Thinking about getting your family photographs taken soon near the Route 1 corridor soon? Of course you are; the natural, colorful scenery of fall makes for a perfect backdrop and the low humidity works wonders for that beautiful mane of yours! So just where shall you have these magical photos taken?
Well, you can jump for joy like this young’n because Route One Fun’s got your list of the best places to have family photographs taken near the Route 1 corridor. Even better, we’ve included some examples of photos taken by local photographer Juliette Fradin Photography (JFP) in the various recommended locations – for inspiration!
Best Outdoor Places to take Photos Near Route 1
With so many trails, verdant parks and vibrant murals nearby, Route 1 has a menu full of great places to have your photographs professionally taken. Lucky for you, all of the following locations are reader-recommended, so you know they’re solid pics!
- Acredale Park in College Park: Behind Rita’s Italian Ice. Really beautiful sun at twilight! – Courtney F.
- Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg: With so many nooks and crannies along the trail, it’s the perfect spot, especially at sunset. – Tricia P.
- Buddy Attick Park in Greenbelt: We were on a trail by the lake. – Rachel D. We had photos taken around the Buddy Attick lake and they’re gorgeous. Highly recommend it. – Alice H.
- The Chapel at UMD in College Park: Lots of good spots. Our pictures turned out super. – Sarah P.
- Greenbelt Park in Greenbelt: Big field on North end. – Alison S.
- Lake Artemesia in College Park: The disc/golf course/playground on Campus Drive next to the tennis court is also a good option. – Valerie W.
- Magruder Park in Hyattsville: The nature trails are lovely. – Erika N-S.
- National Arboretum in Washington, DC (around 10-15 minute drive from Hyattsville): Anywhere inside, though you’ll need a permit and the park closes at 5pm – Emily J.
- Paint Branch Trail in College Park: Two of my favorite spots for lighting and fall color are: (i) PB Trail about 300 yards north of the golf course entrance. There’s an opening in the trees that gets a big shaft of light against the fall tree colors; (ii) PB Trail by the wooden bridge next to the boardwalk behind Mazza Grandmark apartments. Great combination of colorful trees + bridge + light. – Colin P.
- Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park: Our fall family photos at Riversdale Mansion turned out AWESOME last year. The leaves were turning and the garden was lovely. – Audrey E.
- University of Maryland in College Park: The willow trees are gorgeous for pics. If you have a drive through campus and look at the trees, you will find several great spots. – Jenny R.
Best Murals for Photographs Near Route 1
As shared on Route One Fun here, the Route 1 corridor has become a hippity-hot destination for folks eager to have their photographs taken in front of the many funky and vibrant murals we’ve got here. Consider the following locations for your next family photographs (or just for you)!
- Polka Dot Park (4320 Hamilton Street, Hyattsville)
- Multicolored wall across from Green Owl Design in Hyattsville (site of beautiful pic, below).
- Breaking the Horizon Mural at West Hyattsville Metro Station
- We Grow Together mural at the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center as featured on Route One Fun here.
- More HVL mural behind Green Owl Design in Hyattsville.
Murals at Union Market, DC
Another hot spot for family photographs by colorful murals is DC’s Union Market, a short 10-15 minute drive from Hyattsville / College Park area. Lucky for you, Juliette Fradin’s done many a successful photo shoot both there as well as at our fabulous Route 1 murals; so you’ll be in good hands in Juliette’s hands. Placed on her camera. Capturing amazing memories for you and yours. 🙂
To search for even more murals and public art spaces to take your unique family photographs, check out this funky widget by the Hyattsville CDC.
Did we miss any great spots for family photographs near the Route 1 Corridor? Add your recommendations to the comments below and we’ll update this Guide lickety split!
This post is sponsored by Juliette Fradin Photography; an amazing local photographer whose documentary style highlights quirky families in the DC area (read: you!).