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June 7, 2021

Family Photographer DC | Cherry Blossoms at the National Arboretum

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Family photographer DC | Family stands together at the cherry blossoms at the National Arboretum

Springtime is the most exciting time as a family photographer DC. Everyone knows about the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, but the cherry blossoms at the National Arboretum are one of DC’s best-kept secrets! There are over 30 varieties of cherry blossom trees in the arboretum. That means that even if you missed the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms, you’ll likely see some still in bloom at the National Arboretum during the spring months!

DC Family Photographer | Mother and father lean in towards each other while holding their two children at the cherry blossoms at the National Arboretum

DC Cherry Blossom Photo Sessions Involve Coordination

This darling family wanted blooms for their session. Although Tidal Basin cherry blossom sessions can be stunning, the National Arboretum provided the perfect light and backdrop for this DC family photo session. The Tidal Basin cherry blossoms also involve a lot of coordination since they are only in peak bloom for a few days to a week. Since the National Arboretum has many varieties, we were able to be a little more flexible with timing.

Additionally, we did not need to worry about crowds! The National Arboretum was empty, and we could really select exactly where we wanted to photograph with the cherry blossom trees. Being a DC Family Photographer during cherry blossom season is tough, but this was such an easy cherry blossom photo session!

Family photographer DC | Mom holds her toddler daughter at the National Arboretum in DC

Morning Time is Key for a Smooth DC Family Session

It was an early April morning when we photographed at one of the cherry blossom groves, and we were gifted with the most beautiful light! I find morning time to be the best time to photograph little ones. Not only is the light soft and flattering, but little ones tend to be in their best spirits earlier in the day. I love when clients trust me with an early start for a session because it truly pays off! Both big sister and little brother were full of smiles and giggles, and it showed! Early morning sessions require more preparation, but I truly cannot recommend them enough. I have never had a client regret starting early.

Two young children sit on a blanket by the National Arboretum cherry blossoms

Mom wore a dress from the client wardrobe and had her hair and make-up done by Nancy Gaona. This helped align with my light and airy film style.

If you liked the preview of this session, you will certainly love the full session below. I hope you enjoy this DC family photographer dream session! The National Arboretum cherry blossoms were stunning.

Mom and dad walk with their two kids, swinging their toddler daughter
Family lays down on a blanket during a family photo session at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
National Arboretum family session in Washington, D.C.
Mom cuddles with her baby at the National Arboretum cherry blossoms
National Arboretum family photo session in DC
DC Family Photographer | Family stands by the cherry blossom trees at the National Arboretum
Daughter reaches for the cherry blossoms during a DC family session at the National Arboretum
Baby boy with his father during a DC family session at the National Arboretum.
Cherry blossoms in DC at the National Arboretum during a family photo session
Little girl smiles up close to the camera
Mother and father kiss while holding their two young children during a DC family photography session at the National Arboretum.
Baby boy looks at the camera while his mother holds him
National Arboretum cherry blossoms featured during this DC family photo session
Family photographer in Washington, D.C.
Little girl smiles with her mother during a photo session at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Family photo session at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Family lays down on a blanket at the National Arboretum
Mother sits with her two young children at the National Ar
Family sits on a blanket during DC family photo session
Little girl holding her mother and father's hands walking at the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum
National Arboretum cherry blossoms family session
Family walks with their little girl at the National Arboretum during their DC family photo session
Mother holds daughter up to cherry blossoms in DC
Parents cuddle their young children at the National Arboretum
Family cuddles together during their DC photo shoot at the National Arboretum
Family walks together at the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum
Mother, daughter, father, and son stand near the cherry blossom trees at the National Arboretum
Family photos at the Washington, D.C. National Arboretum
Mother holds her son and daughter by the cherry blossoms at the National Arboretum
Family sits on the steps of the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum
Little boy sits on a blanket by the cherry blossom trees at the National Arboretum
Father holds his daughter up to cherry blossom trees
DC family photographer session at the National Arboretum cherry blossoms
Mother, father, daughter, and son stand near the National Arboretum cherry blossoms
Cherry blossom family session at the National Arboretum
Mother lays on a blanket with her toddler daughter at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Mother holds daughter and son by the cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C.
Toddler girl kisses her baby brother
DC family session at the National Arboretum cherry blossom trees
Cherry blossom family session in Washington, D.C. at the National Arboretum
Washington, D.C. National Arboretum family session by the cherry trees

Family Photographer DC | Marie Elizabeth Photography

Marie Elizabeth Photography specializes in fine art family photography based out of Washington, D.C. She also photographs newborn, maternity, and motherhood sessions.

It is such a joy to be your DC Family Photographer. I provide a custom, high touch experience to lead you every step of the way, beginning with a planning guide to make you feel confident and prepared, a consultation to achieve your portrait goals, a client wardrobe, hair and make-up artists, and finally, artwork to adorn your walls and preserve your memories forever. I value natural, organic imagery, so I will take the time to understand your family dynamic. Let me be a part of your story today.

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