The best photo studios in NYC: shoot your shot with Viewnary

The best photo studios in NYC: shoot your shot with Viewnary

Lars Sattanathan Lars Sattanathan

Lars Sattanathan

Are you planning a photoshoot in New York City? Whether it’s for a commercial shoot, glamour shots, or a personal project, renting a studio is a great way to ensure you have the perfect backdrop and setting for your shoot.

Photoshoots in New York City are ubiquitous, and it’s no wonder why. From the diverse cityscape to the world-famous attractions, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination for photoshoots. In fact, it’s estimated that over one million professional photo shoots take place in New York City every year. Not to mention projects from the plethora of video production companies. From busy city streets to picturesque parks and photo studio rentals in NYC, there are endless possibilities.

But if you’re looking for a professional-quality space that won’t break the bank, renting a photo studio is the way to go. You have plenty of options, too. The Big Apple has an abundance of affordable and higher-end studios available for rent, with varying sizes and amenities. However, with the variety of studios available, it can be hard to know which one to choose. That’s why it’s important to do some research before trying to bring your New York photoshoot ideas and engaging video content to life.

Check out Viewnary’s guide to finding the perfect NYC photo studio for your next photo- or video-shoot. Bonus: most of them have photo studio equipment on-site for you to use.

Reserve an elegant, vintage studio in the heart of Brooklyn

Are you an avid photographer in New York City? Whether you’re a casual or professional, there is always something worth catching on camera.

The trick is finding New York photoshoot locations – it can be daunting to find the perfect location that sets you apart from the crowd. In terms of indoor spots, observation decks in NYC are by far the most popular picks. Think along the lines of The Edge Observation Deck, High Line Observation Deck, and Summit One Vanderbilt. Now, while you will get some impressive shots of the NYC skyline views, these public venues are nothing extraordinary from a creative standpoint. Why not try a private photoshoot space rental in NYC instead?

Firstly, you have to decide where in NY you want to do your photo shoot, then research nearby studios. Think about whether you need easy access to public transportation or parking, and if you’d prefer a downtown or uptown location. If you happen to be searching for indoor photoshoot locations in NYC - something in Brooklyn, specifically - check out this beautiful vintage studio with picturesque finishings and great natural light.

It features a vintage kitchen and distressed wallpaper walls, along with wooden-beam ceilings, exposed brick, and quaint furniture. A production at this place will give your work an old school vibe in stark contrast to the modern cityscape that lies just outside. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about bringing along your own photography equipment – a real boon to professional photographers and amateurs alike. A booking comes along with 3 Westcott FJ400 Strobes, 3 C-stands with caster wheels and brakes (9.5′), 1 backdrop support stand (8.5′ max, 10.3′ max width), and much more. This at no extra cost, either.

Have any questions about the included equipment or the studio itself? You can contact the Host on Viewnary Chat or get in touch with us at any time. Should you need any inspiration for your shoot, be sure to check out some of the numerous photography exhibits in New York.

Vintage studio in Brooklyn with carpet, orange couch and kitchen equipment

Book a classy and historic brick studio in 17th-century Wallabout

Wallabout is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. As with many centuries-old places, it has its fair share of hidden gems.

Among them is this historic and spacious brick studio. The space is airy and drenched in natural light that pours in from the large windows. It also boasts a regal clawfoot bath, dark-brown piano and an art wall – all of which exude a classy atmosphere. The rustic atmosphere of the space makes it ideal for things like a couples photoshoot in NYC or retro-style video and photo content.

As with the abovementioned Viewnary space, your booking will come with numerous pieces of production equipment at no extra cost. These include 1 Westcott Wireless universal flash trigger with Sony adapter, 1 beauty dish with Bowens adapter (22″), and 2 umbrellas (silver and white, both 51”). That means that couple photography in NYC isn't the only thing you can shoot here. If you’re searching for portrait studios, for instance, you can easily utilize this equipment to transform the space into one. Should you be in the market for your own lighting equipment, you may want to browse for great deals on B&H.

As you may have guessed by now, this studio is more than suitable for not only photoshoots but video-shoots, as well. If you find yourself asking: “What are New York City filming locations near me?”, now you know.

How can more mainstream places like Pier59 Studios, Sean Turi Photo Studio, and Attic Studios NYC possibly match that? All in all, this has to be one of the best places to have a photoshoot in NYC.

Brick studio in Brooklyn with pink couch and green chair with footrest

Secure a spot at a luxurious Brownstone in Hell’s Kitchen

When searching for a photo studio rental in New York, there are several important factors to take into account. Location is key – it’s best to rent a studio space near your shooting location to minimize travel time and ensure you have enough time to set up and execute the shoot.

Another important factor to consider is your budget. There are plenty of cheap photo studios in NYC. If you have spare change and want a next-level production, you have the freedom to rent out premium spaces. We’re pretty certain that you wouldn’t want to spend a dime on NYC observation decks and plain photo studios, especially if you want to stand out from the crowd – quite literally.

When planning your photoshoot budget, be sure to factor in the cost of renting a photography studio, as well as any necessary lighting equipment, props, and other items you may need.

Last but not least, get out of your comfort zone by attending a NYC photography workshop, as well as a few exhibitions, to polish up your skills and take killer shots.

Photography in New York City is no joke. In fact, even a photo studio or content studio doesn’t make the cut for some people. Esteemed clients like Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Netflix have gone above and beyond by booking this airy, exclusive Brownstone in Hell’s Kitchen that features luxurious amenities like a rooftop terrace and open chef’s kitchen.

Although it isn’t technically a photo studio rental - it also serves as an event space - the fact that some of the world’s most iconic brands choose this property can only mean one thing: some of the best photos of New York City can be taken here. Situated centrally in Midtown Manhattan, this architectural wonder houses multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, expansive glass walls, and a living room with 22 ft. ceilings. These spaces can serve as photoshoot rooms in their own right.

The high ceilings ensure an abundance of beautiful natural light, and texture is added by a wood-burning fireplace and a rear wall of glass leading to a balcony that overlooks the garden. The well-manicured garden is seamlessly connected to a lively sports bar and recreation hall, which in and of itself offers plenty of space for your production.

On top of that, the beautiful rooftop terrace offers some of the best skyline views in New York; an idyllic setting for a NYC rooftop photoshoot. It's even fit for music videos, we've been told. So, if you want to join the ranks of Vogue, Netflix, and various film production companies in NYC (and more), and are looking for New York City filming locations today, what are you waiting for?

If you’d like to get in touch with the Host of this stunning listing and book a photoshoot in NYC, simply message him on Viewnary Chat. You can also reach out to us for any further questions or concerns – we’re glad to help secure your next epic project.

We hope this guide has helped you find the perfect NYC photo studio for your next production. Good luck!

Brownstone apartment living room with furniture and fireplace

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