In this series, we're talking about permitting requirements and restrictions for wedding photography at some of Washington, D.C.'s most famous sites. So far we’ve discussed the National Mall and the various memorials and monuments there, the grounds of the United States Capitol, the National Gallery of Art, Manassas National Battlefield Park, the United States Botanic Garden and the United States National Arboretum. Today we'll discuss what's probably the most popular attraction in Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian Institution.
I'm sad to say that, for couples seeking Smithsonian wedding photos, the news is not good: The Smithsonian Institution doesn't allow any wedding photography at its facilities. It's not that they're anti-wedding or anything; wedding photography is prohibited because the Smithsonian's funding is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. House and Senate (some subcommittees, actually), so the Institutions have a pretty well-defined mandate of what they can't and can't do. The Smithsonian Institution's mandate is to promote "the increase and diffusion of knowledge", so it's not hard to see how using the facilities for private photography doesn't fit.
Looking for alternatives? Get in touch with us! No guarantees -- many museums and similar institutions have pretty strict photography guidelines, as you've probably learned already by reading this blog series. We do good detective work, though, so we'll be happy to share alternatives if we can find them.
Are you looking for, or did you use, a wedding or engagement photo location that was unique? How did it express your personalities? We'd love to hear about it!
Smithsonian Castle photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Also in this series:
permitting for d.c. wedding photography: the united states botanic garden and the u.s. national arboretum