Los Angeles continues to be one of the United States’ premier hubs for the arts and, as such, the city has no shortage of awesome places for your photoshoots. With some of the most beautiful views and beaches anywhere in the world, LA is where you’ll find plenty of great backgrounds both outdoors and indoors. But if you want something a little more exclusive, consider shooting at a short-term rental, such as a mansion or studio — and Peerspace can connect you with incredible venues. That said, here’s our list of 14 awesome photoshoot ideas in Los Angeles.
1. Bask in cliffside luxury at “Picasso of Malibu”
“Picasso of Malibu” is a beautiful villa just 10 minutes from Santa Monica. The spacious mansion is decorated with tropical elements throughout, and the grounds feature a stunning pool and several fountains. The cliffside view of the ocean is unparalleled, and you’ll find endless amazing backdrops here for your photoshoot. Simply put, it’s a place you have to see to believe.
2. Get creative in this downtown photo studio
Without a doubt, you’ll find that this downtown studio in the Arts District is an ideal location for small productions. Eleven-foot ceilings and a large bay of windows let plenty of natural light hit a backdrop setup inside, making this a good space for shooting portraits or products. The venue has plenty of work stations to set up if you need to do any on-site editing.
3. Explore the desert at Joshua Tree National Park
Located to the east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is named for its native flora in the Mojave Desert. If you’re willing to do a little hiking for your shoot, then this is a great stop. There’s very little to defuse the light in the park, so plan your shoot according to the sun’s position. But if you think ahead, you’re sure to capture stunning desert backdrops.
4. Enjoy this studio’s boho aesthetic combined with a Southwestern vibe
This bright studio space is unlike any other in the Los Angeles area. Filled with bohemian decorations and houseplants, this space is where you’re sure to capture a modern aesthetic. Ideal for fashion shoots, the venue brims with natural light and features a variety of unique seating for poses.
5. Space out at Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is a great stop for any outdoor photoshoot. Not only is the building itself iconic, but the observatory is situated in Griffith Park on Mount Hollywood. As such, the place has some of the best views of the city around. You’ll also get a great view of the ocean to use as a backdrop, too.
6. Create a dreamworld in this lovely life-sized dollhouse
RagDoll’s Dollhouse may be the most extraordinary venue you ever work in. Red and pink walls throughout make the space stand out, and each room has its own theme — you’ll get a unique set of images wherever you work in the house. As an added bonus, there are a number of props and costumes you can use for your shoot.
7. Take a sunlit bath at this unforgettable loft
This unique loft has a lot to offer photographers. Firstly, you’ve got the massive windows that let in in a ton of light. Secondly, the space is filled with different set items — a clawfoot tub, bed, and baby grand piano. And you’ve got a classic white infinity wall for all your portrait needs. All in all, it’s the complete package.
8. Cowboy up at a private ranch
If your shoot calls for lots of open space, then check out this enchanting private ranch. Sitting on 30 acres of land, this rustic space has beautiful water features and gorgeous views of the mountainous surrounding area. In addition to the expansive land, you’ll also have a small indoor studio to work with as well.
9. Take a blast to the past in this retro loft
For retro-themed shoots, this funky loft space is a great choice. The loft and kitchen are done up in a 1960s style, complete with vintage furniture and appliances. Large windows provide plenty of natural light and, while the space is on the smaller side, you’ll still have plenty of backdrop variety due to the vintage decoration.
10. Take gritty, industrial photos in this concrete warehouse
This massive warehouse is packed with concrete features, creating a highly dynamic visual environment. The space is also large enough to accommodate work with vehicles, so if your production involves a car, this space is one for your shortlist. There’s plenty of room for a crew of assistants in this venue, too, so go wild.
11. Soak up the sun at Venice Beach
Venice is a neighborhood in Westside, serving as a popular recreational retreat since its founding in 1905. The Ocean Front Walk in particular is a great source of backdrops for all kinds of photography. Additionally, you’ll have access to a variety of canals and beaches, any one of which will be an excellent place to shoot. Many LA photoshoots have featured swimsuit models, and Venice Beach is a classic place for this type of fashion or product photography.
12. Marvel at this surreal secret garden
This two-story loft is filled with plants and greenery, hence the “secret garden.” Concrete and urban design features meld with houseplants to create a unique aesthetic. It’s a little trippy and surreal, but very magical. A large balcony gives you breathtaking views of the hills and Hollywood sign. You can shoot on the rooftop of this building as well, but you’ll need to arrange that in advance.
13. Get the ultimate mid-century aesthetic at this hip estate
Here, we have a fully restored mid-century home, impeccably designed to impress. Each room is decorated with vintage furniture, making the space both sophisticated and photogenic. Surrounded by incredible views of Benedict Canyon, you’ll have amazing outdoor backdrops wherever you choose to shoot on the beautiful wooden balcony. This is an ideal space for commercial or fashion shoots.
14. Admire the Santa Monica Pier
Finally, Santa Monica Pier is another great outdoor area for photoshoots. With both the ocean and the amusement park as backdrops, your images are sure to stand out with these iconic backgrounds. The surrounding beaches also give you an additional shooting location. Just be prepared to deal with crowds. Regardless, if you’re a photographer in LA, your portfolio’s not complete without a session at the pier.
Glitz, glamour, sun, celebrities — LA’s attention-grabbing character means there’s plenty to photograph. And some of the most famous photographers in the world have cut their teeth on these streets. We just know you’re next among them, and we can’t wait to see your work.