Los Angeles is known for Hollywood and its overall creative atmosphere, but with so many projects made in the city over the years, it can be hard to find a place that stands out. Whether you’re looking for a unique photo studio for a professional shoot or an outdoor location for your Instagram feed, we’ve come up with several cool places to find photoshoot inspiration in Los Angeles. All of these venues are available from local hosts, so you can ask them directly for any advice (i.e., what time of day gets the best natural light), or call the Peerspace Concierge service for help booking a professional caterer, photographer, or crew for your shoot.
1. A life-sized doll house in Mid-Wilshire
Let’s start off with this bright and eclectic doll house in Mid-Wilshire, which has pink walls, antique furniture, and chandeliers to serve as the backdrop for a fashion or boudoir shoot. You’ll have several rooms to choose from, including a sitting room, dining room, and kitchen, as well as plenty of props and costumes to play with. This central location has room for up to 12 people, and catering services for breakfast, lunch, or dinner are available through the Peerspace Concierge service. The venue has a three-hour minimum rental — which you’ll need in order to have time for all of the cool photo ideas you’ll come up with here!
2. A retro 1960s-inspired loft in DTLA
For a different kind of retro, check out this 1960s vintage loft, which is perfect for a themed shoot for a fashion magazine or Instagram feed. With patterned wallpaper, a vintage red refrigerator, a typewriter, and more, this venue can serve as the backdrop for dozens of great images. This 650 sq.ft. venue can fit up to 15 people and has catering options available. It’s also located in the same building as the Last Bookstore, another great place to find photoshoot inspiration in Los Angeles!
3. A relaxed Spanish villa in Silver Lake
Set your photoshoot in this vibrant Spanish villa to capture some of the stylish architecture in the Silver Lake neighborhood. You’ll have access to two bedrooms in this 1,100 sq.ft. house, including one that faces west and is perfect for shoots that take place around sunset. The best part is the backyard, which features dozens of creative elements: a rock garden, bamboo forest, clawfoot bathtub, outdoor shower, fountain, fireplace, and more! If that hasn’t excited you yet, just look at the pictures of the venue to see for yourself. You’ll have room for up to 20 people, and there’s a driveway and free street parking for easy accessibility.
4. A Tuscan-style mansion in Los Feliz
If Italian villas are more your style, visit this sprawling Tuscan-style villa in Los Feliz. With views of the Griffith Park observatory on one side, as well as an outdoor pool lined with palm trees, this is a one-of-a-kind spot to find photoshoot inspiration in Los Angeles. The indoors are decorated with stylish furniture and artwork, and can be made to look like a hotel, restaurant, or mansion. The venue is suitable for up to 80 cast and crew members, and large productions will need to provide proof of insurance. Catering services are also available for your shoot.
5. A fun rainforest garden in Los Feliz
Head to the rainforest for an outdoor shoot at this beautiful backyard venue covering 6,000 sq.ft. This space is great for formal events, such as wedding or engagement shoots, or for occasions when you want to entertain a small group. There are several seating areas, tiki torches, fire pits, a treehouse, and more, with room for up to 55 guests at a time. Choose this venue for a family reunion or company photoshoot. It has all the amenities you’ll need for a professional production while providing a relaxed and casual environment.
6. A laid-back California bungalow in Highland Park
This modern bungalow is painted white inside and out, making it a stylish backdrop for fashion shoots, maternity shoots, Instagram shoots, and more. The indoor spaces get plenty of natural light, and include three bedrooms, a bathroom with a clawfoot tub, and a spacious chef’s kitchen. There are hardwood floors throughout, and the attic is perfect for a studio shoot, with wooden rafters giving it an elegant aesthetic. The backyard is full of greenery, including fruit trees and cacti that complete the Southern California vibe. Whether you’re shooting an album cover or yoga lesson, you won’t have to go far to be inspired by this charming venue.
7. An industrial-chic rooftop studio in DTLA
Sometimes your photoshoot ideas call for a skyline view. This rooftop venue is suitable for an outdoor shoot by day or night, with an impressive backdrop of DTLA and 360-degree views on all sides. You’ll have access to a loading dock and freight elevator to bring up your gear, or you can rent a production kit directly from your host. There’s also a production office on the ground floor that you can rent for an extra fee.
8. A bright and airy renovated church in DTLA
This renovated church makes for a versatile studio space, with wooden rafters and brick walls that lend it an industrial feel. You’ll have access to a white cyclorama wall and Profoto lighting equipment for an additional fee, as well as a seating area, makeup room, and more. This is a great space for professional-style fashion or portrait shoots, and it can accommodate up to 20 people at a time. It’s even open 24/7 if you need to schedule your shoot at odd hours.
9. A luxurious, resort-style outdoor pool in Encino
This outdoor pool and terrace has the feel of a lavish resort. With a gazebo, hot tub, BBQ area, and fire pits, you’re sure to find some photoshoot inspiration in Los Angeles at this venue in the San Fernando Valley. The palm trees, stylish red umbrellas, and impressive views of the hills make this the perfect space for a fashion or Instagram shoot. Due to neighborhood restrictions, you’ll have to limit your group size to eight or 10, so any wild parties will have to be simulated. Still, you can arrange for catering to feed your cast and crew.
Los Angeles offers an incredible variety of options for your photoshoot, from classic Southern California homes to outdoor venues with pools and palm trees. We think you’ll get plenty of fun photoshoot ideas from this list, but you can always find more by searching on Peerspace. Just customize your search based on budget, location, and capacity. Once you find the right space, reach out to your host or call up the Concierge service to arrange the logistics!