Roland Barthes once said that in France, an actor was only a true actor once he had his portrait shot at the Studio Harcourt. If a glamorous, star-worthy experience is what you’re after, this is far better than a trip to the spa.
Studio Harcourt has long been known as the photography studio for French celebrities: you may be familiar with the sensual black and white portraits of Laetitia Casta, Jean Dujardin, or Brigitte Bardot. What few people are aware of is that anyone, not only actors, can head over to the studio for a shoot and take home a work of art within a few days’ time. Makeup artists prep you for the shoot, and photography artists turn the chosen photo into a masterpiece you’ll be excited to look at over and over again.
Studio Harcourt’s expertise comes with a price tag – between 1000 and 1900 euros for a session and photo – but if putting your best foot forward is what you’re looking for, this is exactly what you need. For those looking for a more budget-friendly alternative or souvenir to bring back from Paris, Studio Harcourt has installed various photo booths around town that print out a black and white instant portrait for only 10 euros a pop.