Over the years I have received a fair amount of Save the Date cards with couples posing stiffly while holding up signs announcing the date of their upcoming wedding. As cute as they are, most of those cards have gone forgotten. Washington, DC offers an abundance of amazing locations that will take your engagement photos to the next level, turning them into lifelong keepsakes as opposed to postcards that end up in recycling. Here are a few of our favorites!

The Washington Monument – Most Notable Building in Washington, DC

Are you and your soon-to-be spouse history buffs? Why not go to the heart of Washington, DC. for truly unforgettable engagement photos at the National Mall. As experienced DC photographers, we already know the prime locations for photos as well as any photography guidelines in the area. How many engagement photos have you seen with the regal Washington Monument standing tall in the background?! Plus, if we plan the session for the beginning of April, the cherry blossoms should be in full bloom throughout the city!

The United States Capitol – An American Landmark

Want to go even bigger? We can travel up to Capitol Hill to the iconic Capitol Building for an epic engagement session. The grounds of the Capitol are surprisingly photography-friendly for non-commercial use. We have endless options. In the daytime, the building displays its brilliant and intricate architecture, filled with a multitude of windows, columns, and engravings. The white building is gorgeous against a blue sky. At night, the building is gloriously illuminated. Like the cherry blossoms, in the spring tulip beds fill the grounds with bright pops of color.

CityCenterDC – A Vibrant Epicenter

Do you love being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of city life? CityCenterDC provides a trendier modern environment for engagement sessions. The group of buildings has a sleek, more industrial look, and there is always something exciting going on. Paper balloons, beach balls, fall leaves, and snowflakes hang overhead between the buildings, changing with the seasons. Shops and eateries abound. Luscious green gardens sprout from the tops of each building. CityCenterDC offers a more energetic vibe for those looking for a little more diversity.

The Blind Whino – For the Creative Hearts

Next, are you looking for something more avant-garde? Check out the Blind Whino! This hidden artistic gem is a repurposed historic church. Built in 1886, the underlying architecture remains untouched, displaying an eclectic array of architectural styles. The building was recently repainted in bright shades of every color and contains a fabulous courtyard. The inside is filled with every form of art and exhibits a graffiti room, art gallery, and performance hall. It is truly a place you would have to see to believe.

James Madison Memorial Building – Simple Elegance

Finally, for the ones looking for an architectural beauty (or if you’re a book lover), the James Madison Memorial Building could not be any better. With larger-than-life columns, the Cascade of Books, and ornate James Madison statue, the building is the largest library in the world! You will have plenty of space and freedom to find just the right spot for a memorable photo that will long outlast the Save the Date announcements. At a glance it may seem like just another concrete building, but up close it is really a sight to behold.

I just love exploring this beautiful city I get to call home with even more beautiful couples as their Washington Engagement Photographer!


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