Paris Workshop with Louis Jay | May 29 - June 4, 2023

$6,695 ($1,995 Deposit)

  • Join us for an amazing photography workshop experience in Paris, France with photographer Louis Jay from May 29 - June 4, 2023. A bustling cultural mecca that's oozing with charm, Paris is truly a photographer’s dream. With quaint sidewalk cafes, historic bars, magnificent architecture, and rich streetscapes as our backdrop, we will explore the city, learning how to create timeless street photographs and meaningful portraits.

    Paris and Miami resident and veteran photographer Louis Jay will be your workshop instructor. Leica Specialists David Farkas and Kirsten Vignes from Leica Store Miami will be on hand to give assistance and advice as you photograph the City of Light.

    Paris is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, with stunning tourist sites and quiet, charming back streets. As a long-time resident and bilingual speaker, Louis will show his favorite shooting locations in this historic city.     

  • For more information, and to see behind the scenes of our photography adventures, be sure to follow @leicastoremiamiworkshops on Instagram. 

  • What to expect

    Paris is one of the world’s great cultural and historical destinations. The streets are rich in architectural elements, iconic monuments, and of course interesting people. Also known for its café culture, we’ll have ample opportunity to sample first-hand the famous cuisine and wines Paris has to offer.

    We will be staying at the 4-star Lyric Opera Hotel in the 2nd arrondissement, which has plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance. The rooms are modern, clean and comfortable. A wonderful French breakfast is served up each morning in the breakfast room. The Lyric Paris Opera Hotel is located in a quiet street near the magnificent Opéra Garnier, one of the most famous monuments in Paris, and is right in the centre of the City of Light. Famous Paris department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are only a short walk away, as is the Neo-Classical Madeleine church. It's a perfect launching off point for our adventures around the city.

    Paris in early June is usually very pleasant with the temperatures in the mid 60s °F to the mid 70s °F in the day. Evenings are often cooler, so plan on throwing on a light sweater or fleece later in the day. Rain is always a possibility in Paris, so a packable rain jacket is advisable. Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes are also a must as we will be doing a lot of walking during this workshop in search of great photographs.

  • Dates:

    Monday, May 29 - Sunday, June 4, 2023


    $6,695 - Double occupancy lodging at the 4-star Lyric Opera Hotel in the 2nd arrondissement. (Single room supplement available for an additional $800). A $1995 deposit is required to hold your spot.


    Limited to 9 attendees

    Included in the cost of the trip:

          • Double occupancy lodging with private facilities at the 4-star Lyric Opera Hotel in the 2nd arrondissement. (Single room supplement available for an additional $800)
          • Daily breakfast
          • Group welcome dinner
          • Group farewell dinner
          • Photographic instruction by photographer Louis Jay
          • Leica technical help & tips from David Farkas & Kirsten Vignes of Leica Store Miami
          • Loaner Leica cameras and lenses (limited availability)

    Not included in the cost of the trip:

          • Airfare
          • Transportation costs
          • Alcoholic drinks and snacks
          • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
    About Louis:

    Louis Jay was born in Philadelphia in 1951 and his photography career has spanned more than 40 years. He started his interest in street photography as a young man in London in the 1970’s with his Leica M4 film camera. He decided to stay in London and ended up studying photography at the Harrow College of Art. After moving to New York City in 1978, he studied with the great documentary photographer, Lisette Model at Parsons School of Design.

    He spent the next decades shooting editorial portraits, record covers and ad campaigns in an international career that included work in New York City, Rio de Janeiro and Miami. Throughout this period he has had several exhibitions and has taught photography at NYU, The Miami Ad School and Barry University in Miami.

    Since selling his studio in Miami in 2011, Louis has stopped doing commercial work and has dedicated his energy to his first passion of street photography. In 2018 he published his first photography monograph, PASSING FANCIES, which was the result of over 3 years of shooting in some of his favorite places including Rio, Miami, Paris, Amalfi, and Sicily.  The Leica Store Miami exhibited PASSING FANCIES as a one man show in March, 2019. Louis will also be exhibiting these photographs at the Leica Gallery Porto in Portugal in January 2020.

    Louis currently resides between Miami and Paris, where he spends his days photographing in the city of light.

    Louis has been using Leica cameras since his early days in London, New York and Rio. He currently shoots with the Leica Monochrom, Leica M10, Leica Q2 and a Leica MP film camera.

    Signing Up:

    To sign up for our Paris photography workshop with Louis Jay, checkout here on our website, email us ( or call 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. A $1995 deposit, plus the single room supplement should you wish to have your own room, is required to hold your spot. The balance of $4700 will be due on or before March 15, 2023.

    We look forward to seeing you in Paris!

