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Capturing Your Experiences In a Photo

Hello, I’m Joy Rahat, an expert portrait photographer and a proud resident of the DMV area. In this blog post, I want to share with you some of the amazing places that you can visit and photograph in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Whether you are a local or a tourist, you will find something to inspire you and capture your memories in these locations.

The Importance of Capturing Your Experiences In a Photo

Photography is more than just a hobby or a profession. It is a way of expressing yourself, telling your stories, and preserving your moments. When you take a photo, you are not only capturing what you see, but also what you feel, think, and learn. You are creating a visual diary of your life.
That’s why I believe that photography is essential for anyone who wants to explore new places and cultures. By taking photos, you can document your adventures, share them with others, and relive them anytime you want. You can also learn more about yourself and the world around you through the lens of your camera.

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From the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is the capital of the United States and the seat of its government. It is also a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. Here are some of the places that I recommend you to visit and photograph in DC:

Your memories in these locations

African-American Civil War Museum

The African-American Civil War Museum is dedicated to honoring the contributions of the more than 200,000 African-American soldiers and sailors who fought for freedom in the Civil War. The museum features exhibits, artifacts, and memorabilia that tell the stories of these brave men and women. You can also see the names of all the African-American soldiers who served in the war on the nearby African-American Civil War Memorial

Albert H. Small Center

The Albert H. Small Center is a museum and research center that houses one of the largest collections of Washingtoniana in the world. The center showcases rare maps, prints, documents, and objects that illustrate the history and development of Washington DC from its founding to the present day. You can also see a scale model of the city as it looked in 1860.

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum

The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum is a museum that celebrates the heritage and achievements of the women who helped shape America. The museum displays more than 30 period rooms that represent different eras and regions of American history. You can also see a collection of over 20,000 objects that reflect the diverse interests and activities of the DAR members.

From Maryland

Maryland is a state that offers a variety of landscapes, from mountains to beaches, from farms to cities. It is also a state that has a lot of history and science to explore. Here are some of the places that I recommend you to visit and photograph in Maryland:

Ausherman Planetarium

The Ausherman Planetarium is a planetarium that offers educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and space exploration. You can see stunning images of the stars, planets, galaxies, and more on a 35-foot dome screen. You can also learn about the latest discoveries and missions in space science.

Banneker Planetarium

The Banneker Planetarium is another planetarium that offers shows about astronomy and space exploration. You can see realistic simulations of the night sky, solar system, and beyond on a 30-foot dome screen. You can also learn about the life and work of Benjamin Banneker, an African-American astronomer, mathematician, surveyor, and abolitionist who lived in Maryland in the 18th century.

B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum is a museum that preserves and showcases the history of railroading in America. The museum features a collection of over 200 locomotives, cars, and other rolling stock that span from the early days of steam to the modern era. You can also see exhibits, artifacts, and models that tell the stories of the people and events that shaped railroading.

From Virginia

Virginia is a state that boasts many natural wonders, historical landmarks, and cultural attractions. It is also a state that has a lot of fun and family-friendly activities to enjoy. Here are some of the places that I recommend you to visit and photograph in Virginia:

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is a museum that displays and interprets the archaeological findings from Alexandria’s past. The museum features artifacts, maps, photographs, and interactive exhibits that reveal how people lived in this historic city from prehistoric times to the present day. You can also see archaeologists at work in their laboratory.

Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery is a military cemetery that honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans and heroes. The cemetery covers over 600 acres and contains more than 400,000 graves, including those of presidents, generals, astronauts, and celebrities. You can also see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Arlington House, and the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Children’s Museum of Richmond

The Children’s Museum of Richmond is a museum that provides hands-on learning experiences for children and families. The museum features several exhibits that encourage creativity, curiosity, and exploration. You can also enjoy art, science, music, and play activities.

