Location: Virginia State Arboretum in Boyce, Virginia
Why I love it for photo sessions: Virginia State Arboretum offers 172-acres of nature. There are walking trails, gardens, and plenty of greenery throughout the property. There’s also a very unique building, adding an architectural feature to your photos. It’s absolutely stunning!
Best time to take photos here: The last few hours before sunset are the best time for photos here. Golden hour offers the most flattering light, and it definitely makes this stunning location even more beautiful.
Monday – Thursday are the best days for portrait sessions at Virginia State Arboretum, as this location can get busy on weekends.
Is a permit or admission required? As of writing this post, a photography permit is not required. There is also no admission fee.
Parking info: Free parking is available right in the lot.
Are there bathrooms on-site? Yes – bathrooms can be found in the Quarters building and the Peetwood Pavilions. See their maps here.
Are dogs allowed? Yes! Just let me know before your session that your pup will be joining us.
This sounds perfect! How can we book a Virginia State Arboretum 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!