Who's Ready For Spring?
Spring in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area provides the most beautiful backdrop for family pictures – why because of the amazing Cherry Blossoms. We are blessed to live in an area where there is such a wonderful array of colors. When the National Park Service (NPS) announces the full bloom dates, there are many visitors that pounce on the area. Fall in Northern Virginia is another great opportunity for family pictures, however, I love spring because of the colors, but also the pleasing smell.
Is it spring yet? The calendar says it is, but weather says not quite yet. Well it’s spring break for the children in Woodbridge, Virginia and many of the surrounding school districts in Northern Virginia, so I’ve been on the hunt for kid-friendly activities and places to go within the Washington DC area to take my children to keep them entertained and engaged (without electronics). Before school was dismissed for the break, I’ve been searching spring break activities my kids would enjoy, but it would still be fun for the adults. Here are five ideas spring break ideas for family Northern Virginia that doesn't require reservations or a lot of pre-planning; perfect for spring break or a no school day. Don't forget to bring your camera to take pictures of the fun.
Living in Northern Virginia, puts us in the middle of a lot of history and endless things to do.
1. Washington D.C.
The nation’s capital is a great place for kids and provides countless sightseeing and attractions. There are so many things to do and see in Washington D.C. that it would take a few weeks (maybe even months) to see it all. However, I’ve narrowed it down to some highpoints that we want to see, and the kids always enjoy visiting. There are so many interactives museums and great places to eat. If you're planning a trip to Washington D.C., some of the top museums to visit is The National Air & Space Museum, The Newseum, National Museum of Natural History, and the National Postal Museum. We also want to take the kids to the latest Smithsonian Museum that recently opened – The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since opening, the museum has had a serious interest in the amount of people wanting to visit. Therefore at this time, many people aren’t able to obtain access to the museum. However, did you know if you're a military family, you can show your military ID (or dependent ID) and receive access in the museum with a small group. Here is a quick list of some off the beaten path places to visit in the Washington D.C. area:
Spring time is on the horizon and that means many parents are looking and hoping to have their child(ren) photographed with the animals that are synonymous with spring…baby chicks and bunnies. Or the number one question asked in many Northern Virginia Mom groups is “will you have real live bunnies at your spring mini sessions?” When the answer is “no” many are upset and then there’s a big exasperation. I just saw one a few hours ago and the post was quickly deleted.
After conducting several portrait sessions over a few decades with live bunnies and rabbits, a photographer in Georgia experienced a barrage of complaints and even death threats because of the way the children handled baby chicks and bunnies during their sessions. This is what brings me to this blog post. I would like to detail the top 8 reasons why I don’t offer portrait sessions with bunnies, chicks, and other fury “spring” animals.
Preparing for Spring Portraits
Spring is one of the most wonderful seasons for many of us, especially if you live in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.. The air is fresh, the flowers are blooming, people are happy…
It's a New Year and if you're in the Washington D.C. area you know what that means. The Cherry Blossoms will be blooming before we know it. It won't be long before the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland will be surrounded with the beautiful sights and smells of the Cherry Blossoms. Now is the perfect time to begin looking into hiring your family's photographer. As spring gets closer, many photographers we become sold out and the frenzy and hysteria will begin.
Spring is a gorgeous sight to see yearly and beautiful season in the DMV area. It's a wonderful time to photograph your family in stunning spring colors. For military families, this is a great symbol of Washington D.C. and one of those must have family pictures.
What to Wear for Spring Portrait Session | Northern Virginia Photographer | Woodbridge Family Photographer
Spring has arrived in The Northern Virginia area. If you've taken a ride or walk around your neighborhood, you will notice a lot of white and red blooms on trees (and tulips in my neighborhood). Just yesterday, The National Park Service in Washington D.C. released the Peak Bloom dates for the Cherry Blossoms. Do you know what that means? It's time for warmer weather and we get to begin adding lots of fun and vibrant colors to our wardrobes again.
As a family photographer I'm often asked for clothing recommendations, so I've decided to blog and suggest a few recommendations for upcoming spring portrait sessions in the Northern Virginia area. I'm always happy to assist and provide guidance on clothing recommendations. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your wardrobe ideas or you are welcome to call my studio.
National Park Service Has Released Cherry Blossom Dates | Northern Virginia Photographer | Woodbridge Family Photographer
The National Park Service has just announced the peak bloom prediction for the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms. They are predicting March 14 - March 17! For the full schedule of National Cherry Blossom Festival events, visit here.
Purple, white, pink, yellow, and green! There are signs of the arrival of spring everywhere. After experiencing over 20 inches of snow just a few weeks ago, going outside now is an extremely beautiful sight. The air is enormously fragrant with trees and flowering blooming.
Towards the end of last week, the Cherry Blossoms reached peak bloom. It was the perfect weekend to go out and capture portraits. While the masses tend to make there way to the Tidal Basin in the Nation's Capital, my family decided to travel to Loudoun County. WOW...the beauty! The roadsides are lined with wild flowers and the trees blooming with exquisite trees with green and white pedals.
Since the weather is much milder and the grass and trees are greener, I had to get outside and capture my growing sons in the beautiful warm weather. Of course, they were happy to get outside and run freely. We spent the day capturing our family fun, enjoying one another's company, and most importantly, making memories.
Have you scheduled your spring portraits yet? Well why not...the temperatures are warming up and the flowers are starting to bloom.
This is the perfect opportunity to capture your family's glow with the earth's new beautiful colors. Capture your son in his suit and your gorgeous daughter in her spring dress. Our studio is even able to prepare your home with framed portrait work to adore your home's walls.
Spring portraits are a gift that makes everyone smile.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer in Torrance, CA 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.