Although it's winter, spring is around the corner. The Cherry Blossoms will be blooming before you know it and many people requesting to have family portraits taken with the cherry blossoms.
Helpful information concerning the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival and our Cherry Blossom Mini Sessions.
Please read the following before requesting a portrait session!
LIMITED SESSIONS AVAILABLE
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled during a three week time frame at the end of March and beginning of April, with the hope the blossoms will bloom at that time.
The cherry blossom blooming period lasts approximately 1 to 2 weeks. That means you can get beautiful portraits at (3) times:
Tamieka Smith Photography is allocating one day in Washington D.C. to schedule portraits. To reserve one of the 8 sessions available, we request that you book now and then once the peak dates are released by the National Park Service, Tamieka Smith Photography will contact you in the order of who schedule first to choose the desired time. Please note: sessions are already being booked. (Update - as of March 3, 2017, there are 4 sessions available)
From the National Cherry Blossom Festival website:
Update: The National Park Service projects Peak Bloom Date: March 14 - March 17
Exactly when the buds will open is not easy to predict and it is extremely difficult to give an accurate forecast much more than 10 days before peak bloom. http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/bloom-watch
Check out this blog for up-to-date information on peak bloom dates: http://cherryblossomwatch.com/peak-bloom-forecast
Please note: Digital Image Files are not included in session retainer fee (unless digital package is purchased). They may be purchased during your Ordering/Viewing Session; if not prepurchased.
2. If the forecast 24 hours before your scheduled session shows more than a 30% chance of rain and/or extremely bad weather, we will wait as long as possible before canceling or rescheduling. In previous years, bad weather during this time has only lasted a few minutes, even if it is predicted to last all evening. I recommend preparing to hold your session, and we will both check the actual weather and sky and make a decision 1.5 hours prior to the start of your session.
We will have two products exclusively for the Cherry Blossom Mini Sessions in addition to our standard product line.