When taking engagement pictures in D.C. one is never short of beautiful locations. From the historic Monuments to the various Museums, this city is a photographer's dream. All of the Smithsonian museums have no entry fee and encourage photography.
One of these places is the National Portrait Gallery, which is a historic museum located in the Old Patent Office near the Gallery Place and China Town metro stop.
It was opened to the public in 1968 and it's beautiful collections focus on images by famous Americans. Smithsonian American Art Museum is also in it.
This couple wanted a distinct D.C. feel for their engagement pictures. But something that would also be described as classy and offbeat. And because the National Portrait Gallery offers contemporary as well as classical portraits it was a natural choice for these images.
As we wandered through the part of the American Art Museum we were struck by one of their recent exhibits - Gene Davis' Hot Beat. Known for it's vibrant stripes and rich colors we knew instantly that we had found the right backdrop for what this couple had in mind.
The couple wanted the engagement ring to be seen in the picture. As they tried a few poses we told her to stand with her back to the painting and wrap her arms around her fiance's neck.