Our favorite places for Photo Shoots in NYC
When it comes to big city photo shoots, New York has everything a photographer could want. World-famous monuments, iconic skylines, sprawling parks, and colorful street art can be found in every corner of town. For the most part, people are free to take photos in NYC without a permit – but keep in mind that large-scale projects with production vehicles and actors will require a permit from the Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting. Otherwise, as long as you’re working with hand-held cameras, tripods, and easily portable props, feel free to click away to your heart’s content.
Whether you’re working on a photography project or just looking to take some viral-worthy shots for your Instagram feed, here are some of the best places for photo shoots in NYC.
From engagement sessions to candid city shots, a Brooklyn Bridge photo op is high on everyone’s list. The bridge makes for a stunning photo shoot location on a sunny day, but even rainy weather presents an opportunity for a cool, moody city picture.
For the best views of the Manhattan skyline, you’ll have to venture off the island. Head to Dumbo in Brooklyn for a photo shoot featuring NYC’s unparalleled skyline. (Nighttime is best for an epic “lit up” portrait of the city.)
Central Park is undoubtedly one of the best places for photo shoots in NYC, simply because it has so many different options. The Bow Bridge and Bethesda Fountain are timelessly romantic; the Loeb Boathouse is a quintessentially “New York” backdrop; and even the Alice in Wonderland sculpture can set the scene for a whimsical photography session. It’s tough to take a bad picture in Central Park.
Essex Street Market
New York City’s street art offers some of the most vibrant and unique backdrops for any photo session. For starters, check out the Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side, where a sprawling mural will add a striking pop of color to your project.
If you want a photo shoot with an architectural “WOW” factor, look no further than the Flatiron Building. Not only is this a gorgeous Gotham monument, but photographing subjects on the sidewalk or crossing the street in front of the building perfectly captures the cosmopolitan vibe of the city.
Battery Park offers gorgeous Hudson River views for a waterfront photo session. Plus, you can capture Lady Liberty herself in the distance.
Looking for classic brick buildings, stoops, and the geometric charm of old-school fire escapes? SoHo is filled with them as well as its share of beautiful cast-iron architecture. Wander along the side streets and take your pick!
And if you want to shoot photos in a New York City park, read these guidelines.