Taking family photographs in a studio is a great way to capture memories. However, if you live in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., there are many outdoor spots and famous sites where you can take photos of your family, as well. Here are 10 of the best places for a family portrait session.
(Note: taking professional photographs in the heart of Washington D.C. requires a photography permit, which costs $150 per day for 2-10 people. You can read more about portrait session permits and guidelines here.)
1. Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo Park is an outdoor cultural and arts center managed by the National Park Service in Glen Echo, Maryland. The park has a stunning, historic carousel, which is a favorite spot for family photos.
2. National Harbor Boardwalk
The National Harbor is a stunning waterfront development in National Harbor, MD. The site has tons of great places for photos, including a boardwalk with sculptures and a Ferris wheel.
3. The White House
Taking a photo in front of the White House is a great way to capture a memory in front of one of the most recognizable sites in the U.S.
4. National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art has beautiful spots inside of the museum (like the Light Tunnel) and outside (in the Sculpture Garden) for beautiful photos. The gallery is free for all visitors.
5. Gravelly Point Park
Located within the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington County, Gravelly Point Park is a good option if you'd like to take a photo outside in nature. The park is particularly beautiful in autumn when the leaves have changed colors.
6. Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill Park is a gorgeous park in central Washington, D.C. that is designed to look like an Italian garden. It has a stunning cascading fountain that makes a great backdrop for a photo.
7. The National Mall
If you want to capture a classic D.C. site in your family photo, consider taking it on the National Mall.
8. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical Park
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical park sits along a canal once used for transportation. Today, you can enjoy public boat rides on the canal -- and snap a family photo in front of the historic buildings.
9. Annapolis Waterfront
Annapolis, MD is a beautiful, historic town with a stunning waterfront. The waterfront, lined with sailboats, makes for the perfect family photo backdrop.
10. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
For a great photo set in nature, try the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA. The garden offers 95 acres of ornamental gardens. It also has an annual holiday show called the Winter Walk of Lights, which is a great time to pose for a holiday card photo. Admission to the Gardens cost $2.50 for children and $5.00 for adults. It costs $25.00 to get a permit to have a professional portrait session at Meadowlark Gardens (and there is a 2-hour limit for sessions).
The states of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia has some many possibilities locations for your upcoming family portrait session. These are just a few. To schedule your own family's portrait session, contact me via telephone at (571) 250-5073 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.