• Lesly Salazar

Washington D.C. Family Photos | Lincoln Memorial | Vivian + Gregg + Remington

The DMV has so many beautiful places to capture portraits - the city, country, mountains, and beaches. But regardless of how many sessions I capture, nothing quite compares to Washington D.C. family photos, especially at the Lincoln Memorial. Vivian, Gregg, and Remington were so easygoing, and I loved getting to hear their story.

God was looking over us that day. Somehow, despite the crowds, we seemed to be the only ones in the area we stood in no matter where we went. Well, except this one time a crowd gathered and cheered them on. The columns were majestic as always, and Vivian's smile radiated the whole time we were together. I told Gregg (more than once) that he should consider a side gig as a model. The camera loved them both! And it didn't hurt that their outfits were perfectly coordinated and fashionable.

Little Remington either slept or drank his milk the whole time. I've shot dozens of families with infants, but that has never happened before! He was so relaxed. Some of my favorite photos are of Vivian feeding Remington. She stood alone in the sunlight surrounded by the memorial's marble and looked like an angel. Gregg looked at his wife and son, and I could feel the love and pride radiating from him. He loves them so much.

I had been anticipating this portrait session for what seems like an eternity. Buckle up, because this story is wild.

Vivian reached out over a year ago requesting photos to celebrate her and Gregg's one-year anniversary. As we got closer to the date, Vivian learned she was expecting! We chatted about surprising Gregg with the news during the session. A few weeks later, she told me the pregnancy was taking a toll on her, and that she'd rather wait a few months for maternity photos. I completely understood and we postponed.

Five months went by and because of COVID and the spring weather's unpredictability, Vivian opted for a newborn session once their son was born. But a few months later when Remington arrived, Vivian's recovery was taking longer than she anticipated. We postponed the session one last time and in mid-July, we all finally had the pleasure of meeting! This family session was everything I could have hoped for, and I am so excited to share some of my favorite images.

Dear Vivian and Gregg,

I had an amazing time meeting you and getting to know your family. Based on what you told me about your careers and love story, it seems like the best things in your life have happened when you least expect them. I'm so excited for you as you enter this new stage of life. Remington is so blessed to have a smart, kind mother and a caring, supportive father. I wish nothing but the best for you as you continue this journey. I hope these photos are everything you hoped for!