Location: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia
Why I love it for photo sessions: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens offers serene garden views. With 95 acres of land, it features native plant collections, woodland trails, and many spots for beautiful portraits. There’s even a beautiful pond with water views. It’s a wonderful option for family photos, maternity photos, engagement photos, or anniversary photos.
Best time to take photos here: This location only allows portrait sessions during certain hours. April – October, the latest photography slot available is between 4pm – 6pm. I recommend starting your session at 4:45 PM.
Monday – Thursday are the best days for portrait sessions at Meadowlark Botanical Garden, as this location gets very busy on the weekends. With little ones, it is especially difficult to keep their focus when there are so many people walking by us, or other photographers waiting for their turn. It’s also a more enjoyable experience in general when we’re not dealing with crowds.
The photos on this page were taken in late April; however, the gardens are also beautiful in the summer and fall! If you’re looking for blooms or something specific, please let me know when you inquire so we can try to choose the best season.
Is a permit or admission required? Yes – a $50 photography permit is required. They also charge a $6 per person admission fee. Children under age 6 get free admission. Reservations must be made in advance, and a limited number of sessions are taken each day.
Parking info: There is free parking on-site.
This sounds perfect! How can we book a Meadowlark Botanical Gardens portrait session with you?
First, fill out my contact form here! I’ll be in touch within 48-business hours with all the details (although, usually I get back to you sooner). My email will include pricing info, my earliest spots available to book, and everything else. If you ready to book at that point, you can easily do so online! If you want to chat first, you’re always welcome to set up a phone call or an appointment at my photography studio in Sterling to chat.
My portrait session calendar typically fills up 1-4 months in advance, with outdoor sessions taking place mid-April through mid-November. I recommend booking early to ensure you get a spot!