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The Kennedy Center Grounds

2700 F St NW,
Washington, DC 20566
Great for Portraits
and in our standard portraits service area.

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located in Washington, D.C., is a world-renowned cultural center that has been hosting some of the most iconic performances in American history since its opening in 1971. The Kennedy Center is also a great place for portraits of all kinds due to its unique exterior design.

The Kennedy Center was designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and features a distinctive exterior that is instantly recognizable. The building is made up of large smooth white stone and is supported by enormous gold columns, which provide a striking contrast against the white exterior. The columns are covered in real gold leaf, making them gleam in the sunlight and adding a touch of luxury to the building’s design.

The exterior of the Kennedy Center also features a large plaza leading up to the entrance, which provides an ideal location for capturing portraits in natural light. The plaza is often bustling with visitors, adding a dynamic backdrop to any portrait. Additionally, the large reflecting pool located in front of the building can also be used as a striking background for portraits.

In addition to its unique design, the Kennedy Center is a popular location for portraits due to its rich cultural history. The center has hosted some of the most famous musicians, actors, and politicians in history, making it an ideal location for capturing portraits of all kinds. The interior of the center is just as impressive as the exterior, with five main theaters, a concert hall, and an opera house that provide a variety of locations for portraits.

However, parking can be a challenge at the Kennedy Center, especially during busy periods when events are taking place. Visitors can use the paid garage on site, which is available 24/7 and provides easy access to the center.

Location Limitations:

Evenings when the Kennedy Center is holding events, the location may extremely busy, especially on the terrace overlooking the Potomac River. Additionally, under most circumstances photographers cannot use any equipment which is not affixed directly to the camera.

The Kennedy Center Grounds

2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Portrait Permits & Costs

Permit Required:
Portraits Service Area:

The Kennedy Center Grounds is in our standard portraits service area.


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Parking info:

Paid parking for the Kennedy Center is typically available in the Kennedy Center parking garage. Street parking can also sometimes be found along F St NW, and Virginia Ave NW.

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