There are no shortage of beautiful fall photoshoot locations in Washington, DC. The vibrant colors of autumn further enhance already picturesque spots that serve as backdrops to many of my family photo sessions.

As a family photographer in Washington, DC, one of my favorite aspects of the job is bringing meaningful relationships to life. While I aim to highlight the joy, energy, and the openness of a family, the background in the photos definitely enrich the composition and gives the image a sense of place.

For Washington, DC fall photoshoot location ideas, here are the top spots I return to year after year for consistently fantastic family photos. Take a peek into some of my favorite family photo sessions from years past. 

Five Best Fall Photoshoot Locations in Washington, DC

  1. Rock Creek Park – Fall Family Photo Spots Abound Throughout

    First on the list is Rock Creek Park. It’s thick wooded areas, wide fields, and rustic walking paths provide ample opportunity for families to get embedded with nature. This is a great option for some seriously scenic fall pictures right in the middle of the city.

    Daughter sits on her mother's lap in a field in Rock Creek Park.

    little boy sitting on side of pedestrian bridge in Rock Creek Park, one of the best locations for fall photos in Washington, DC.
    Father and daughter in a field in Rock Creek Park, a great fall photo location in Washington, DC.

  2. Bishop’s Garden at National CathedralFall Location for Photos with More Manicured Look

    Next on my list is Bishop’s Garden at National Cathedral. The garden grounds are manicured, yet not overly polished. Additionally, the foliage is consistently stunning no matter the time of year. Not only is it a natural and fresh environment, but there is also plenty of room for kids to explore. Besides the garden itself, there are also numerous places throughout the expansive Cathedral keep to carve out your own special spot.

    Image of Mother and baby daughter in Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. It is a great fall photo shoot location, as well as throughout the entire year.

    Little girl walking along a stone path for happy family photos in Bishop's Garden at Washington National Cathedral, a great location for fall family photos in Washington, DC

  3. Mitchell Park

    Third on my list is Mitchell Park, a local city park with a fun playground. However, the best part for me as a photographer is the wide open field, the large trees that provide plenty of shade, the brick walls and walkways, as well as the lovely landscaped areas. Also, park is a nice size that isn’t too large to take advantage of all the different features that look great in photographs.

    Fall photo session in Mitchell Park, Washington, DC by Julie Kubal. T
    Photo of baby boy in Mitchell Park, Washington, DC by Julie Kubal. This park one of my recommended locations  for family photos in the fall.
    Parents with baby girl look at flowers in Mitchell Park in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC.

  4. The Franciscan Monastery

    Tucked away in the Brookland neighborhood of northeast DC, is the Franciscan Monastery. This picturesque location features a Byzantine style church surrounded by a arched portico and manicured gardens and walkways. This is a nice place to visit because it is far away from other touristy sites in the city. Additionally, it doesn’t get as crowded with visitors as some better know landmarks.

    Little boy dressed in a tuxedo stands in the garden at the Franciscan Monastery, one of the best spots in Washington DC for fall photos with the family.

  5. Your Own Backyard, Front Porch, or Alleyway

    Last, but not least, my personal favorite location to photograph families no matter what time of year is right in the vicinity of their home. In the fall, many DC-area families are lucky enough to be able to experience the beautiful, nature-infused scenery without venturing far from home. A backyard, front porch, or alleyway can afford a variety of fantastic photo options, all while sticking to a familiar environment in which a child is already comfortable. There is no need to seek out manicured gardens or famous landmarks to capture spectacular fall photos.

    Fraternal twins stand in an alleyway for Secret Photography Spots. Alleyways in Washington, DC can make great fall photoshoot locations.

    Front steps of row houses are some of the best locations to take family photos during the fall.
    With beautiful fall foliage all around Washington, DC, the sidewalk in your neighborhood can be one of the best locations to take family photos.

Do you have a favorite fall spot in and around the Washington D.C. area? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.About the Photographer and Author:

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!