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Virginia Beach: A Paradise For The View

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Hello, I’m Joy Rahat, an expert in headshots and portrait photography. I love capturing the beauty and personality of people in different settings and environments. One of my favorite places to shoot is Virginia Beach, a stunning location with a rich history and much to offer. In this blog post, I’ll tell you more about Virginia Beach and why you should consider it for your next photo session.

The History of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia and the 44th most populous in the United States. It is located on the Atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The area was first inhabited by Native Americans, who called it Chesepioc. The first European settlers arrived in 1607, led by Captain John Smith. They established the first permanent English colony in America at Jamestown, near Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach became a popular resort destination in the late 19th century, thanks to the development of railroads and hotels. It also played a significant role in World War II as a naval base and a training site for amphibious landing operations. Virginia Beach is a thriving city with a diverse economy, culture, and lifestyle today.

What can you find in Virginia Beach?

Virginia Beach has something for everyone, whether looking for nature, history, art, or entertainment. Here are some of the attractions you can find in Virginia Beach:

  • The Virginia Beach Boardwalk: This three-mile-long promenade stretches along the oceanfront. It features shops, restaurants, hotels, museums, and monuments. You can enjoy the views of the beach and the waves or rent a bike or a rollerblade and explore the boardwalk. The boardwalk is also home to several events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Neptune Festival, the Patriotic Festival, and the Holiday Lights at the Beach.
  • The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center: This is one of the largest aquariums in the country, with over 800,000 gallons of water and more than 10,000 animals. You can see sharks, rays, turtles, seals, otters, and more. You can also experience interactive exhibits, such as the Adventure Park, where you can zip-line through the trees, or the IMAX Theater, where you can watch 3D movies on a giant screen.
  • The First Landing State Park: This is the site where the first English settlers landed in 1607. It is also a natural preserve with over 2,800 acres of land and 20 miles of trails. You can hike, bike, camp, picnic, or fish in this park. You can also see diverse wildlife and plants, such as bald eagles, ospreys, deer, foxes, cypress trees, and wildflowers.
  • The Military Aviation Museum showcases vintage aircraft from World War I and World War II. You can see planes from different countries and eras, such as biplanes, fighters, bombers, and jets. You can also watch live demonstrations and air shows or ride some planes.

Advice for visitors

If you’re planning to visit Virginia Beach for your photo session or any other reason, here are some tips to make your trip more enjoyable:

When is it open?

Virginia Beach is open all year round, but the peak season is from May to September. This is when the weather is warmest, and the beach is busiest. If you want to avoid crowds and save money on accommodation and attractions, you should visit during the off-season (October to April). However, remember that some businesses and events might be closed or limited during this time.

What to wear?

Depending on the season and your activities, you might need different types of clothing for your visit. In general, you should pack light and comfortable clothes that can be layered. For example, you might need shorts and t-shirts for summer days on the beach or hiking trails; jeans and sweaters for cooler evenings or indoor venues; jackets and hats for winter months or windy days; swimsuits and towels for swimming or water sports; shoes that are suitable for walking or biking; sunglasses and sunscreen for protection from the sun; etc.

Is it family-friendly?

Yes! Virginia Beach is a great place to visit with your family. Some attractions and activities are suitable for kids of all ages. For example, you can take them to the aquarium or the park, play mini-golf or arcade games, watch movies or concerts, eat ice cream or pizza, etc. You can also find many family-friendly hotels and restaurants offering children’s amenities and menus.

When is it best to visit?

The best time to visit Virginia Beach depends on what you want to do and see. Spring and fall are ideal seasons if you want to enjoy the beach and avoid crowds. If you want to experience the peak of summer fun and are okay with crowds, summer is your best bet. Winter is a good option if you want to save money and enjoy cooler weather.

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 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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