It’s a privilege being an engagement and wedding photographer in the beautiful city of Washington, DC. I photograph so much more than what passes in front of my lens. I get to capture love, excitement, nervousness and all the mixed feelings that go into the relationships that lead to weddings. Mostly, it’s capturing love. As a DC engagement photographer, one of my favorite places to do this is at the Lincoln Memorial during sunrise.
Washington, DC boasts an endless supply of historic landmarks, tucked-away hidden gems, and remarkable architecture serving as the perfect backdrop for capturing any occasion. But, when it comes to documenting two people in love–nothing beats the Lincoln Memorial at sunrise. Sure, we have to get up stinkin’ early to do it. And yes, depending on the time of year, it might be a little cold.
But, there’s just something magical about that early morning air when it’s just the two of you by the glistening water of the Reflecting Pool when the sun is just starting to peak over the Washington Monument. It seriously cannot get any more romantic than that. As your DC engagement photographer, I disappear as you two shine in the morning light while I capture your love!
I can’t help but return to the Lincoln Memorial because of the lighting! An added bonus to going at sunrise is the guarantee of fewer people present than any other time of day. We often have the space entirely to ourselves! That’s saying a lot for taking DC engagement photos at a national monument.
The sun rises on the Washington Monument side, so we get beautiful light resting on both the Lincoln and the Reflecting Pool. It’s easy to walk alongside the water and capture you two just enjoying one another as naturally as possible! The sunrise colors are just gorgeous and the white monument allows for an open color palette for outfits! Wearing both neutrals and colors looks amazing.
Fewer people at sunrise means not only less distractions in your photos but also more spaces within the Lincoln’s columns for us to get those perfect angles. We can get creative! I love the variety that these grand and small spots have to offer. Seriously, every time I go I find a new space, angle, or side of the monument I newly love!
I’m get to be both your DC engagement photographer and your tour guide! I really love photographing my couples within the interior columns showing the Washington Monument in the background. I also like taking couples on the side of the Memorial so we are standing on the grass with the Monument behind them. There are also areas by the Reflection Pool with willow trees that provide a bit of nature in this urban spot.
Being both your DC engagement photographer and local expert, I’m here to help you best plan your engagement photo session! Here are my insider tips!
I highly recommend combining your hair and makeup trial with your engagement photos. This allows you to get to know each other and your artist can then learn your preferences. I would only recommend doing your HMU trial before your sunrise engagement session if you can start early enough to be un-rushed. If you’re an early rise–then go for it!
Take it from a DC engagement photographer who loves shooting the Lincoln Memorial at any time of day: sunset is just as beautiful! There will just be more people around so you’ll have to allow a little more time for parking. No matter sunrise or sunset, the sides of the memorial will always be free of tourists. So there are options and then you can do your HMU trial session without feeling rushed!
If you’re thinking that the Lincoln Memorial is the place for your engagement photos then I would love to talk about my favorite spots and shots!