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Photoshoots are fun. They need more preparation than just snapping a casual photo, but if done right, the results are really worth the effort. Some people say that it is only professional photographers who should be doing photoshoots, but that’s not true at all. A photoshoot is an interesting way to tell a story in a series of images, so if you have a story to tell, all that matters is your vision.

A themed photoshoot doesn’t have to be limited to a holiday season or your favorite fandom. Almost anything that inspires you can become the theme for your creative photoshoot ideas. You can design a photoshoot around an important event or even a concept that fits your worldview.

And if themed photoshoots are not something you are interested in, you can always try an aesthetic photoshoot. Here you are virtually unlimited in your possibilities. It’s all about colors, and objects, and light, and composition!  

If you are searching for inspiration for your next photoshoot, take a look at the photoshoot ideas we have collected in this article that work great for both indoor and outdoor photography. We are looking forward to hearing about the cool photoshoot ideas you have worked on in the past; share them in the comments! 

#1

Photograph In Black And White

Black and white picture of train and person

Even the most mundane shots look artistic when taken in black and white.

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#2

Minimalistic Shots

Stairs in yellow background

Less is more. Try it for yourself to realize that you don’t always need elaborate backdrops.

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#3

Make Use Of The Rain

City with small train after rain

One of the most poetic acts of nature, rain sets the mood, changes the world around, and gives new faces to old things

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#4

Shoot Through Objects

Photography of road with cars and forest

Have you ever seen life through a cheese grater? You can create whole new worlds using this technique.

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#5

Try Architecture Photography

Photography of church

Whether at home or in a foreign place, explore the poetry of the local architecture.

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#6

Use Mirrors For Creative Impact

Woman holding mirror in flower field

The possibilities here are countless, from funny to mystical images.

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#7

Look For Street Fashion

Woman walking wearing gray coat

The way people dress can say a lot about the urban culture of the place.

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#8

Rely On Natural Lighting

Woman sitting near window with shadow

Having professional lighting equipment is great, but nothing beats nature.

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#9

Create Double Exposures

Photography of children and field with clouds and trash

Let your imagination fly and create the wildest shots with double exposure.

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#10

Take Polaroids

Woman taking a picture with polaroid camera

Recreate the vintage vibe of the 70s and add some nostalgia to your photos.

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#11

Shadow Play

Wooden and white chair with shadow

Are shadows our twins? They surely are intriguing. Try capturing this mystery.

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#12

Take Action Shots

Man jumping with motorbike

These require a bit of technical knowledge but the results are absolutely worth the time.

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#13

Take Your Camera On Your Daily Walk

People talking near the bar entrance

You never know what amusing or breathtaking encounters might happen on your way to the local park.

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#14

Shoot The Same Scene Every Day

White and black houses near each other with bike

When we see something every day, we don’t always notice the change. But if you shoot the same scene day in day out, you’ll start noticing small details.

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#15

Master Artificial Light

Woman looking and holding lights

Learned to work with natural light? Perfect, it’s time to create magic using lamps of all kinds.

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#16

Try Shooting With Fisheye Lens

Photography of basketball court from fisheye lens

Limited perspective doesn’t mean limited possibilities, and the fisheye lens proves it.

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#17

Drive To Dark Sky Areas

Man taking a photo of sky

This might be difficult in big cities but if you can drive to places where the night sky is not polluted by all the city lights, you will get some magic photos.

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#18

Backlight Portraits

Man sitting in the dark

Want to show a previously unseen side of a person? Try shooting their silhouettes in the backlight.

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#19

Get Close With A Macro Shoot

Closeup picture of mushroom

Did you know that life happens on every level? Get up and personal with the smallest parts of it.

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#20

Shoot Window Reflections

Woman drinking coffee near window

Life through the glass may seem pretty different from what your eyes see.

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#21

Shoot Some Film

Boat in the lake

Take a series of shots that, when combined, tell a story.

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#22

Light Trail Photography

City with light trails

If you want to create an iconic urban photo, light trails are an absolute must to try.

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#23

Shoot Through The Prisms

Woman in the dark with lighted face

Nothing stands between you and countless images you can create with prisms.

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#24

Use Fog And Mist To Capture A Mystical Atmosphere

Forest in smog

You were planning a photoshoot but the weather changed? Make nature your ally and create a fairy tale world.

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#25

Explore Patterns And Repeating Elements

Building windows

Patterns are everywhere: in nature, in architecture, in the way people act and move.

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#26

Get Up For Sunrise

Sunrise in the mountains

The golden hour is given its name for a reason. Even if you are not an early bird, try it at least once.

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#27

Explore Enchanting Forests

Forest with light

Have you ever thought about why every fairy tale has a magic forest? It’s because every forest is full of magic. 

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#28

Photograph Your Pets

Woman petting a cat

You can’t go wrong with your pets. Every single photo will be a masterpiece, and you both will have a great time.

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#29

Conduct A Fashion Shoot

Woman standing and looking near river

If you dream of working for Vogue, you gotta start somewhere, and this is your chance.

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#30

Try Some Motion Blur

Woman standing near moving train

Blurs occur when you don’t know how to shoot motion but you can also turn them into an artistic tool.

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#31

Recreate A Tilt-Shift Effect

City with red roofs

What if places and objects were the same but doll-sized?

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#32

Use Drone

Forest and road in the centre

Let’s look at the world the way birds see it. Be sure to check if you need permission to operate a drone in the area.

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#33

Try Creating Images With Complementary Colors

Road in the desert

You will need to study the color wheel, but when you use it in practice, the results are so satisfying.

