7 Insta-worthy Locations for Your Next Photoshoot in NYC

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Incase you didn't know (but I'm sure you did), New York is full of insta-worthy locations. From the views of midtown/downtown from the top of the Empire State Building to the romantic Bethesda fountain in Central Park, there is no shortage of scenic areas here. Of course, there are so many beautiful spots in this picturesque city worthy of recognition, but for the sake of keeping this post short and sweet, I've rounded up 6 of my favorite spots, whether you're shooting fashion looks or are just in need of some content. Hopefully I mention one you haven't thought of! Here we go...

 

1. South street Seaport

Good for: outfit posts, content, lifestyle shots

Located near the Financial District of downtown Manhattan, South Street Seaport is nestled right by the water on the east side, giving you some pretty sweet views of Brooklyn. It's a historic area housing ships, vintage boutiques and coffee shops, and streets paved with cobblestone. You can get a really good variety of shots just by walking around, which is nice when you want to shoot a few different looks but don't have much time to change locations. 

 

2. Dia:Beacon

Good for: content, lifestyle shots

Ok, this one is not exactly in NYC, but is definitely worth mentioning. Dia:Beacon is located in Beacon, NY which is just an hour and a half train ride on the Metro North. You can catch the train from Grand Central station where you can purchase a package which includes your train and admissions tickets at a discounted rate ($40). Once you arrive at Beacon, the art museum is just a short walk from the train station. This place is filled with minimal and trendy art installations which will be sure to excite your inner millennial. My favorite exhibit is the Dan Flavin installation which features neon lights and gives me all of the 1975 vibes. There are a few exhibits you are not permitted to shoot, but all of the Instagram worthy ones check out!

 

3. CARROLL GARDENS

Good for: fashion posts, content, lifestyle shots

Ah, Carroll Gardens. If I had to choose one neighborhood to live in for the rest of my life, it would probably be this one. In the Fall. And Spring. And Summer. And in the winter I'd just move back to Miami. Carroll Gardens is that neighborhood in Brooklyn you visit when you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still want the romantic, home-y vibes of the West Village. The streets are lined with brownstones and stoops each with their own personality. The fall is my favorite time to shoot here because of all the leaves and colors. It isn't the least populated place, but you kind of get the small town feels when walking through it.

 

4. Nomad

Good for: fashion posts, content

If you have a 9-5 and work in Midtown, Nomad is the perfect area to shoot at for a quick outfit shoot. The side streets between Park Ave S and Lexington are lined with cute stoops and colorful residences. You can bypass the busy lunch crowds by staying between the avenues.

 

5. SOHO

Good for: fashion posts, content, lifestyle shots

If you don't want your Instagram feed to look like every other blogger's, you might want to skip this location completely. I think it's safe to say that SoHo is home to some of the most trendiest Instagram locations in the city. At any given day or time you will probably see a mini photoshoot going on. SoHo is filled with hip coffee shops, restaurants, designer boutiques, adorable hotels, you name it. Its historic cast-iron buildings and cobblestone streets make it a very popular backdrop for fashion and lifestyle bloggers. This is another location that is good for shooting multiple looks in the same day since you can get many different shots here.

 

6. DUMBO

Good for: fashion posts, content, lifestyle shots

Nestled on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo is an area that will surprise you every time you go. I feel like every time I visit I discover something new. Besides the very scenic and breathtaking views of lower Manhattan, Dumbo has its own insta-worthy spots. During the warmer months for example, The Max Family Garden is filled with gorgeous blooms and greenery that makes you forget you're in a crowded, dirty city. 

 

7. WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK

Good for: fashion posts, content, lifestyle shots

Washington Square Park was the first location I shot in after moving to NYC. It was freezing that day, but the trees still had leaves on them, which I remember thinking was a bit strange. Located in Greenwich Village, surrounding the park on one side you'll find old colonial looking buildings which once belonged to artists, and are now mostly owned by NYU. The fountain and arch located inside the park are definite hotspots for tourists and lifestyle bloggers.

And there you have it, just 7 of my favorite photoshoot locations (because there are too many to mention all!). Leave a comment with some of your favorite spots!