Internationally, Washington, D.C. is best-known for being the home of the U.S. government. The district’s also renowned for its monuments and landmarks: the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and many more — far too many to list. But there’s more to D.C. than these famous landmarks! It’s bustling with arts and culture, beautiful parks, international cuisine, a thriving LGBTQ+ community, and more. As such a vibrant city, it’s no surprise that D.C. has countless locations that would be well suited to photography, including maternity photos. Take a look at great maternity photoshoot ideas near Washington, D.C., just to get you started.
1. A breathtaking church with amazing lighting
This is an expansive space (measuring 40′ x 60′) with high ceilings and big windows for plenty of natural light. It’d make a truly unique and unexpected location for a maternity photoshoot, especially for photos involving movement and a large amount of space. Especially beautiful are the organ pipes on either side of the stage.
2. A dreamy flower shop filled with charm and romance
This is for sure one of our favorite maternity photoshoot ideas near Washington, D.C. It’s a historic location, built in 1925, and that shows in all of the charming details found throughout the space: original tin ceilings, vintage wallpaper, romantic bohemian decor accents, and more. Look forward to being surrounded by so many gorgeous bouquets of flowers, all set against elegant forest-green walls.
3. A versatile loft with great natural light
If you’re looking to take photos surrounded by lots of art, this is the place to go. This loft, described as “modern yet cozy” by its hosts, offers unique architecture, 20-foot ceilings, and — most importantly — plenty of sunlight. In fact, upstairs, you’ll find a 20-foot wall of windows! There’s even an outdoor space for some open air photos.
4. A humble downtown studio with ample lighting and greenery
This is a mostly blank canvas, with the exception of an abundance of green plants — the combination of green leaves on a white background makes for a fabulous color scheme. There’s also tasteful, modern furniture and tons of natural light. Should you need any props or other in-house photo equipment, they’re available as well.
5. A contemporary art space and unique courtyard venue
One reviewer who had rented this venue comments, “The space is a beautiful combination of industrial with brick walls and iron accents, mixed with beautiful greenery and plants,” while another notes that it’s “aesthetically amazing, great outdoors space, [with] good flow between indoor and outdoor space.” We think you’ll be as pleased with this hidden gem, with its design inspired by New Orleans and, of course, lots of beautiful art.
6. A charming rooftop deck with stunning views of downtown D.C.
What makes this one of our top maternity photoshoot ideas near Washington, D.C., is its world-class view. It’s a chance to take your maternity photoshoot in an unexpectedly majestic, yet still laid-back direction. From your comfortable perch on this tastefully decorated and furnished rooftop, surrounded by trees and other lush plantings, you can look out on the panoramic view below and snap fabulous photos. We especially recommend visiting at sunset to really take advantage of this location’s huge expanse of sky and wide horizon stretching as far as the eye can see.
7. A truly postmodern eclectic studio space
Here’s one of our more affordable maternity photoshoot ideas near Washington, D.C. It has a cozy, welcoming feel, like a real home. According to the host, “Countless photographer, videographer, and producer friends have told me that I need to rent out my space for shoots, and now I’m doing it.” We’re glad she did, because it’s a wonderful location made especially distinctive by the many pops of sunny yellow throughout the home.
8. Anywhere there are cherry blossoms
In the spring, D.C. hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which brings incredible sights of countless blossoms throughout the city. In fact, this is one of the most famous D.C. views, so it’s only natural that we included it on our list. There are many places to take photos in front of the cherry blossoms: the National Arboretum, Hains Point Loop Trail, the grounds of the Washington Monument, and more. Just make sure to check in about the rules for photography at museums and monuments before you go.