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April 28, 2023

Spring Family & Maternity Photo Guide | Northern Virginia Photographer

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Spring Family Photo Guide | Northern Virginia Photographer

Springtime in DC is popular for all the pretty blooms. Cherry blossoms, peonies, roses – so many options! This guide walks you through planning a portrait session during this magical season.

Note on cherry blossom sessions

You can’t mention spring without the infamous cherry blossom season in DC. After taking portraits along the magical Tidal Basin for many years, we have decided to stop offering these specific sessions. However, we still offer cherry blossom sessions at other locations! Popular spots include the National Arboretum, locations around DC, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. The best time for blooms is usually late March to mid-April, although it does vary each year!

Average Spring Portrait Session Times

The sun changes drastically throughout this season (end of March through May). You can plan on approximately 5:30- 7:30pm in April and 6:00-8:00pm in May for sunset. Sunrise is anywhere between 5:30-7am depending on your date. Many locations also work well a few hours after sunrise if you don’t want to get up that early, or a few hours before sunset if that works better with bedtime schedules. We’ll choose the location and start time combination that gives you the very best photos!

Other Tips for Spring Portraits

In my experience, everything isn’t truly green until end of April. Even if some trees are budding earlier, others won’t so you may have some photos with brown trees in them. I still think it can look beautiful, but I want to warn you in case you’re looking for lots of greenery in every photo. If you really want that, wait until end of April into May to make sure you get it no matter where you go!

Spring can be such a beautiful time! But if you have allergies, you may want to wait until the summer when pollen isn’t as intense. It also is still cooler in the spring, so if you dislike all cold weather I recommend scheduling a little closer to summer for morning sessions (usually by mid- to end of May you’re safe).

If you have more questions that haven’t been answered here, send me a note at! You can also book your own session here.

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