Paul and Hallie, who are expecting their first baby girl this May asked me to shoot two sessions this season. The first session was to be a maternity portrait shoot. As expected, the second is a newborn shoot with the baby.
Since the cherry blossoms are in bloom this time of year, we decided on an early morning shoot at Hains Point, a park just south of the Tidal Basin. I chose that spot since it is full of cherry blossoms and usually has fewer crowds than the Tidal Basin.
We decided on a 7 am meet time on an unseasonably cold Thursday morning. And what did we find when we arrived? The only road leading into Hains Point was closed. When I chose the spot, I didn’t realize that the area didn’t open until around 7:30 am.
Since I didn’t want to make Paul and Hallie wait around, we instead parked and walked to the Tidal Basin. Luckily, the combination of fog, temperatures in the lower 40s and the early morning made the area relatively crowd free.
I had brought along my lighting equipment, but decided to forgo it all and let the natural overcast diffused light do the work. Working as efficiently as I could, we finished shooting in less than 45 minutes.
Something I’m starting to learn is that processing the photos I take at shoots takes a heck of a lot longer than the actual shoot.