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Hay Adams Weddings

If you’re looking for an old world Washington D.C. wedding, then you’re going to want a Hay Adams wedding. With perhaps the very best view of the White House, the Hay Adams hotel provides clients with the best of what Washington D.C. has to offer. With comfortable guest rooms, four diamond service, and impeccable food, it’s the perfect place for a wedding in Washington D.C. 

I’ve had the pleasure of shooting there on a few occasions, and the experience was tremendous. My advice to anyone having a wedding at the Hay Adams would be to allow for enough time to travel to various locations in the city. Traffic can be a bit daunting, and I want to make sure I capture as many landmark locations for my client’s portraiture. 

There are so many phenomenal locations to shoot, but on this day, the Supreme Court of the United States happened to be a ghost town. It was one of the several landmark Washington D.C. locations we visited. Here, I was able to take Jessica and Dan around town with very few pedestrians walking around. Now, it was really cold and very windy, but that didn’t stop this couple from outdoor portraits around the city. I’ve been told that it was just dumb luck that nobody was in my frame, but I’ll take a little luck when it comes to my client’s portraits. It’s a stunning backdrop for any photograph, and I was also lucky to have the sun at my back, which enabled me to have a deep, dark, rich sky. I was careful not to overexpose the columns, which could have been easily mismanaged. My exposure value was ISO 125, 1/4000th @ 5.6, which means there was a ton of light. My camera was the Nikon D750 and I used a Nikkor 24-70mm F 2.8G lens. 

Location: 1 First Street, Northeast; Washington, D.C..