Some birthdays are more memorable than others, but there’s one easy way to make sure you never forget the experience: a birthday photoshoot. We’ve compiled a list of nine birthday photoshoot ideas near Los Angeles: some of these locations are the perfect spot to throw a party, while others are a good place to celebrate your big day with a small group of friends. Be inspired by nine of our favorite birthday spots:
1. Invite guests of all ages to this outdoor studio and gardens
Located near Griffith Park, this garden and studio is as lovely as it is spacious. This rental is available on Peerspace and can fit up to 50 people. It’s also a perfect venue for kids because the outdoor area features an incredible play space. Rent this beautiful spot for the afternoon or simply an hour and take some fun photographs.
2. Spend a day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The Los Angeles Zoo is home to all of these beloved creatures and much more. Spanning over 100 acres, the zoo features a botanical garden as well. After a fun-filled photo session, spend the rest of the day at the zoo, then see the real lions and tigers.
3. Hike to an abandoned bunker nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains
Grab your friends and hike the Santa Monica Mountains to Murphy’s Ranch, allegedly a bunker for German sympathizers during World War II. There are several abandoned buildings there covered in colorful graffiti, and it’s a popular spot for photographers looking for an artsy, off-beat vibe. You may not be the only person there, but it’s still one of the best birthday photoshoot ideas near Los Angeles. Just be warned – there are a lot of steps!
4. Enjoy your birthday in a chalet by the Hollywood sign
Getting photos in front of the Hollywood sign has become a bit of a cliche. But for new arrivals to LA, it’s a rite of passage! Start off your birthday photoshoot at this A-frame chalet — it’s supposedly the closest you can get to the Hollywood sign without climbing the hill. Take photos inside and outside of the property, then finish off with a catered birthday celebration, all arranged through Peerspace.
5. Celebrate your big day in true Hollywood style
Life in Hollywood can be anything you want it to be — glamorous, unforgettable, you name it! This Franklin Hills property is available for rent on Peerspace for an affordable price. Invite a few friends and snap some shots of you drinking champagne on the porch. Live up the high life on your birthday!
6. Unleash your inner child at this colorful downtown loft
Plan an incredible photoshoot at this vibrant loft full of hammocks, plants, and textiles. The variety of colors and textures on display will light up your Instagram feed, showing off your zen energy to all of your friends. This DTLA loft is available on Peerspace — and it’s very affordable.
7. Celebrate by the sea at this beautiful house in Malibu
This one’s a little on the pricey side, but it’s an ideal spot for a once-in-a-lifetime photoshoot to celebrate your big day. With over 3,000 sq/ft of space and floor-to-ceiling windows, you can get some shots indoors or on the balcony overlooking the Pacific. It’s available to rent on Peerspace, and you can even opt in to catering and event services if you want to make a night of it. Invite your friends, and enjoy some champagne and the sunset!
8. Stroll the grounds at the Getty Villa
You don’t have to fly to Italy to get some shots at a Greco-Roman villa. Immortalize your birthday with a photoshoot at the Getty Villa in Malibu, just a short drive from downtown LA. Commercial photography isn’t allowed, but don’t let that stop you from strolling the gardens and getting some candid shots in front of the fountains. Dress a little fancy and show off your elegant side.
9. Admire the view of the city at Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is a charming landmark in Los Angeles; look forward to reflecting on the passage of time by taking some pictures in front of the observatory or at the viewpoints overlooking the city. This incredibly photogenic spot has appeared in famous movies, including Rebel Without a Cause, The Terminator, and La La Land. It’s one of our favorite birthday photoshoot ideas near Los Angeles.
Deciding on a place to celebrate and immortalize your birthday can be tough, so we’ve made it easy to find everything you need right here on Peerspace. Some of our locations offer camera and equipment rentals for your shoot, and many offer full bar and catering services. You can keep your photoshoot small and simple, or invite all your friends and celebrate your birthday in style. Whichever you choose, we hope this list gives you some great ideas for a memorable photoshoot. Why not make it a birthday tradition and do a photoshoot every year?