Late last year, just before the leaves began to change, I went out with Sarah & Ross and their three sons for some good old DC family portrait photography around the Tidal Basin.

With the help of my assistant, I’d first tried to shoot some interesting dramatic flash photography, but it also happened to be insanely windy that day. So, in the interest of not watching an expensive piece of equipment go flying into the Potomac River (or into someone’s head), we had to abandon the idea and adjust. And it’s a good thing, too. We had this great hazy sunlight, not quite cloudy not quite clear, that created outstanding opportunities in just about every direction. Sometimes nature or circumstance confounds your best intended ideas, making some space for something even better.

With the dead-weight of flash photography equipment now safely returned to the vehicle, we wandered together unencumbered around the Tidal Basin & Jefferson Memorial, stopping at the George Mason Memorial along the way. The boys were real troopers, not only engaging with the session almost the whole time, but having a good time doing it too (no bribery necessary!).

All in all the whole session lasted around an hour and a half, and produced far too many images to share here. But these are some of our favorites from our time together. I think they speak for themselves! If you’re looking for some new family portraits, check out the portraits page here on our website!