Location, Location, Location!
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DC AREA(s) -includes Rockville & Bethesda
National Arboretum (Beautiful forests, paths, fields, columns, flowers, etc!)
Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove (pretty bridge over river, greenery during winter, tall trees, & beautiful english ivy)
Botanical Gardens (Great indoor option for rainy days or winter)
Brookside Gardens (beautiful landscaping and gardens!!!) – $60 fee to shoot there if booked a week or more in advance…$90 if less.
DC Metro Station / Union Station (for a cityscape feel)
Glenview Mansion (historic gorgeous home, with beautiful gardens, stone archway,etc!)
Hillwood Gardens ($15/admission: fyi)
Lake Artmesia (natural ponds, wooded area, field)
Meridian Hill Park (Gorgeous fountains, stone structures, and gardens) Downside: hard parking.
Theodore Roosevelt Island (pathways, water, forests, flowers, bridge)
Old Stone House (historic home with beautiful stone, staircase, etc…quiet little adorable nook garden, with beautiful trees, clearing, and walkways.)
Tudor Place (a large garden with a pond, beautiful bushes, and walkways)
Montrose Park (in the heart of downtown Georgetown, gorgeous forest and bridges and park!)
Marriott, Woodley Park (Connecticut Avenue, DC) –still investigating this one. 😉
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (water lilies, lotus flowers, beautiful water gardens with super green grass! GORGEOUS LOCATION! And it’s free!)
National Building Museum (great hallways with tunnel effects, architecture, historic and private rooms with huge doors and windows, such a neat place to explore with a camera and a subject or two!)
Long Bridge Park (Pentagon City) could be an interesting idea. There’s some nice walkways and picnic areas plus nice views of the DC monuments. (nature vibe, clean, city in the background)
Iwo Jima is always a winner.
Bluemont Park just off Wilson Blvd. would be good too, especially this time of year!
Crystal city Water park
Lubber Run Community Center (has nice walkways, playground, green grass, cool old tree, etc.) 300 N Park Drive, Arlington VA
(example of a session we did: https://www.roneyfield.com/
Green Spring Gardens (nice place for a picnic…open grass, gazebo, creek with bridge, old stone wall, some water, botanical gardens!!!) our most shot-at spot! My favorite spot ♥
Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria
Huntley Meadows Park (beautiful wetlands, forest, walkways, trails, wildlife–great walking planks and grassy forest areas!)
Carlyle House (Downtown Alexandria)
Downtown Alexandria (cute side streets that are tree lined: such as Pitt, Fairfax, etc… lots of alleys, Jones Point Park which is down near the WW Bridge, and the Wilkes St. Tunnel)
FAIRFAX / BURKE
Algonkian Park (Sterling) Beautiful riverside spot…picnic area, large trees to sit on, fields…
Mt. Vernon Community School TRAIN CABOOSE! (hard to find, but it’s right in the school lot)
Clifton (Hemlock Overlook) + train tracks area
TYSONS / VIENNA
Riverbend Park / Great Falls (TYONS)
Scotts Run (ruins, hiking, waterfalls that are perfect for mermaid or swim shoots, etc!)
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (small fee to get in and shoot there, but you have to get in before they max out on Photographers)
CENTREVILLE / CHANTILLY AREA
Merrimac Farm / Wildlife (Dumfries) 302 acres of wetlands, forest, and wildlife!
Mason Neck State Park
Fell’s Point (Baltimore)
Cylburn Arboretum (http://cylburn.org)
Libby Hill Park, Richmond —also the Old Carriage Door Near this park! amazing location for photos!!!
Lavender Fields Farm, Glenn Allen, VA
Belle Isle (historic place on river, with beautiful rocks & trails..FYI: State Park: Small entrance fee –$4-5 per car)
Meadow Farm Museum, Glenn Allen, VA
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (unless you want to be sneaky, they charge $150 for 1.5 hr session)
Crump Park (a great spot to go if you want the feel of country / rural)
Pocahontas State Park
FREDERICKSBURG VA AREA
Chatham Manor (Historic mansion and grounds – free after 5:30pm) $200 fee to shoot/day!
Christmas Tree Farms (all around the area)
Abandoned Renaissance Fairgrounds – This is on Rte 3 East (Kings Highway) by Sherwood Forest
Dixon Park – 1300 Dixon Street – A Fredericksburg park with trails, playground, nature preserve, athletic fields and an outdoor swimming pool
Fairview Beach / Colonial Beach
Sneads Farm (they also have a small Christmas Tree Farm, as well as horses, barns, swings, peach tree blossoms in spring, etc.) $20 / session fee, and $5 per person over 2 years old. (this is required with this venue)
Kelly’s Ford (Even has an Equestrian Center!)
Lake Anna State Park – 6800 Lawyers Rd, Spotsylvania – Three shelters available for rent, 13 miles of hiking trails, fishing pond, play area for the children, boat ramp, swimming beach, picnicking, bathhouse and more
Loriella Park – Leavells Road, Spotsylvania – picnic area, hiking trail, four tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, swimming pool
Mountain Run Lake Park (16115 J B Carpenter Jr. Drive, Culpeper VA 22701)
ABANDONED PLACES TO HAVE FUN WITH
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FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS FOR HOLIDAY PORTRAITS:
Belmont Christmas Tree Farm, Spotsylvania VA
Sneads Farm, Fredericksburg VA
BEST HOTELS / B&B’s FOR BOUDOIR PHOTOS!
Hotel Rouge (DC)
Swann House (Dupont Circle, DC)
Morrison House (Alexandria VA)
Lavender Heights B&B (Fredericksburg, VA)