Updated: Feb 25
Cherry blossom season is a favorite time for so many people to get family photos done. But there are some things you need to keep in mind!
1. WHEN DO THEY BLOOM
It's a little bit different every year but they bloom in very early spring. But to pinpoint a date, not possible.
It's truly different every year as it depends so much on the weather. I remember in 2017 that they were blooming at the end of February (sooo early!!), 2018 mid March and this year...it's looking like they will be here at the end of March or early April. Time will tell!! I do see some very early blossoms coming out now but they take time! Also, different trees bloom at different times so that makes it even trickier!
But I have a few secret weapons to help me know when they are actually blooming (no need for me to drive around searching for them like I used to, yay!!)
One, I have moved into a new house as of Dec 2018 and I'm so lucky to have cherry blossom trees lining the street I live on and a HUGE amazing tree right in front of my house.
My second secret weapon for knowing when cherry blossoms bloom is THIS site.
It's fantastic and very accurate. Not only does it tell you when but also where!!
But don't let this map of cherry blossom locations fool you, just because there is a tree there...doesn't mean it's a great spot for family photos. I have taken a lot of time over the years to go and look at a lot of these trees and some are in very hard to reach places. In front of someone's house, in their yard, beside train tracks that you can't get at and a lot are on streets with busy traffic and none of these options work for taking family photos. So, if you are wanting to have family photos, get in touch with me and I will give you the inside scoop on where I feel the best spots are!
2. THE WEATHER
One word, unpredictable!! Yes, you many check your weather app and it says it will rain in two days when you have your shoot but then on the day...it's sunny...it's the oldest trick in the Vancouver weather book lol Always keeping us photographers on our toes lol!
My tip, don't even look at the weather reports and stress yourself out. In the morning of your session look out the window and go from there!
THIS SITE is the most accurate of all of the sites and apps I have come across but it is not 100% guaranteed
3. HOW TO PREPARE
This is very important to having a successful Cherry blossom photoshoot!
Check out my blog on family photos how to prepare HERE
And for sure check out my What to wear blog HERE
Cherry Blossoms can be hard to catch to be totally honest.
There was one year a while back where I had over 15 CB mini sessions booked in a week and a half and the weather was so bad I had to reschedule ALL of them...TWICE....Oh.my.word. I hope I never have to do that again. It took so much time for everyone involved to find not one but a second then a third time that worked for everyone to re book. By the end of the CB season about half of the sessions were able to re booked and catch the blossoms...but the other half...well the cherry blossoms sadly were gone by the time they could re book as it had rained SO much. It was sad but hey...there is always next year!
If you’re planning to have a cherry blossom photoshoot there are two things you need, patience and flexibility with the weather and what it does or doesn't do.
But also with the re booking process. If you are having a session with me you need to know I do everything in my power to make a session work and to get those photos for you. In the end there is only so much I can humanly do, I'm still working on my 'control the weather magic' hahah but I haven't quite mastered it yet ;)
Cherry blossom photos are worth the work though friends so stay patient and we will do our best together to make it happen!
5. SOME OF MY FAVE SPOTS TO SHOOT
These locations can be found on the map HERE (you will need to really zoom in!!)
*Also, this map will give you it's best guess on when the blossoms are in bloom at each location!
I have been shooting CB photos for over 9 years now and these are tried and true locations!
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