Washington D.C. has a little bit of everything for portrait sessions. Monuments, cherry blossom trees (in the spring), history, and so much more. However, it can get tricky doing sessions in Washington D.C. becuase of the number of people who come every year to visit the monuments and explore the city. I have some great tips on how to achieve getting the best photos for your session. These tips will also help you focus on getting excellent images in a fun and efficient way.
Start a sunrise:
Yes, I know that is early, but there is barely anyone around when you start at dawn. When there are fewer people everywhere, this will give you more time to provide more direction with posing, and you don’t have to be in a rush to get out of others’ ways. Sunrise also has soft and elegant light, which is great for a portrait session.
Always be ready for groups of people no matter the time of the day. Be prepared if the location is closed and always have a backup if needed. Also, for photos that are not for personal use, don’t forget your permit. I would hate for you to have to stop in the middle of a session becuase you didn’t obtain your permit. Here is a little more information on if you will need a permit or not and how to get one.
Know where your hidden gems are:
There are many hidden gems in Washinton, D.C., that people forget about when touring the area. For example, not many people visit near the Korean War Memorial becuase it is off the beaten pay from everything else. There are also cobblestone streets and historic neighborhoods throughout. Always location scout ahead of time!
Portrait sessions are so important whether you are shooting an engagement session, anniversary session, bridal portraits, or a family session. All of these tips above will help to ensure a successful session in Washington D.C. If you have any questions, let’s set up a mentorship call, and I can help you with more successful tips for portrait sessions!