How to Find the Perfect NYC Photo Shoot Location.
When it comes to specific locations we can definitely help you with the decision and the logistics. We know almost all of the popular locations (and even the more quiet/personal ones) in Manhattan… Including all the go-to spots in Central Park, Soho, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and more.
Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:
- What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take a day trip around the part of the city that you’re considering. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too. Keep in mind what kind of theme you’re after (romantic, urban, natural).
- Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.
- Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.
- How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.
Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic you might think you won’t feel comfortable, however, we’ve noticed clients almost always get comfortable after about 15 minutes of shooting… Even the ones who don’t believe they will. Busy locations can be good to add another interesting aspect to your photos.
If you really don’t think you’d like too many other people around, we know plenty of quiet and beautiful side streets in NYC.
Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. For example, shooting in Central Park in the middle of winter can be pretty, but there aren’t many options of where we can go in to warm up.
Your location can help tell your story, we’re glad to help with advice and guidance!