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Catholic University

620 Michigan Ave NE,
Washington, DC 20064
Great for Portraits & Events
and in our standard portraits service area.

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The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C., is a private, Catholic research university founded in 1887 by the bishops of the United States. The campus covers 176 acres and is home to over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus boasts a number of historic buildings, including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.

For those looking to hold a wedding ceremony or reception on campus, the Office of Campus Ministry can provide information on availability and pricing. The campus’s beautiful setting, with rolling hills and mature trees, provides a picturesque and natural backdrop for wedding photography. The historic buildings, such as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, offer a grandiose and unique setting for a Catholic wedding. The campus’s proximity to the nation’s capital also provides easy access for out-of-town guests. Weddings held on campus are reserved for practicing members of the Catholic faith, with a preference for students and alumni, who have met the university’s procedural standards.

The Catholic University of America is also a great location for portrait photography. The campus’s rolling hills and mature trees provide a serene and calming backdrop, creating a peaceful atmosphere for portraits. The historic buildings offer a unique and grandiose setting, which could be particularly appropriate for formal or professional portraits. Additionally, the museums and art galleries on campus provide a diverse range of interesting and creative backdrops for portraits, depending on the subject’s interests. The well-maintained gardens and lush lawns create a clean and polished atmosphere, which could be suitable for academic or corporate portraits.

The campus is a vibrant and diverse community, with students from all over the world. The campus is also a welcoming and inclusive environment, with a strong sense of community. The campus is well-maintained and clean, with a low crime rate, providing a safe and secure environment for visitors.

Location Limitations:

Weddings held at Catholic University require adherence to guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Washington, and participants are expected to be practicing members of the Catholic faith. Additionally, visitors engaged in activities taking place on the campus are expected to maintain a mindful respect for the beliefs held by adherents of the Catholic faith.

Catholic University

620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064

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Catholic University isĀ in our standard portraits service area.


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Paid parking is available in various lots around the campus, as well as street parking on the neighborhood streets adjacent to the campus. Discuss with your photographer where on campus you intend to take portraits in order to understand the best place to park.

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