People often tell me I’m lucky to live in New York City because I have such interesting locations to shoot. I agree that I am fortunate to live here. New York provides endless opportunities for inspiration. I do however feel, that no matter where you live, you can find inspiration AND cool locations to shoot.
Most of my photos aren’t taken near popular New York landmarks. If you haven’t visited here you probably would never know it was New York City unless I told you. Sure, a few photos with yellow cabs in the background may give it away. Other than that it just looks like an “urban vibe”
Today I’m going to suggest five locations that you can find in anytown USA, and beyond.
I’m notorious for using them in portraits. This particular doorway is the front door of an apartment building that was left open.
I love doorways because you already have a frame to work with. It doesn’t have to be a fancy. It just needs to be the basis for composing your photo. You can the work the angles as need be.
Stairs are ubiquitous. Even in the most remote town a city hall has a staircase.
Stairs are another favorite because they provide lines and layers. They’re also useful because you can have your client either sit or stand. You as a photographer can use them to get even higher to get a different perspective.
The most underrated location! Almost all my portrait clients have a crosswalk shot. Why? The parallel lines draw your eyes in. Chances are other people are crossing at the same time as your subject so you will have more visual to your story.
Benches are everywhere. This makes them SUPER convenient for portraits. It may not seem like much, but it can provide endless posing opportunities. You can also use a bench like the stairs to achieve a different perspective.
Parks are great because they often provide a slice of wilderness. Tree lined walls, and walking trails can add symmetry, and add interest to your composition. More urban parks can add an electrifying energy to your photos.
So there you have it folks. Five location ideas, that you can literally find ANYWHERE. I hope this provides you for some inspiration for your next photo shoot.
Tell me, where are your favorite places to photograph where you live? Let me know in the comment section.