Is seeing the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. on your bucket list? If so, save yourself some time on location scouting and visit my favorite five spots to photograph the beautiful spring blossoms next time you are visiting the nation’s capital! My fiancee and I ventured out to the Tidal Basin at sunrise this Thursday to do some location scouting for my weekend spring sessions, as well as to have a romantic meander around the Basin. Below are my favorite spots for portraits near the blossoms!
My absolute favorite spot to photograph portraits here at the Tidal Basin in D.C. I love the rounded archways, the banks along the water, and the grassy slopes – all beautiful elements that add to my portraiture. My favorite time to photograph families and clients is always here at golden hour (sunrise and sunset).
After visiting the Inlet Bridge, walk north along the Tidal Basin from the George Mason Memorial Towards FDR Memorial. Look above you as you witness the vibrant pink and white blossoms in the trees overhead!
FDR Memorial has the prettiest little pathways through the cherry blossom trees – and it’s a quieter area, too! Explore this hidden area for less crowds and gorgeous spots for portraits (plus, there’s plenty of shade)! There also happens to be an Eleanor Roosevelt statue….for those that love Eleanor as much as I do. 😉
Find some tree branches with flowering blossoms and frame the picture with different monuments! (Washington monument, Jefferson Memorial, etc) Add an artistic touch and move around a bit to have the blossoms close up and right in front of your lens, then open up your aperture for some blurry out-of-focus blossoms! It’ll add some dimension and put the focus on the monument! If you want to switch it up, you can put the focus on the blossoms, instead.
Right near the MLK Memorial are tons of towering cherry blossom trees along the grassy path, with the elegant DC War Memorial to the left! Along with the Jefferson Memorial, this is another one of my favorite spots for portraits. Isn’t D.C. just so picturesque?
I hope these tips are helpful to you as you click away and photograph these stunning beauties! Please share this post to any of your friends who may be visiting the D.C. cherry blossoms!
Have you ever visited D.C. during cherry blossom season? What were some of your favorite spots that you visited?
April 6, 2018
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