I thought this post was going to be a "venue spotlight" post where I could talk about having your wedding at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Nope, the not-very-helpful-but-pleasant-enough info desk guy said. It's federal land and so you can't rent it out... I was unclear on the details, but there was a very useful sign saying "no weddings ever." So you won't be getting married at the U.S. Botanic Garden. But you could do your engagement photos there. In fact, this nifty greenhouse has a ton of secret little spots for getting your picture on. I think it would make a lovely setting, and of course you would have the Capitol and Washington Monument as backdrops as soon as you step outside. Plus, there are lots of great plants. I decided to use a slight silver effect for these black and white images. I'm not really sure why, but I thought it looked good and so went with it for all the monotones. I love working in greenhouses. There are windows everywhere, and so lots of light, but they are often miserably dirty - which is great! The film and dirt and things on the windows diffuses the light and makes the whole place glow. Greenhouses are fantastic places for portraits. There are also some great outdoor spaces for portraiture at the U.S. Botanic Garden. I snapped a lot more examples for my own reference, but certainly don't want to bore you with all that. I don't know if this little castle-thing is new. I've never noticed it before. I'd love to take your photo here at the U.S. Botanic Garden or anywhere else, so head on over to my contact page and tell me what's up!