You have come to the right place if you are hoping to learn about where you can buy cameras and take photos in New York City. Those topics are just the beginning as we have plenty of other related things to get into as the post moves forward.
There probably isn’t a better way for us to begin than with the best local photographers for those who need wedding pictures, graduation pictures, or who just want to capture memories at any special event. Then you can read about photo printing shops where you should be able to develop and print passport photos, brochures, marketing materials or anything and we will discuss photography studios in your area too.
Some reading this might be interested in taking photography classes or maybe you just want to know about places to buy cameras and some repair shops in New York City which should sell all the new lenses, cleaning supplies, covers, stands, or other equipment and accessories you might desire.
Places to take beautiful selfies near you will get a shout out before other loosely related subjects like camera phones and security cameras. We will do our best put the right shops in the right lists but since many of these topics are quite correlated some crossover between the lists should be expected.
Be sure to check out the map at the end which can help you figure out where all the places we list are located. To read more of our Northeastern photography guides you can click that link.
You can find a photographer in NYC for a wedding, graduation, or other special event by contacting:
- Susan Shek Photography
- Matthew Sowa Photography
- Priyanca Rao Photography
- Daisy Beatty Photography
- Susan Stripling
- Megan & Kenneth
- Joshua Dwain
- Richard Rosario
- Brilianna Photography
- Picture Perfect
- Jessica Crespo
Susan Shek has been taking wedding, portrait, and event photos in your area for almost 20 years and her works have been published in The Knot, Love Inc, Brides, Expertise, Zola, and Party Slate.
For over 15 years Matthew Sowa has been specializing in weddings, engagements, bar mitzvahs, baptisms, and other events and has earned accolades and recognition from organizations such as Peerspace, OneEyeLand, PDN Magazine’s Exposure, Rangefinder Competitions, and Photographer USA.
Priyanca Rao has been named one of the top wedding photographers in NYC by Photographer USA, Fearless Photographers List, Wed Award, and Weddison Award and has been even featured in Wedding Chicks, Two Bright Lights, Carats and Cake, JuneBugWeddings, Brooklyn Bride, and other publications.
For over 5 years Daisy Beatty has been focusing on maternity, child, family, and newborn photography while also taking award winning headshots that have been featured in the New York Times, CBS New York, Gothamist, Huffpost, Martha Stewart, and Child Photo Competition.
Susan Stripling excels in wedding, portrait, and theater photography near you and her works have appeared in Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Bride and Bloom, Modern Bride, The New York Times, Elegant Bride, and Town and Country Weddings as well as magazines such as Rangefinder, Capture Magazine, and American Photo Magazine.
The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Equally Wed, Black Nuptials, Brooklyn Bride, Brides & Weddings, How They Asked, Bridal Guide, Popped, and Muna Luchi Bride have all featured Megan and Kenneth’s works.
Joshua Dwain has been a local wedding photographer for almost 10 years and has been named a Top Photographer in New York by Fearless Photographers and has received numerous awards from the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers, Muna Luchi Bride, and Wedding Wire.
Richard Rosario has been featured on Thumbtack as a portrait, newborn, adult birthday, maternity, and headshot photographer over the past 10 years.
Brilianna has been specializing in fine art photography for maternity, newborn, and infancy portraits since 2013 and has been featured in numerous blogs.
Picture Perfect is a portrait and event photography studio focusing in newborn, child, family, and wedding photography. He was named as Best in New York City and Brooklyn Newborn Photographer from 2016 through 2022.
Jessica Crespo Photography has been doing her thing for over 10 years specializing in boudoir, and intimate feminine portraits.
