10 Retro 80s Photoshoot Ideas

Searching for the best of the best 80s photoshoot ideas? Then we at Peerspace have you covered with our gnarley list below!

Oh, the 80s — a time of neon leg warmers, yuppie culture, and arcade parties! If you read that sentence with a smile on your face or are now nostalgically humming the Miami Vice Theme song … it’s time to book your 80s photoshoot. Whether you’re looking for 80s photoshoot ideas inspired by the fashion, architecture, pop culture, or just the general attitude of the 80s, we’ve got you covered with these fun, retro choices.

1. Pretty in pink

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Pull out the cheetah print, throw on a blazer, and immerse yourself in a neon pink wonderland! A space like this one is perfect for an 80s girly-girl photoshoot and comes with the most fun features for the most gorgeous photos.

Take a soak in the adorable clawfoot tub, romp around on the comfy rugs, or take a call from the couch on the landline — the 80s photoshoot ideas in this space are endless! Check out the 900+ reviews of this space and inspiring photos of the venue on Peerspace!

2. An 80s NYC-style loft in LA

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We love this loft as the setting for your 80s photoshoot ideas since it’s look like a place out of a Prince video! It is in fact a massive Los Angeles loft influenced by 80s New York City spaces. It boasts lots of space, huge windows that let in plenty of natural light, a hair and makeup station, and plenty of props.

In the words of a Peerspace reviewer: “Absolutely loved the spot and the host Chad was fantastic! The communication was easy and quick, was considerate and really helpful throughout the whole process. The loft is absolutely gorgeous and the light is amazing! Highly recommend!”

Our wow-worthy retro photoshoot ideas can offer even more inspiration! 

3. 1980s cabin vibes

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You know those 80s horror movies set in a cabin in the woods? Well, this Frazier Park space brings the retro vibes, minus the spooky extras! In fact, the cabin is a charming architectural dream with a warm, natural color scheme, vaulted ceilings, and plenty of authentic 80s decor. See it for yourself on Peerspace!

4. An 80s horror show

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The 1980s wasn’t all neon and yuppies — this decade also brought us some of America’s favorite horror classics like The Shining, Aliens, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. If you are looking to celebrate the nostalgia and the darker side of the 1980s, try out a photoshoot space that caters to both! On one side of this Peerspace venue, you’ll find a scene that mimics a teenager’s bedroom but on the other side … a murderous, doll-filled dungeon. Eek!

You can see from its Peerspace reviews that this is a venue that gets a lot of love from the creative community! Here is one example: “We had a great experience! Using the space was a very simple process and it was a super fun spot to film in. The staff was very friendly and helpful!”

5. Memphis design

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80s photoshoot ideas aren’t restricted to leg warmer fashion and yuppie designs (although, we do love those too!). Celebrate a super fun and lesser remembered style of the 80s — the Memphis design movement from the Italian “Memphis Group.” This early 80s movement was all about a postmodern aesthetic with art deco designs, bold shapes, and primary colors. That’s what makes Chromacabana a perfect 80s throwback. Read the reviews, check out the pics, and book this fun technicolor creative venue today on Peerspace!

6. Funky 80s in neon

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There is nothing more tubular than this funky Las Vegas vintage suite! It gives the 80s a decidedly Vegas spin in the best ways possible thanks to its colorful neon lights, disco ball, and vibrant prints. If you want a more over-the-top look for your 80s photoshoot ideas, then this is the place to do it.

A model who booked this space shared the following in a Peerspace review: “Love love LOVE Pamela space. She was available if I needed anything and extremely nice. I did a photo shoot in the room and got some cute shots in the backyard as well.”

7. Pac-Man paradise

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What would the 80s be without a little Pac-Man action? Retro gaming arcades are a classic 80s throwback, perfect for your blast from the past shoot! This Peerspace venue offers glow-in-the-dark retro walls, a 120-inch projector Xbox and Nintendo switch screen (with over 2k retro games on each machine), and tons of fun decor. Make sure you book with a few extra hours to spare so you can have some playtime after your shoot!

8. Miami Vice, much?

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No 80s photoshoot ideas list would be complete without a shout-out to Miami Vice! Choose a space with mint and pink pastels and begin your photoshoot adventure as a vice squad detective of the Miami police department. Just looking at this Peerspace venue will make you hum the Miami Vice theme song! The Art Deco revival pieces, disco ball, rainbow lighting apparatus, and color-changing aquatic bubble are also super fun touches to this space.

Next, check out our exotic photoshoot ideas to take your images to new heights!

9. Pop it in the Easy-Bake Oven

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Find yourself a photoshoot location that would make Polly Pocket swoon! This adorable space offers a whimsical, fun vibe with its pastel colors and pink kitchen that looks like it came straight out of an Easy Bake Oven commercial. And every which way you turn in this space, you’ll be greeted with even more 80s photoshoot ideas!

As this one Peerspace reviewer sums up nicely, “You can shoot in every single direction and have a beautiful photo.”

10. Back To The Future

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We’re pretty sure we found the “Back To The Future” portal — and it’s listed for rent on Peerspace! We love the idea of using this location for an 80s car-themed photoshoot or a photo reenactment of the 80s classic, “Back To The Future”.

This Las Vegas space offers six pre-built/pre-lit sets, with all the sets ready to go as soon as you walk through the door. And all the lighting is app-controlled so that you can adjust the intensity, color, and multiple FX!

80s photoshoot ideas live on with Peerspace

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At Peerspace, we love retro photoshoots! Our hosts go above and beyond to curate unique vintage spaces to suit just about every creative taste out there.

And if you’re going for an 80s look, we have you covered. New spaces are added to our platform daily, so be sure to bookmark Peerspace to keep up with our trending spaces!

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