Sure, Miami’s got some of the best beaches in the world, but there’s so much more local flavor here than that. It’s a city home to diverse faces, the hyper-luxurious, ferociously glamorous parties, vibrant food dives, and a thriving street art scene. All of this style and culture makes it one of the most photogenic cities in America. We’ve assembled 14 awesome photoshoot ideas in Miami to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Stretch out in this open warehouse space
This bright space is large enough to accommodate shoots of virtually any size. It’s particularly well-suited for shoots involving fitness or wellness, since those classes take place there regularly. Of particular note is the beautiful wooden floor and charming blue of the ceiling, both of which can be incorporated into your photos.
2. Make edgy portraits at the Wynwood Walls
Wynwood is the unofficial arts district of Miami, and one of its most renowned features is the “Wynwood Walls,” an open-air street art museum. Of course, there’s street art all over Wynwood, but this spot in particular displays some of the best work in the country. That makes it an awesome backdrop for a photoshoot.
3. Get dark and moody in this Upper East Side pool hall
Think The Color of Money or The Hustler. Pool halls have a distinctive flavor, so it’s not hard to imagine all of the fun you can have here. For example, you can pose your subjects with a beer and pool cue in hand, pool-sharking their way to thousands of Instagram likes. There’s also a bar area, so you’ve got a few different options for shooting all in this one space.
4. Cozy up to the statues at this spectacular sculpture garden
This outdoor venue comes complete with striking sculptures to incorporate into your shoot. Thanks to bamboo walls and marble flooring, you can rest assured that you’ll have a bit of privacy, and your tripod and lighting gear won’t have any trouble with the outdoor setting. If you’re shooting at night, the venue uses dramatic lighting and flame torches, which can make for interesting portraits.
5. Pose with a Mammoth at Faena
Faena is a decadent luxury hotel with a design-forward aesthetic all its own. Photographers love shooting the red cabana stripe umbrellas out by the pool, which have a timeless vibe. But the image that stands out the most is the sculpture in the lobby garden of a gold mammoth skeleton. There’s nothing else like it in Miami, and it’s just morbid enough — despite its beauty and gold trappings — to make photos unforgettable.
6. Ride right through the front door of this daylight drive-in studio
Something that’s often overlooked for professional photoshoots is accessibility. Sometimes you need to incorporate a particular vehicle into the shoot and, when that’s the case, you need a roomy studio that can accommodate you. This is a great option, as the spacious cyclorama receives ample natural light from large north-facing windows. Of course, garage-style door aside, it’s still just a beautiful, large, open studio space that can be molded to fit most any need.
7. Rise above it all in this downtown Miami high-rise loft
There’s a luxurious vibe to this loft on account of its tasteful furnishings and beautiful corner windows. Just beyond the glass is a top-notch view of Miami’s downtown skyline, giving the whole scene a distinctly urban feel, a bit of a departure from most depictions of Miami. It’s not hard to imagine a model leaning against one of those windows and looking out onto the rooftops.
8. Hone your craft in this humble Wynwood photo studio
This straightforward photo studio is compact but also relatively open, well-lit, and conveniently located. It’s definitely budget-friendly for the area, and the venue can provide professional lighting equipment if you ask in advance. It’s got everything you need for a studio portrait session or lifestyle shoot.
9. Lean against these picturesque lifeguard stands
People love shooting on the beach in Miami, of course — why wouldn’t they? But one of the quirkier and more distinctive features of Miami’s beaches are the creatively colored lifeguard stands, ranging from loud patterns to muted pastel color schemes. Many of them stand out beautifully against the blue hues of the sea and sky, meaning they’re just the thing to add another layer to a visually arresting photo.
10. Book this roomy lounge with loads of personality
There’s more to this vibrant space than what immediately meets the eye. You’ve got a few different photoshoot settings all in one venue. The main area is a sleek white space with a rotating selection of artwork on the walls, but then you’ve also got an art bar with a greenery wall. There’s also a bit of space outside. All in all, there’s a lot of versatility packed into this package.
11. Dream big in this enormous, versatile production space
Big projects need big spaces, and this stunning production space is one of the best in the city. For one, it’s huge, featuring both a spacious main room and a very cool outdoor area, complete with a pool. Secondly, the staff can work with you to set up special equipment and even a 360-degree projection system. You can bring just about any vision to life here.
12. Take a cruise down Ocean Drive
Ah, glorious Ocean Drive. Miami’s more historic aesthetic side is on full display here, meaning it’s a perennial favorite for area photographers. The color palettes of the buildings are to die for. In addition, classic cars often make cameos, and the vintage signage lends the kind of character to your photos that’s priceless.
13. Take a dip in the pool of this mid-century home
If your shoot would benefit from a pool, you should consider this stylish residential home. Not only is the interior attractive, but there’s an outside pool surrounded by a dense wall of palm trees, offering you privacy combined with a lush backdrop.
14. Go wild at this incredible outdoor space in South Beach
If you’ve got a bigger budget, check out this stunning space seven stories above Lincoln Road. Designed by Herzog and de Meuron, the building’s an architectural gem, and all manner of upscale events have come to life here. The show-stopping feature is certainly the raw outdoor space itself, but even throughout the rest of the building, you’ll find clever details worth shooting, right down to the signage.
Few cities have culture like Miami does. After all, Miami boasts diversity, history, and style. And every time you shoot photos here, you’re contributing to the enduring legacy of that culture. Have fun with it! Miami’s all about living life loudly, and we hope your work speaks with just as much confidence.