To print the selfies off your phone or get any kind of a photo printed, developed, or processed visit:
- Printleaf at 30 W 47th St #405, Manhattan
- Pro Image Photo at 2510 Broadway, Manhattan
- Photo Mission Framing & Photo Lab at 34 E 39th St, Manhattan
- Quick Color Custom Photo Lab at 119 W 23rd St #503, Manhattan
- Print Space at 19 W 21st St #706, Manhattan
- Luster Photo & Digital at 121 Ave A, Manhattan
- Acro Photo Print at 75 Maiden Ln #504, Manhattan
- Bleeker Digital Solutions at 85 Kenmare St GF, Manhattan
- Nostrand Photo Lab at 1435 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn
- Photoreal at 52 Court St, Brooklyn
- Photovision Imaging at 1920 86th St, Brooklyn
- Magic Photo Lab at 1213 Ave J, Brooklyn
- Printique at 370 19th St, Brooklyn
- Skink Ink at 177 N 10th St Room G, Brooklyn
- 2 Twins at 54 Albourne Ave E, Staten Island
- Three Sons Printing at 6833 Amboy Rd, Staten Island
- GSB Digital at 33-01 Hunters Point Ave, Long Island City
- Colorwerx at 4700 Northern Blvd, Long Island City
You should be able to get quality local photo printing from any on that list. Whether you need color or black and white images they can probably print them on just about anything.
Every day they are printing thousands of brochures, pamphlets, books, wall graphics, posters, passport photos, digital prints, real estate advertisements, and all kinds of marketing materials so they can probably help you too. They should also be able to assist with scanning, restorations, enlargements, processing, digital repairs, and more.
If you have any unique photo printing or developing needs we recommend that you browse those links and find a place that offers exactly what you’re looking for.
Studios For Better Pictures
If you really want to take the perfect picture consider having the shoot at a photography studio near you:
- Hudson Yards Loft at 447 W 36th St FL 3, Manhattan
- Fairway Studios at 115 W 30th St #306, Manhattan
- Daylight Studio at 450 W 31st St, Manhattan
- Starr Street Studios at 207 Starr St, Brooklyn
- 718 Studios at 130 Thames St, Brooklyn
- Urban Myth Studio at 505 Johnson Ave 39 2F, Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Photo Studios at 369 Park Ave, Brooklyn
- Bronx Photo Studio at 2361 Maclay Ave, The Bronx
- Attic Studios at 11-5 44th Rd, Queens
- Eclectic Photo Studios at 47-51 33rd St, Long Island
- 7 Line Studio at 4334 32ND Pl 3R, Long Island
The Hudson Yards Loft is a fully equipped photo studio that is ideal for film and cinema interviews, lifestyle videos, and commercial photography in your area.
Fairway Studios has 2 studios for fashion, still life, celebrity, catalogs, food, products, videos, interviews, and castings and allows daily and hourly space rentals with equipment included.
With over 13,000 square feet Daylight is a full service production, photo, film, and events studio providing clients with all photo studio needs for still and video production including equipment and props.
Starr Street Studios has white cycloramas, green screen cycloramas, and 3 massive wall cycloramas which are all completely soundproofed and equipped with full lighting grids, three phase power, client lounges, and hair and makeup stations.
With over 5,000 square feet 718 Studios has hosted countless productions for films, commercials, webisodes, music videos, product shoots, advertising and editorial photo shoots, and plenty more.
Urban Myth Studio includes a custom made 16 feet wide x 16 feet deep x 14 feet high white hard cyclorama, large windows with western exposure and fast blackout, large center room skylight with sliding black out shutter, built-in hair and makeup station, water cooler, and bathroom.
Brooklyn Photo Studios offers 6 fully automated photography studios as well as custom built sets and elements for rent including a cyclorama, natural lighting, professional light equipment, Victorian styles, industrial styles, exposed brick, makeup stands, garment streamers, and much more.
Galleries, pop up shops, podcasting, photos, videos, Bluetooth speakers, makeup stations, and stylist chairs are all included in Bronx Photo Studio’s 400 square foot space.
Attic Studios has 20,000 square feet of loft space that has been converted into premier rental studios for photography and video shoots near you.
Eclectic Photo Studios caters to all photo and video productions as well as events, openings, and film screenings. Their spaces include a TV commercial set that was built in studio south as well as a flower room, school room, Danish room, French room, and a freight elevator.
7 Line is a full service boutique photo and video rental studio offering a space with lots of equipment included for a one time fee such as studio east which has 3,000 square foot of south east facing windows and no cyclorama and studio west which has 2,700 square foot of west facing windows and a large corner cyclorama.
