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Downtown Silver Spring

920 Ellsworth Dr,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Great for Portraits
and in our standard portraits service area.

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Downtown Silver Spring is a vibrant and bustling urban area located in Montgomery County, Maryland. Its history dates back to the early 1900s when it served as a stop for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. In the 1930s, it became a bustling shopping district with several department stores, including the legendary Hecht Company.

Today, Downtown Silver Spring is a popular destination for family, maternity, and graduation portraits, as well as headshots and corporate photography. While parking in urban areas can be a challenge, garage parking is available just a short distance away, making it convenient for visitors.

Downtown Silver Spring offers a variety of backdrops for photo shoots. For those who prefer a more natural setting, there are several urban parks just outside of Downtown that can make a suitable alternative if the city proves too busy. Fountain Plaza is a great place to meet your photographer and start the session, with its picturesque fountain providing a beautiful backdrop for photos.

One of the unique features of Downtown Silver Spring is the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center on Colesville Rd. The theater, which first opened in 1938, is a stunning example of Art Deco architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its retro-style marquee and neon lights make for an interesting and distinctive backdrop, particularly at dusk.

In addition to the theater, small commercial plazas can be found throughout downtown, often providing soft lighting and interesting stonework for portraits. These plazas, with their charming architecture, create a lovely setting for photos.

While Downtown Silver Spring offers many attractive backdrops for photography, it’s important to note that it can get busy during peak times. For those who prefer a quieter setting, nearby urban parks or quieter side streets may be a better option.

Location Limitations:

Due to the foot traffic associated with public downtown areas, this location is really best suited to individuals and smaller groups. Additionally, supplemental lighting sources your photographer may want use could be unrealistic depending on the type of session and the specific area in downtown.

Downtown Silver Spring

920 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-0867

Portrait Permits & Costs

Permit Required:
Portraits Service Area:

Downtown Silver Spring is in our standard portraits service area.


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Parking info:

Parking for Downtown Silver Spring is sometimes found on the street along Georgia Ave, Colesville rd, or Fenton St. Expecting to find parking in these locations can be a big gamble though. Paid parking in the garages on Wayne Ave and Fenton St are more reliable, though pricier options.

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