There are so great options for Fredericksburg Instagram spots. Local photographer, Sara Robichaud, gave us a few inside tips on how to make the most of every season to create amazing pictures. These tips work well for families, headshots, engagement photos, maternity pictures, and more!
“As far as outfits go, always think coordinating and NOT matching,” She suggests. “Mix in plenty of colors, textures, patterns and colors to really tie you images together, and make them pop. Don’t forget to accessorize! For families, start off with mom’s outfit and work from there. Also, plan ahead! Know the time of year you’d like your session to be, and contact a photographer before that season hits. Sometimes photographers are booked far out in advance, or they only take a select number of sessions. As far as a location, if you have a location you’d like to be photographed at, ask them [the photographer] if they can shoot there. Some places may require a fee, and many others are free.”
Speaking of locations… If you’re on the look-out for prime Fredericksburg photo session and Instagram pic spots, these places are a must!
Downtown Fredericksburg– There are dozens of great spots to choose from downtown! If you want a fun, unconventional photo try using a mural as a backdrop. Just make sure your outfit doesn’t compete with the artwork. Conversely, the historic brick all over downtown is a great traditional, neutral background that adds lots of character and charm. The steps of Historic Market Square are a slam dunk location for just about any photoshoot, from professional headshots, senior portraits, family photos to engagement photos. There are also a few restaurants that now offer rooftop seating with pretty views of downtown. Be sure to call ahead and give the restaurant heads up, if you’re pursuing that option. There’s nowhere like downtown Fredericksburg!
Chatham Bridge – The new Chatham Bridge opened in October 2022 and it has a new addition that is Instagram worthy. Take a stroll on the new pedestrian path to the halfway point of the bridge. There you will find a new observation deck that provides an amazing train bridge and river backdrop for your selfie.
Fredericksburg Murals and Sculptures – With over 20 murals and sculptures throughout the city, you can easily strike a pose in front of a colorful backdrop.
City Dock – You are not a Fredericksburgian unless you have a professional photo in front of the train bridge!
Alum Springs Park– Be sure to dress comfortably! Alum Springs has an amazing rock formation that makes a one-of-a-kind backdrop. You just need to walk a bit through the woods to get there! Located just a few short miles outside of downtown Fredericksburg, it’s a great spot for traditional pictures and pet photography. There’s just something about the creek that runs through Alum Springs that dogs and children love! If you’re looking for classic photos in a beautiful place, Alum Springs can deliver. If you’re looking for playful, messy pictures Alum Springs is great for those, too.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont- What better place for engagement, bridal or family photos than a location with a love story as rich as Belmont’s? “He was one of the most successful painters of his time, sought out by the rich and famous. She was a beautiful, young art student, and his biggest fan. They fell in love on an ocean liner and spent their lives sharing art.” The magnificent Stafford estate and grounds date back to the 1790s. No detail has been left undone! Please note, a $30 fee is charged for professional photography sessions (some at an additional charge.). No photography is allowed inside the home itself. To make an appointment, contact Special Events Manager Meghan Pcsolyar firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-654-1848. Be sure to share your photos using #garimelchersbelmont.
Chatham Manor– If you’re in Stafford, you must check out the beautiful Chatham Manor and its surrounding grounds! We love the 1920’s colonial revival east garden, which is perfect for all kinds of photoshoots. The real gem at Chatham Manor, however, is the magnificent panoramic view from the front terraces, to the Rappahannock River and downtown Fredericksburg! Please note, permits are required for special events and non-traditional uses of the park. Check with your photographer beforehand to see if the photos you want to shoot would require one..
Wineries– Nothing says wedding like a Virginia winery! Eden Try on River Road is an ideal location for bridal or engagement photos that are traditional, rustic, and charming! Tip: Because wineries are stay busy with weddings, tastings, and other events be sure to contact them before planning a photoshoot.