permitting for d.c. wedding photography

Washington Monument engagement photo by Karen Disney
Washington Monument engagement photo by Karen Disney

One of the (many!) really cool things about getting married in Washington, D.C., is that we have a lot of iconic places at which to shoot wedding and engagement photos.  For example, check out these beautiful photos by my talented friend, photographer Karen Disney of Blue Square Productions:

Maybe it's just because I love my hometown, but seeing the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial in those shots makes my heart skip an extra beat.

Jefferson Memorial engagement photo by Karen Disney
Jefferson Memorial engagement photo by Karen Disney

If you're getting married somewhere in the D.C. area, I'll bet you've at least considered having your engagement and/or wedding portraits shot at one of the well-known landmarks around town. What you may not know is that you need to obtain permits for professional photography in many of these locations. The permits aren't difficult to get or expensive, but if getting a distinctively D.C. photograph is important to you, then you'll want to be sure to jump through all the hoops so you aren't asked to leave the site you've chosen during your photo shoot.

Over the next few days, I'll cover some of the more popular D.C. photo locations and let you know what kind of permit you need for each one, as well as where and how to get it.

Do you have a favorite photo location in the Washington, D.C., area? Please share it in the comments below!

Also in this series:

permitting for d.c. wedding photography:  the mall and monuments

permitting for d.c. wedding photography:  the united states capitol grounds

permitting for d.c. wedding photography:  the national gallery of art

permitting for d.c. wedding photography:  manassas national battlefield park

permitting for d.c. wedding photography: the united states botanic garden and the u.s. national arboretum

permitting for d.c. wedding photography: the smithsonian institution