Hire an NYC Photographer

Book an NYC photoshoot with a local New York photographer to beautifully capture your next trip.

Best Photography Spots for a NYC Photoshoot

A hub for the arts, architecture, culture, food, and fashion – each time you visit you will discover another layer to this great American city. Each borough has a distinct vibe, and you can easily spend a day exploring just one of them. There are countless photo spots in NYC, such as Top of the Rock, Washington Square Park, Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square….the list goes on and on. Below are the top 4 NYC photoshoot spots our New York photographers recommend for your next trip.

Brooklyn Bridge & Dumbo

Most popular! Head to DUMBO for postcard views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan. With 90 minutes or more, explore his hip area’s street art.
30 Min – 1 Hour – 90 Min – 2 Hours

Central Park

Capture your visits to Bethesda Fountain, Bethesda Terrace, & Bow Bridge. Shoots of 60 mins or more may continue on to sights within the park.
30 Min – 1 Hour – 90 Min – 2 Hours

Greenwich Village

Historic Greenwich Village has an old NYC feel. This is a local favorite!
30 Min – 1 Hour – 90 Min – 2 Hours

The High Line

Explore the concrete jungle via the High Line. 1hr and 90min NYC photoshoots have time to explore the Meatpacking District where grit meets luxe.
30 Min – 1 Hour – 90 Min – 2 Hours


Invest in forever capturing postcard-perfect vacation moments. After you check out of the hotel and your return flight lands, these photos will be a cherished souvenir for years to come! Choose from a 30 minute mini session to a 2-hour photoshoot at multiple locations: 

What's included in my photoshoot package?

Peace of Mind

Choose from vetted and highly rated personal photographers. Hassle-free booking and a travel-friendly refund policy.

Quick Turnaround

Receive your photos within 5 days of your travel photoshoot, but usually sooner! Download your choice of 15, 30, 45 or 60 digital photos.

Expert Photo Editing

All photography is edited for light, color, & sharpness to make your vacation photos gorgeous. Advanced beauty edits are available for purchase.

Local Tips

Your personal photographer also acts as an informal tour guide with all the best photography spots and local secrets for what to see, eat, & do in town.

Print Release

Turn your digital photos into cherished travel prints & wall art! Use our printing partners and get FREE SHIPPING - as low as $1 USD for 4×6 luster prints.

Best NYC Photographers for Hire

Handpicked and vetted by our team for quality, style, and skill. Make sure to check availability early so your dates don’t get booked up! Can’t pick your favorite New York photographer? Check who is available for your travel dates.

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Hi there! My name is Julia. Photography is my life. It’s my passion. I can describe my style as photojournalism combined with a bit of posing. But... more

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Anna professional photographer in New York she always had passion to capture beautiful moments. She is crazy about getting behind the camera and... more

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My work revolves around New York City, its people, and the spaces they inhabit. I consider myself to be genre-agnostic — I photograph whatever... more

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My name is Anna. I’m totally in love with this crazy city and of course with what I’m doing here-photography. My experience in photography is... more

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Hi! 'm Leyre! My specialization is couple, wedding, proposal and family photography, but I also enjoy friends photo shoots and fashion photography. I... more

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Originally from Ohio, I moved to NYC in 2012. I started studying photography in 2002. I have a relaxed approach with my clients and will work with... more

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Welcome to my page! My name is Vital (pronounced Vee-tal). I landed in New York in 2014. Shortly after that I decided to become a professional... more

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Hi, my name is Masha, I'm a lifestyle photographer with 10 years experience. I came to US from Russia 5 years ago and fall in love with United... more

Photography FAQ

How much does a photoshoot cost?

Prices vary by city, ensuring you the best rates. Choose between 4 different photography packages that range from 30 minutes up to 2 hours. The high-resolution photos are professionally edited and delivered by email in a private online gallery within 5 business days. See pricing for your destination here.

What is a vacation photographer?

Book a fun experience with a local professional photographer who knows all the best photography spots, when the best light will be, and how to beat the crowds to capture magical moments without tons of other tourists in the background. Local Lens vacation photographers are artists that are handpicked for quality, style, & skill. Not only will they take amazing photos, but will edit them to be beautiful photo souvenirs you’ll treasure for years to come.

How will I receive my photos?

All photos are professionally edited and delivered in a private online gallery where you can download your favorite photos in high-resolution jpg format. Additional files and high-quality prints from our professional partner labs are also available for purchase. You should receive an email with your photography gallery link within five business days.

What is the best time for lighting and avoiding crowds?

We love to shoot during ‘Golden Hour’, the first or last hour of sunlight which helps produce a softer and more warm light due to the indirect sunlight that is evenly diffused. We highly suggest avoiding anytime between noon and 2 pm, since they tend to be the busiest and brightest times of the day. Check out our Golden Hour Calculator here.

How far in advance should I hire my photographer?

We’ll do our best to accommodate any last-minute bookings, but to ensure you get your preferred date, time, and photographer, we recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance.

How do I choose my photographer?

First, request your dates to check availability in your destination. Once you receive an email response, you can reserve the date with your favorite photographer and start planning all the fun details!

How do I hire a surprise proposal photographer?

Your engagement is a story that you will never tire of telling. Capture it with beautiful professional photos that you’ll look back on for years to come. Request your dates and book your favorite photographer to begin. Choose your wedding proposal spot and the engagement photographer will be hidden and ready to capture the moment, paparazzi-style. Afterward, the proposal photographer will introduce themselves and you both can enjoy a fun engagement photoshoot to capture the post-engagement glow. These photos will be perfect for your official engagement announcement, wedding website, save-the-date cards, and wedding invitations! 

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How many people can join my photoshoot?

All of our photography packages are time-based. 1 hour is usually perfect for a family photographer session, but if you plan on having 6 or more people we normally recommend at least 90 minutes. However, the size of your party is ultimately up to you!

When you hire a photographer who owns the pictures?

You have the right to use the photos for personal use, so please share them, print them, and hang them on your wall! Your photographer and Local Lens retain the copyright of the photos. We would love to show off your amazing photos in our portfolio, but if you prefer to keep the photos private, just let us know.

What is your refund and rescheduling policy?

Our Peace of Mind policy offers free cancellations up to 7 days before your photoshoot:

  • Reservations may be canceled up to 7 days prior to the shoot date for a 90% refund
  • Shoot reservations canceled less than 7 days prior to the shoot: 50% refund
  • We will attempt to accommodate any rescheduling requests, but we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so. Last-minute changes are also not guaranteed. Shoot time missed due to late arrivals may be forfeited, and the number of photos delivered can be adjusted to reflect the actual time spent together.
  • All sales are final and there is no refund for canceled shoots within 24 hours of the shoot or ‘no-shows’.
  • In the case of bad weather, exploring the city under the rain can be very exciting, and it will make for great photos (trust us!). If the weather is too unbearable, you can coordinate with your photographer to re-schedule or we will issue a full refund at our discretion.

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