Something I truly love about my job is that I’m capturing moments in time for two people wholly in love–but no one (I mean not even me!) should have to wait for their elopement day to have those moments captured forever. I’m a big (like really big) fan of couples booking sessions for a ton of reasons other than just their elopement.
Don’t get me wrong–elopements are obviously my jam (it’s my entire job, after all), but what it really boils down to is that love deserves to be captured, no matter where you are on your journey. And that, of course, includes engagement photos.
Hayley and Ethan are an adorable and sweet couple who wanted to make sure they had a few special memories sealed into their minds forever from the time they were engaged. To me, that’s the perfect reason to opt for engagement photos, even if you’re not planning a proposal for that specific moment.
Hayley and Ethan were already engaged and knew they wanted a few special captures to savor those sweet moments in this phase before they said their vows. And, of course, I was so ready to work with this adventurous and fun couple.
I met up with Hayley and Ethan on a fun little trail near Denver–they weren’t looking for the most challenging or epic hike, just something beautiful they could appreciate and enjoy together. These two were so comfortable with each other and in their love, but they told me straight away that they were a little nervous about being on that side of the camera.
As a quick aside, I want every couple out there to know that it’s totally normal to be a little nervous about having someone capture photos of you and your partner. That’s a human thing–you know, to be a little anxious about getting pictures taken.
Maybe you’ll feel a little nervous, maybe a little self-conscious, maybe even afraid you won’t like the photos. But you know what? Once you get in front of the camera and relax and focus on your partner and the love you share, all of that melts away.
Hayley and Ethan were no exception. These two beautiful people started out just a touch shy about all the photos at first, but a few minutes in, they were laughing and smiling ear to ear. When I look at their album, I barely remember that they started out nervous. Every photo is an echo of something beautiful, hilarious, or meaningful.
And that’s what couples remember, too. When they look at photos of themselves from their engagement sessions or their elopement days, it’s just the memory of feeling that love.
Their engagement session was all about sharing time together in a place they thought was beautiful–so the views were important to them. The trail didn’t disappoint, the vistas didn’t disappoint, and of course, the time they shared together soaking it all in didn’t disappoint, either.
These two were hoping for a classic and breathtaking sunset for their engagement photos, but Colorado had her own plans–as she usually does.
It was a little cloudy around the time the sun started to set. While we were slightly disappointed to know we might not get the light show they’d been dreaming of, something else amazing was unfolding in front of our eyes–a gloriously moody display of Fall colors.