5 Great Locations for Family Photo Shoots in Northern Virginia
Here are a few considerations when choosing a location for a family photo session in Northern Virginia or Washington DC.
How to choose a photo shoot location
My first consideration is the late-day position of the sun. I scout locations where the sun coming in long from the west with deep foliage to the east. This allows me to use the late-day sunlight creatively. I can capture beautiful, backlit images, or I can place subject in open shade where the light fall-of is more intense and we can capture deep shadows and with beautiful catchlights.
In addition to lighting, I also look for outdoor locations that offer geometric balance and interesting backdrops. I look for things like,
long grass with trees along the horizon and open skies above
hills that fall off toward the camera
the beginning of a forest trail
a lake, stream, river, or pond
rustic fences, old houses, interesting bridges, and other manmade props
places kids can play
Here are some of my favorite locations in Northern Virginia.
Manassass Battlefield | Centerville
The Manassas Battlefields are packed with trails, streams, open fields, forests, bridges, and historic buildings. I love to capture families roaming through silhouettes of tall grass in the golden sunset. Tall forests and open shade create dramatic and emotional images.
About Manassas National Battlefield Park
|Location||6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109|
|Parking||No additional charge|
|Buildings||Historic, Brick, Rustic|
|Fences||Wood, Snake Rail, Split Rail|
|Streams or river||✓|
|Lake or pond|
Lighting and Colors
|Midday lighting||In forest only|
|Spring||Short grass, buds, new leaves|
|Summer||Tall grass, lush trees, deep shade|
|Fall||Golden grass, bright colors, deep shade|
|Winter||Neutral colors, bare trees, spotty shade|
|Normal foot traffic||Light|