Photography and Videography at The Wharf

We appreciate your interest in filming at The Wharf. We are happy to host those beautiful moments, from that quick selfie or engagement photos to commercial productions or tv/movie scenes.

All photos and videos intended for editorial, commercial, or tv/movie purposes (anything not considered personal snapshots or coverage by the press) requires prior approval and payment of location fees. Funds go toward beautification and the year-round free and public events at The Wharf.

The Wharf Community Association manages all outdoor areas at The Wharf. The Wharf is an active neighborhood with year-round public and private events; some shoots will require logistical planning calls/meetings before the permit can be approved. In these cases, the Wharf Community Association will contact the applicant to set up the call. If your shoot has an indoor component, you will also coordinate with the respective businesses. Please reach out to The Wharf first and we will make any necessary introductions.

Commercial Filming and Photography Fees:

Editorial Photographs: $250 per day

Commercial Photographs and Videos:

  • $500 per hour or $5,000 per day during weekday business hours (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.)

  • $700 per hour during weekends and weekday non-business hours (prior to 9:00 a.m. and/or after 5:00 p.m.)

TV/Movie Productions

  • $10,000 per day

Process: submit a Photo/Video Request here with the following information: date(s) and times, number of crew, number of people being filmed, desired location(s), intended use, and any other details we should know. The amount of time needed to process each permit can range from a few days to a few weeks. Please be as detailed as possible on the permit application to speed the process along.

Upon filming approval, The Wharf requires proof of liability insurance. District Wharf reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to film on its premises.

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Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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