Here is a list of photography schools and people who give private lessons on how to take beautiful pictures in your area:
- PhotoUno Photography School at 222 E 46th St #303S, Manhattan
- International Center of Photography School at 79 Essex St, Manhattan
- Art of Intuitive Photography
- JP Teaches Photo
Camera Stores & Repair Shops In New York City
A decade ago this list would have been a lot longer but you can still buy cameras in New York City or possibly rent them and get them repaired at:
- B&H Photo Video at 420 9th Ave, Manhattan
- Camera Doctor at 406 W 39th St, Manhattan
- 42nd Street Photo at 15 W 36th St, Manhattan
- Photo Tech Repair Service at 575 8th Ave #1706, Manhattan
- Adorama at 42 West 18th St, Manhattan
- Foto Care at 41 W 22nd St, Manhattan
- H & B Digital at 29 W 46th St, Manhattan
- Brooklyn Film Camera at 203 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn
- Focus Camera at 895 McDonald Ave, Brooklyn
- The Imaging World at 102 Thames St, Brooklyn
B&H Photo Video sells cameras, lenses, and accessories from Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and other top brands for beginners, hobbyists, and professionals alike.
Camera Doctor customizes, sells, and repairs all types of cameras in your area along with large and medium formats, 35mm, professional lighting, and strobe units.
A wide range of camcorders, cameras, lenses, and plenty more types of audio, video, and photography equipment as well as repairs, film development, and printing are all available at 42nd Photo.
Photo Tech provides a wide range of local repair services for equipment such as SLR, DSLR, digital cameras, lenses, and camcorders from top brands like Canon, Sony, FujiFilm, and Sigma.
Adorama sells new and used equipment from top brands such as Sony, Canon, Apple, Nikon, Microsoft, and much more and offers trade ins, photography classes, electronics, computers, and many more products.
Foto Care sells, rents, and repairs cameras as well as computers and electronics. A wide range of popular brands ranging from some of the latest photography equipment, electronic devices, digital gadgets, and tech accessories are available at H and B Digital.
Brooklyn Film specializes in the restoration of polaroid cameras near you as well as a wide range of refurbished vintage cameras, films, fine accessories, and other items. Products from Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Sigma, and Koah are sold at Focus Camera.
The Imaging World provides a wide range of seamless papers, grip equipment like stands, gaffer tapes, and clamps as well as some of the latest range of Canon DSLR cameras, hard and solid drives, tripods, and monopods.
Best Places For Selfies
Some of the best local places to take selfies would be:
- Bryant Park
- Central Park
- Empire State Building
- The High Line
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Bronx Park
- New York Botanical Garden
- Queens Botanical Garden
- Clove Lakes Park
- Alice Austen House
- Freshkills Park
- Chinese Scholar’s Garden
Bryant Park is a 9.6 acre privately owned public park which includes a lawn, shaded walkways, and amenities like a carousel that is built entirely on top of an underground structure housing the library’s stacks. It is one of the busiest public spaces in the world with over 12 million people visiting each year to enjoy over 1,000 free events such as winter activities, cultural programming, daily amenities, and the park’s lush gardens with seasonal displays that are perfect for local selfies.
Central Park gets an estimated 42 million visitors per year and is one of the most visited urban parks in the United States and the most filmed location in the world. The park also features several species of flora and fauna, carriages, bicycle tours, sports facilities, roads and walkways, concerts, and events.
The Empire State Building is a 102 story structure with a roof height of 1,250 feet and a total height of 1,454 feet including its antenna. The building is the seventh tallest in New York City, the ninth tallest completed skyscraper in the United States, the 54th tallest in the world, and the sixth tallest freestanding structure in America as of 2022.
The High Line has become an icon of American contemporary landscape architecture since its debut in 2009 and its success has inspired cities across the United States to redevelop obsolete infrastructures as public space. The park became a tourist attraction and one of the top places to take pictures in your area.
Brooklyn Bridge Park includes the pre existing Empire–Fulton Ferry and Main Street Parks, the historic Fulton Ferry Landing, and Piers 1–6 which has various playgrounds and residential developments, the Empire Stores, and the Tobacco Warehouse. The world class park serves as a recreational, environmental, and cultural destination for residents and visitors.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 52 acre garden with over 14,000 plants and receives nearly a million visitors each year who love taking outdoor photos there.
