There is no question that the blossoming cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are beautiful to behold, but each year during the peak season when the Cherry Blossom Festival takes place, I’m overcome with lethargy by the idea of battling crowds and traffic to see them in person. Yet, whenever I actually do get to photograph during the very short peak period, I am so grateful that I’ve had a reason to compel me to be there.

With DC’s wacky weather this year, the cherry blossoms peaked very early in conjunction with almost a full week of cold rain until one lone sunny Friday followed by predictions of a rainy weekend. Luckily, that was the day that my session was scheduled with Christina, Bryan, and kids Emma and William. Last time I saw William he was only 6 months old. Now he’s an active three year old with sweet 8 month old sister Emma. We did manage to find our own tranquil spots, surrounded by the magnificent sea of pink blossoms where it was easy to forget the hundreds of other people milling about just out of view.

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