carrie & jud are two seattlelites with a bun in the oven! and lucky for them, they are homeward-bound, making their big return to the west this week. they wanted to take some maternity portraits around their adopted city before moving, and i was obviously thrilled to oblige. it was another crystal clear (and freaking freezing) day in the district, and just so happened to be my very last before i moved myself.
it was a wonderful and chilly way to spend my final morning as a DC resident. sending all my love to carrie & jud for their move and their cinco-de-mayo baby!
this year, i mustered the courage and patience to visit the tidal basin cherry blossoms three separate times — a few days early, sunset at peak-bloom, and for a sunrise (ass-kicking) workout. there were tourists aplenty all three times, but the trees are so beautiful and truly live up to the hype, so the flailing elbows and fanny-packs cruising through your shot are worth it.
if it were possible to predict their bloom time more than a few weeks in advance, i’d fly out all my family and friends just to see them. it is a cotton candy dreamland!
since moving east one year ago, i’ve fallen in love with the old fashioned and historic architecture of this coast. the row houses that litter DC remind me of my favorite childhood book: “the big orange splot.” the book tells the story of a neighborhood where all the houses look the same. one family decides to stand out, and paints a big orange splot on the roof of their home. they continue to build upon the color, until their entire house is covered in designs, and the other neighbors follow suit, bringing a whole new life to the neighborhood.
these row houses aren’t quite as crazy as that, but i love how two houses, identical in architecture, can differentiate themselves with a simple paint job.