You have heard it before; You should always have a back up plan or Plan B! This certainly holds true when planning a photography session for surprise wedding proposals and engagement sessions at an outdoor location. It is a very good idea to have an indoor location as Plan B, especially if you are not able to reschedule the date of your photography session.
On the day of proposing, it could rain or during the winter months you could be faced with ice and/or snow! Washington DC has some great indoor locations and most have no admission fees.
Here are some tips on getting ready for an indoor location:
- If time is flexible, go as soon as the location opens to avoid crowds.
- Plan a weekday proposal/engagement session as weekdays tend to be less busy than weekends
Here is a list of my favorite indoor locations in Washington DC for surprise proposals and engagement sessions:
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art is a wonderful place for photography to capture your special moment. There are two buildings in addition to the National Gellery of Art. In one building you will find modern art and in the other building there are mostly classical paintings. Although both would be ideal, the building with modern art has more natural light. The LED Tunnel makes for a cool photograph!
Open Monday-Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery's Kogod Courtyard is located in the center of the building. This location is wonderful as it has a lot of space, natural light and indoor plants. Other parts of the gallery are great for portraits as well. During the holiday season the courtyard is quite festive!
Open Daily from 11:30am-7:00pm.
The Botanical Gardens are located right near the Capital Building. The walkway in the tropics exhibit is an ideal spot for your special moment as it tends to be more private and a there is a lot of natural light coming in through the windows. To add to your photos, you can end the photography session with a photo outside with the Capital Building in the background.
The Botanical Gardens are open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm including weekends and holidays.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is another great place for photos with its beautiful marble floors and spectacular pillars.
Once inside, you must go through security and then walk up to the main area. The top level is suggested as the best place portraits!
Open Monday-Saturday from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Other location Ideas
Restaurant Proposal - proposing at the resturant where you went on your first date or a frequent date spot is also a popular choice. Restaurant proposals may require more advance planning and can be a bit restricted for portraits afterwards if its raining outside. Using the overhang outside the restaurant is an option or a bar area or other parts of the restaurant such as private rooms if the restaurant allows and has this option.
National Building Museum - The National Building museum has an entrance fee but always has cool exhibits that can make for unique photos.
Union Station - The front of Union Station has a great outdoor area that is covered by the overhang. Inside is also a great spot for indoor photos however Union Station can be busy during peak travel times.
Hotel - A hotel room, hallways or the lobby area can be used as a great indoor location as well with the hotels permission. This works well for couples out of town staying in a nice hotel. Some hotels also have proposal packages where they will place flowers or a bottle of champagne in the room for you when you check in. Below are some shots from The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Georgetown where I captured a surprise proposal during the holidays!
Surprise Proposal Photography includes detailed planning & advice, photography session to capture the proposal moment, portraits afterwards, and your online gallery of your beautifully processed high resolution images. The online gallery is easy to share with friends and family! Jon Fleming Photography specializes in capturing couples love stories from the surprise proposal to the wedding day!
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