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Top Photoshoot Locations in Washington DC

family portraits, locations, maryland, maternity, montgomery county, newborn, washington dc

Jan 25, 2024

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As a portrait photographer that specializes in maternity, baby, and family photography, I pride myself in curating your session down to ensure your vision comes to life. Elements from wardrobe and session timing to glam and location can all be critical pieces that elevate your session and experience. Importantly, while wardrobe is by far the most important decision that shapes the look of your photos (see here for some advice!), location can dictate the ultimate feel of your session. So let’s explore some top photoshoot locations in Washington, DC and the surrounding area that I love to shoot at!

Spring Flowers

Nothing beats spring in DC. The cherry blossoms, magnolias, tulips… Blooms may be short-lived but they are so etherial and timeless. Spring is just around the corner and I will be taking on a limited number of sessions. Be sure reach out today if you are interested!

A field of tulips at sunset

Parents holding a newborn baby in front of dc cherry blossom trees

Rose Garden

This stunning Virginia rose garden is the perfect spot for maternity and newborn sessions. I can’t wait to visit again this year with both my own kiddos and my clients.

Pregnant couple embracing in a rose garden

Couple sitting on a bench smiling at each other

Architecture

From Washington, DC’s notorious landmarks and grand, white columns to stunning arches and historical buildings, the DMV offers a range of stunning architectural backdrops for sessions of all kinds.

Large white columns in Washington, DC

Family sitting on steps smiling

Fields

There are multiple fields around the DMV to choose from at any given time, many of which are even stunning in the late winter months.

Father kissing toddler girl on the cheek

Field of wheat

Rocky Cliffs

Absolutely stunning all year round, this location offers unique views not found anywhere else in the DC metro area. This location is a go-to even in the cold winter months when other locations might looks a bit bare!

Pregnant couple walking hand in hand

Pregnant mom smiling down at her belly

Beaches

Chesapeake Bay beaches provide a stunning background for Eastern Shore portrait sessions!

Young kids holding hands on the beach

Rustic

If barns, fields, and epic sunsets are more your speed, I have stunning locations that perfectly set the scene!

Pregnant couple looking at each other smiling

Family walking in the grass towards a barn

Studio

Studio sessions have a special place in my heart. I hope soon I will be able to open both of my studio options to clients, but for now I am enjoying capturing heirloom portraits of my own kids. I look forward to sharing more soon!

toddler smiling in an heirloom dress

While this isn’t an exhaustive list of the stunning location types around the DMV, I hope it is a great starting point to better understand some of the top photoshoot locations in Washington, DC and the surrounding area available to you. As your DC portrait photographer, I’m here to help you through your session planning every step of the way! Reach out today to learn more!

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