Posts Tagged 'Mountain Engagement'

January 26, 2016
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Recently, I traveled to the Asheville area for an amazing engagement session with Jen & Frayne. Our day began at the spectacular Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, and ended with the amazing sunset views at Black Balsam Knob near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Our time together was truly serene. The couple stated early in the day they didn’t take each other “too seriously” and “just enjoy laughing and spending time together.”  Those attributes were clearly apparent in their shoot. They were both completely at ease without a care in the world.
Generally, there’s some hesitation getting starting at most photo shoots, as it’s sometimes an awkward feeling knowing you are being photographed — but, to Jen & Frayne, I was just there  like part of the scenery — fortunate enough to witness the love they share and their carefree devotion to one another . The best way I could describe their love : purely effortless.

Hiking up the over 6,000 feet elevation of Black Balsam Knob, we really weren’t sure what the evening would hold.  The clouds in the distance were clearly storm clouds,  yet the sun was peering through the darkness as well. It was without question the most variety I’ve ever received from the sky in a session and the sunset….oh, the sunset. Well, just see for yourself.

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. ~ Horace
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April 21, 2015
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In life’s travels, many of us will eventually come across an isolated place in nature that speaks to our heart.  We are the lucky ones — to be touched by nature’s glory, as we stand in awe of a vista that surrounds us in beauty and serenity.
Thank you, Savannah and Jaymin, for traveling with me along this memorable journey.  A journey in which the waterfall reminds us to be free in our lives and our love.

I want my life to be a mountain stream that rushes down wild flowered slopes through pine glades into green valleys, I do not want culverts to contain my force or cement to channel my flow, nothing to break my life’s course with roots, stones and sand.  ~ Lowell McMullin

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November 12, 2013
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When I meet prospective clients for an Engagement Session, we try to match their personalities and hobbies with a photo setting that would reflect their interests.  With Gini and David, perhaps we went a little overboard — in more ways than one!

Both outdoor enthusiasts, Gini and David enjoy Geocaching, fishing, hiking, and a multitude of other out-of-doors experiences. What better place to shoot their session than Crowders Mountain State Park. I had it all pictured in my head — the couple’s silhouette on the mountaintop, another image of them on the lake in a canoe with sun glinting off the water — but what happened in the actual session was a bit different than what we had planned.

We decided to start the evening with a little canoeing. Gini had canoed with her father since she was a child, so she knew the ropes. She seated herself near the back of the canoe and we gave it a little push off the landing so David could climb aboard. David, clearly a little uneasy and unsure of the situation, steps into the boat and it begins to rock and sway. With Gini’s calming voice and encouragement, David finds a seat and begins to relax. At that point, I said, “Ok. Ready? I’m giving you a push.”  The rest was like a slow motion film . . . the canoe tipped to the left, and by instinct, David puts out his leg (into the water) to steady the boat. Meanwhile, Gini’s seat at the stern was in deep water. Thankfully, Gini was calm under pressure, and using her long-ago-learned canoe skills, kept the boat from completely flipping.
Both finally balanced and ready, with David’s leg back into the canoe, I was shooting pictures like crazy. I think this was my first session with one of my subjects wearing clothes that were completely drenched below the knee on one side. The shoot went off without further incident, but I’m certain David’s death grip on the canoe left permanent indentations!
After the canoe photos, it was time to climb the mountain. David’s pant leg was starting to dry, and it looked like it was going to be a perfect sunset…

The mountaintop was nearly a one mile climb, which I’d done previously with my son, Alec, and our dog, Baxter.  I didn’t count on how difficult it would be for me to climb the same mountain without the dog pulling me, or with the added weight of all my camera gear. About halfway to the summit, we stopped for quick rest. At this point, I’m re-thinking the whole session and visualizing both David and Gini wondering just what they’d gotten themselves into!
Our rest was short lived because we were losing sunlight. It was nearly a mad dash to the top where we witnessed a glorious sunset, with all the peace and tranquility that nature has to offer. We shot photos until darkness enclosed us, and hiked off the mountain by flashlight.

The couple seemed to take the evening’s events all in stride. With both being teachers, I expect they deal with plenty of surprises and improvisation in life. As we approached our cars, David and Gini were still having fun, still enjoying each other’s company.  You could clearly see the love they shared, and after our evening’s adventure, it was even more evident.
About Gini, David said, “I love that she has an overall beauty that is unmatched by any woman on the planet. It’s obvious that she’s beautiful on the outside. What people don’t know, but quickly find, is that she has a love for all creatures. When that love is transferred to me, it makes everything about my life better. She was the missing star in my constellation.”
I can’t think of anything that surpasses those words of endearment, and feel so fortunate this couple shared a moment of their life with me.

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A very special thank you to Sarah for assisting on this crazy adventure!