Covering an area of 718 acres Bronx Park is bisected by Fordham Road which runs East to West between the zoo and botanical garden, and by the Bronx River Parkway, which runs North to South near the Eastern edge.
Millions of people visit the New York Botanical Garden which has a landscape with over one million living plants, the Enid A Haupt Conservatory, greenhouse with several habitats, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library which houses one of the world’s largest collections of botany-related texts.
The 39 acre Queens Botanical Garden features rose, bee, herb, wedding, and perennial gardens which are perfect for NYC selfies as well as an arboretum, art gallery, and a LEED certified Visitor and Administration Building.
At Clove Lakes Park visitors can enjoy the park’s beauty by strolling down trails and paddling on its bodies of water and also experience it as a more modern recreation area.
The Alice Austen House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was designated as a New York City Landmark in 1971. It hosts a variety of school programs including photography summer camps and day trips for classes of all ages.
Freshkills Park covers approximately 2,200 acres that include open grasslands, waterways, and engineered structures into a cohesive and dynamic unit to house a variety of public spaces and facilities for social, cultural, and physical activity, learning, and play.
Visitors can wander through eight pavilions, bamboo forest path, waterfalls, Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a collection of Ghongshi scholar’s rocks including a 15 foot formation that towers over the central courtyard at The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden which is one of only two authentic classical outdoor Chinese gardens built in the United States.
Where To Buy Camera Phones
These days the cameras on the newest phones should have very high megapixels and if you want to buy a new one head to:
- MD Wireless at 1808 Ave M, Brooklyn
- T-Mobile at 1911 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn
- Smart Phone at 138 7th Ave, Brooklyn
- Mobi Stop Wireless at 31A W Burnside Ave, The Bronx
- Total Wireless Store at 80 E 167 St, The Bronx Cell Shop at 18 W 183rd St, The Bronx
- Verizon Authorized Retailer at 2791 Richmond Ave, Pergament Mall,Staten Island
- 585 Wireless at 585 Bay St, Staten Island
- Boost Mobile at 611 Bay St, Staten Island
From the highest megapixel camera phones with the latest bluetooth technology to cheaper options for those on a budget you won’t have any problem finding what you need at those stores.
You can either buy security cameras or have your home or business looked over by contacting:
- Spy Store at 621 2nd Ave, Manhattan
- Security Camera at 18 E 41st St, Manhattan
- Canal Alarm Devices at 387 Canal St, Manhattan
- Vertex Security Systems at 400 2nd Ave, Manhattan
- Security Camera Installation Brooklyn at 1282 Troy Ave
- Secure 360 at 1820 Ave M #677, Brooklyn
- Security System Depot at 6902 15th Ave, Brooklyn
- SafeZone24 at 1261 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn
- Alarms R Us at 1809 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn
- Abstract Enterprises Security Systems at 1282 Troy Ave, Brooklyn
- Security Camera Bronx at 749 E 135th St, The Bronx
- Security iCam at 963 Morris Park Ave, The Bronx
- Momo Locksmith & Security at Riverdale Bronx
- Staten Island Camera & Intercom Pro at Staten Island
- Alarmingly Affordable at 1860 Clove Rd, Staten Island
- City Security & Fire Alarm at 1582 Richmond Ave, Staten Island
- Statewide Security & Surveillance at 40 Stobe Ave, Staten Island
Some of those will be good stores to buy security cameras in your area while others will take the next step and monitor what is going on.
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Enjoy Taking Photos With Your New Camera
We hope that we did a decent job of covering the camera and photo scene near you. Whether you were hoping to learn about where to buy cameras, get them repaired, photographers for hire, printing, developing, studios, classes, places to take selfies, camera phones or security you read about it all.
If you read all the way to the end you might just know a little something about this local scene yourself. If that is the case please use the comments to tell us if we got anything wrong or to share your own tips.
Either way we hope you enjoy buying cameras and taking photos in New York City.