It can be fun to find new places to take photos around the city. It can sometimes be a bit tricky when DC is such a touristy area. My trick to these 5 spots is that I get up super early to get on location before most tourists get out of bed.
1. The Capitol
I know this sounds silly because it’s the most typical photo in DC but it truly makes for such a great backdrop. Just remember to get there early to avoid people in your shot.
2. Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is straight across the street from the Capitol making it easy to plan to take photos at both of those locations at the same time. Again early in the morning is best for no people or Sundays are not as busy. I love the look of the Library because it makes me feel like I’m in Europe somewhere. As you can see, I have visited this location often and will be back soon to shoot there again.
3. Navy Yard
The Navy Yard is a newer developed part of DC but it has some great places to snap photos (like this bridge by Yards Park). Around the corner they have a lot of small cute businesses and some industrial buildings.
4. Capitol Hill
This is a great location if you are looking for a Georgetown vibe without all the tourists taking up a small sidewalk. You can get all the cute neighborhood vibes with fun stoops and porches (perfect when holiday decor is put out). It is also really nice that you can hit most of the places above and Eastern Market with an easy walk from the same parking spot or from getting off the metro at Eastern Market.
This may be a popular option for DC but most people will try to get the photo from the front. I am here to say if you just walk to the right or left side of the Memorial you can get some great photos for the Washington Monument and the Capitol with no people to block your view.
I hope that this helps planning out your trip to DC and being able to take some awesome photos. I hope you will also let me know if you would like more photo recommendations and I can add onto this post.