It feels like it has been a long time since we have photographed an engagement session. Erika and Mark’s mountain engagement session was an amazing one to get back into the swing of things with. With perfect weather, a perfect location, and an absolutely amazing couple, these photos are turning out amazing.
Erika and Mark told us wanted an outdoor session that was a combination of mountain adventure with the beauty of the colorful larch trees. The Canadian Rockies offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Timing the session to achieve the perfect colors involved moving the session a couple of times. Our couple had a great vision of what they wanted which helped make our Kananaskis engagement session such a success.
While we primarily market ourselves as Calgary engagement and wedding photographers, we love to get out in the surrounding regions to capture all new looks. A mountain engagement in the heart of Kananaskis is a favorite session of ours and we always have such a great experience.
Mountains, Larch trees, and….grizzlies??
We started with some all-new locations we have never photographed before. We started along the edge of a lake under the view of Mt. Wintour. We spent time exploring the lakeshore and the nearby forested area before moving to our next location. This region was bordering a closure area due to high grizzly activity so bear spray was a necessity. Keeping one eye on our camera and one looking out for large furry animals was a new experience.
Mark mentioned that he loved the idea of dramatic photos but wasn’t into mountain climbing or anything. With that in mind, I found an area where the highway was cut through a large rock wall. Standing on the edge of the rock face, as well as on the top of my truck parked along the road, we captured some great images of our couple alongside a dramatic mountain rock face. A panoramic version of this image also quickly become one of my all-time favorite images.
We will usually include a few photographs where the landscape or background is the main subject of the photo. In some cases, the couple themselves may only be a silhouette or quite small in comparison to the size of the image. We do these to allow the couple to have a piece of artwork that they can display in their home, that isn’t a close-up photo of themselves. While the couple themselves are still in the photo, it is a little less ‘Look at us!!’ and a little more ‘Look at the cool artwork’.
We made our way to a well known lake in Kananaskis which is known for its’ stunning views. The yellow Larch trees were in full display and even the lake was mirror calm allowing a great reflection of the South peak of Mt. Kidd. There were lots of laughs and smiles and it was a great morning. We are looking forward to this amazing couple’s wedding next summer.
Adventure sessions are something we love. If you have an idea, or even if you don’t, and like the idea of an adventure session, give us a call. From hiking to a ridgeline in the mountains, or finding locations that make it look like you did, we will create amazing images for you. After this session, we are looking forward to many more mountain engagement sessions in the near future.
Mountain Engagement – Calgary Engagement Photography
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