Signs of Spring in D.C.

Last weekend I took my first trip to Washington DC! I always wanted to go around the beginning of Spring, and it was perfect timing to see some of the cherry blossoms and magnolias that started to bloom.

My boyfriend and I drove down for a long weekend from Friday to Monday. We stayed at the Sofitel DC and it was so luxurious. It was conveniently located a few blocks from the National Mall, but we still did a ton of walking to see all of the monuments and museums.

I loved how the blooming trees provided so many angles and opportunities for different shots of the same monument. Hope you enjoy the photos and Happy Spring!

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Oceanside Sunset

This past Sunday came along with a beautiful and unexpected sunset to end a relaxing weekend with friends. Pink and orange tones lit up the sky and reflected in the water.

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Happy Fall!

Fall is here and I couldn’t be more excited for my favorite season to begin. The weather’s been a little warm so I am anxiously awaiting the cooler weather I love.

If you would like to book a Fall shoot please email me at info@ericamengouchian.com for details and pricing!

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Alexandra | Portraits in the Park

I had a lovely portrait session with my good friend and makeup artist Alex at Blydenburgh Park last week! It was a cool summer evening at the docks with some interesting lighting from the sky. She was so much fun to work with and we will definitely be planning a fall shoot in the next few months. Check out Alex’s Instagram and Youtube for her awesome makeup tutorials.

If you’d like to book a portrait session please feel free to email me at info@ericamengouchian.com.

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The Milky Way Captured

Back in January I wrote a post about my photography goals for 2017. It is with great excitement that I can say I have accomplished one of these goals – I photographed the Milky Way.

Along with last week’s solar eclipse came a new moon. A perfect window of a few days with extremely dark skies. I decided it was finally time to try and make this happen. Last Wednesday night my boyfriend and I got our cameras ready and drove down to Robert Moses State Park around 9pm and heading to field 2, which is open for stargazing. For anyone who isn’t familiar, Robert Moses is a beach on the south shore of Long Island, New York and a favorite spot of mine.

I had done tons of research to make sure I would be able to see and capture this beautiful sight. The odds are against us here in New York, with NYC’s lights brightening the sky from miles away. At this time of year the Milky Way is usually visible fairly early after sunset in the southern part of the sky. This was perfect because the beach is on the south shore of Long Island, which would place the Milky Way towards the water, over the darkest parts of the sky over the Atlantic Ocean.

We made it down to the beach and it was incredibly dark, even eerie being there at night. I stepped out of the car and I’m pretty sure I teared up a little. With the naked eye the Milky Way was faint but clearly visible in the sky. I couldn’t believe what I’ve wanted to see and photograph for so long was a short drive from home, being at the right place at the right time. I set up my tripod and camera along with my wide angle lens and experimented with multiple settings adjusting exposure time and ISO. I took tons of photos and have shared my favorites below. I hope everyone can someday experience seeing the Milky Way and its wonders.

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