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5 Gorgeous Locations for Spring Photoshoots in RVA

Spring has officially sprung! In true form, March blew in like a lion and went out like a lamb, giving way to April’s warm, gentle breezes which have (sadly) swept away one of my favorite first signs of spring – the cherry blossoms. I’ve found that the most temperate seasons often feel the most fleeting, especially here in Richmond. I plan to enjoy this thoroughly moderate climate with plenty of time outdoors and lots of beautiful photoshoots before the oppressive Virginia heat and humidity overtake us. 

What better time to talk about some of my favorite Richmond locations to photograph (or even just enjoy during a lazy afternoon off)?


You can find me meandering the winding paths of Maymont with my handsome pup, Tuxedo, on any given day when the weather is nice. I’m proud to say that I’ve discovered many of this enchanting park’s hidden secrets, which means my clients get to experience all the beauty this location has to offer without the crowds. I often recommend Maymont to clients searching for multiple, garden-inspired environments, because its host to two of Richmond’s crowning outdoor jewels –

  1. The Japanese Garden, whose tranquil atmosphere is host to a traditional Japanese footbridge and calming water features, including a waterfall.
  2. The Italian Garden, a spot peppered with brightly colored blooms and shaded by a classically designed columned pergola and rounded gazebo nearby as well!
Mother and daughter pose together in a garden at Maymont park during one of their photoshoots in RVA
woman striking a pose in a garden in Maymont park wearing a black shirt and jeans smiling

Libby Hill

This location is a great recommendation for those true Richmonders hoping to feel the pulse of the city beat through their portrait session, or simply for those looking to include a more urban backdrop in their photos. Part of the historic Church Hill neighborhood and overlooking the James River with sweeping views of the RVA skyline, Libby Hill also happens to be the perfect balance between natural, historic, and urban environments.

family of four smiles and poses together at Libby Hill during their family photoshoot

Belle Isle

Accessible by a pedestrian suspension bridge and lovingly christened “the rocks” by locals and students alike, Belle Isle is the center of Richmond’s James River Park System. It also happens to be another great location for photographing river and city skyline views. Take a short hike with me and my camera, and let me photograph while you stroll along the riverbank and dip your toes in the shallow pools formed between the smooth, weathered boulders. This location is extra special for golden hour and sunset sessions!

A mother, father, and their two daughters stand together closely to pose for a family photo at Belle Isle

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

For those clients whose tastes favor elegant, upscale architecture dotted with secret-gardenesque landscaping, I always recommend VMFA. It never fails to amaze me how beautifully natural light bounces off these stunning, aged buildings.

Young couple wraps their arms around one another during their Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Photo Session with their dog

Byrd Park

From towering brick and stone architecture to ancient trees, from Washington DC-inspired lake to sweeping green fields peppered with wildflowers, Byrd Park is by far the most diverse location in this roundup. And don’t forget the elegant water fowl- swans and geese abound here!

For more information about my favorite locations to photograph in spring, or to chat about my current session offerings, please contact

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