Cold weather coming? Winter in the air? No problem for a photographer in the photographer – friendly city of Washington, DC. Here’s a flashback to one of my favorite winter lifestyle sessions. Polar Vortex? No problem.
Washington, DC Lifestyle Photography: Sarah & Jake
The high temperature in Washington, DC may climb to a sizzling 30 degrees today.
Add winds gusting to 25mph and the real feel is near zero. For the residents of the city of Washington, this will be one very cold day. Today’s weather reminds me of a nearly identical day in January of last year, when I photographed Sarah and Jake during a lifestyle photography session.
Washington is a beautiful city for location photography, but when the temperatures drop and the winds start coursing through the National Mall, the location of first choice is not outdoors. Our original plan was to shoot on the National Mall, using the iconic sites and monumental architecture of Washington as a backdrop. But with high winds and brutally low temperatures, it was no place for an outdoor session, unless pink cheeks are your thing.
So indoors we went, to one of my favorite places – the East Wing of The National Gallery of Art.
I began my professional photography career photographing architecture. Those who know me well, know that I love combining images of people with the built environment. The contrast, context and the energy that the city brings to my work are now an integral element of my photographic style. Architecture complements the visual story and provides a compositional anchor to build on.
From the moment I first became aware of his work, I have been an ardent admirer of architect I.M. Pei. He has the unique ability to create architecture that is at once outside the box, by design, but somehow finds a way to blend into, and enhance, its surroundings. The East Wing is a perfect example of this – an ultra modern structure woven into the fabric of the tradtional monumental architecture that is Washington, DC and the National Mall. The East Wing is one of the first examples of iconic modern architecture in this city and it has held up well, even as the number of award winning modern structures in the city has slowly increased. Pei’s interior design and the beautiful natural light of the East Wing made this a perfect setting to capture images of Jake and Sarah.
Fortunately, January is not high season for tourism in Washington, DC, so we had the unusual experience of being nearly alone in this beautiful museum. This session turned out to be one of my favorites. A delightful couple and award winning modern architecture. A wonderful combination for any photographer.