A Trip To The Many Landmarks of DMV’s to Joy Rahat

Children’s Museum of Richmond

2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, United States

  1. Get on I-64 W/I-95 N from N Arthur Ashe Blvd (5 min, 1.4 mi)
    1. Head northwest toward Terminal Pl (161 ft)
    2. Turn left onto Terminal Pl (259 ft)
    3. Turn right onto W Broad St E (0.1 mi)
    4. Turn right onto N Blvd S/N Arthur Ashe Blvd and continue to follow N Arthur Ashe Blvd (1.1 mi)
    5. Turn left (43 ft)
    6. Take the ramp onto I-64 W/I-95 N (0.2 mi)
  2. Follow I-95 N to US-1/S Patrick St in Alexandria. Take the US-1 N exit from I-495 E/I-95 N (1 hr 28 min, 98.9 mi)
    1. Merge onto I-64 W/I-95 N (0.3 mi)
    2. Keep left at the fork to continue on I-95 N (55.4 mi)
    3. Keep right at the fork to stay on I-95 N (9.5 mi)
    4. Continue onto I-95 N (25.6 mi)
    5. Keep left at the fork to stay on I-95 N, follow signs for I-495 E/Baltimore (5.5 mi)
    6. Keep right at the fork to continue on I-495 E/I-95 N, follow signs for Alexandria (2.0 mi)
    7. Use the right 2 lanes to take the US-1 N exit toward Alexandria (0.6 mi)
  3. Take Franklin St to S Union St (7 min, 1.4 mi)
    1. Merge onto US-1/S Patrick St (0.4 mi)
    2. Turn right onto Franklin St (0.5 mi)
    3. Turn left onto S Union St. Destination will be on the right (0.5 mi)

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

105 N Union St UNIT 327, Alexandria, VA 22314, United States

  1. Take Oronoco St to George Washington Mem Pkwy/N Washington St (4 min, 0.7 mi)
    1. Head north on N Union St toward Cameron St (0.3 mi)
    2. Turn left onto Oronoco St (0.4 mi)
  2. Continue on George Washington Mem Pkwy to Arlington (11 min, 6.2 mi)
    1. Turn right onto George Washington Mem Pkwy/N Washington St and continue to follow George Washington Mem Pkwy (Entering District of Columbia, 5.5 mi)
    2. Use the left lane to take the exit toward US-50 W/Memorial Brg/Arlington Cemetery (0.2 mi)
    3. Use the left lane to merge onto Washington Blvd (112 ft)
    4. Use the left 2 lanes to take the ramp to Memorial Ave (0.1 mi)
    5. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Memorial Ave (105 ft)
    6. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Memorial Ave (Entering Virginia, 0.4 mi)
  3. Continue straight to stay on Memorial Ave (20 sec, 171 ft)

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA, United States

  1. Head northeast on Memorial Ave (Entering District of Columbia, 0.3 mi)
  2. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Memorial Cir (0.1 mi)
  3. Continue onto Arlington Memorial Bridge/Memorial Brg and continue to follow Arlington Memorial Bridge (0.4 mi)
  4. Use the middle lane to turn slightly left toward Lincoln Memorial Cir (213 ft)
  5. Continue onto Lincoln Memorial Cir (0.1 mi)
  6. Continue straight onto Lincoln Memorial Cir NW (217 ft)
  7. Lincoln Memorial Cir NW turns slightly left and becomes Henry Bacon Dr NW (0.2 mi)
  8. Use any lane to turn right onto Constitution Ave. NW (0.3 mi)
  9. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto 18th St NW (0.1 mi)

Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters

1776 D St NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States

  1. Head north on 18th St NW toward D St NW (0.7 mi)
  2. Turn right onto L St NW (0.6 mi)
  3. Turn left onto 13th St NW (0.4 mi)
  4. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Rhode Island Ave NW (0.2 mi)
  5. Turn left onto 11th St NW (0.3 mi)
  6. Slight right onto Vermont Ave NW (0.2 mi)

African American Civil War Museum

1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

  1. Head northeast on Vermont Ave NW toward U St NW (276 ft)
  2. Turn left onto U St NW (0.2 mi)
  3. Turn right onto 13th St NW (1.7 mi)
  4. Turn left onto Upshur St NW (0.4 mi)
  5. Turn left onto 16th St NW (0.2 mi)
  6. Turn right.
    1. Destination will be on the left (105 ft)

