DC Family Session Location Guide | DC Family Photographer

There are so many gorgeous Washington DC Family Locations, and as a local to the area, I love helping families find the perfect spot. But if you’re planning a session here and aren’t local or you’re just not sure where to start searching, finding the ideal location can be a bit of a challenge. Don’t worry, though! You can definitely do it, and I have some tips to guide you along the way.
My favorite locations for Washington DC Family Sessions

There are so many gorgeous places for photo sessions around the Washington DC. I love helping families find the perfect spot. If you’re planning a session here and aren’t local or you’re just not sure where to start searching, finding the ideal location can be a bit of a challenge. 

In this blog post, I am going over some of my favorite DC family session locations. 

The first step is to decide what season you want to book your session in. The great thing about the Washington, D.C. area is that we get all four seasons, and each one brings its own unique beauty. My favorite time of year to photograph is late March and early April. With the cherry blossoms in bloom at the Tidal Basin, you can’t find a more lovely spot for photographs. 

Secondly, I recommend choosing a spot that has a special meaning for your family. I focus on your story as a family or couple, so finding a place with meaning always gives the session a little something extra.

What is one place that you always go back to? Where did you get married? Where did your story begin? Make a list of places that matter to you and your family.

You may even want to consider an in-home session. Home sessions are so personal and make kids feel really comfortable. Kids are usually themselves in a more comfortable environment. It’s already hard enough getting them out the door. They are kinda my favorite family session to do and I highly recommend a home session. 

However, here is my location list below for Washington, D.C, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia Family Locations. I am constantly adding to the location list as well!


Old Town Family Session

Washington DC Family Locations List

  • Lincoln Memorial (permit required)
  • DC War Memorial (permit required)
  • Tidal Basin – (permit required) 
  • Rock Creek Park 
  • The Kennedy Center + The Reach 
  • National Cathedral (permit required)
  • Capitol Hill 
  • Navy Yard 
  • Eastern Market 
  • Meridian Hill Park 
  • National Portrait Gallery 
  • National Gallery of Art

Northern Virginia Family Location List

  • Gravelly Point 
  • Old Town, Alexandria 
  • Del Ray
  • Lake Accotink Park
  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (permit required)
  • Great Falls Virginia Side
  • Algonkin Regional Park
  • Morven Park
  • Bull Run Regional Park
  • Oatlands Historic House & Garden
  • Ashburn Park
  • Huntley Meadows Park
  • Carlyle House Historic Park

Baltimore Family Location List

  • Federal Hill 
  • Loyola University Maryland 
  • Graffiti Alley 
  • Fells Point 
  • Cylburn Arboretum (permit required) 
  • The Rawlings Conservatory Greenhouse (permit required)
  • Baltimore Aquarium 
  • Camden Yards 
  • Sherwood Gardens 
  • Patterson Park 
  • Lake Roland
  • Cloister Castle (permit required)
  • Brookside Gardens 
  • Dye House 
  • Gramercy Mansion (permit required)

Maryland Family Location List

  • Ellicott City
  • Clipper Mill Park  
  • Glen Echo Park (permit required) 
  • National Harbor 
  • Federal Hill
  • Female Patapsco Institute
  • Kilgore Falls
  • Cascade Falls
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical Park
  • Annapolis Waterfront 
  • Bethesda
  • Lake Needwood

Virginia & West Virginia Family Location List

  • Virginia Beach 
  • Shenandoah National Park 
  • Harpers Ferry (permit required)
  • Greenbrier State Forest Park
  • Snowshoe Mountain
  • Seneca Rocks
  • Fayetteville
  • Charles Town
  • Blackwater Falls State Park


There are so many spots to choose from however I would love to help you find the perfect location for your session.


However, you may have noticed several of the locations listed above require permits for photography. You definitely don’t want to show up on session day without the permits you need! So, make sure you or your photographer research any locations in the area before making plans. At most National Parks, you’ll need a commercial permit ($140) to photograph. 

Lastly, if you’re ready to book a Washington DC family session, I’d love to work with you! I offer an hour-long or two-hour-long family sessions, and I can help you find the perfect session length to suit your needs. Just send a quick inquiry my way, and we can begin the planning your family session.

Here is some more of a my work as well to see if we are a good fit for one another. It is so important when finding a family photographer that your styles match. I want you to love your photos and treasure the images for years to come.


DC Family Location List


Lastly, contact me here if you are interested in booking a family session. If you don’t love one of the locations above, happy to figure out the perfect location for you depending on what vibe you are going for.


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