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The District Wharf

760 Maine Ave SW,
Washington, DC 20024
Great for Portraits
and in our standard portraits service area.

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The District Wharf is a vibrant waterfront destination situated along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Spanning over 24 acres, this mixed-use development has a rich history, making it an ideal backdrop for unique and captivating portraits and headshots.

The history of The District Wharf dates back to the early 1800s, when it was known as the Washington City Canal. This 2-mile long canal connected the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, serving as a crucial commercial hub for the city. Over the years, the area experienced several transformations, including periods of decline and resurgence. The most recent revitalization efforts commenced in 2014, resulting in the vibrant and lively destination we know today.

The modern District Wharf offers a unique blend of historic charm and contemporary architecture, making it an excellent spot for portraits and headshots. The boardwalk style streets, restored historic structures, and sleek new buildings provide a diverse range of backdrops to suit various styles and preferences. Notable features include the Maine Avenue Fish Market, the oldest continuously operating open-air fish market in the United States, and the Anthem, a state-of-the-art concert venue.

One of the main draws of The District Wharf is its bustling atmosphere. The site is frequented by both tourists and locals, who are drawn to its vast array of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. This lively ambiance adds an authentic touch to photographs, capturing the essence of the city’s energy. However, visitors should be prepared for the challenges that come with this bustling location. Parking can be difficult and expensive, and those who prefer a quieter setting may want to look elsewhere.

Due to its size, it is essential to manage expectations when planning a photography session at The District Wharf. Walking between various locations can be time-consuming, and it is unlikely that a single session will cover every area of interest. However, with careful planning and an open mind, this historic and picturesque location provides countless opportunities for memorable portraits and headshots that capture the spirit of Washington, D.C.

Location Limitations:

The District Wharf can be very, very busy at times so the use of ancilliary equipment is generally not possible for typical portrait sessions. However, natural light conditions are often quite striking and additional equipment is not strictly necessary. The location is also so large, it’s unlikely that you will be able to visit all, or even most of it in the course of a single session.

The District Wharf

760 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 688-3590

Portrait Permits & Costs

Permit Required:
Portraits Service Area:

The District Wharf is in our standard portraits service area.


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Parking info:

Parking can be challenging or expensive. Street parking is rarely available. Garage access is available in the Parking Garages on Blair Alley, Sutton Square, Riley St, Parker Row and Water St. The District Wharf is a large location, so it’s recommended that you choose the parking garage closest to where you plan to meet your photographer.

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