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Washington DC Road Trip – Part I {National Mall & Smithsonian National Museum of American History} Sassy Mouth Photography

Our trip. Was.  Awesome.

Well, the drive there was a little longer than expected.  And the ride home too.  But we made it safe, and sound, and had a blast.  What more could we hope for?  Tj and I adventured out towards Washington DC, our Nations Capitol on a sassy field trip adventure with our nieces for three days of fun, learning, walking, and adventure.  Yeah, they might have loved the hotel the most…haha….But we made memories they will never forget.  And we just went through all five million pictures (don’t worry, they aren’t all on this post, just the fabulous highlights)  and they laughed and smiled and yelled things out in all the right places.  It was a very special time.  <3

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Travel Photographer Road Trip George Washington Bridge, Baltimore, Tunnel, New Jersey Sassy Mouth Photography

 We stayed at the Hyatt Fairfax and Fair Lakes in Virginia, 20 minutes out of DC.  An excellent hotel!  The pool and hot tub were lovely, food was good the first night, easy access from DC, I was very happy with the stay!

Travel Photographer Blog Hyatt Fairfax and Fair Lakes in Virginia Sassy Mouth Photography

Travel Photographer Blog Hyatt Fairfax and Fair Lakes in Virginia Sassy Mouth Photography

Silver Diner in Fair Lakes Virginia was thebomb.com for breakfast.

Silver Diner in Fair Lakes Virginia

Washington, DC!

Washington DC Travel Photography Parking Garage 1717 Pennsylvania Ave

The White House

The White House Travel Blog Travel Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography

 So, the White house is awesome.  There is no where to park in Washington, but after we finally found a parking garage in the best spot ever, we went right for the big house.  There were a million people in front, sort of all in the same spot.  We stayed 20 feet to the side, and it looks like we were the only people there.  Ha.

The White House Travel Blog Travel Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography

The White House Travel Blog Travel Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography

Eisenhower Executive Office Building

aka to us, Gringotts.

Eisenhower Executive Office Building Travel Blog Sassy Mouth Photogaphy

 First Division Monument Presidents Park Washington DC

First Division Monument Presidents Park Washington DC

 This was the first time we had all seen green grass this year, after being buried in snow up to our eyeballs until Mid March.  I let them frolic and have a great time, it was the Presidents Park after all!

Presidents Park Washington Monument Travel Blog Photographer Sassy Mouth

 So, let me introduce you to Prickles the Hedgehog Beanie Baby.  My niece have a million of these guys, from personal collections to tag sale finds, and they love them.  Lilly has in the past brought along a beanie baby on an adventure.  Prickles basically stars in this one.  Haha.  He is everywhere.  We called him every version of Prickles we could, puckles, pickles, tickles, tony…Haha.  But I just looked him up online, and confirmed.  Lil said she is bring a different one on our next adventure.  Totes adorbs.

Prickles the Hedgehog Beanie Baby Washington DC photographer travel blog

 Ahhh finally.  We were a week or two late on the Cherry Blossoms IN Washington DC.  All around the area, they were blooming magically.  They have those in town blossoms on a tight schedule! Lol.  But I found these little pink trees with the Washington Monument in the background (they haven’t gotten the schedule yet) and a few other pretty little blossoms throughout the trip, that got me my fix.  A week later, after we got home, blossoms bloomed all throughout Connecticut for their one glorious beautiful week. :)

Washington Monument Cherry Blossoms Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

 Like I said, these kids really missed grass.  You might be able to spot Prickles sailing through the air too.  They had the best time ever.

Washington Monument Kids Field Trip Travel Blog Photographer

 I was keeping kids alive, we were all having a great time, AND I was documenting with my Canon 5d MK II and my Iphone 5s.  Nailed it!

Washington Monument Kids Field Trip Travel Blog Photographer

The Washington Monument from below

The Washington Monument Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

White Mulberry tree Washington Monument DC Travel Photographer Sassy Mouth

National World War II Memorial Washington DC

National World War II Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

The World War II Memorial is breathtaking, interesting, sad, and beautiful.

National World War II Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

National World War II Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

 The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is awesome..and being drained or fixed or something.  There is so much construction going on in Washington DC right now, but I sort of think there probably always is.

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Travel Photographer Blog

 Representing for Connecticut!

Reflecting Pool Treelined Pathway Washington DC travel photographer Sassy Mouth

Lincoln Memorial!

Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

 Boom.  Perfect.  Thank you to Night at the Museum for having us thinking Big Abe Lincoln was going to get up and walk around…ha.  And while we are here, can we talk about all the architecture in Washington?  If you are not seeing all the Egyptian, Pagan, Roman, Greek, and more ancient civilizations design influence all up in here, you are cray cray.  This is not early American inspired…to say the least….lol.  But it is all magnificent.

Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

 A bigger THANK YOU to real life Abe Lincoln for photo bombing our selfie and looking JUST LIKE the statue behind us!  Seriously.  Best Photo Bomb ever.  We love it.

