6 Stunning Locations near Washington DC for Family Photoshoots

Getting That Fall Foliage Aesthetic: 6 Stunning Locations near Washington DC for Fall Family Photos


Fall is a season that never fails to captivate us with its vibrant colors and magical atmosphere. As the colors of nature transform, families in and around Washington DC are presented with the opportunity for breathtaking fall family photos among the vibrant foliage. There’s no better time than Fall to embrace the beauty of nature and create stunning family photos against the backdrop of Washington DC’s fall foliage. In this blog post, we will explore the visual wonders that autumn brings to our nation’s capital and how you can make the most of this season for your family portraits.

Here are six of the best locations in the area around DC that will provide a stunning backdrop for capturing your family memories in the fall.


DC Family Fall Photo Session, Anna Wright Photography


Rock Creek Park, VA:

The historical and breathtaking beauty of Rock Creek Park showcases serene natural landscapes rich with history. Whether you’re exploring the winding trails, historic mills, or posing by the peaceful creek, Rock Creek Park offers a truly enchanting backdrop.


Great Falls Park, VA:

Jjust 15 miles from Washington DC, Great Falls Park offers a picturesque setting with its stunning waterfall and majestic cliffs. The park’s trails are adorned with trees exhibiting an array of fall colors, making it an ideal location for fall family photos.


Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, VA:

A hidden gem nestled in Vienna, VA, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens transforms into a magical wonderland during the fall months. The vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold trees combined with serene ponds, and picturesque bridges offer an idyllic setting for capturing fall family memories.


Brookside Gardens, MD:

Located in Wheaton, MD, Brookside Gardens is a popular destination for nature lovers and photographers alike. With its stunning gardens, tranquil streams, and breath-taking trees, its many gardens are the perfect setting for your photoshoot.


Green Spring Gardens, VA:

Set against the backdrop of Alexandria, VA, Green Spring Gardens offers families a peaceful and serene environment for fall photoshoots. The garden’s carefully manicured lawns, vibrant flowers, and towering trees beautifully complement the colors of autumn showcased in your photos.


Seneca Creek State Park, MD:

For families seeking an adventurous photoshoot experience, Seneca Creek State Park is comprised of 6,300 acres extended along 14 miles of Seneca Creek, as it winds its way down to the Potomac River. The park is also home to the 90-acre Clopper Lake. The day-use area has gorgeous scenery and backdrops, including forest, fields and over 50 miles of trails to explore.


When it comes to capturing the beauty and warmth of fall in the Washington DC area, these six locations are sure to provide stunning natural backdrops for your family photos. If you’re ready to start planning your family photo session, send me a message here!


Looking for more of a Washington DC-themed family photoshoot? Head over and check out the sights in my recent A Day in DC post.

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