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Great Falls Park: A Stunning Location for Your Portrait Photography

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Hello, I’m Joy Rahat, an expert in headshots and portrait photography. I love capturing the beauty and personality of my clients in natural settings. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about one of my favorite locations for outdoor photography: Great Falls Park.

The History of Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park is a small National Park Service site in Virginia along the banks of the Potomac River. It is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, commemorating the life and legacy of the first president of the United States. The park has a rich history dates back to the Native Americans who lived in the area, the colonial settlers who built a canal and a tavern, and the Civil War soldiers who fought nearby. You can learn more about the park’s history at the visitor center and by following the trails that lead to historic landmarks.

What can you find in Great Falls Park?

Great Falls Park is named after the spectacular waterfalls that are the park’s main attraction. You can see the falls from three overlooks, each offering a different perspective and difficulty level. The falls are awe-inspiring after heavy rain or snow melts when they roar with power and spray mist into the air. The park also offers access to the Potomac River, where you can enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking, or rafting. The river flows through the narrow Mather Gorge, which creates dramatic cliffs and rock formations that are perfect for photography.

 

Advice for visitors

If you are planning to visit Great Falls Park, here are some tips to make your experience more enjoyable:

When is it open?

The park is open every day from 7 a.m. until dark. The entrance fee is $20 per vehicle or $15 per person on foot or bike. You can also buy an annual pass for $35.

What to wear?

Depending on the season and the weather, you should wear layers, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and water. You may also want to bring a change of clothes if you plan to get wet in the river.

Is it family-friendly?

Yes, Great Falls Park is great for families with children of all ages. There are picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, and ranger programs available. However, be aware that some trails and overlooks are steep and rocky and that swimming in the river is dangerous due to strong currents and rapids. Always watch your children and follow the safety signs and rules.

When is it best to visit?

Great Falls Park is beautiful all year round, but some seasons may offer different advantages. Spring is when the wildflowers bloom, and the waterfalls are at their peak. Summer is when you can enjoy the warm weather and the river activities. Fall is when the leaves change color, creating a stunning contrast with the rocks and water. Winter is when you can see ice formations and snow-covered landscapes.

Ready for a visit?

Great Falls Park is a stunning location for your portrait photography. You can find it at this park whether you want a romantic backdrop, dramatic scenery, or a peaceful setting. I would love to help you create memorable images that reflect your style and personality at this fantastic place.

In Need of a Photographer? Book Your Experience with Joy Rahat!

If you are looking for a photographer who can capture your essence and spirit, you’ve arrived at the right place. I will provide you with a personalized service that will exceed your expectations. I will also give you tips on how to prepare for your session, what to wear, how to pose, and how to have fun.

Whether you need a headshot for your business or personal brand, a portrait for your family or friends, or a lifestyle shoot for your social media or blog, I will deliver high-quality images you will love and cherish for years.

Book a session with Joy Rahat today by emailing info@joyrahat.com or calling (202) 599-7162 to capture the experience in a photograph.

A Trip Through Virginia’s Landmarks to Reach Joy Rahat’s Studio

Route Overview: Virginia Beach to 46090 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling, VA

Stop 1: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

    1. Head south on Arctic Ave toward 24th St: 0.1 mi
      1. Turn right onto 22nd St: 0.4 mi
      2. Take I-64 W and I-95 N to US-1/S Patrick St in Alexandria.
    2. Continue onto I-264 W/Norfolk Virginia Beach Expy/Virginia Beach Expy: 10.7 mi
      1. Use the right 3 lanes to take exit 13-14-15 to merge onto I-64 W toward Richmond: 8.3 mi
      2. Keep right at the fork to stay on I-64 W, follow signs for Hampton/Richmond: 75.5 mi
      3. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 200 to merge onto I-295 N: 13.7 mi
      4. Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 43A to merge onto I-95 N toward Washington: 50.6 mi
      5. Keep right at the fork to stay on I-95 N: 9.5 mi
    3. Continue onto I-95 N: 25.6 mi
      1. Keep left at the fork to stay on I-95 N, follow signs for I-495 E/Baltimore: 5.5 mi
      2. Keep right at the fork to continue on I-495 E/I-95 N, follow signs for Alexandria: 2.0 mi
      3. Use the right 2 lanes to take the US-1 N exit toward Alexandria: 0.6 mi
      4. Continue on US-1. Drive to N Fairfax St: 6 min (1.4 mi)
    4. Merge onto US-1/S Patrick St, continue to follow US-1: 1.0 mi
      1. Turn right onto Queen St: 0.4 mi
      2. Turn right onto N Fairfax St
      3. Arrival: Old Town, Alexandria, VA, USA

