Washington DC is home to prominent landmarks: the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and much more. But thousands — if not millions — of pictures already exist of these iconic buildings and structures. Move beyond those tourist spots to discover an abundance of gorgeous, multi-functional studios and creative spaces, many of which are perfect for photoshoots. When you’re looking for a gorgeous outdoor area to photograph casual wear for a catalog, try one of the city’s many rose gardens or head to a spectacular rooftop. These fashion photoshoot ideas in Washington D.C. are sure to excite and inspire.
1. Take in the panoramic views from a rooftop terrace
If you’re shooting a catalog of swim apparel or casual wear, this contemporary rooftop terrace in Northeast has what you need: a swimming pool, comfy lounge space, and plenty of incredible views of downtown. There is also a grilling area situated at the far end of the rooftop. Furnished with bright orange metal chairs, dark-colored tables and couches, and potted plants, the space gives off a decidedly modern look. In addition, this airy 4000-square-foot Peerspace venue is large enough to accommodate large production crews and hefty equipment.
2. Have a ball at an unforgettable modern art space and courtyard
If you need both indoor and outdoor shots to actualize your fashion photoshoot ideas in Washington D.C., this captivating Northeast venue is a must-visit. The expansive, New Orleans-inspired courtyard features brick walls, charming potted plants, and wooden accents that lend a rustic touch. As for the art gallery, its white walls highlighted by the thoughtfully placed lights make it a win for catalog photography. In total, this Peerspace venue — which consists of both the courtyard and gallery — spans nearly 3000 square feet.
3. Marvel at the blooming cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin
Part of West Potomac Park, the partially manmade Tidal Basin is an Instagram-worthy destination. Encompassed by landmarks, such as the FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Japanese Pagoda, the area is perhaps best-known for being the site of breathtaking cherry blossoms and trees, which were originally planted in the early 1900s. Every year during mid-March, the city organizes a prominent celebration called the National Cherry Blossom Festival, ending the multi-week event with an impressive firework show.
4. Find your happy place at the Dupont Church Sanctuary
Are you looking for high stone walls, spectacular stained-glass windows, moveable fans, natural light, and a functioning grand piano? Hallelujah — the Dupont Church Sanctuary is your place. The historic building’s exterior reflects an English Gothic style of architecture, and the interior is nothing short of magnificent. Able to accommodate more than 300 people, this 4500-square-foot Peerspace venue is great for catalog photography of bridal gowns, tuxedos, and other wedding attire.
5. Go ahead and get comfy in a cozy, naturally lit industrial loft
Why mess with a classic — brick walls, wooden beams, and oversized windows filtering natural light will always be in-style, right? This intimate, soundproofed 600-square-foot industrial loft in Northwest — Shaw neighborhood, to be precise — is located on top of a beer garden. Exuding vibrancy and sophistication, this undoubtedly “aesthetic” venue is available for rent on Peerspace. Special features at this space include street-level access, a kitchen, and proximity to public transportation.
6. Explore the historic halls of the Washington National Cathedral
You don’t have to head to Europe to stand in awe of extraordinary cathedrals. Featuring a central tower stretching 30 stories tall, as well as more than a hundred gargoyles and ornate stained-glass windows, it’s no wonder the Washington National Cathedral remains one of the city’s top gems. Built in the 20th century, the picture-perfect cathedral boasts a neo-Gothic façade and medieval-inspired garden, which is home to roses, herbs, and a Norman arch. Note: in many cases, you may need a permit to shoot here.
7. Feel awe-inspired by nature at the United States Botanic Garden
Take your fashion photography to the next level by shooting outdoors on the grounds of the US Capitol. Open year-round, the US Botanic Garden consists of Bartholdi Park and the Conservatory and National Garden. The park takes its name after the French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and the centerpiece is a grandiose, 30-foot-tall fountain also named after the artist. The National Garden is one of the area’s top attractions, as it features a lawn terrace, butterfly garden, amphitheater, and rose garden. Also, make sure to check out this location’s photography policies before you go.
8. Snap Instagram-worthy shots at an adorable workshop space and studio
Though technically located in Potomac West in Alexandria, Virginia, this delightful, 800-square-foot studio is too cute to pass up! Ideal for photoshoots involving hipster or boho chic fashion styles, the creative space is well-lit and has bright white walls and floors that make any contrasting color appear to pop. Other features and amenities at this Peerspace venue are an open floor plan, huge windows that let in natural light, a skylight, and vibrant potted plants.
9. Revel in the stylish simplicity of a bright production space
Seeking a sweet and simple photoshoot location for a small crew? This cozy venue may fit the bill. Tucked away in Brookland, this trendy production space features massive front windows, high ceilings, a classy bar area, and a dining room — the eye-catching Edison bulbs add a quirky touch to the space. Available for rent on Peerspace, this dynamic venue is great for catalog photography. And if you’re planning an all-day session and need refreshments, opt for the in-house catering, which offers appetizers, cocktails, and full meals.
10. Get royally amazing pictures at the Smithsonian Castle
Completed in the mid-19th century, the castle served as the original Smithsonian building. The structure has a bold, photo-worthy exterior that’s exemplary of the Gothic Revival architectural style with Romanesque elements. Next to the Smithsonian Castle is the Enid A. Haupt Garden, which spans over 4 acres and boasts blooming flowers, striking arches, and sculptures. The Folger Rose Garden is also in proximity to the castle. Check out this amazing space’s photo policies here.