Philadelphia’s mix of historic charm paired with modern offices and event spaces make it a great city to plan a photoshoot of any kind. From commercial fashion shoots to casual family portraits, you’ll find a variety of backdrops you can use to stage your shoot. Check out our favorite places to find photoshoot inspiration in Philadelphia if you need some ideas for your next project. If you want more options, keep browsing Peerspace until you find the venue that’s right for you — or call up the Concierge service to put together a package with lighting gear, equipment rentals, and catering included!
1. A versatile and roomy photo studio in Germantown
For a professional production, consider this photo studio in Germantown that comes pre-lit with modern lighting equipment set into the rafters. In addition, there are skylights for natural lighting, and exposed brick walls for an elegant industrial backdrop. You’ll have access to a kitchen and several staging and seating areas, making this a good option for large group shots.
There’s also a piano on site, and the venue is designed for sound recording, so it’s suitable for musical performances as well. Whether you’re shooting an album cover, live event, or product launch, you’ll find plenty of photoshoot inspiration in Philadelphia at this versatile venue!
2. A beautiful church in West Mount Airy
This historic venue has everything you need for an elegant interior shoot, from wooden pews to stained-glass windows to elegant chandeliers. Perfect for weddings and engagement shots, this venue can also be used for family photos, group portraits, and artistic shots of all kinds. There’s seating for up to 300. Don’t miss out on the baby grand piano that can be used for live performances.
The venue has built-in mics and a sound system. There’s also a drop-down projection screen that can be set up by a professional technician for an additional fee. Just ask the host or call up the Peerspace Concierge service to find out if this location can accommodate your needs.
3. A contemporary co-working space in Center City
Choose this modern venue in Center City for corporate headshots or a candid office photoshoot for you and your team. With room for up to 150 people seated (or 300 standing) your entire office can fit into this space for a hip but professional workplace environment. You’ll have access to a projection screen, rolling flat panel display, sound system, and microphones for all of your A/V needs. Several seating areas provide a range of backdrops and spaces both large and small. Don’t miss out on the views of the city through the floor-to-ceiling windows!
4. A museum-like historic home in Bucks County
This venue looks like a contemporary home on the outside, but inside, it’s filled with a variety of antique furniture, artwork, statues, fireplaces, and more. Stage your shoot in one of the stylish seating areas or in front of the grand piano for an elegant, historic vibe. Or, head outdoors for a fashion or engagement shoot in the beautifully manicured gardens, lawn, and courtyard.
Set on three acres of land, with sculptures, fountains, and even a pool and hot tub, this venue is the perfect mix of old and new. From the museum-like interior to the newly-renovated exterior and grounds, you’ll find plenty of photoshoot inspiration in Philadelphia at this unique venue!
5. An idyllic, sprawling farmhouse in Broomall
Not far from the airport, you’ll find this historic farmhouse that was built in the 1800s and serves as an impressive event space and photoshoot location today. Make the most of the summer at this venue that’s filled with classic countryside charm, from the white-picket fence to the grassy lawn to the in-ground swimming pool and flagstone-lined patio.
Rent this venue for wedding or engagement photos staged on the front porch or gazebo, or head indoors for a dinner in the formal dining room with French doors and a fireplace. Reach out to the local host for a tour of the property, or contact the Peerspace Concierge service to find out what catering and equipment options are available at this venue.
6. A clean and simple coffee shop in Bella Vista
This coffee shop is a great space to show off your location-independent lifestyle, as well as promote a product launch or brand on social media. It has a modern industrial vibe with plenty of natural light through the street-facing windows. You’ll have the space to yourself for a daily or hourly rental, with a sound system and Wi-Fi included to make your shoot as easy as possible. Plus, you can also reconfigure the space to accommodate a sit-down dinner, book reading, or any other activity. It has a seating capacity of 25 and can fit up to 50 people standing.
7. A vibrant creative workspace in Norris Square
Rent this spacious venue for some hands-on photoshoot inspiration in Philadelphia. Used as a working photo studio and production house, you’ll have a variety of gear available on site, some of which is included with your rental (i.e., basic grip equipment), and others are available for an additional fee (e.g. professional lighting and camera gear). Your rental includes a 450 sq.ft. studio, as well as access to some of the common areas shared among the working artists. This includes garage door entry, couches and chairs, and courtyard access. For larger shoots and events, inquire about renting out the entire space, along with providing professional bar staff and security for up to 100 people.
8. An enchanting yoga studio in Center City
This 400 sq.ft. studio in Center City is perfect for models of all kinds, from dancers and yoga instructors, to those who meditate and musicians. The white walls and hardwood floors provide a calm and relaxing backdrop, while the wide windows and track lighting provide plenty of illumination for your shoot. Some musical instruments are available to use as well. If you need additional equipment, just ask your host or call up the Concierge service with any questions!
9. A picturesque urban rooftop in Logan Square
For skyline shots, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better location than this rooftop with views of City Hall and other downtown landmarks. Stage your outdoor shots on the rooftop, and then step inside to the co-working space that has the look and feel of an elegant hotel lobby. Depending on which spaces you’ve rented, you can access the kitchen and lounge area during your shoot.
Philadelphia’s many sides mean that you’ll find a wide variety of photoshoot ideas in this historic East Coast city. From elegant farmhouses to modern co-working spaces, you won’t have to go far to find the perfect backdrop for your photoshoot. Just browse Peerspace to find the perfect venue, then book online or call up the Concierge service to book an all-in-one package.