Beyond the National Archives: Unique and Meaningful Alternative Locations for Military Ceremonies in Washington D.C.
Explore the Best Location Alternatives when The National Archives is booked.
A few years ago, the Federal government was in full shutdown due to budgeting negotiations in Congress. Which caused the museums in Washington D.C. to close, including the National Archives. Due to this, many military members were looking for an alternative location to hold their military promotion or retirement ceremony in the Washington D.C. area. I shared an article detailing several alternatives to the famous and iconic National Archives for military ceremonies.
Outside the locations discussed in the first article, there are plenty of other great options in the city and surrounding areas. Now that the government is back in full swing, The National Archives usually book out several months in advance. Which means a lot of planning must go into secure your desired location for your military promotion or retirement ceremony as soon as possible.
Air Force Promotion Ceremony by Tamieka Smith Photography
The National Archives Museum in Washington DC is a highly coveted and sought after location for military ceremonies. For this military ceremony, the military member traveled from London, England to have her military ceremony. It was a beautiful September morning in Washington DC.
Air Force Promotion Ceremony at The National Archives Museum
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Army Promotion Ceremony at The National Archives Museum
Promotion ceremonies at The National Archives Museum are fun and make for a memorable military ceremony. Many military members throughout Washington DC and across the nation desire to have their military event at the museum. Because of it's popularity, members have to request months in advance to secure the venue for their promotion or retirement ceremony. Therefore, I always get excited when veterans or their spouse call or message me to schedule photography for their ceremony.
A few months ago, Melissa contacting me to photograph her husband promotion ceremony at The Archives. They were excited about the promotion and having family in attendance to witness the ceremony and wanted to have beautiful portraits of the day.
Cherry Blossom Family Portraits in Washington DC
It's hard to believe the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC have already bloomed and are not gone. Each year, I look forward to the arrival of spring and the blooming of these beautiful flowers. This year's Cherry Blossoms were a marvelous sight and a wonderful opportunity for amazing family portraits. Despite the chilly breeze, the pink and white blooms were breath taking. Yes, spring has sprung.
As a parent, we don’t know how our kids will interact with strangers especially when it comes to taking pictures. However, these little kiddos where excited and ready to have their portrait taken with the symbol of spring for Washington DC; I even had a creative director.
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