Smithsonian Saam Do Ho Suh Almost Home

Do Ho Suh: Almost Home Exhibit at the American Art Museum

The latest art exhibit to be feature at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (SAAM) in 2018 is Do Ho Suh’s Almost Home. If you’re in Chinatown it’s worth checking out the SAAM and some of my other favorite places to photograph in DC.

Do Ho Suh is known for his immersive architectural installations crafted with ethereal fabric and this exhibit does not disappoint.

Smithsonian Saam Entrance

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The 16 Best Places to Photograph in Los Angeles

LA has to be one of the most photogenic cities in the US. From the sprawling mountains minutes away from the city to scenic beaches Los Angeles is FULL of places to Instagram.The Best Los Angeles Instagram Spots // ihitthebutton.com

Nearly every sunset in LA is breathtaking which is why I love this city so much. Everytime I visit I find myself photographing all day and night.

Below are the best places to photograph in Los Angeles:

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory Night

LA from Griffith Observatory

If you only stop at one place on this list the Griffith Observatory is a must. Once at the observatory you get a beautiful view of the Los Angeles skyline.

Parking can be tight at peak times though and you may have to park a bit away.

Additionally if you’re willing to hike a bit there are a few trails behind Griffith that will let you get above the observatory for even more creative options. Read More

Library Of Congress Main Reading Room

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress which is located right next to the US Capitol is a beautiful sight.

I have passed the Library of Congress tons of times without realizing you could go inside.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the United States containing more than 38 million books. With parts of the collection spanning over 430 languages.

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Photographing the Great American Eclipse of 2017

My girlfriend and I took a once in a lifetime trip of viewing the full totality of the eclipse on Monday August 21st, 2017.

We rented a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Our cabin was in the direct path of full totality which offered a little over 2 minutes worth of totality.

The cabin had a fantastic view of the mountain range which we could see the moon cast a giant shadow over once totality hit.

Great Smoky Mountain Range Sunrise

Great Smoky Mountain Range Sunrise

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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Summer is a great time to visit the Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. The gardens are located just off Kenilworth Avenue in Northeast DC. It’s just a short drive from downtown, so prepare to drive or take an Uber.

You’ll see plenty of insects and wildlife, including dragonflies, turtles, herons and ducks.

The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are famous for their Lotus flowers which usually reach peak bloom in July. Read More

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial At Sunrise

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Built in 2011 the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is one of DC’s newest landmarks.

The main structure of this memorial is a 30 foot stone version of MLK titled “Stone of Hope”. The side of the stone contains an excerpt from the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

The address of the memorial is 1964 Independence Avenue SW, DC which is a nod to the 1964 Civil Rights Act which played an important role in. Read More

Best Places to Photograph in Point Reyes

During my road trip to the west coast I’ve seen some incredible National Parks. Point Reyes National Seashore is no exception, from an iconic abandoned boat to foggy cypress trees Reyes’ has plenty of unique things to photograph.

Here is my list of places to shoot at Point Reyes National Seashore:

Point Reyes Shipwreck

Point Reyes Shipwreck

Point Reyes Abandoned Shipwreck

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Yayoi Kusama Hirshhorn Infinite Mirrors

Preview of the Yayoi Kusama Exhibit at the Hirshhorn

One of the biggest art exhibits of the year has landed in Washington DC.

Starting today to May 14th, 2017 you’ll be able to enjoy Kusama’s infinity mirrors at the Hirshhorn museum.

Note: this exhibit is now closed at the Hirshhorn

The exhibit consists of 6 infinity rooms. All of which put you in a room lined with mirrors for a truly unique feeling.Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn in Washington DC // ihitthebutton.com Read More

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