Last Updated: May 30, 2020
Top 10 Places to Take Family Portraits
Taking family photographs in a studio are a great way to capture memories. However, if you live in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., better known as the DMV; there are many outdoor locations and famous sites where you can take photos of your family. Here are 10 of the best places for your next family portrait.
(Please Note: taking professional photographs in 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. However, it may be more difficult to have a portrait with The White House as the backdrop with the extensive barriers.
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 is Gravelly Point Park. It's 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. Please note, the National Park Service requires a photography permit to be obtained. Fines are accessed, and jail time is possible if you are not in possession of the permit.
8. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical Park
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical park sits along a canal used for transportation. Today, you can enjoy public boat rides on the canal -- and snap a family photo in front of the historic building.
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 for adults. It cost $25 to get a permit to have a professional portrait session at Meadowlark Gardens (and there is a 2-hour limit for sessions).
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The states of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia has so many possibilities for family portrait locations. This list is just the beginning. For more location possibilities in Northern Virginia, visit here.
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