Session Location Options

Since all of my sessions are customized to the needs and interests of you and your pet, the location we work in can make a difference. After years for shooting in the DC / Virginia region, the list below features a few of my favorite spots for photography. 

If there's a special place you'd like for your session, just ask. I've worked in a variety of locations – near and far – the only place off limits is the dog park (for safety reasons). 

Your Home + Neighborhood

For many pets,  home is their safe space—where they feel most comfortable and where they  can be themselves. For pets with anxiety or trouble focusing, your home can be a perfect place to photograph. Typically we'll start inside then continue on with visits to their favorite neighborhood haunts. 

*All cat sessions are done in their home. 


Gardens + Green Space

Perfect for those looking for a location with natural backdrops and manicured green spaces. Located in Alexandria, the park features colorful gardens, hiking trails and  open grassy spaces. 


Woods + Waters

A perfect option for adventure dogs and beach bums alike! Located in Woodbridge, VA this location offers a variety of stunning natural backdrops from wooded hiking trails to a natural sand beach. 

A nominal park entrance fee ($5-$7) required on day of the shoot. 


Fields + Forests

Another great option for adventure dogs and humans! Located in Manassas, VA this park offers expansive fields, stone bridges and hiking trails. 


The National Mall or Capitol Building

While the National Mall can be a challenging location for a number of reasons—crowds, permit fees* and distractions galore—I understand the desire to include the monuments in your family's photos. Please contact me for more information about scheduling your shoot on the National Mall.

Note: National Mall sessions are only available in the morning before all the tourists arrive. The US Capitol Building is off-limits until further notice. 

*The National Mall requires an additional $150 National Park Service location permit and at least 2 weeks notice for application filing. 

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Georgetown Waterfront + Canals

The Georgetown waterfront and canals are a wonderful location for those looking for a mixture of textured city backgrounds and natural areas. This location also includes an option to walk over to the Kennedy Center to photograph in their new outdoor park.*

*Available only for morning sessions. 


All sessions are shot with your dog on a leash for safety. Leashes will be edited out, as appropriate, on ordered images.

Questions? Concerns?

Special accommodations needed for your dog or family group?

Just ask. See you soon.

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