As a family photographer, one of my favorite aspects of the job is being able to bring my client’s special moments and meaningful relationships to life. While smiles, energy, and the openness of a family are what make great pictures happen, the background definitely ties the photo together.
For fall photoshoot inspiration (and a peak into some of my favorite family photo sessions from years past), here are my top five, plus one bonus, fall photoshoot locations that I return to year after year for consistently fantastic fall family photos.
Five Best Fall Photoshoot Locations in Washington, DC
This large, urban park is in the northwest region of metro D.C., but it feels miles away. Once submerged in the park it is hard not to feel like you are deep in the woods. Thick wooded areas, wide fields, and rustic walking paths provide ample opportunity for families to get embedded with nature for some seriously scenic fall pictures.
Throughout the year the foliage is consistently stunning and the grounds strike a great balance between manicured and not overly polished. The result is a natural and fresh environment, with plenty of room for kids to explore, and lots of potential areas to carve out your own special spot.
This local city park has a fun playground, but 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, and the lovely landscaped areas. The park is a nice size that isn’t too large to take advantage of all the different features that look great in photographs.
Tucked away in the Brookland neighborhood of northeast DC, the monastery is a picturesque location with 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 and is doesn’t get crowded with visitors.
Your Own Backyard, Front Porch, or Alleyway
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.
I’m adding a two-for-one extra location up in Baltimore. I don’t make it up to Baltimore very often for sessions, but when I do, these two great spots right near each other are the perfect places to meet up with families. Two of my favorite settings, the Baltimore Inner Harbor and Federal Hill areas are beautiful year round, but really shine in the fall. This seaport landmark manages to feel both industrial and polished. Brick walkways, historic light posts, and magnificent views of the urban landscape create a dynamic backdrop, and there is no shortage of vibrant trees, rich green grass, and foliage spotted landscape.
Do you have a favorite fall spot in and around the Washington D.C. area? Let me know in the comments below!
About the 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!