Nicola Kopij Zanin
New York, Rome and London are three of the world’s most iconic cities, home to some of the world’s most famous monuments and breathtaking skylines. With so much history and natural beauty to explore, it’s no surprise that these cities have inspired many photographers to capture their unique looks on camera. However, there’s one common issue that seems to plague professionals and amateurs alike: running out of photoshoot ideas near me. Amongst many other places, there is Central Park in New York City, The Colosseum in Rome and Big Ben in London…but how many billions of pictures have been taken there? You need something new and refreshing to add life into your gallery and socials. Something like access to private spaces with unique views and settings. So, let’s explore some of the best photography locations in the USA and beyond – there’s something for every photographer looking to get creative with their shots!
Photography in New York City is a popular hobby and, in some cases, a career path. Some say it’s a city of pictures. From the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty, there's a lot to see and capture on camera. One example is Brooklyn Bridge - walking across this bridge offers incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. There are plenty of opportunities to capture photos from both sides as well as from underneath. For an extra-special photo op, stop by during sunrise or sunset for an unforgettable golden hour effect.
If you would rather have New York City photography shots from higher vantage points, you can try observation decks like Top of the Rock Observation Deck or The Edge Observation Deck. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s good and well to take pictures here, but it’s nothing new and won’t set you apart from the rest.
For a picture of New York City today that will stand out, head to this private terrace with sweeping views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan’s skyline. The space offers 180-degree panoramic views of the vastness that is Manhattan, along with some of its iconic buildings. Want a picture of New York City at night? Not only will you get a great one here, but you’ll also get to see the Empire State Building by night.
The terrace itself is spacious and you have all the room you need to set up a perfect photoshoot. This makes it one of the best places in New York to take pictures. Not only that, but you don’t have to limit yourself to just photoshoots – it serves equally well as a filming location in New York.
If you could use some photography tips to capture the best skyline views in New York, reach out to us and we’ll gladly pass along some personalized recommendations.
Rome is filled with ancient ruins that are perfect for Instagram-worthy shots. It's easy to find a place to take pictures of the Colosseum, Forum and Pantheon. One thing to keep in mind is that observation decks aren’t really a thing here, and the closest alternative are rooftop bars in Rome. Cielo Terrace, Minerva Roof Garden, and Roof Garden Les Étoiles are some of the places to visit in Rome for that purpose.
Unfortunately, they’re not the best places in Rome to take pictures for multiple reasons. First of all, they get pretty crowded, which obstructs whatever view you may get (assuming you’re lucky enough to get a table with a view). Secondly, they’re simply not built for it. They’re ultimately for situations like someone looking for a place to have a drink in Rome with their partner.
What you really need is a private space where you can take shots with comfort and ease. A perfect example is this exclusive rooftop terrace in Rome overlooking the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. This holy site of Christendom took shape in the 4th century under Emperor Constantine’s rule.
The terrace has a variety of seating and dining arrangements and plenty of open room to take incredible photos from different angles. It features and open-air area as well as a covered section, making it a great spot regardless of weather conditions. While you do your creative magic, your Host will treat you to fresh ciabatta, focaccia, roasted nuts and other snacks. Should you have any questions or want something specific arranged upon arrival, simply contact the Host on Viewnary Chat before your booking starts. Our suggestion is to go during sunset when all the buildings are lit up orange against the deep blue sky.
London is a fascinating place to visit. It's not as popular a tourist destination as New York City or Rome, but it has some truly stunning material for photographers. The most famous spot for photographing the city is from Westminster Bridge. From there you can see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on one side with the vast Thames River in front of you.
In terms of the London skyline, the Shard and Gherkin stand out. If you’re looking for the best places in London to take pictures and want to capture those two towering skyscrapers, head to this vast private balcony with London skyline views. Not only that, but your lovely Host will greet you with a fresh cup of coffee, tea, or other beverage of choice.
As the Host herself says, “there's no more quintessential way of enjoying the skyline of London than with a hot cup of tea in your hand”. Snacks are on the house as well, of course. This means you can take your time to get the exact photos you want. Should you want to sit down and take a well-deserved break, there’s a living room with comfy seating. The space also serves as a place for a small get-together, so you can take some friends or fellow photographers with you too.
If you're looking for more natural landscapes you can head out to Hampstead Heath where you'll find fields, trees and ponds that are perfect for countryside shots. Want some extra tips and tricks to enhance your Viewnary experience? Talk to us – we’re always there to help you.