How to Safely Navigate Downtown LA Streets for Photoshoots

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Ready. Set. Go.

Pacing and shooting around the streets of Downtown Los Angeles with Uber.

In continuation with my location scouting post in Pasadena, I thought I’d highlight another favorite destination of mine to shoot in: Downtown Los Angeles. You’re no stranger to this, if you’ve been following me here or on Instagram. DTLA has become in so many ways the de facto spot for LA bloggers and content creators alike to photograph in.

The exterior of the Broad Museum from the backside of my Uber

The exterior of the Broad Museum from the backside of my Uber

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DTLA is perhaps LA’s only real marker and representation in terms of urban density — within walking distance one can discover a number of specialty restaurants, coffee shops, beautiful hotel accommodations as well as museums and art galleries. Architectually, DTLA is home to some of the finest — from Frank Gehry (the Walt Disney Concert Hall) to Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The architecture also happens to uncannily resemble buildings found in NYC and other major European cities, making it an ideal place for most Angelenos to shoot for a moodier and atmospheric shots. Personally, I love shooting just on DTLA streets to showcase just how beautiful this urban neighborhood is.

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While wholly walkable, I do want to stress that DTLA is similar to any major metro area. It has its share of parking issues + safety issues, and some areas can be a bit sketchy even for LA natives. I like to hop on an Uber and include multiple stops to make sure the riding experience is safe as well as efficient for my content making needs, since I enjoy exploring the outskirts of DTLA to see what other location gems I may come across.

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Safety is definitely a priority for me and my photographer during content shoots, and Uber is a fantastic choice for situations where we want to be creative and productive — without any outstanding safety restrictions. A pro-tip I have is to ask your Uber driver partner about where they feel are more safe in an unfamiliar neighborhood; you never know what awesome suggestions that could come out of these conversations! It’s like getting a local tour guide, who also happens to be your driver partner. The best of both worlds and more doors of opportunity starts with Uber.

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Fin.


What do you guys think of using Uber has a way to location scout multiple locations all at once? Isn’t it terrific?

This story was made possible by Uber. Experience and words are entirely my own.

Photography by Jason Renaud

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