And we’re back! Part two of my New York City Photoshoot Location Guide.
Yesterday, we kept it classic, New York City vibes for our Uptown and Midtown. Today we’re going to kick off in Midtown and end up Downtown. When I shoot looks, I definitely keep in mind the vibe I’m going for. When I’m Downtown, it means the vibe is definitely going to lean towards the cooler/edgier girl in me.
new york public library
Obviously this is a great, iconic New York City location. What I love about shooting at the NYPL is the different angles you can get. This means I can get multiple outfits done in a short span.
Once I’m done at the NYPL, I’ll pop onto 5th Ave and get a quick look in! Since 5th Ave is always booming, there are typically a lot of cabs. And you KNOW we love a good cab shot.
Ok one more iconic location: Grand Central! I commuted a lot to Westchester, so I know Grand Central in and out. I actually love shooting here for a few reasons: 1. Again, lots of opportunities to shoot more looks in a condensed space (yet the locations still feel fresh). 2. The cab line. I mean, need I say more? 3. If you go at the right time, you can get a good shot inside!
madison square park
When I don’t feel like heading up to Central Park, I love shooting in Madison Square Park. And then, ya know, Shake Shack afterwards.
Again, another GREAT location when you want to shoot multiple looks. I especially love shooting at this corner (18th and Irving) below. I love that you can either play with contrast, like I did, or you can play is safe and keep it minimal/edgy. If you go one block north to 19th, there’s a house with fun ivy that is great to shoot at too!
After you hit up Madison Square Park, just head to the streets for a good ol’ Flatiron shoot. The Flatiron Building is one of my absolute favorite buildings ever, so I love shooting here. The New York City vibe SHINES through here, so it’s one of my favorite spots.
brooklyn bridge /piers
The Brooklyn Bridge is OBVIOUSLY a coveted New York City location. One time Allie and I woke up at like 5AM to shoot there…and it was FREEZING. If you’re not ready to wake up that early to shoot before the crowds, then I recommend heading to the piers to get photos with the bridge in the background! I recommend Pier 15 and 17!
washington square park
While I have shot inside Washington Square Park, it’s not my FAVORITE location. But I do enjoy starting in that area and shooting on the surrounding streets. They’re classic town homes, so there’s always a good photo op!
I love going down to TriBeCa on the weekends to shoot. It’s SUPER empty and I love the cobblestone streets.
This is a “cool girl” spot in the city. Meatpacking is where you can wear your edgy looks on the cobblestone streets of New York City.
After you’re done in Meatpacking, just walk a few blocks to the West Village. Some of my favorite spots to shoot are in the West Village (I mean the classic Carrie Bradshaw house at 66 Perry Street, or the Friends apartment at 90 Bedford Street).
lower east side
Another cool girl spot for sure. I actually don’t really shoot in the Lower East Side (this is from last fall), but there are actually good locations. The below photo is right outside Katz’ Delicatessen. I’ve also shot near the subway, because I’m a sucker for subway shots.
Downtown New York City has A TON of great locations to shoot at. There’s a spot for every type of outfit that you’d want to shoot. I think my favorite area is West Village because there’s SO many options and it’s not super crowded when you think about NYC as a whole.