The colder months of the year can be a difficult time for content creators (and even those of you that have lots of stuff to get done) because of the fading daylight hours, unpredictable weather, and lack of life in the scenery around us. This can lead to stressing out about not snapping the perfect photo before night hits, getting a photo with a bunch of dead trees and leaves in the background, or having a photo shoot planned, only to have it rain/snow at the last second. Photos are vital for blogger, so for me, not having photos ready for the blog or Instagram is very nerve-wracking as I’m sure it is for many of you. Lots of the things we do revolve around the outdoors, but for Winter, why not head inside into a climate you can control to take your pictures? Today, I’m sharing my Top 10 Indoor Photo Shoot Locations for when the outdoors just isn’t cutting it for you in the chillier months!
With a mix of personal items and cool decor, your bedroom should be the #1 space you head to for indoor shots. There are a variety of places to set up when shooting: in front of closet doors, on your bed, on a chair/couch, at your desk, or looking in a mirror. Chances are, this room contains a bit of your aesthetic and can give viewers a peep at the place you spend the majority of your time. The photo opportunities are endless when it comes to your bedroom.
COZY LIVING ROOMS/KITCHENS
The majority of you have a living room, whether it’s your own or someone else’s, that you would be willing to shoot in. Couches, fireplaces, and fun wall decor can typically be found, and are great places to pose. Living rooms can also give that personal peep into your life, and make sure to use the space your advantage! Kitchens are similar in the ways you can use them in your shoot, and getting near a large window could make a cute picture, as well as getting candids with a cup of hot cocoa.
With the modernizing of libraries, more and more are acquiring cool features like unique seating, art pieces, and rooms filled with colorful furniture. The options are endless and this is one of the best places to do a few outfit changes because there are normally multiple locations in a library to shoot. Even if your local library still looks like the typical library filled with books, you can make your feed/photos more intellectual with shots in the book stacks or lounging on book carts.
If you’re in the mountains, but have had enough of the chilly weather, cabins create such a nice, rustic feel. A wood-paneled wall gives off retro vibes, while the fireplace invokes a warm, cozy feeling. Cabins are home-y and warm toned outfits are perfect for this place. As you know if you follow my Instagram, the mountains are my favorite place, so cabins are important to me when it comes to photos. 🙂
UNIVERSITY NEAR YOU
Colleges are another place you can use for indoor shooting. They typically have a few dozen buildings for you to choose from, and they most likely are all heated 😉 Also, colleges tend to have some sort of quirky aspect in the majority of their buildings, which can lead to some amazing photo ops! If you live in or near a college town, a university is definitely a place you should shoot, regardless of the season.
You can never go wrong when shooting in a cafe or restaurant. Whether it’s in a booth, at a table, near a window, or at the bar; the photos should always turn out cute. Also, restaurants and cafes tend to have good/interesting lighting that can create a certain feel for the photograph you’re taking. Head to your favorite local cafe or restaurant with the best decor this winter, and you won’t be let down!
HOTEL AND OFFICE LOBBIES
Hotel lobbies contain some of the nicest and aesthetically pleasing furniture around, and office lobbies have a level of class to them that are perfect for minimalistic style photo shoots. Most places nowadays have more than one hotel/motel with unique lobbies, so finding one to fit the theme of your outfit or mood of the photoshoot shouldn’t be difficult. If you’re going for a colorful theme, find one with bright blue furniture and funky wall art, if you’re going for a nicer setting, find a lobby with more traditional, plain-colored furniture, etc.
A PARKING GARAGE
This one is cheating a little bit, but parking garages are semi-inside! 🙂 Garages are good for if you want a more urban setting or are shooting street style/edgier looks. The gray walls, various ledges, stairwells, and ramps provide for different posing options and interesting shots. I’ve personally used parking garages more than once for my photos, and they have never once turned out bad!
Museums have to be the most underrated places to have a photoshoot. Of course, we’ve all seen the photos of people staring at the art, but museums are the place to think outside of the box when it comes to taking photos. Incorporate the artwork into your photos by posing (abstract poses would look dope in a museum) in front of or beside it. Also, some museums have cool interactive artwork or rooms that could work for outfit shots as well.
INDOOR REC PLACES
My last place to shoot indoors at is any recreational places like a bowling alley or skating rink. These can create good action shots and lots of rec places have a retro vibe to them, which you could play off of in your photos. Just like lots of the other locations I’ve mentioned, recreational places have tons of photo opportunities and the choices and directions you could take our endless with these locations.
That concludes my eighth Top 10 post! I hope you all enjoyed, and discovered new INDOOR places to have a photo shoot in for the colder months. Leave a comment below if you’ve ever shot indoors at a place I didn’t mention, and feel free to drop any questions or blog post ideas you have as well! Thanks so much for reading and happy holidays!