Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season, the day we head to the beach, bring out the barbecue grills and have fun with family. However, this year in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland we’ll be experiencing rainstorms and attempting to stay dry.
Yesterday morning was off to a great start in Washington D.C....there was no rain! I arrived to the National Archives Museum to photograph the outside of the museum while I awaited the arrival of my client and their friends and family for a promotion ceremony.
Whipple Field is the location for this beautiful Army promotion ceremony on Fort Myer overlooking the monuments in Washington D.C. Lieutenant Colonel Clark and his family welcomed their friends and family at the field prior to the start of the ceremony.
Today, was a beautiful May morning in the nation's Capital. We received a break from the rain and was able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Yes, for the last week and a half, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. has been in the middle of continuous rainfall. Thankfully today, we received a reprieve and was able to enjoy a morning full of bright sun and mild temperatures. Major Young and his family arrived at the National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. and there was excitement all around.
Do you count yourself in the numbers of people, more specifically women, who hate to take pictures and shy away from the camera? If you’re not one, I’m sure you may know someone who does feel this way. It's heartbreaking to see beautiful and remarkable women overlooking and disregarding themselves and refusing to be photographed. As women, why do we evade the camera? Why do we neglect future generations from seeing pictures of us by refusing to celebrate our beauty today, so our grandchildren and their children may be able to reflect on us in a wall portrait?
We’re quickly approaching hot temperature days in Northern Virginia and if you’re like me, I’ll be on the hunt for a cool and refreshing summer drinks that are family friendly. For those that know me, I love to cook and experiment to find a new family favorite. After purchasing and tasting several store-brand limeades, I always walked away with a discouraging after taste and a sense of disappointment. Disappointment always leads me to the kitchen to create and find something I will like, and my family will love.
Updated: February 12, 2020
Schedule National Archives Museum in 2020
The National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. is the home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and it is one of the prized locations for military members and their families to have a promotion, reenlistment, retirement, or commissioning ceremony.
However, many military members and families are unsure who to contact to schedule the Rotunda for their upcoming military ceremony. If you are in the Washington D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia (DMV), and would like to know who to contact, how many people can attend the ceremonies, and how far in advance to contact the museum, this is the blog for you.
The National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. is a special and highly coveted location to have a military ceremony. Military families have to request availability as soon as possible to ensure they're able to to get their desired date for the promotion, reenlistment, or commissioning ceremony. Yesterday, Major Yerrick has been blessed to received one of those highly prized dates for his promotion ceremony to Lieutenant Colonel. Major Yerrick's family arrived and we were able to photograph them having fun and welcoming their guest prior to their ceremony.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.