Fourth of July Weekend! | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and stayed cool in this exhausting heat! This was my first year celebrating the Fourth of July in D.C. Last year I was off vacationing in Italy (I know, I know, not very patriotic of me). I decided to make the most of the experience by checking out the most popular (and crowded) fireworks show in the nation! Armed with some snacks, my camelback, camera, and tripod, I ventured downtown on the metro and made my way to an amazing view right in front of the Washington National Monument. The fireworks were awesome and it was well worth putting up with the heat and crowds; not to mention the two hour trek home. Anyway, below are a few of my favorite shots. It was my first time experimenting with photographing fireworks and I think it went pretty well! I got some great tips from Joe McNally’s blog post, you can check it out by clicking here!

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The National Zoo | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

Three great things about the National Zoo. Number one, it’s free. Number two, it’s not crowded in the winter (even on the warmer days), and Number three, it’s the perfect opportunity to play with your long lens and get some great action shots! A few weekends ago I took my first trip to the National Zoo. The lions put on quite a show. It’s pretty obvious looking through these photos which one was the trouble maker!

Occupy DC

I had the opportunity last week to see the protests in DC first hand with some of my classmates, Amy, Rachel, and Caitlin. It didn’t take us too long to find the action when we got off the metro at McPherson Square. We just followed the chants of “We ARE the 99 percent!” It was a beautiful day, not to mention crazy, exciting and actually very difficult to photograph. It was a long day of shooting and following the crowd with their signs and chants, and 800 or so images later, I still wish I took more.

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