National Arboretum

I am behind on blogging.
Way behind.
I have photos from June that I need to blog.
But today I was feeling more nature-y than people-y, so I decided to blog this one instead.

On the morning of July 4th, I headed into DC for a photography meet-up at the aquatic gardens. Except this year, the park had changed their opening time to much later than in past summers, and if I stuck around until it opened, it was going to cut into my crepe-eating plans. One does not mess with crepe-eating plans, so I took myself to the National Arboretum instead.

I love the arboretum. I love it better when it’s not hot and muggy outside, but I still had fun wandering around, enjoying the flowers and playing with my macro lens, which I don’t do nearly enough. I will also add that one of the neatest places I came across there was one garden with “please touch” signs, so kids (well, and adults too) could not only look at the flowers but see what their petals and leaves felt like. I think that is super cool. The only downside was I was there before the bonsai exhibit opened, but I guess that at least gives me reason to go back again!

So, enjoy. And if you’re ever in DC and find yourself needing something to look at besides monuments, pay this place a visit!

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The Library of Congress

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, containing over 164 million items, including over 38 million books. The Library is the research arm of Congress, but anyone 16 and older can register for a reader card and have access to the Library’s resources for doing research. Twice a year, the Library opens its main reading room to the general public for viewing. Being such a huge bookworm and having Columbus Day off work, I headed down there to check it out.

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have lived in the DC area for almost 15 years, and this is the first time I’ve set foot in the building. And I was really missing out. Aside from the reading room, the whole building is really a work of art. I was so happy to be able to spend some time enjoying such an amazing space that houses so many treasures. I hope you enjoy some of the photos I took, and if you are ever in DC when the reading room is open, I highly recommend taking the time to take a peek.

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Yep. They have a *real* card catalogue.

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Most of the items they had on display were (really impressive) facsimiles, but this is the real deal – a Spanish dictionary from the 1600s. They have others in storage so are allowed to have this original out for people to touch. The librarian who showed it to me said a lot of people who do research on that time period will use the dictionary so they are getting the original meaning of the words. So cool to be able to see and touch a book that old!

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Oak Hill Cemetery

Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I am weird in that I *love* cemeteries. I love exploring them and have ever since I was a little kid. I think my parents were quite concerned that anytime we drove anywhere, I asked to A) drive past the prison in our town and B) go look around cemeteries. (So far I have seemed to avoid the serial killer career these interests might seem to imply.)

So it shouldn’t be a big surprise that, for my birthday this year, my husband took me first to explore Oak Hill Cemetery, followed by dinner at my favorite tapas restaurant. Headstones and sangria? Win.

We didn’t have as much time to explore Oak Hill as it deserves, so I will certainly be making an expedition back, but here is what I captured for now.

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Washington DC Bachelorette Boudoir Marathon

I was *so* excited when my friend Cassie’s maid of honor reached out to me and said that, as part of Cassie’s bachelorette extravaganza in DC, they wanted to do a boudoir shoot. Of course, I said *yes!!!* and we spent an afternoon together having a blast in their suite. Plenty of champagne, laughter, sparkles, feathers, hair flips, and down right sexy attitude from all these ladies. They were all so supportive of each other, and I don’t think Cassie could have picked better women to be part of her bridal party. I’m so glad I got to be a part of her celebrations, and I hope they all had as much fun as I did with their shoots – they were no question a blast to work with! Thanks again for having me, ladies!

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A Glamour Story: Susan

As I mentioned before, winter is usually slower for photography, because the weather gets chilly, no flowers, no leaves on the trees…but so far, winter in DC hasn’t been all bad. On one sunny Sunday afternoon, I met up with my friend Susan at Meridian Hill Park for a fun, glamorous photo session. Even thought the fountains were already off for the season, the park was still lovely and a lot of fun to explore and it’s definitely a place I will return for sessions in the future. Hope you enjoy!

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Christmas in DC

As I’m in Ohio preparing for the Christmas holiday with my family, I just wanted to take a minute to share some photos of Christmas in DC. I’m fortunate enough that one evening, after happy hour at Union Market, my friends were willing to walk around downtown with me to take photos of the Capitol Christmas Tree and the National Christmas Tree. I love the holidays in DC :) Hope you enjoy, and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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