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Cliff Mautner Photography

Washington D.C. Wedding Photographer

If you’re looking for a great spot for a Washington D.C. wedding, then you’re going to want to check out the Hay Adams Hotel. 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 our Nation's Capital.

I’ve had the pleasure of shooting there on a few occasions, and the experience was tremendous. My advice to anyone having a wedding in Washington D.C. 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, we got lucky, and the steps of the US Supreme Court were completely empty. 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.

It was freezing 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..

1/4000; f/5.6; ISO 160; 26.0 mm.