10 cool places to take Instagram pics indoors when the weather sucks

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Being outside is overrated. No, I’ll take that a step further: it’s inconvenient.

Especially during the Winter. Not only is it physically uncomfortable to be freezing outside in sub 40 degree temps, but suddenly, taking good photos for Instagram is a whole lot harder.

No… I know. In a time like ours, these are the issues that need dealing with, and if no one else is willing to confront them head on, I will.

This is a first world problem if I’ve ever seen one. But it’s definitely a thing nonetheless: for a lot of people who use Instagram not only as a platform for self-expression but also as a business tool, Winter presents a special challenge. As I’ve said before and I’ll likely say again, having natural sunlight for taking photos is criminally underrated, and is undoubtedly something we take for granted while the sun is out. Plus, followers like seeing people do interesting things: go to the beach, the park, the jungle, what have you. But again, if it’s below 30 degrees outside, I’m likely not going anywhere and you probably don’t want to either.

Luckily though, your gram doesn’t have to suffer just because you do. As it turns out, some of the best photo opportunities could be right under your nose (indoors) and you may not even know it.

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The bathtub

The bathtub is a surprisingly appropriate backdrop for a lot of photos you’d probably want to take. And, assuming it’s white, it actually makes for a nice *minimal* background, as Evke, the queen of indoor Instagram photos, shows us above.

Your bedroom (facing the window, of course).

Hi, can I get zero fucks please, thanks

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Don’t sleep on the fact that you (presumably) have four walls that you can call your own bedroom (or, if you’re in New York, have four walls you call your entire home). Regardless, the casual bed/bedroom photo has the potential to be both really wholesome and cute or sexy and risque, see Kim above. If you don’t have an on-call film photographer for whatever reason, you can always utilize self-timer.

Your hallway

👖👟❤ @eytys

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As you make your way out of the bedroom and down the stairs, you might stop in the hallway for just one more outfit photo, as one does. Feel free to lie on said stairs to maximize limb visibility.

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Any mirror of your choosing

“Give a man a camera and he’ll learn to take photos: give a man a mirror and he’ll learn to be in them” — yours truly! Let’s pretend that made sense and move right along because you know what I meant and we haven’t got all day, after all.

Go to friends houses to ~switch it up~


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If you’ve maximized all potential photo-ops in your own home, worry not! Just hit up that friend with the loft apartment in Williamsburg that you haven’t seen in a while.

Stick to selfies

The quality of a selfie has essentially nothing to do with location/background and everything to do with lighting. That being said, position yourself in front of a nice window and crop out the rest.

and/or closeup details of outfits

Another example of a close-up shot where the background doesn’t matter. Besides, I feel like these types of photos are definitely slept on, and often make for great Instagram content. It helps show off the products more, especially if they’re #sponsored.

Go to a restaurant, if you really want to do the most

A restaurant photo says, “It’s Winter and I’m still out here #doingthings!”

Or to one of those beautiful flagship stores in SoHo

If you’re not in NY, go to Rodeo, or whatever your local equivalent is. Basically, find the chicest open-floor plan near you and go to town.

Or just any dressing room, really

took this 2 years ago when @americanapparelusa brick and mortar was still a thing

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I feel like the dressing room selfie is the original mirror selfie. And it’s even better than the “flagship store” photo, because you’re in the privacy of your own dressing room and can take as many photos as you want, shamelessly. Heaven most ertainly has well-lit dressing rooms, I’ve heard rumors.

Go to art galleries


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I’m not saying to be that person and go to the art gallery for the purpose of taking photos (though I ain’t shaming that, a content creator’s gotta do what she or he has gotta do). But art galleries are often have very few people, tons of open space, great lighting and contain at least one or more pieces that will work with your desired vibe somehow. They can actually be the coolest settings.

Use the subway

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Subways are kind of inherently cool for some inexplicable reason, and almost every major city has some form of one… use it!

I almost feel as though the cold weather forces people to get more creative with content, and it’s interesting to see what we come up with when confined to our living spaces. Or, maybe that’s just me rationalizing the fact that I really don’t want to go outside. On that note…stay warm.

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