New York is a photographer’s paradise, with thousands of unique venues to offer a different setting for your professional or amateur photographs anytime of year. No matter what you have in mind for your photoshoot — family portraits, a fashion shoot, corporate headshots — there’s an ideal venue here for every occasion. We’ve picked out our favorite places to find photoshoot inspiration in NYC to help get your project started. Many of these venues have add-on options as well, including catering and equipment rentals, to provide everything you need for a shoot!
1. A personality-packed photo loft in East Williamsburg
We’ll start off our list with this professional photo studio in East Williamsburg, which gets plenty of natural light and has a variety of equipment and props on site for you to choose from. Some are included with your rental, while others are available for an added fee. There’s a cyclorama wall you can use as a plain white backdrop, plus antique furniture and a piano. This venue includes 1,700 sq.ft. of space and can fit up to 15 people. If you need more room, you can inquire about other facilities available in the same warehouse location.
2. A bright and colorful artist’s loft in Chelsea
This artist’s loft is geared toward creative types, with hardwood floors, a bright and airy design, and plants throughout. Musical instruments, a pinball machine, and a record collection give this space an artsy vibe perfect for a fashion shoot or an album cover. If you want to turn your shoot into an interactive event, you can make use of the on-site projector, sound system, and virtual reality gaming console with up to 45 guests.Who would be the best fit for this space? We think a startup looking for corporate photos or an Instagram influencer seeking photoshoot inspiration in New York City will find a lot to love about it! Just call up the Peerspace Concierge service to arrange for an on-set caterer or professional photographer to make the most of your shoot.
3. A Midtown studio with skyline views
This studio apartment on the 64th floor is your go-to spot for views of the Manhattan skyline. With panoramic windows and stylish furniture, the entire city will serve as your backdrop for a fashion or glamour shoot that belongs on a magazine cover. With room for only eight people, this venue is intimate, and you’ll have to keep your crew small. However, this space has all of the equipment you need to livestream your shoot to all of your fans and followers! Just ask your host about the streaming cameras and high-speed internet that is available for an additional fee.
4. A vibrant townhouse in East Village
This bright and open townhouse can double as a restaurant, an office space, or even a home. This multi-story unit has been recently renovated, and features a skylight overlooking the entire 3,000 sq.ft. floor plan. Wood, brick, and metal decor lend it a classy industrial vibe suitable for social media photos or corporate branding. The kitchen and dining area has a quirky vintage feel, with five bar stools, a comfortable booth, and a full dining table. There’s also a patio and garden for outdoor shots. Bring your team of 30 to 60 people for an off-site company retreat and photoshoot!
5. A modern triplex in Bedford-Stuyvesant
This contemporary unit has been featured on the cover of New York Design magazine. It’s a one-of-a-kind place to find photoshoot inspiration in NYC. The indoor space includes modern appliances, a fireplace, and a piano, set against a stylish white backdrop. The outside features a pond, lounge chair, spiral staircase, and lush greenery. Rent this unit for a photoshoot (four-hour minimum), or host a birthday, work event, book launch, or cocktail party for up to 40 people.
6. A five-story greystone in Midtown
Choose this venue for an elegant, classy photoshoot in Midtown Manhattan. This five-story unit is full of antique furniture, including a grand piano, grandfather clock, four-poster beds, and more. Patterned wallpapers, framed art, and decorative mirrors offer a variety of backdrops. Whether you’re shooting themed portraits or creative Instagram shots, this versatile venue offers all of the spaciousness of a full-sized mansion without having to leave New York City!
7. An eclectic renovated church in Hamilton Heights
This former church has been converted into a massive shooting space that can be rented out for photoshoots, music videos, and more. Decorated with colorful fabric, furniture, and artwork, this venue provides plenty of photoshoot inspiration in NYC. The balconies offer several different vantage points of the main hall, while the raised stage can be used for a live music performance or book reading. Up to 50 people can fit in the venue, and catering is available through the Peerspace Concierge service.
8. A vintage barbershop on the Upper West Side
This unconventional photo studio is perfect for 1920s- and ’30s-themed photoshoots. It’s full of antique props such as barbershop poles and chairs, chandeliers, and vintage cash registers. Use this venue to create fun family portraits, themed advertising materials for a business, or 1930s-style photos for your Instagram feed. Up to 20 people can fit here at a time. You can order light catering on-site or bring your own food and drink.
New York is one of the best cities to plan a photoshoot. Whether you need a professional studio with all of the latest gear or a low-key outdoor space to host a small gathering, browse through the listings on Peerspace to find the right location for you. Remember, you can ask your host or call the Concierge service if you need recommendations for a caterer, bar staff, A/V gear, or photo equipment. Book it all with one phone call for a streamlined and stress-free shoot!