DC Family Photographer | Lincoln Memorial | The McElroy Family

DC Sessions, Family Session

When I first found out we were moving to the Washington DC area, there were two places I added to my photography bucket list. First, the National Mall overlooking the Capitol. (More on that in a few weeks! 😉) Second, the Lincoln Memorial. I had stumbled upon some family photos captured there on Pinterest at one point and immediately stopped scrolling to look at them. The white marble was gorgeous. The light was beautiful. The location was iconic. What more could a photographer want? So, you can imagine my excitement when Reagan reached out to me just a few weeks after we moved about photographing her family there. Lincoln Memorial Family Photos? Count me in!

Family Photos at the Lincoln Memorial

Because of the crowds that gather on the National Mall on a typical weekend, I recommended a sunrise shoot to the McElroys. I knew it would be an early morning for them, especially with their two young kids, but I thought it would be worth it to not have a bunch of random strangers in the background of their photos. Apparently lots of other photographers gave their clients the same advice though because we arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 7:45 AM on a Saturday morning and there were dozens of photographers already there! Thankfully it’s a pretty big place and we didn’t have any trouble finding a spot away from others. In fact, we even got the entire south breezeway to ourselves for a bit! In that time, I was able to capture some of my favorite shots of Porter and Rylie. I absolutely love the ones of them running with the Washington Monument and Capitol in the background!

At the end of our time together, I asked Porter and Rylie to sit for one more quick photo. I just wanted them next to each other looking out towards the Washington Monument. What I got was better than I could have ever asked for. Porter put his arm around his sister and Rylie nuzzled in nose-to-nose with her big brother. It was the sweetest little sibling moment and I’m so glad to have documented it!

Regan and Eric, thank you both so much for allowing me to capture your sweet family at this assignment. I hope these photos serve as a reminder of your time stationed here for many years to come! 🤍

If you are interested in Lincoln Memorial family photos or perhaps a session at another iconic DC location, please reach out to me! I would love to serve your family.

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I've been navigating military life with my family since 2008. In that time, I went from a full-time classroom teacher to an online course designer to a photographer. Actually, I still teach a little math on the side because I just love it too much!

Through it all, I've discovered how passionate I am about connecting with military families. Whether it's taking photos at a retirement ceremony, coaching a fellow milspouse photographer, or just grabbing coffee with a new squadron friend, I love this community. And as a teacher at heart, I'm excited to use this space to share what I've learned about business and life with you.


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