  • Itinerary

    Monday, May 29th - Arrival in Paris

    Arrive at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport on or before Monday, May 29th. Expect a Taxi ride of about 1 hour to the Lyric Opera Hotel in the 2nd arrondissement. Paris now has a flat fee to the central areas of 50 Euros plus a small extra fee for each bag of luggage. We will meet at the hotel lobby at 6:00 PM for a meet and greet and then dinner.

    Tuesday, May 30th - Classroom and shooting sessions


    9:00am - Classroom Session in at the Regus Paris Bourse, which is just around the corner from our hotel. Louis will go over his work and his working methods. He will talk about street photography through the ages and the great masters. Other topics will include:

    • Seeking personal style
    • Photographic influences & the importance of mentors
    • Street portraiture & overcoming fears of approaching people
    • Differences in finding photographic subjects and shooting with intention
    • Understanding the basics of lighting
    • Post processing of images
    • The importance of developing a working project

    Lunch break


    • Street shooting session with Louis in the Luxembourg Gardens until 5:00pm. The Luxembourg Gardens is located in Paris’s 6th arrondissement on the left bank and is one of the largest public parks in the city. This location has many visually interesting elements and is always an excellent backdrop for

      photographing people at leisure.

    Wednesday, May 31st - Full day of shooting with Louis

    • 9:00am - Walking along the river Seine. We will use the right bank of the Seine River as the main area of interest during this shooting session. Starting near the Pont des Arts, we will walk down the river looking for photographic opportunities which include portraits, books sellers and city landscapes.

      Lunch Break

      • Shooting on the île Saint-Louis until 5:00pm. On the Île you will encounter superb architecture from the 1600’s, street buskers, and some interesting vantage points to make photographs.

      Thursday, June 1st - Classroom session and shooting


      • 9:00am - Classroom Session in at the Regus Paris Bourse to go over the previous days’ shooting and answer questions.
      • 11:00am - Depart to the Palais Royal for shooting with Louis. Its columns, courtyards and gardens make for a wonderful shooting location.

      Lunch break


      • Shooting in the Tuileries Garden until 5:00pm. After a lunch break (there are several very good restaurants inside the Palais Royal and also nearby), we will meet up at the main entrance to Tuileries Garden on Rue de Rivoli. Inside the Tuileries is a world of subject matter including people, fountains, the Louvre, the Pyramid of the Louvre, statues and the gardens.

      Friday, June 2nd - Full day of shooting with Louis


      • 9:00am - Shooting with Louis in the wonderful Marais neighborhood. We'll wind our way through these charming and picturesque streets and make our way to Place des Vosges and beyond.

      Lunch Break


      • Shooting with Louis at the Trocadéro and nearby locations until 5:00pm. After a lunch break we will meet at the Palais de Chaillot in the Trocadéro part of Paris. This plaza offers some very good shooting of both people and some iconic views of the city with the Eiffel Tower in the background. We will also be on the Seine River and there are some nearby shooting locales like the Bir-Hakeim bridge which is a 17 minute walk.

      Saturday, June 3rd - Final image review and shooting session


      9:00am - Classroom Session in at the Regus Paris Bourse to go over participants' work. There will be a slide show projection and discussion of submitted images. Please bring your laptop.

      Lunch break


      After lunch, we'll depart for Montmartre and photograph this charming neighborhood. We'll take in breathtaking views above the city from the

      Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which stands about 200 meters above the river Seine.


      Farewell group dinner.

      Sunday, June 4th - Departure
      If you're not extending your stay in Paris, make your way to the airport for your departing flight.


    • Payment
      A $1995 deposit is due at the time of registration along with the $800 single room supplement if you wish to have your own room. Balance will be due on March 15, 2023.

      Withdrawal and Refund Policy

      Enrollment is limited to 9 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

      If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

      At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
      Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
      Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
      Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

      Course Cancellation and Other Terms

      Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
      In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.
      In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.

      Covid-19 Protocols

      Our main priority during our workshops is customer safety. To that end, we will follow all CDC and NIH guidelines for Covid-19 safety during our trips. We will continue to monitor these guidelines as conditions may change over time. 

      Please be aware that some destinations may require proof of a vaccine and/or negative Covid-19 test upon arrival. 

      If a participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during the trip, we will isolate them from the group and get them medical attention. In this event, we reserve the right to cancel the rest of the workshop.

      In the event that the CDC or other government agencies have restricted travel at the time of this workshop, we will allow participants to transfer their workshop fee to another workshop or to store credit, or receive a full refund.

      Medical Insurance (required)

      Emergency medical insurance through a provider like Allianz or similar is required to participate in any of Leica Store Miami's international workshop.

      Travel Insurance (optional but recommended)

      Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical  or personal emergencies so we highly recommend purchasing travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

      Single Room Policy
      If you sign-up for double occupancy room sharing and there are no other attendees to pair you with, you will be responsible for paying the single room supplement.


      If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

      There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

    • For more information, and to see behind the scenes of our photography adventures, be sure to follow @leicastoremiamiworkshops on Instagram. 

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