My Tooth Center: Dr. Alberth Rodriguez DDS

3900 16th St NW #115, Washington, DC 20011, United States

  1. Get on I-495 E in Silver Spring from 16th St NW (20 min, 6.0 mi)
    1. Head north toward 16th St NW (115 ft)
    2. Turn right onto 16th St NW (0.2 mi)
    3. Turn left onto Spring Pl NW (0.1 mi)
    4. Turn left to stay on Spring Pl NW (338 ft)
    5. Turn left onto Spring Rd NW (0.1 mi)
    6. Turn right onto 16th St NW (Entering Maryland, 3.8 mi)
    7. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto 16th St (1.1 mi)
    8. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Georgia Ave (0.4 mi)
    9. Turn right to merge onto I-495 E toward Beltway/Baltimore (0.1 mi)
  2. Continue on I-495 E. Take I-95 N to S Rolling Rd in Catonsville. Take the exit toward CCBC Catonsville from MD-166 (26 min, 26.7 mi)
    1. Merge onto I-495 E (4.5 mi)
    2. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 27 for I-95 N toward Baltimore (1.3 mi)
    3. Continue onto I-95 N (18.5 mi)
    4. Use the 2nd from the right lane to keep left at the fork and stay on I-95 N (0.8 mi)
    5. Take exit 47A-B toward MD-166/Catonsville (0.7 mi)
    6. Merge onto I-195 W (0.3 mi)
    7. Continue onto MD-166 (0.5 mi)
    8. Take the exit toward CCBC Catonsville (0.2 mi)
  3. Follow S Rolling Rd, Collegiate Dr and Campus Dr to your destination (4 min, 1.2 mi)
    1. Merge onto S Rolling Rd (0.3 mi)
    2. Turn left onto Collegiate Dr (0.5 mi)
    3. Turn right onto Campus Dr (0.1 mi)
    4. Turn left to stay on Campus Dr (0.3 mi)
    5. Turn left.
      1. Destination will be on the left (180 ft)

Banneker Planetarium

800 S Rolling Rd SSRV 010, Catonsville, MD 21228, United States

  1. Head northeast toward Campus Dr (180 ft)
  2. Turn right onto Campus Dr (0.6 mi)
  3. Turn left onto S Rolling Rd (1.2 mi)
  4. Turn left onto Frederick Rd (2.8 mi)
  5. Continue onto Main St (223 ft)
  6. Turn left onto Maryland Ave.
    1. Destination will be on the left (75 ft)

B&O Ellicott City Station Museum

3711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043, United States

  1. Get on US-29 N from Old Columbia Pike (5 min, 2.1 mi)
    1. Head north on Maryland Ave toward Main St (75 ft)
    2. Turn left onto Main St (0.1 mi)
    3. Turn left onto Old Columbia Pike (1.5 mi)
    4. Turn right onto MD-103 W (59 ft)
    5. Merge onto US-29 N via the ramp to I-70 (0.4 mi)
  2. Follow I-70 W to Buckeystown Pike in Frederick. Take exit 54 from I-70 W (31 min, 35.6 mi)
    1. Merge onto US-29 N (2.5 mi)
    2. Take exit 25B to merge onto I-70 W toward Frederick (32.8 mi)
    3. Use the right lane to take exit 54 toward East Street/Downtown/Frederick (0.2 mi)
  3. Take Monocacy Blvd, S Market St and Madison St to your destination (5 min, 1.2 mi)
    1. Merge onto Buckeystown Pike (459 ft)
    2. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Monocacy Blvd (0.4 mi)
    3. Turn right onto S Market St (0.4 mi)
    4. Turn left onto Madison St (0.3 mi)
    5. Turn left.
      1. Destination will be on the right (230 ft)

Ausherman Planetarium

210 Madison St, Frederick, MD 21701, United States

  1. Take Center St and Pearl St to US-340 W (5 min, 1.3 mi)
    1. Head northwest toward Madison St (230 ft)
    2. Turn left onto Madison St (236 ft)
    3. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Center St (0.4 mi)
    4. Turn right onto Pearl St (0.5 mi)
    5. Slight left onto S Jefferson St (0.1 mi)
    6. Continue onto US-340 W (0.2 mi)
  2. Take US-15 S to E Market St in Leesburg. Take the exit toward VA-7 E/Tysons Corner from US-15 S/Leesburg Bypass (31 min, 24.6 mi)
    1. Keep left to stay on US-340 W (4.6 mi)
    2. Slight left onto US-15 S (signs for Leesburg) (5.8 mi)
    3. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on US-15 S (Entering Virginia, 11.4 mi)
    4. Keep left to continue on US-15 S/Leesburg Bypass (2.6 mi)
    5. Take the exit toward VA-7 E/Tysons Corner (0.2 mi)
  3. Follow E Market St and VA-7 E to Lake Center Plaza in Potomac Falls (11 min, 9.1 mi)
    1. Merge onto E Market St (3.0 mi)
    2. Continue onto VA-7 E (5.9 mi)
    3. Use the 2nd from the left lane to turn left onto VA-1795 (0.1 mi)
    4. Turn right onto Lake Center Plaza.
      1. Destination will be on the left (420 ft)

Portrait and Headshot Photographer JOY RAHAT

46090 Lake Center Plaza STE 209, Sterling, VA 20165, United States

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