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Photo Shoot: New York, New York!

Photo Shoot: New York, New York!

Are you headed to the Big Apple for some super cool urban photography sessions?

We have collected the top twelve New York City scenes you’ll likely want to get in your frame and tips from our local experts on how to capture the New York lifestyle.

Caption: Plan your New York photography stops by looking at the portfolios posted by our New York City-based photographers. They have all the best angles at every location.


1. DUMBO {Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass} in Brooklyn.

Local photographers all know that DUMBO has some of the best urban pose-worthy spots with gorgeous cityscapes, green spaces and some of the most striking views of Manhattan in the distance.

Lifestyle Blogger Eva Darling ( also recommends heading to the top of DUMBO-area Empire Stores public rooftop for an even more expansive skyline backdrop.

Her post provides the following directions to access this free public rooftop location: See the Brooklyn Bridge, World Trade Center, and Manhattan skyline on one side, and the Manhattan Bridge on the other.

To get there, head to Empire Stores {just one block off from Washington and Main on Water St} and take the elevator to the fifth floor. Step out to a rooftop with an amazing view and beautiful gardens. Even better, it’s totally free to access and open to the public!

2. Another favorite New York photography setting is Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City.

This 12-acre riverside oasis allows you to compose scenes with both the striking beauty of the East River contrasted against the glitz of the New York City skyline.

Sunset is the perfect time for shooting at this location. However, many photographers also like catching the sunrise light hitting the buildings across the water for magical urban sparkle. Visit the park’s website for more info.

3. The iconic Brooklyn Bridge offers dramatic bridge architecture for your photo shoot.

Arrive as early as possible in order to get in some photography time before the walkway crowds hit. There is also interesting night lighting to work with if you want to capture your subjects in the twinkling Brooklyn Bridge lights.

Stylish formal attire can look especially interesting against the rustic elements of the bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge makes a striking photography background with interesting texture and lines.


4 . The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park had a number of perfect spots including the always picture-worthy Bethesda Fountain.

Nearby Bow Bridge in Central Park is another elegant photography backdrop in the park. If you are in the city in the springtime from mid to late April and May, cherry blossoms will add delicate natural beauty to your photographs from this area.

This location is so popular that the park has specific information for photographers. The maps at this website also make it possible for you to plan your routes through the park so you can get in and out with your gear.

The Bethesda Fountain area offers a number of spots for both up close and landscape shooting.


5. The entrance to the New York Public library is guarded by stately stone lions which make a playful feature in New York City photos.

Called New York City’s most-loved statues, the lions flank the stairway up to the majestic Beaux-Arts library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan.

You may also want to visit the library’s Rose Reading Room for some indoor photography if outdoor conditions are unfavorable.

Photography is allowed according to posted information but check with the reading room attendants for any changes in policy.

6. What is more “New York Style” than street art?

Check out the many photography sessions ideas and make this is your one-stop site for planning a New York City street art tour. As the photography at this site suggests, street murals make a fun and casual portrait photography backdrop.

Plus, this site makes it easy to visit all the popular street scenes or find one or two options close to a location already on your itinerary.

Don’t forget to include fun details that bring back memories from your visit.


7. If you want your subject posed in the same frame as the majestic Empire State Building, consider a trip to Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

Top of the Rock has three observation decks, each with 360-degree views, so there are plenty of photo ops. Visit for more information or head over to the PhotogBooker Pintrest site and search Top of The Rock Observation Deck photography for ideas.

8-12. New York City offers up visual interest around every corner.

Additionally, the changing of the New York seasons make for interesting colors and backdrops depending on the time of the year.

Here are a few others to keep in mind for capturing the city’s personality – Grand Central Station, Staten Island Ferry, Times Square (twilight), The Rink at Rockefeller Center (seasonal) and the 12-story-high Unisphere in Queens’ Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Sometimes you have find the right distance to tell the story

Our New York City-based photographers will be happy to discuss a “City Sights” photography session. Give them a call to discuss your specific ideas and location preferences.

Use our photographer booking app makes it easy to view photographers, book a session for your upcoming trip and ensure that you collect hundreds of frame-worthy Big Apple photographs from your visit.


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