New York's Unmissable Photo Spots

Capture the best sights in the city that never sleeps

New York City is nothing short of a photographer's paradise. Bursting with iconic landmarks, diverse neighbourhoods, and an unmistakable energy, NYC offers endless opportunities to capture that perfect shot. Whether you're a seasoned photographer yourself, an Instagram influencer, or just someone looking to snap some awe-inspiring pics for your feed, this city has something for everyone.

But with so many potential backdrops, where do you even start? In this guide, we've narrowed down our photographer's favourite locations in New York City that are not just photogenic but also rich in character and history. From the dazzling lights of Times Square to the tranquil corners of Central Park, check out the must see locations that our photographers love.


DUMBO, an acronym for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass," offers one of the most jaw-dropping views you can find in New York City. Framing the towering Manhattan Bridge within the cobblestone streets of this trendy Brooklyn neighbourhood, the area provides an unforgettable backdrop that merges urban grit with architectural grandeur. This iconic spot is a must-visit for anyone looking to snap that quintessential NYC photo.

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Central Park

Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is a true oasis in the middle of the busy city life, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation.
From the charming Bow Bridge to the magic Shakespeare Garden, this location is home to a wide variety of attractions that make it a perfect setting for an unforgettable photoshoot.

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Times Square

Times Square is the epitome of New York's energy and glamour, making it an unmissable location for eye-catching photos. Illuminated by a kaleidoscope of neon billboards and giant LED screens, this bustling hotspot provides a vibrant backdrop that captures the city's "never-sleep" spirit. Times Square is not just a place; it's an experience—one that translates into photos you'll treasure forever.

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Brooklyn Bridge

With its impressive arches and stunning stained-glass windows, this iconic cathedral is not just a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, but also a symbol of France's rich cultural heritage that has stood the test of time.But the magic of Notre Dame doesn’t end there. The surrounding area is a charming and vibrant neighbourhood full of colourful cafes and shops that offer countless opportunities for taking beautiful pictures!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book a photoshoot?

Smiler’s community of professional photographers have selected a range of must-see locations in their cities. You can browse these locations through our website and book a professional photoshoot to make the most of your visit and capture the memory. Simply select your desired location, a date and time that works for you, and the amount of photos and time you would like to spend with your photographer.

How does Smiler ensure the quality of photographers?

Every Smiler photographer is a vetted professional with a strong portfolio. We ensure they have the expertise to provide your guidance and make you feel at ease during your photoshoot experience, and deliver top-notch high quality photos that capture your best moments.

What is the cancellation policy?

We understand plans can change. You can use the link in your booking confirmation email to easily change or cancel your photoshoot up to 24 hours before your scheduled shoot time. No questions asked!

Are there any hidden costs?

Nope! With Smiler, what you see is what you get. Our photoshoot pricing is upfront, and there are no hidden fees.

What cities is Smiler available in?

Smiler offers photoshoots in dozens of cities around the globe, and we're adding new locations every week. You can find the full range and our latest locations on our home page.