I LOVE to travel. Even more so: I love to travel for shoots and weddings. Coming from Chicago, it’s not every day I get to photograph in the mountains. So when Erin and Scott invited me to Colorado for their mountain engagement shoot, I jumped at the opportunity. The couple will be returning to their roots in Illinois for their 2014 wedding, but wanted to capture the beautiful Rocky Mountains that have now become a part of their home. This Denver mountain engagement session has quickly become a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to return to the mountains again soon. If there’s anyone out there having a mountain wedding, I would LOVE to photograph it. Seriously. Someone please contact me before I try to have the Rockies relocated to Chicago. 😉
Of course, the weekend we scheduled the shoot happened to be during the worst flood Colorado has seen in over 50 years! Even worse, the original location for the shoot was being evacuated and only emergency vehicles were allowed on the roads. I spent that morning in my hotel room looking up road closures and radar maps to make a new plan that would still give Erin and Scott their mountain engagement dream. We drove through the rain as we made our way to Mount Evans near Idaho Springs. I saw a small patch of blue sky out in the distance and hoped that we were headed in that direction. I had been dreaming about this Denver mountain engagement session for months, and I wanted it to go well.
We waited out the rain at our first stop, Echo Lake Park. The backdrop of pine trees reflecting into the lake made a beautiful setting for the start of our mountain session. We were able to get just enough shots at this park before it started raining again. The park ranger told us to only expect more rain, but we decided we had nothing to lose and made our way up toward the top of Mount Evans. Much to our luck, we found that patch of blue sky I had seen earlier, and it ended up being the most beautiful view. Despite the cool 40-degree temperatures, Erin was a trooper and changed into a dress along with a bright orange-red cardigan and boots. The contrast of the bright red against the colors of the mountains was brilliant. Scott brought his guitar for the ride and strummed some chords while the couple enjoyed the mountain views. We made it up to about 13,000 feet high on Mount Evans. Erin, Scott and I joked and called this “extreme engagement photography”. After facing rain, a historic flood, cold air, altitude, and narrow, winding mountain roads, I don’t think there could be a better way to describe this session.
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