This is a totally different type of post but I’ve actually had some of you requesting this so I wanted to share my ideas with you. It was super cold at the beginning of January and even though we’re not experiencing sub zero temps anymore, it’s definitely not springtime. And quite frankly, I’m not really excited about going outside for hours on end to take blog photos in this winter weather. So I’ve been trying to get creative and find some indoor locations for blog shoots and I thought I would share some of my ideas with you.
The main idea is to find places that let in a lot of natural light. Not every location is going to have tons of windows, but try to make sure they are well lit, clean, and organized. You don’t want a lot of messy clutter in the background. It’s also helpful to make sure that whatever you are shooting (an outfit, product, activity, etc.) makes sense in that environment. For example, you don’t want to shoot an evening gown in a coffee shop.
For some of these locations, it might be a good idea to call ahead of time to make sure they won’t mind you shooting there. Explain that you are a blogger & influencer and offer to tag and/or talk about the location in your post. The other benefit to calling ahead is that the location may be able to set aside some space specifically for you before you arrive.
Indoor locations for blog shoots
Coffee shop or cafe
A coffee shop is a great place for a shoot, especially this time of year. It’s great for cozy, laid back outfits or for “working” shoots. I shot at Davio’s Galleria Bakery & Cafe in King of Prussia a couple of weeks ago (my most recent post) and I thought the photos turned out really well. The café is nothing but windows so there’s a ton of natural light. I did not call before hand, which wasn’t an issue, but I definitely think it would have been courteous of me to have done so. I’m still a Philly newbie, but I think La Colombe in Fishtown would be another great option!
Restaurant or bar
This is another great option for an indoor shoot. You can tailor your outfit or activity to suit the style of restaurant. I haven’t shot in a restaurant or bar yet, but I have a few on my list. I also have to assume that a bar would be reasonably quiet if you shot in the middle of the day so you wouldn’t have too much going on in the background. Bars and restaurants tend to be darker so I’m scouting out a few places with heated outdoor patios.
Your house is always a great option, especially if you have a cute little spot that’s near a window. I’m planning on shooting in our living room sometime soon. This is another great option for cozy outfits, working shoots, talking about Netflix, whatever, haha. You can also do a shoot while cooking in your kitchen. Our kitchen isn’t quite conducive for that, but I will definitely be utilizing that once we move.
Apartment complex clubhouse
If you’re lucky enough to live in an apartment complex with a clubhouse or be a member of some place that gives you access to an area like that, definitely utilize it during the winter months! I’m going to miss this big time next year. I’ve shot 5 looks in the clubhouse at our apartment complex so far (one coming next week) and they all look totally different. And I could probably shoot a couple more if I get creative. I’m also lucky that our clubhouse, again, has a ton of natural light so that helps!
Obviously not all museums are keen on photography (and none of them are keen on flash photography, haha) but if you’re able to find a nice museum that allows photography, give that a try for an indoor shoot. The only downside to that is that you’ll likely have to pay for admission to the museum. Charlie and I are definitely planning on shooting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at some point.
I would have never thought of this but one of my photographer friends in the area suggested 30th Street Station in Philly and that is one of the top places on my list of indoor places to shoot in the city!
This is a pretty easy one because you can almost guarantee an arboretum is going to be photogenic, haha. I’m planning on hitting up the Morris Arboretum and Longwood Gardens in the coming weeks. Again, you’ll probably have to pay for admission, but at least you’ll have a fun afternoon! 🙂
When I was researching indoor places for photoshoots in Philadelphia, I saw a ton of engagement shoots at the Free Library of Philadelphia which is also something that would have never crossed my mind! Definitely on my list though!
This sounds super weird, and honestly it kind of is, but here’s what I did: I found the quiet, low traffic entrances to the mall that were by a nice big window or door with a clean wall to stand against for the photos. I could be wrong, but the two sets of photos I took at the mall don’t really look like they were taken at a mall in my opinion. Because let’s be honest, we don’t want to look like we’re in a mall, haha. I do have a couple of other quiet spots picked out at the King of Prussia Mall that I’m actually pretty excited about. Charlie also had the idea of going to the mall before it actually opens so that there aren’t people everywhere and you have a million more options of places you could shoot. He’s smart dude, that guy.
I shot at Hotel Palomar a while back for a small collaboration and that’s what got me thinking about indoor locations for blog shoots in the first place. There are a million gazillion hotels in Philly that you can shoot at (though you will always want to call the hotels before hand!) and if you’re not in Philly, just google some of the local hotels in your area and give them a call. I tend to think that local hotels are going to be a bit more photogenic than large chain hotels but I have no evidence to support that sooo I’m not sure why I’m even saying it, haha.
I hope this gave those of you asking and my fellow bloggers/influencers some good ideas for indoor locations for blog shoots! I’m dead serious, please leave a comment or shoot me an email or DM if you have any other good ideas because I’m definitely running thin on them and lord knows winter is not over yet! In the mean time, have a happy happy Friday and I’ll see ya’ll back here on Sunday!