Shoot New York City
Shoot New York City
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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About
Leanne Staples is a licensed NYC tour guide, photographer, artist & writer. She has been providing walking photo tours of New York for 12+ years. See the New York that New Yorkers experience! Leanne specializes in off the beaten track tours in New York City. These include Harlem, Coney Island, Long Island City, Dumbo and many other neighborhoods in all 5 Boroughs.
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Destination73179
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We booked an all-day private photo tour with Leanne Staples of Shoot New York City, and it was the best decision we made for our anniversary trip to New York!
My spouse and I both enjoy photography and wanted to experience Leanne’s New York. When she asked us what we would like to see/do for the day, we replied “Show us what you love about New York”, and she certainly did!
We stayed in Manhattan (next time will be one of the boroughs), and Leanne showed us some novel (to us) ways to photograph familiar landmarks like the Empire State Building. I had wanted to see some street art (murals and “graffiti” and such), and we saw amazing work that we would have totally overlooked on our own. Leanne showed us how to notice opportunities for great pictures, and created fabulous memories for us!
The pictures we have are awesome, and we are already discussing when we will go back. And the techniques she showed us have already been used in photographing our hometown. We have a slideshow that we run on our TV, and our family and friends love watching it (not like Grandma’s old slides!) and one couple is planning to go out with her next time they are in NYC.
In short, we highly recommend Shoot New York City photo tours!
Written October 12, 2021
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It was so wonderful to meet you both and show you around some of my favorite parts of the city. I look forward to seeing your photos and to seeing you in NYC again. Thank you!
Written October 13, 2021
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Barbara M.
7 contributions
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Jun 2023
It was great pleasure to spend time with Leanne during “Seeing with New Eyes - Midtown Manhattan Street Photography Workshop”. I live in NYC but was always fascinated by street photography and was curious how certain photographic effects were achieved. This workshop helped me to see my city with totally new eyes as Leanne shared her vast knowledge and provided me with great tools to practice. I discovered the value of reflections, contrast, patterns, lines, and I also have learned how to take pictures of people. I am certainly interested in exploring this more as constant movement of pedestrians and catching face expressions of strangers is something that I am interested in.
I highly recommend this workshop and I am also looking forward to participating in Chinatown or SoHo workshop. Thank you Leanne!
Written June 29, 2023
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It was so wonderful to meet you and introduce you to street photography. I am so happy that you enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing you again at another workshop. Thank you
Written August 7, 2023
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gustavlemmy
London, UK7 contributions
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Dec 2021 • Family
We did the Lower East Side tour with Leanne. She is super friendly, knowledgeable and fun. We learnt photography techniques and about the cultural history of the area. Her stories are really engaging and she naturally chats and interacts with people. She made my kids (11 and 13) feel central to the experience and tailored the route to take in all our interests. This tour was great because we went to places that I just wouldn’t have considered: cultural icons, points of history, alleys of art, I could go on. We took amazing photos too. That afternoon is one iI will remember.
Written December 21, 2021
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Thank you so much! It was such a pleasure to meet you and your family. I hope to see you again in the future.
Written December 21, 2021
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Paul S
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Feb 2023
Leanne is the real deal when it comes to street photography. Coming out of my "noob" stage, been trying a lot of different ways to learn and get hands-on practical coaching. Leanne's workshops are perfect for anyone who wants a pro showing them in real time, new techniques, how to think about photography - all real time. Trust me, others say they do what Leanne does, but they'll charge you a lot for something you can get by watching YouTube. A few hours walking around with Leanne, I can already tell my photography improved. Highly recommend signing up for her workshops!
Written February 13, 2023
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Thanks so very much. I am so very happy that you enjoyed the workshop and that your photography has improved.
Written February 21, 2023
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ADS
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Leanne gave us a great tour of Williamsburg and Bushwick! So knowledgeable about both photography and the history of the area. When in Bushwick she knew a lot about the street artists and their work, which added a whole other dimension to the tour. She took some great photos of us and I can already see the improvement in my own photo taking skills. We would definitely do another tour with Leanne, it's a great way to learn about and see NYC without feeling like a tourist. She made us think about photography in a new way, and reminded us to always look up!
Written August 24, 2022
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Thanks so much. It was wonderful to meet you both and I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour. It would be great to see you again.
Written August 26, 2022
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Rich M
Sierra Vista, AZ1 contribution
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Jun 2023 • Family
My brother and I took the Brooklyn bridge photo tour with Leanne and had an incredible experience! Leanne is very knowledgeable and personable- made for a fantastic 5 hours. As an amateur photographer I often will book local experts when my time is short and I have little time to scout locations myself and Leanne is top notch, without question excellent in all regards- you cannot go wrong booking any tour with her!
Written June 15, 2023
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It was so wonderful to meet you both and I am so very happy that you enjoyed the experience. Thanks so much
Written June 25, 2023
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RLH1955
Denver, CO320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great for the new or the seasoned photographer, with or without NYC experience. Our group of four had plenty of photo knowledge and experience and had a diversity of cameras.

Street Photography is its own art. I guess like Sports photography, and requires a different eye. Leanne focused on that, getting us to see the opportunity to collect a great photo.

She has a wealth of NYC knowledge especially the streets less travelled. We did the East Village area. May do another on the next visit.

KBYG: the four hours goes quick. OK to plan a stop part way through. Best to be familiar with your phone camera or personal camera to focus (ha!) on ‘seeing’ the photos that are inobvious.
Written October 10, 2021
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I am so happy that you enjoyed our day out shooting! It was a real pleasure to meet you. I will look forward to your next visit. Thank you
Written October 13, 2021
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David S
Boston, MA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Leanne taught us the right mindset and techniques to get great street photos, and then helped us find good locations. We had not done street photography before, and we learned a ton. We got to see some great parts of NYC that we wouldn't normally go to. Most importantly we had a great time.
Written October 18, 2021
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I am so happy that you were able to learn about photography techniques while enjoying your tour. It was wonderful to meet you. Thank you
Written February 23, 2022
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Lauren R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The NYC photography tour with Leanne was an excellent and fun workshop! Leanne's approach to photography made learning new tips and tricks simple and exciting. Leanne is a wealth of knowledge and just an overall gem of a person to explore photographing NYC with. I highly recommend her workshops and hope to take another one soon!
Written June 1, 2021
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Thanks so very much! It was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to seeing you again.
Written June 9, 2021
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Terri M
Unionville, CT11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
I spent a great afternoon with Leanne in SoHo last week. This lady knows street photography! I am a landscape photographer so this was completely different type of shooting. I learned how to see differently. There is no shortage of amazing subjects in NYC. Leanne will teach you how to “see” and what to look for. She knows all the best locations to shoot. If you want to come home with a true picture of nyc, this is the workshop for you.
Written October 2, 2021
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Thank you so very much! It was a fabulous day and I'm so happy that you enjoyed the workshop!
Written October 13, 2021
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