New York City has it all: creative energy, cultural diversity, delicious food, world-class architecture, an extensive arts and culture scene, rich history, even natural beauty. This city’s five boroughs are jam-packed with glorious sights that would be great for any photoshoot. And if you’re specifically looking for a serene, calming space for a maternity photoshoot, you’ll easily find hundreds. Check out our favorite maternity photoshoot ideas near New York City. Whether you’ve got a huge budget to spend or are seeking something a little simpler and low-key, you’re likely to find a workable option on this list.
1. Airy loft studio with a photo-and-video cyclorama
We’ll start off with our simplest, most “blank canvas” option. It’s a 2,000-square-foot photo studio in a recently renovated industrial building in Ridgewood, Queens. In addition to plenty of natural light streaming through the huge southwest-facing windows, the cyclorama wall is a huge benefit if you’re looking to take maternity portraits that center the subject completely. A cyclorama wall forms what’s often called an “infinity background” because it’s a totally blank, seamless background with no clear beginning or end.
2. Eccentric daylight loft space with props and personality
On the other end of the spectrum from the “blank canvas” photo studio in No. 1, this 1,700-square-foot loft space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is filled with unique character and pizzazz. But don’t worry — it’s still comfortable and relaxed enough to make it the perfect location for a lighthearted, fun maternity photoshoot. The decor is luxurious and eclectic, and the open-plan space has high ceilings, wooden floors, and huge windows. There’s even a corner cyclorama wall in case you need it.
3. Sun-soaked Scandinavian townhouse in South Slope
This cozy, tastefully-decorated townhouse — built in 1899 and full of pre-war details and historic character — is basically our ideal home. That’s what makes it so great for a maternity photoshoot: surrounded by Scandinavian design in the form of lush plants, comfortable furniture, and serene, beautiful art, you’ll be able to relax and capture the right energy for your pictures. You’ll have three full floors and 1,600 square feet to explore to your heart’s content, plus a lovely private backyard for outdoor shots.
4. The High Line
Snap photos on the High Line, an ultra-cool location for any photoshoot and a fairly unexpected one for a maternity photoshoot, with its modern aesthetic. But while nontraditional, it actually makes a ton of sense — it winds its way through Manhattan neighborhoods. This way, you’ll get to capture yourself immersed in the city while also enjoying the riot of plant life covering its 1.45 miles.
5. Artist’s corner loft with loads of light and character
One reviewer commented that this loft is “beautiful, unique, and has really great light,” while others called it “incredible” with “a ton of character.” Because it’s located on the corner of the building, windows wrap around multiple walls, absolutely filling the main room with sunlight. You’ll also enjoy the views out these massive windows: the Brooklyn cityscape (which includes quintessential warehouses and water towers) and the Manhattan skyline. This is for sure one of our favorite maternity photoshoot ideas near New York City.
6. Sun-drenched Bowery loft on the Lower East Side
With more than 170 five-star reviews, this loft is incredibly popular — and with good reason. Those who rent the space are consistently happy with its historic details (the building’s facade has remained unchanged for more than a century!), as well as the sky-high, wooden-beamed ceilings, exposed red brick, hardwood floors, and a tasteful, creative array of furniture.
7. Central Park
We can’t forget Central Park. Whether it’s blooming in the spring or blanketed in winter snow, this world-famous park is one of the most iconic locations in New York City. It’s unquestionably among the best maternity photoshoot ideas near New York City. Whether you take photos in the Shakespeare Garden, the Pond, Cherry Hill, or any other of its countless scenic spots, you’ll find that your maternity photos are imbued with the timeless beauty of one of the most magnificent parks on Earth.
8. Awe-inspiring creative space with skyline view
Located in midtown Manhattan, the heart of New York City’s hustle and bustle, this is a fabulous place for those who are seeking breathtaking views above all else. Perched on the 64th floor — and facing east, south, and west — you’ll have a panoramic and unobstructed view of some of the skyline’s most iconic buildings. Despite its majestic views, this location is also cozy, so it achieves the perfect balance for a tasteful maternity photoshoot.
9. Spacious, modern, multi-functional loft in Clinton Hill
This space measures 2,400 square feet in total, with soaring high ceilings and plenty of windows that make it airy and bright. You’ll find plenty of verdant plants, assorted modern decor, and fun touches like a cowhide rug and glamorous chandelier, among many others. This laid-back, cool space is highly recommended for your maternity photoshoot.
10. Picture-perfect Haven Loft in Williamsburg
Lined by 35 feet of 1910s-era brick and featuring plenty of wood and organic materials, this is a warm, homey place for a photoshoot that has the feel of a sanctuary from the chaos of the city. It’s spacious, too, occupying the building’s entire floor. For an in-depth view of the loft’s details, check out the spot’s Instagram: @haven_loft.