For those of you local to the Washington, DC area, spring is truly the best season. All the dead greenery suddenly blooms, and along the tidal basin and throughout the DMV, the cherry blossoms create a stunning, fluffy backdrop for capturing family sessions and engagements. Matt and Sophia reached out to me a few months ago to see if I had availability to capture their engagement. Originally from the SF Bay area, these lovebirds are tying the knot back in California later this fall but were looking for a quintessential DC ‘look’ for their springtime engagement. For those of you thinking about doing a cherry blossom session, there are several things to know. First, you need a permit from the National Park Service to shoot anywhere along the Tidal Basin, memorials…almost any public place in DC, really. Second, plan on shooting at sunrise. Yes, in March/April this means meeting your photographer at 6:45 AM if not earlier. Why sunrise? If you’ve been to the cherry blossoms, you know how crazy packed it gets with tourists! When shooting at sunrise, you get the whole Tidal Basin area to yourself – along with any other DMV photographers that plan similarly 😉 And lastly, it’s probably going to be cold. Accept it, and cozy up with your loved ones in front of the camera to stay warm!
Anyway, we set our date for late March, got permits and outfits squared away…and then the peak bloom got pushed back. So we rescheduled. And then the peak bloom got pushed YET AGAIN. So we rescheduled…again! Are you seeing a pattern here? That’s the other thing I forgot to mention- flexibility is absolutely key for a successful cherry blossom session! Plan on rescheduling at least once if not twice, because…DC weather is special like that. The blossoms finally arrived, and I met Sophia and Matt on a frigid Monday morning (it was hovering somewhere in the mid 30s). These two were SO worth the wait. The love and laughter that they shared in front my lens warmed my soul, and because it was so cold, we had the Tidal Basin and Constitution Gardens almost entirely to ourselves. At some point a runner along the tidal basin stopped to take a cell phone picture of me hiding in the cherry blossoms framing a shot of Sophia and Matt (Dear Runner, if you read this by chance, could you share that picture with me? It’s probably too hilarious!), but that was about the closest encounter with other people that we had. Also, can we talk about Sophia’s pink jumpsuit? It gives me LIFE!
Sophia and Matt, THANK YOU for sharing your love story and spending the loveliest Monday morning with me. Sending you all the light and a lovelies for your wedding later this year!