Northern Virginia is a unique place like no other. Within an hour’s drive, you sit on the water’s edge at the boat-filled waterfront, or take a tour of historical homes and Civil War Battlefields; you can hike the mountains and enjoy waterfalls or enjoy a glass of wine in Virginia’s beautiful wine country. I can’t think of any place I’d rather be because with each changing season, we can view each destination differently. Here are some of my favorite places for photo shoots:
- Manassas National Battlefield Park
Many of my clients know that this is a favorite spot of mine. Every season reveals beautiful foliage and with rolling hills, wooded trails, stone bridges and a few rivers and streams, I never run out of new ideas for photos. It’s easy to get to, and the best part, is that you can spend time after the photo shoot learning about history, or enjoying a picnic lunch.
- Historical Old Towns
Old Town Alexandria has beautiful public parks along the waterfront that provide stunning views of the Potomac River, along with greenery and rocky beaches. The few remaining brick-lined and cobblestone streets are perfect backdrops, as are the old, historic and preserved homes.
Historic Manassas has the same historic city charm as Alexandria, but with the added bonus of the railroad and ice skating rink which lend themselves nicely to photos.
- Pick-Your-Own Farms
We are flush with pick-your-own fruit and flower farms. These provide seasonal colors and textures and are even better when I can reuse the same location during a different season for the same client. Burnside Farms, Seven Oaks Lavender Farm, and the many fruit farms west on Route 66 are client favorites.
Wineries are a popular weekend destination not just for the wine, but also for the landscapes, mountain views and family- and pet-friendly atmosphere. Some wineries do require photography permits which incur fees.
- Area Parks and Nature Preserves
Both located in the Tyson’s/McLean area, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve and Great Falls Park have stunning views of the Potomac falls, along with hiking trails, overlooks and some sandy beaches as well. There are many different places to shoot at both parks. Leopold’s Preserve in Haymarket has 380 acres and 7 miles of natural trails with environmental and historic markers, making it a beautiful place to take pictures.
I hope to visit one or more of these great sites with you to capture your perfect moments. Call or e-mail today to set up an appointment.