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Photograph St. John's Church - the Church of Presidents - Decorated for the Holidays!
True to our 22-year tradition of bringing clients to the BEST places in town, Washington Photo Safari has now been given an exclusive opportunity to photograph inside the historic St. Johns Church on Lafayette Square, right across from the White House, beautifully decorated at holiday time.
Known as the “Church of the Presidents” because every President since James Madison has attended services here, St. Johns was designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe and constructed in 1816. Throughout its history, St. Johns has held services commemorating historic events, including pre-Inauguration worship services for Presidents of the United States.
The 25 beautiful stained glass windows in the church were designed by the Lorin firm in Chartres, France. They depict stories of Jesus and St. John. The pews seen today were originally installed in 1843. One of the church’s most interesting features is the “Lincoln Pew”, in the very last pew before the exit door, where, during the Civil War, President Lincoln would slip quietly in and out for private contemplation and meditation.
At holiday time the Church is adorned with beautiful decorations to celebrate the season. Our safari, led by architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria, will provide lessons in architectural church and stained glass window photography, with Mr. Luria giving each client tips on exposure, composition, white balance and ISO settings. After spending an hour in the church, we will photograph the exterior of the church and its adjoining parish House and other buildings. Tripods are allowed.
Any camera will do, but for best results we suggest cameras with adjustable shutter speeds and Manual Mode, plus wide angle (10-20mm or 16-24mm) lenses and telephoto lenses (70-200, or 70-300mm) for those stained glass window close-ups. Late-model smartphones are perfectly acceptable for this safari.
COVID-19 Special Note: With the advent of the virulent Omnicron variant, and in the interest of keeping all our clients safe and healthy in this confined indoor space, we do require that all persons attending this safari be masked, fully vaccinated, and boosted.
1525 H St NW; meet outside church entrance on 16th Street. Limited street parking available, closest Metros are Farragut North, Farragut West and McPherson Square.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 39,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.