A few weeks back, Amber from Saddleback Studio asked if I wanted to join her on a semi-stylized engagement shoot on a popular, local mountain.
We were hoping for a beautiful, sunny (and somewhat warm) day to work with but really, our expectations may have been a bit high for a February shoot.
Despite the chilly temps, Paige and Ethan were gung-ho for whatever Amber had planned (I was just a shadow with a camera, tagging along for fun).
While Amber and I were appropriately bundled up against the elements, Paige braved the shoot wearing a skirt and tights (and plastic bags wrapped around her feet...her boots were damp from a previous mishap in the not-so-frozen lake!).
Along the way up to the summit, we passed a pair of hikers who were wearing snowshoes. While they didn't laugh out loud at us per se, I'm sure they were inwardly, or outwardly once they hiked out of earshot.
So, Paige and Ethan have this amazing chemistry. Like seriously amazing. The love and adoration they have for each other was so obvious and made posing/photographing them an absolute breeze.
Although the hike to the summit is a short one, we kept stopping every 3 or 4 minutes to photograph in another great spot, nook, or frozen icescape.
Now, I love blooper photos/behind-the-scenes shots, whatever you want to call them! It shows that a photo session isn't all beautiful posing and light. There are a lot of mishaps like slipping, skidding, and relying on your dashing soon-to-be-husband to valiantly lift you over tall, fallen trees.
Right after the almost-slip, we ducked into a secluded cove of evergreen trees and then it was game-on for darker, moodier photos.
Then, back on our slippery way to the summit!
And since I've been on this panorama kick lately, here's one I shot at the top of Panther. I think this one was something like 14-16 images stitched together.
Once at the summit, Amber's style-skills came into play and we switched to bridal portraits mode! While I can sew up the little holes in my shirts put there by my clothes-eating washing machine, Amber can sew clothes. Like sew to create, not sew to repair.
Paige was a total trooper because by this point, we had been outside in the cold for quite awhile and now we were asking her to trade her warm clothes for some not so warm clothes.
Since I can't sew anything that would be considered remotely appropriate to wear in public, I contributed with a quick bouquet using the fillers from my Valentine's Day flowers (thanks honey!) and a flower crown I had in my prop collection.
All in all, quite the successful shoot. Thanks so much Paige and Ethan for your willingness to hike around in the cold! Congratulations on your engagement, you two are absolutely adorable together!