Stop 2: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, United States

    1. Get on I-495 S/I-95 S in Fairfax County from N Fairfax St: 8 min (1.9 mi)
      1. Head south on N Fairfax St toward Thompsons Alley: 0.6 mi
      2. Turn right onto Gibbon St: 0.4 mi
      3. Use the middle lane to turn left onto S Patrick St, passing by W Marine on the right: 0.2 mi
      4. Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto the I-95 S/I-495 W ramp: 0.7 mi
    2. Follow I-495 S and I-66 W to Warren County. Take exit 13 from I-66 W: 1 hr 1 min (65.9 mi)
      1. Merge onto I-495 S/I-95 S: 5.0 mi
      2. Keep right at the fork to continue on I-495 W, follow signs for Interstate 495 N/Tysons Corner: 2.9 mi
      3. Keep right at the fork to continue on I-495 N: 5.9 mi
      4. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 49B to merge onto I-66 W: 11.2 mi
      5. Keep left to stay on I-66 W: 5.4 mi
      6. Keep left to stay on I-66 W: 35.4 mi
      7. Take exit 13 toward VA-79/VA-55/Linden/Front Royal: 0.2 mi
    3. Take VA-55 W to Skyline Dr: 14 min (6.8 mi)
      1. Turn left onto VA-79 S: 0.2 mi
      2. Turn right onto VA-55 W: 4.7 mi
      3. Turn left onto Remount Rd: 0.4 mi
      4. Turn right onto E Criser Rd: 0.7 mi
      5. Turn left onto US-340 S: 0.2 mi
      6. Turn left onto Skyline Dr: 0.6 mi
      7. Arrival: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, United States

Stop 3: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102, USA

    1. Get on I-66 E from VA-55 E: 14 min (6.7 mi)
      1. Head south on Skyline Dr: 0.6 mi
      2. Make a U-turn: 0.6 mi
      3. Turn right onto US-340 N: 0.5 mi
      4. Turn right onto VA-55 E/South St, continue to follow VA-55 E: 5.2 mi
      5. Turn left onto VA-79 N: 289 ft
      6. Slight right onto the ramp to Washington: 0.3 mi
    2. Follow I-66 E and 66 Express Outside the Beltway to Fairfax County. Take exit 17 from VA-267 W: 49 min (56.0 mi)
      1. Merge onto I-66 E: 29.5 mi
      2. Keep left at the fork to continue on 66 Express Outside the Beltway: 21.4 mi
      3. Use the left lane to take the exit toward I-495 N: 0.3 mi
      4. Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-495 N: 3.0 mi
      5. Use the left lane to take exit 45 toward VA-267 W: 0.7 mi
      6. Keep left and merge onto VA-267 W: 0.8 mi
      7. Take exit 17 for VA-684 toward Spring Hill Rd: 0.3 mi
    3. Drive to Old Dominion Dr in Great Falls: 12 min (5.1 mi)
      1. Turn right onto VA-684 N/Spring Hill Rd: 0.3 mi
      2. Slight left to stay on VA-684 N/Spring Hill Rd: 1.0 mi
      3. Turn left onto Old Dominion Dr, destination will be on the right: 3.7 mi
      4. Arrival: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102, USA

Stop 4: 46090 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling, VA 20165, USA

    1. Head south on Old Dominion Dr toward Old Carriage Rd/Old Carriage Road-Matildaville Connector Trl: 1.0 mi
    2. Turn right onto VA-193 W/Georgetown Pike, pass by 7-Eleven (on the right in 2.1 mi): 5.1 mi
    3. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto VA-7 W: 4.0 mi
      1. Turn right onto VA-1795: 0.1 mi
      2. Turn right onto Lake Center Plaza: 0.1 mi
      3. Arrival: 46090 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling, VA 20165, USA

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