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…
Be Prepared Beforehand
Since almost the whole of Washington is out there in these parks and other beautiful locations with gorgeous cherry blossom blooms, if you too want to get your pictures taken this spring, it is a good idea to start determining who you would like to hire to photograph your family as many photographers will become booked out and unavailable rather quickly. Therefore, arrange your family’s portraits with your favorite photographer today! If you would like to hire me to photograph your family's pictures, I've made it really simple. You make schedule online or if you have questions, you may call me directly at (571) 250-5073. Chances are as time get closer to spring, your desired family photographer will be totally booked and might not have any free dates available.
If you’re coming from out of town to visit Washington D.C., your portraits are a great souvenir of your vacation to the area. As a matter of fact, when my family and I travel to new locations for family trips, instead of purchasing t-shirts and other trinkets, we hire a photographer to take pictures of us in a well-known location for that area. This allows us to remember the vacation. When we show our vacation album, we always here the same expression.
Alternatively, if you wish to take your own pictures featuring the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C., you can do that too! Just have fun with your family documenting a beautiful moment. Don't forget to take pictures of the monuments with the Cherry Blossoms surrounding it.
Or you can even turn this into a fun family activity where you bring a picnic basket and blanket and take pictures of your kids playing and running around and all of you get your pictures taken with the cherry blossom trees, of course!
The Places to Go (Locations)
While all cherry blossom trees are beautiful, for a proper springtime photoshoot, you need to pick a great location, too. A place that not only features an exquisite bloom of cherry blossoms, but also other views that can be incorporated into the photographs making them look even more visually appealing.
I recommend selecting a location from the following list:
FYI: The Tidal Basin area and West/East Potomac Park in Washington DC will be extremely busy with lots of people. While it’s a great location to see the Cherry Blossoms, it will be hard to find parking and there will be people overcrowding. Many out of town visitors flock to this area, so if you’re a local, venture out to other areas of town to look at the Cherry Blossoms if you want to save yourself a big headache. An even better idea for a location, if you're a military family, could be visiting one of the bases in the area. As several have Cherry Blossom trees on base/post. The festival features several breathtaking cherry blossoms that are showcased in the form of a parade. And since it is a parade, it is a lot more exuberant than just going to a park!
Ensure to pack your patience. With the crowds of people, parking will be extremely limited. During the National Cherry Blossom Festival many shuttle buses are up and operational. Parking enforcement will be out in full force issuing tickets to violators. If you’re visiting Washington DC from out of town, I would recommend using public transportation, such as the Metro train. This will help to elevate some of the stress. Tip: If you would like to avoid the massive crowds, consider going to look at the Cherry Blossoms at sunrise or sunset.
So, gear up for March and April, and get ready to welcome the ever-beautiful cherry blossom trees.
Oh, and charge your cameras and batteries, too!
Once a location is chosen and a photographer has been hired, the next thing to consider is what to wear for your family pictures. Clothing is a big topic of discussion for portrait sessions and play a vital role in the overall look of your final image. Here are a few tips to consider when selecting your family’s clothing for spring portraits.
The National Park Services projects peak bloom announcement will be made on March 1, 2018.
As time gets closer, you'll be able to look at the live Cherry Blossom cam.
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.