Booking a Paris Photoshoot with Airbnb Experiences

Before my cruise stop in the Bahamas at the Warwick Paradise Island, I’d NEVER taken a professional photo shoot when traveling. Sitting on my aunt and uncle’s couch in London, I realized I would be in Paris alone with no tripod to take nice photos of myself. I’ve heard of many pickpockets targeting solo travelers in Paris and didn’t want to risk someone taking my camera so I did some research and booked a last minute Paris photoshoot through Airbnb Experiences.

A huge factor in choosing my professional photo shoot was the price. I wanted to pay a photographer that produced quality work for a decent price. If you’ve ever worked with a photographer, you know professional photo shoot prices are not cheap! Photography in Paris is a big business and there are TONS of photographers offering their services. Using Airbnb Experiences made the process of selecting a photography session less overwhelming than experiences on other sites and the price fit my budget.

Paris Photoshoot - Place du Trocadéro

What are Airbnb Experiences?

Airbnb Experiences is a fairly new service on the Airbnb platform. Not only can you book a photography session with Airbnb Experiences, you can sign up for cooking classes, walking tours, day trips and more. According to their official site

Experiences are excursions or other activities designed and led by local hosts. Hosts give guests unique access into places and communities in their city.

Hosts can offer both immersions and one day experiences. Immersions happen over multiple days and are offered as is—their schedules can’t be modified. One day experiences can last just a couple of hours. All experiences can range from workshops to long treks, and are available for various skill levels and interests.

Searching for a last-minute Paris photoshoot was not as difficult as I thought. After logging into my Airbnb account, I used the search option to see who would be available during my 2 days in Paris. You can also type in the destination name and choose between lodging and experiences if the city offers both options. Similarly to picking a place to stay, through Airbnb Experiences, I was able to see a description of the photography session, price, view a mini portfolio of the photographer’s work, and read reviews from past customers. After choosing the photography session and getting approved, I received an email with thorough directions on where to meet for our private photoshoot.

Paris Photoshoot Experience

On the day of my Paris Photoshoot, I met Karina from PicturemeParis at a sandwich shop close to the Trocadéro metro station. Even though I didn’t pack what I thought was photo shoot worthy, Karina still made me feel confident during the photography session. She took photos of me walking along the Seine River, passing by a Parisian cafe, and under the Le Pont de Bir-Hakeim pedestrian bridge. Here are some of my favorite photos from our session.

Paris Photoshoot - Walking by the Seine River
Walking by the Seine River
Paris Photoshoot - Le Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Under Le Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Paris Photoshoot - Parisian Cafe
Parisian Cafe

I absolutely loved Karina’s energy during our shoot. As a local, she gave me a story of each shooting area and offered to hold my bag between shots. We also exchanged travel tips for her upcoming trip to Cuba and mine to Rome. As a solo traveler, Karina understood my struggle for wanting more than selfies in front of landmarks. Taking photos of solo travelers was one of the reasons she started offering photo services on Airbnb Experiences. If you’re looking to do a Paris photoshoot, I definitely recommend booking Karina.

Paris Photoshoot with Picture me Paris

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11 thoughts on “Booking a Paris Photoshoot with Airbnb Experiences

  1. Keisha

    Your photos are BEAUTIFUL! Paris is absolutely stunning in the rain! I am using Karina for my birthday shoot in Paris. She did an amazing job on your shoot.

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  2. xocrystalnicole

    Beautiful photos! I would have never thought to look into something like this but it’s such a great idea! Definitely want to capture those memories, and to do it with a professional photographer and affordable pricing is even better!

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  3. Monique Tillman

    I just stayed in my first Airbnb and it was great. I did see the Airbnb experiences on the site but had no clue what it was. Thank you for sharing because I will definitely use it now. Your pictures are beautiful.

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  4. Lia World Traveler

    Thank you for all of the info. I know about air b-n-b but not experiences. The photoshoot looks amazing, great pics!!

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  5. Lovely Leslie

    I adored your photos! Some of my best travel memories were made in Paris. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  6. bernettastyle

    I just learned something new. Your pictures were beautiful. I will definitely looking into AirBNB Experiences.

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks so much! I’m glad I had a good experience

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  7. Anitra | The Mom On the Move

    This is an awesome idea! I have never used Airbnb experiences because I couldn’t figure out why you would do that over a site like Groupon or excursions through a travel agent. But I am definitely going to look into this when my daughter and I go to New York City this summer. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)

    Wow, I knew AIRBNB had stepped up it’s game to give travelers a more all-around experience. But I didn’t know photographers were included. Great idea and I love your photos.

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  9. Kiwi

    Now this is fun. i have yet to book my first AirBnB, but when I do I will look into experiences too!

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  10. Kayvona Branson

    Paris is definitely on my bucket list, I’ve never tried the Airbnb before but I do wanna look into it

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