Spring is definitely in the air! Yesterday I was lucky to photograph cherry blossoms at full peak bloom at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, in Vienna, Northern Virginia. “Lucky” because yesterday was a Friday, not my typical day for outdoor photo sessions, and because it is supposed to rain all weekend, which may ruin some of the gorgeous cherries and blooming flowers.
Late March-early April is the time when cherries bloom throughout the areas and everybody heads outside to enjoy them. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I usually recommend not going to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC for an outdoor photo session with cherry blossoms because intense overcrowding makes it very difficult to get a good photography spot and to get clean, uncluttered shots. Instead, I LOVE going to Meadowlark, where there are tons of gorgeous flowers in bloom right now (daffodils, tulips, magnolias, cherries, to name a few). It is a large park with lots of shaded walkways, benches for resting, a lake (and a couple of smaller ponds) and none of the overcrowding.
Ok, here we go. Some beautiful mommy-and-me shots (to all the mommies out there – I LOVE, love, love doing mommy-and-me sessions!)
I love how these images come together as a collage:
Also, love is in the air for these two:
I LOVE my job!
There is a small $25 fee for having a photo session at Meadowlark, but it is so well worth it! This photography fee is payable to the park right on the spot, and your photographer (myself, that is) will usually make a phone call to the Garden to have your session put on the calendar. I think they like knowing when photo sessions take place in advance so there is no overcrowding, especially if there is a wedding going on (wink-wink, if you are engaged – Meadowlark is one of the best, top wedding locations in the area!)