There is an endless number of awesome photoshoot ideas in NYC. From world-class museums and parks to breathtaking bridges, this city basically has it all. It’s such an iconic place boasting so much elegance, grit, and American history that you’d better make sure to bring extra memory cards for your camera –– especially when you visit these 14 amazing photoshoot locations in NYC.
1. Have a ball at this Brooklyn beach house
The bright white interior of this beach house shows up as the color pearl in photographs. The house has big, open rooms, as well as high ceilings and a sweet little lawn out back. It’s right next to the marina, so bring a captain’s hat and some suntan lotion.
2. Take humorous, flavorful shots at this chic, vintage-inspired mansion
This mansion is beautiful, and it’s decorated like a grandma’s place, hence its nickname, “Grandma’s Mansion.” There are wallpapers borders, floral-patterned rugs, green velvety carpet, and a pink-tiled shower. The little touches are so spot on, and the place is so hip to its own cheekiness, that it really just makes it that much cooler.
3. Get lost among the treasures of the Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art is home to some of the world’s most treasured artifacts and works of art. You could get lost here for days, and if you’re observant, there’s no end to the amazing photographs you can find. Gorgeous objects, stellar architecture, lots of natural light and shadows, as well as endless opportunities to explore — that’s the MoMA.
4. Explore your inner aesthete in this treasure-filled townhouse
This magical place is chock-full of all kinds of treasures. Books on books on books — like books from the floor to ceiling in incredible antique-looking built-ins. Fantastic art, a record collection, furniture, antique Persian rugs, all located in a great building. This venue is also home to a lovely outdoor garden. Past clients have also reported that the owner is an absolute delight to work with.
5. Capture an iconic picture on the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
It’s pointless to try to count the number of landmarks and iconic photographic locations in New York City. Even when someone’s never been here, they have an idea about New York. They can picture Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and, of course, the Brooklyn Bridge. No matter what you do, be sure to capture some of that incredible NYC sky.
6. Own Instagram in this textured and colorful renovated old church
Would you like a bigger space to explore? Something with lots of light and plenty of vantage points? Check out this sanctuary-sized location –– literally sanctuary sized –– filled with hand-tied rugs, animal skins, live plants, and antique furniture. This space can easily be transformed to fit your vision and would be perfect for a lifestyle photoshoot.
7. Check out this Chelsea studio with a flower wall
The rose wall is an established Instagram trope — and one that’s actually aesthetically pleasing. This airy space is very open, with lots of natural light, so you can get creative with your storytelling here. There are many potential staging areas, including the rose wall and the nice pieces of Victorian-style furniture –– like the fainting couch –– you can certainly create a distinctive look for a single-model photoshoot.
8. Take a fairy-tale stroll through a world-famous park
Every day, thousands of tourists snap photographs in Central Park. It brings out the inner shutterbug in all New Yorkers. Get out there and really explore Central Park. Make it your own. Be inspired by all the everyday people taking photos around you, and tap into that hopeful spirit. It can be contagious if you let it be.
9. Launch a great photo session in this cabin-like pad
This dreamy downtown abode would be ideal for a casual photoshoot or indie film. With that stripped-down, crate-style bed, as well as the wood-burning stove for heat, the easiest-to-care-for plants around (cactus, anyone?), and those amazing rustic 12-foot wood ceilings –– you can practically smell the sandalwood and musk emanating from the photograph.
10. Get witchy at the Jupiter House
All of the details of the enchanting Jupiter House — every plant, harp, colorful piece of furniture, pottery, art, and gold and brass accents –– were carefully selected to make the place feel very much “outside” of the city. And, boy, does it! People who shoot here almost always want to come back. If you can, make it here about an hour before sunset, when the light is pure magic.
11. Capture your smiling face beneath the incredible roof of the Oculus
The Oculus is one of New York’s newer landmarks. The sculpture/building that encases the World Trade Center transportation hub is a favorite location for tourists capturing selfies, and it’s also a popular spot for pop-up concerts and events. From inside, the Oculus looks like a gorgeous cathedral the way its white steel beams form a gently curving triangle above your head. From the outside, it looks something like the tail of a white whale. We’re not sure it’s intended to look like that, but it does.
12. Sail away in the Boatel, a boat hotel
This is a boatel, a hotel within a boat (within an enigma). You got your crab-pot coffee tables, hammocks, super-cool rustic furniture, tons of guitars (and you’re welcome to play them), and — weirdly and awesomely — a painting that is also a Bluetooth speaker. All in all, this space is both unique and a really fun place for a day of shooting photographs.
13. Spin a high-fashion ghost story at this colorful former convent
This is a recently vacated convent — yes, a convent. It has 40 colorful individual units, a big communal kitchen, an ornate worship area, and lots of little touches that are both beautiful and ethereal. This location is regularly rented for film and photoshoots, as it has plenty of locations that can be dressed up or down however you like.
14. Put on a high-fashion photoshoot at this Victorian-inspired home
We love this classic home. This place is both classic with the slightest dash of whimsy, and has tons of texture: checkerboard flooring, antique hardwood floors, Victorian ceiling medallions, as well as art-deco ceilings, chandeliers, leaded glass and stained-glass. Take advantage of the humble wallpaper, antique rugs, and the incredible brick-floored sunroom. All in all, it’s the perfect place to make a photographic statement.
We hope we’ve inspired you to get out there and start taking photos! If you’re looking for a photoshoot location, New York City is without a doubt one of the most attractive and romantic locations in the world. Practically every inch of this city has already been turned into art, but NYC still demands — and deserves — even more attention. We love this place. Don’t you?