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From Boston to DC: A Cherry Blossom Family Session

You can always tell when spring has sprung in DC. When the cherry blossom trees bloom, the famous pink and white flowers drawing thousands of tourists and photographers every year.

This was my first year offering cherry blossom sessions, and I was a little intimidated. It was clear from many of the local photography groups that cherry blossom sessions would take a lot of extra planning. I've outlined everything you need to know about getting the most out of your cherry blossom sessions here!

I was recommended to June for her family portraits by a fellow wedding vendor, and she reached out to me a couple of months before the cherry blossoms bloomed to set up her session. June, her twin boys, and her husband would be flying in from Boston for an anniversary trip, and she couldn't wait to see the cherry blossoms!

Once the peak bloom dates were announced, we set our session date and I turned in my permit application. Photographers must apply for and obtain still photography permits when conducting sessions in places like the National Mall and many of the monuments. If you're looking for a beautiful spot (with no permit required), check out this post!

This golden hour session at the Tidal Basin made me fall in love with cherry blossom season. After potential storms threatened the sunrise session we had planned on Wednesday, we quickly switched to golden hour a day early. While I was walking around the Tidal Basin before the session, I completely understood why so many people flock there every spring—the cherry blossoms in peak bloom are just beautiful.

Did you get out to see the cherry blossoms this year?


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