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#34

Take Candid Photos

Old couple talking and smiling

Sincere human emotions are so beautiful. Can you reflect them in your photos? 

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#35

Make Panoramic Pictures

Panoramic picture of forest and lake

This technique takes some time to master but once you can pull it off you will want to apply it to every single landscape. And the results will be stunning.

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#36

Photograph Still Life With Found Objects

Vase with flower, tea and fruits on table

Every object has a story. Even more so if you found them in a thrift shop or in the street. Show this story through your photos

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#37

Photograph Water Drops

Person holding hand with water drops

Every water drop is as powerful as the entire ocean. They are also magnificently photogenic.

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#38

Try Car Photography

Yellow Mercedes car parked on the street

Cars tell as many stories about their owners as pets. Collect as many as you can.

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#39

Work On Product Photography

Open candles in candleholder

If you have a friend who makes handmade candles or embroidered baseball caps, help them promote their products.

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#40

Crystal Ball Photography

person holding crystall ball in the hand

Crystal balls look like they hold entire worlds within them. They are amazing for photographing landscapes but you can also experiment with other objects and people.

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#41

Try Abstract Photography

Forest in autumn

Let your audience decide what it is that you wanted to show in this image.

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#42

Experiment With Projecting An Image Onto Your Model

Picture photoshop of man and mountains


Take the green screen to a whole new level and create magic worlds.

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#43

Photograph Perspective

People walking in hall

This is like photographing the notion of no limits.

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#44

Framing Flowers

Picture of woman in flowers looking

Nature has given us flowers as a symbol of beauty. You can use them as a natural frame for your portraits.

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#45

Take Portraits Of Yourself

Woman picture herself in the mirror

One model that is always available and will follow your every instruction to the T.

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#46

Photograph Your Partner

Person taking a picture of smiling woman

If you think you know everything about your partner, turn them into your model. You will be surprised to find new sides.

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#47

Photograph Someone Working

Picture of bartender making a coctail

There is something extremely fascinating about a person doing the job they love.

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#48

Take Neon-Lit Photographs At Night

Picture of woman with glasses walking at night

Neon lights are so photogenic, every photo that features them immediately becomes an urban masterpiece.

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#49

Seek Out Silhouettes

Picture of man silhouette at sunrise and city in the background

People, buildings, objects: they are absolutely different when presented in silhouette.

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Find Local Events To Photograph

Picture of paper lanterns in the sky

Events and celebrations are the epitome of the local culture. You can do it both while traveling and at home.

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#51

Hunt For Wildlife

Squirrel eating nuts

You are in for a lot of comedy here. You will also be surprised how many wild animals actually enjoy posing in front of the camera.

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#52

Take Up Toy Photography

Lego characters walking in the street

Remember Toy Story? Lego Movie? What if you try and recreate their success with the toys you have at hand?

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#53

Food Photography

Picture of cooked food in the bowl

Once the cooking is over, take a photo of the dish. Make sure your photo shows how delicious it is.

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#54

Get Dirty In The Garden

Person holding plants in the hands

All those bushes you’ve been taking care of, the time has come to present them to the world.

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#55

Try Taking Long Exposure Portraits

Picture of blurred womans face

We all have many faces and many voices. Set your camera settings to long exposure and see if you can capture every avatar of your model.

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#56

Pick A Movie Or TV Show Concept

Picture of man walking down stairs

Do you love noir movies? Or maybe you always wanted to recreate Wes Anderson’s aesthetics? You can do it with your photos.

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#57

Candid Couple

Man and woman lying on the ground and man looking at shiny disco ball

That special feeling that can’t be expressed with words but fills the atmosphere if two people love each other. Don’t forget to ask the couple for permission to shoot.

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#58

Photograph Someone Cooking

Woman cooking garlic

Cooking is nothing short of magic, and people who cook are equal to magicians. Capture them performing their magic.

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#59

Photograph Family Or Friends

Family eating and dancing

Your family and friends will always help you out when you need models. Express your love for them through your photos.

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#60

Experiment With Bokeh

Picture of woman looking at camera

Another very interesting artistic tool in your belt. If used correctly and in moderation, can add a flair of fantasy to your photos.

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#61

Capture Kids Portrait Images

Girl looking and holding flower

Even the shyest kid will open up so much quicker than any adult. Try to capture their unique personalities.

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#62

Clean Up And Photograph Your Interior Design

Picture of green room with woman portrait and cupboard

You’ll be surprised how many people would love to see the way you decorate your space. Also will give you another reason to clean up.

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#63

Call Upon Your Neighbours

Dog walking in the street at sunrise

Hopefully you have some nice neighbors who are up for the challenge. And if you are new in the area, that will be a nice chance to get to know them better.

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#64

Create A Personal Documentary

Woman watching picture in the computer

From your daily activities to any issue that holds great importance for you, anything can be a topic for a documentary.

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#65

Have A Photoshoot In A Bath

Woman holding her face and looking

Recreate some of the old English paintings or create your own portraits of people in water, foam bubbles, and an occasional rubber duck.

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Shoot Out Of Focus

Blurred person sitting at the table and drinking

What is generally considered to be a lack of photography skill can become a great artistic tool to draw attention to important details or express your feelings.

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#67

In A Deserted Building

Woman sitting on the ground and holding hat

Whether you photograph the building itself or people and objects in the building, try incorporating the building’s character into the shots. They will tell you stories beyond imagination.

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#68

Go Treasure Hunting

Persons walking in the street

The definition of treasure here can be so broad. The more rare or the better hidden the object, the more interesting the game and the photos get.

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