Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in DC

When people think of DC they are sure to think about the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.

This long, thin, and shallow pool running between the Lincoln Memorial and the WWII Memorial is hard to miss if you make a visit to DC.

From Martin Luther King’s Iconic “I Have a Dream” speech to Forrest Gump reuniting with Jenny in the water the reflecting pool has seen many historical & cultural events.

View of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial from the Washington Monument

There is nothing like viewing a great sunset at the reflecting pool, it creates the perfect framing for many of DC’s monuments.

I’ve travelled to the reflecting pool countless times, here are some of my favorite photos from sunrise to sunset. Read More

12 Beautiful Places to Take Engagement Photos in Washington DC

Dc Engagement Photos MiniNewly engaged? Congratulations!

Now it’s time to share it to the world with an engagement photoshoot.

I’ve already shared the best places to take photos in DC. But I see a lot of people wondering where to take engagement photos in DC.

Luckily my friend Adam Mason has been so gracious to share his list of places to take engagements photos in the district.

From obvious places like the Jefferson Memorial to more unknown spots like Eastern Market these spots are sure to be the best way to share an engagement.The Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in Washington DC // ihitthebutton.com Read More

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Presidents’ Day Snowstorm in DC

DC got a few inches of snow on Presidents’ Day and luckily for me I was staying at the W hotel next to the White House. It came as quite the surprise to me since I had no idea DC would get this amount of snow.

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The Washington Monument looked fantastic in the snow and you might recognize this angle from my fall photos. The white space around the monument in photos always bothers me so it’s fun to find trees to frame it.
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Fall Colors at the Washington Monument & A Foggy DC Night

DC is beautiful in the fall, especially at Rock Creek Park. Instead of heading to Rock Creek I took a stroll around the Washington Monument and was blown away by what I could capture. Walking around the mall has to be one of my favorite places to photograph in DC.

Washington Monument Surrounded by Autumn Trees

Washington Monument Surrounded by Autumn Trees

Many of the trees perfectly framed the Monument with colorful yellows.
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Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC 2015

I made my annual stop to the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC at peak bloom. If you live in the area and haven’t seen sunrise at the tidal basin it’s well worth it.

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I mostly only carry my 24mm 1.4L at this point so I keep all my photos at the same focal length. Always try to restrict yourself when going out shooting, you never know what can come out of limited the gear you bring out shooting.

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The tidal basin is always a HUGE hotpot for photographers, you can barely walk around with the amount of tripods at sunrise. I loved the silhouette of this unnamed photographer capturing some of the beautiful trees.

Capturing 7 Inches of Snow in DC at Night

After the District got pounded with about 7 inches of snow I knew I had to go out and explore the city. I walked about 5 miles around the White House and the Washington Monument to see what I could capture.

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Base of the Washington Monument at Night

After finishing a delicious prosciutto & black mission Fig at Matchbox with a friend we decided to travel the streets photographing DC at night. We grabbed a quick cappuccino near Dupont and headed to the White House which was unfortunately isn’t lit at night. The monuments were the next best thing at this point so after walking a few miles we were eventually at the Washington Monument. It was nice to be able to walk up to the monument since last year it was fenced off for repairs. Read More

Photos From the Top of the Washington Monument

After three years of being closed due to earthquake repairs the Washington Monument is finally open to the public! I was honored to be in one of the first groups (the fifth group specifically) up in this DC landmark. The Department of Interior (usinterior on Instagram) picked 12 instagrammers to go up to the top and I was selected out of 600+ entries. It was a lot of fun meeting fellow photographers in the area. One even drove from New York City for the event.

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