Real life Abe Lincoln photo bomb Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

Gettysburg Address The Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog

Where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream Speech

I have a Dream The Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog

We bought snuggly new sweatshirts from a lady in a van, and they were perfect, once the sun went in it got chilly out.  Lil’s teachers name is Robin, and every one we saw, she ran after is yelling MY TEACHER.  The bottom corner picture is Abby telling me how crazy I am, and Lil eating skittles, proof I kept them amped up a little bit on sugar to keep em going.  Haha.

Spring Vacation Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

We were starting to get tired, but I can’t go to Washington DC and not visit the National Museum of American History.  They have my favorite shoes there.

National Museum of American History Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

She thought there was going to be FOOD over here.  Lol.

They have Julia Child’s entire kitchen in the National Museum of American History.  Yep, the whole thing, and all sort of other wonderful memorabilia from her life, like Julia’s diploma from Le Cordon Bleu

Julia Child Kitchen National Museum of American History Travel Blog Sassy Mouth Photographer

Julia Child Kitchen National Museum of American History Travel Blog Sassy Mouth Photographer

This Faith Bradford Dollhouse had them entertained for a very long time, they wanted to shrink down and jump in there with all this adorableness.

Faith Bradford Dollhouse National Museum of American History Travel blog photographer Sassy Mouth

The Ruby Slippers National Museum of American History travel Blog Sassy Mouth Photography

Ahhh my PRETTIES!!!  Gasp.  The Ruby Slippers at the National Museum of American History.  One of Five pairs worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz.  Danced in them down that yellow brick road.  I love these shoes, my soul sparkles red sequins.  I had TJ and Abby help me with a little lighting assistance, the museum doesn’t have much light on these beauties, probably for preservation purposes.  My soul is part owner of these shoes,

they would look great in The Sassy Space.

The Ruby Slippers National Museum of American History travel Blog Sassy Mouth Photography

The Count!  I didn’t know his proper name was Count Von Count, but it is.  Weird.  On display at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

The Count Count Von Count Muppet National Museum of American Art

See! More spring time blossoms in Washington DC!

Willard InterContinental Washington DC Travel Blog Sassy Mouth

Yep, this is the President, and his motorcade, driving out of The White House driveway.  How is THAT for a winning lucky moment on a DC vacation?  I only took pictures of a few of the 15 vehicles involved in this entourage!

Presidential Motorcade Obama Washington DC Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

We had a date night at Bellissimo Restaurant in Virginia.  Thanks to our waiter Quinton for serenading us.  Omg TJ and the girls wanted to beat me up a little, but they won’t ever forget it!  Very nice food, and service.

Bellissimo Restaurant Virginia Washington DC travel photographer blog sassy mouth

Back to the Hyatt pool! Good times!

Oh…..and btw…we are going to do night pictures of the monuments.  They were buckwild crazy until they passed out five minutes into the adventure…haha.

The Jefferson Memorial at night.

The Jefferson Memorial at Night Long Exposure Travel Photographer Blog Sassy Mouth

The Washington Monument at night.

The Washington Monument long exposure at night travel photographer blog sassy mouth

Well….that was part 1!  We go to space in the next blog.  Stay tuned!

CTPPA 66th Annual Convention { Hartford/Windsor Marriott – Connecticut Professional Photographers’ Association} The Sassy Photographer

I have been a member of CTPPA Connecticut Professional Photographers’ Association since 2012, but have never stayed the entire weekend for their annual convention.  Since I decided to forgo my annual pilgrimage to Vegas for WPPI this year, I asked my The Sassy Photographer counterpart Aurora Photography to join me for three days away in Hartford, being awesome.  We had a fantastic weekend, learning and befriending photographers and industry peeps from Connecticut and beyond.  And being ABsolutely FABulous.  We both documented with our iphones throughout, and took our lovely Canons out for the Award Ceremony, that I was asked to document.  Perfect amount of Sassy.  Next year, have us host it, you know, like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes… 😉

I have to give Aurora a big thank you, not only for being an excellent partner is crime (and taking such good care of me!!), but for bringing the biggest box of Cards Against Humanity to the hospitality room after party that I have ever seen.  The game was perfect, when everyone is being dirty, no one is offended…lol.  Both nights we stayed up to 3:00am laughing and playing, and, ahem, having some drinks.  It sure felt like Vegas to me! Lol.

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 Friday

I took a picture out our room window each morning.

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Tony Corbell

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CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

 Saturday

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CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Propaganda Studios AK

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Honorary Sassy Princess for the Day, Deb Marko Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Tony Corbell live shoot

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ACI American Color Imaging Professional Photo Lab

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CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Alycia Savage Studios newborn photoshoot

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Love this photo bomb with Marietta St Onge  St. Onge Portrait  

and Catherine Maynard of Looking Glass Studio

and this is my new bffffff James.

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

John Stanmeyer

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Team Sassy! AB FAB!

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

EP Levine 

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Mike Bard EP Levine

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

Aurora made the trip back to get out sustenance.  She takes SUCH good care of me.

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

New best fraaannnssss Kevin Jairaj and Alycia Savage <3 <3

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CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

 Sunday

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CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

CTTPA CT Photographer Convention 2015 - The Sassy Photographer Sassy Mouth Photography Aurora Photography

I know it will…. :)