As soon as I met with Derek and Kyler they were talking about all the traveling and adventures that they're constantly going on. So naturally when it came to their engagement session we choose an unbelievable vantage point of Mt Rainier. As soon as we saw an opening in the summer wildfire smoke we ran out to Mt Rainier National Park hiked up to High Rock where there is an incredible fire lookout cabin. Just when we got to the top clouds rolled in, but this time they added an extra bit of drama without the rain!
Sheridan and Drew are the best! They came all the way out to the Pacific Northwest from the east coast. Well, Drew is actually a pro baseball player. They were only going to be in town for a few days for the AAA All-Star game and their schedule was absolutely packed. Luckily we found a short break to go run around the wilderness!
Of course Rattlesnake Ledge isn't all gorgeous views and endless forest. The hike up was beautiful, but we had to take a 20 minute break at the top to let the sweat dry off and change into some more photogenic clothes. As soon as that was done we were ready to go!
Out here in the Pacific Northwest there are so many gorgeous portrait locations. (It's seriously hard to choose!) One of the easiest and most accessible mountain views is from the Diablo Lake Overlook in North Cascades National Park. Of course it's a big commute, almost 4 hours each way, but it is seriously worth it!
Usually the couples I work with love a bit of adventure for their engagement shoot. Zoe and Jack were all for taking the day off of work and they didn't even mind getting back to Seattle well after midnight. Because that's the thing with these engagement shoots. When the goal is to shoot at sunset in the mountains we could easily be out there until 9:00 or 10:00pm with the long commute back to town. Luckily for them, their starry night photo is actually a composite so they got to leave early while I stuck around to photograph the stars.
As soon as Manessha emailed me from Ohio about an engagement session in the Pacific Northwest I knew it had to be an epic location. It's not everyday that someone travels over 2,000 miles to take photos. After hearing about what they wanted I knew we had to go out to the Big Four Ice Caves! I had just been out there for the first time and I knew this easy hike blew me away. I had no idea that something so unique and so gorgeous could exist with only a few mile hike.
Just a warning: it is extremely dangerous to adventure inside of the ice caves. They are known to collapse at any time and without warning. Several people have died while breaking the rules and wandering inside these caves. At no point in the photoshoot did we go inside the actual caves.