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From the Forum – Suggestions for family photo shoot locations

by Prince Of Petworth July 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm 18 Comments

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Suggestions for family photo shoot locations:

“I am taking family photos for a friend (a couple with 2 kids). Other than Meridian Hill Park, what are some other DC locations that people can think would be good for this? I’m hoping for a place easy to get to and not so crowded that every shot has a stranger in the background.

Any suggestion is appreciated!”

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  • joeschmoe

    Yards Park or the new Georgetown Waterfront Park might work. Nice water features in the background. You could also try Battery Kemble or parts of Rock Creek Park.

  • early-byrd

    How about Bartholdi Park, kind of behind the Botanic Garden. It’s a beautiful spot and not usually overrun with people.

  • StubsDC

    The columns over in the Arboretum make for cool shots.

  • Anonymous


  • KenyonDweller

    We have had great photos done in Rock Creek Park many times. Also, Montrose Park is nice. It’s next to Dumbarton Oaks. (DO won’t let you shoot on their grounds.)

  • Anonymous

    The bridges through Rock Creek Park… they are beautiful this time of year.

  • wdc

    There is a hefty fee to shoot at the Arboretum, and other sites around town. Like $250 if they see you with anything like professional gear. And they’ll confiscate your battery to make sure you don’t shoot on the sly.

    • KenyonDweller

      The fee is for commercial photography. If she is shooting for a friend and not charging a fee, I would think the fee wouldn’t apply.

      • KenyonDweller

        that should have been “he or she”

      • Cochrynn

        Shouldn’t be an issue. My husband and I got our engagement pictures taken at the Arboretum and we were not required to pay anything. It was a wonderful location and the pictures were fantastic- I’d highly recommend it. The best part is you can drive around the Arboretum so you can try a bunch of different locations without getting sweaty or the kids getting tired.

  • Anonymous

    Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral?

  • andy

    How about right where the Glover-Archbold Trail crosses New Mexico Ave?

  • Johan
  • JacquesOfAllTrades

    Dumbarton Oaks Park is another nice spot, go down the hill between Dumbarton Oaks and Montrose Park.

  • epric002

    +10 for rock creek park suggestions. soldiers home? don’t know the rules about permits/photography there, but it’s beautiful.

  • annonny

    Book Hill in Georgetown. Pretty foliage/plants at the bottom and nice views from the top.

  • caphill324

    Most places in DC require a permit.

    The Arboretum’s rules have changed recently and it is not limited to professional photography but to photography of people. And my understanding is that they are very strict on enforcement these days.

    Bishop Gardens does not allow use for photography unless you are getting married at the Cathedral.

    All National Parks require a permit. This includes locations on the Mall, the monuments, Rock Creek Park, Glen Echo, and places like Lincoln Park, Stanton Park, etc. The permit fee is generally $100.

    The Bartholdi Park/Botanic Garden specifically prohibits family portraits.

    And FYI, most places do not limit the restriction to professional photographers.

  • cbay

    Thanks everyone! I’ll explore these options!


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