to discover some of the most beautiful sites in Paris at night and to learn about the various techniques you can use to take photographs that capture some of this remarkable beauty! Cost: 1 three hour Private Nighttime Tour (1-2 people): 225 euros; 1 Shared Photo Tour: 150 euros (per person).
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Nighttime Paris Photo Tour.

le Marais Photo Tour in Paris~ Atelier Vagabond
Le Marais has become one of the most trendy and fashionable sections of Paris. Its narrow streets, tiny street corner parks and wonderful array of quirky shops and cafés. We'll wend our way through the small streets as we explore this charming neighborhood that is one of the few to still show its original Medieval period street layout. Today it is home to art galleries and independent fashion shops and innumerable wonderful cafés, restaurants and shops. Also within the Marais district is the sublime Place des Vosges. Learn More about the Marais Photo Tour.

the Latin Quarter Photo Tour in Paris ~ Atelier Vagabond
One of the most famous sections of Paris, this educational center of Paris with some of the most prestigeous high schools (Henri IV and Louis le Grand) and universities (La Sorbonne, l'Ecole Normale, Polytechnique and College de France). Although one of the prime tourist centers of Paris, we'll also discover many quieter and very charming corners of this part of Paris. The ancient Roman arena, rue Moufftard for a traditional outdoor market, the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens and much more. Learn More about the Latin Quarter Photo Tour.

Montmartre Photo Tour in Paris ~ Atelier Vagabond
One of the original artist neighborhoods (Picasso, Braque and many others lived in Montmartre when it still was very much a village on one of the highest hilltops within Paris). There were even small working vineyards still in existence at the beginning of the 20th century. Things have changed in the 100 years since Picasso was in the area but thankfully Montmartre has managed to maintain a bohemian as well as a village-like feel in spite of the popularity of the site. We'll explore the hillside with its innumerable unique shops and eateries among its winding streets and many staircases as we work our way up the hill to the Sacré Coeur church. Learn more about the Montmartre Photo Tour.

Montmartre Photo Tour in Paris ~ Atelier Vagabond
The St. Germain des Près neighborhood has, in some ways, changed radically in the nearly 1400 years since the original church was built in the middle of the 6th century with trendy restaurants, cafés, clothing shops and elegant antique and art galleries. This neighborhood, home to such French intellectuals as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and the great Jazz clubs of the 1950s has evolved to become the refined style center of Paris. Learn More about the St. Germain Photo Tour.

Belleville Photo Tour in Paris ~ Atelier Vagabond
The Belleville District, like Montmartre, is on a hillside in the North of Paris and because of its isolation was able to maintain is village-like feel much longer than the center of Paris. In some respects, Belleville is to the late 20th/early 21st century what Montmartre was at the beginning of the 20th for artists. Home to the Buttes Chaumont park, the Père Lachaise cemetery, as well as a several neighborhoods which hold some of the last remaining single family homes within Paris!
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the Covered Passages of Paris Photo Tour ~ Atelier Vagabond

Les Passages--or covered streets--of Paris. These were the original indoor shopping malls--glass covered streets between two adjascent buildings. These were the elegant 19th century shopping districts. Without a guide to introduce you, these are easily missed. We'll wander from passage to passage while taking in additional nearby sites such as the Palais Royale as we work our way from near the Louvre toward the foot of Montmartre. Learn More about the Covered Passages Photo Tour.

Classic Paris Photo Tour ~ Atelier Vagabond

If you've only got a short time to try to take in the most famous sites of Paris, there is our Paris Classique tour which will allow us to see the Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Grand and Petit Palais, les Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower. But rather than introduce these in the typical and clichéd way, we'll try to find ways of capturing these ultra-famous monuments in fresh and personal ways! Learn more about the Classic Paris Photo Tour.

Art & Photo Tour & Workshop Instructors in Paris ~ Atelier Vagabond
Michael McCarthy
has been teaching traditional and digital photography courses in university art programs for nearly twenty years. His work is represented in Paris by the Galerie Duboys in the gallery district of the Marais. His exhibition Human Form in 2012 was selected as Best Gallery Exhibition in the Paris region for 2012 by Marc Lenot on his Lunettes Rouges blog hosted by celebrated newspaper Le Monde.
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