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Colorado Winter Engagement | Riley and Trista | Rocky Mountain National Park


Riley and Trista | Colorado Winter Engagement | Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement | Sunrise Engagement
Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Engagement Photographer


This year I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph quite a few winter engagement sessions.  When I asked Riley and Trista if they’d like a winter or spring feel to their engagement photographs, I was incredibly excited when they not only wanted winter, but also during the early morning.  For their Colorado winter engagement, I was able to convince them to meet me bright and early for sunrise.  Sunrise is a magical time… the whole sky welcomes the sun with an incredible pink hue.  And with fresh snow, both on the ground and falling, our Rocky Mountain National Park engagement session didn’t disappoint.

My good friend and colleague, Jenae of Jenae Lopez Photography, got up at the crack of dawn (well, technically earlier 😉 ) to head up into the mountains with us.  Being from Denver, it’s still very exciting to be greeted by Elk when up in Estes Park.  A whole heard welcomed us as we headed up towards Horseshoe Park to begin photographing.

Horseshoe park is easily accessible with great views.  Our original plan was to photographing facing West, but the fog had other plans for us.  The sunrise was unlike any I’ve ever photographed – the sun came up and glared through intense fog with the mountains peeking out to the East.


Colorado Winter Engagement


As we continued on through Rocky Mountain National Park, we stopped at a snowshoe trail on the side of the road to catch the foggy sun before all the fog burned off.  It was quite magical to have all the snow gleaming, it almost felt surreal.  Riley and Trista were great at hiding the fact that it was only a whopping 8* outside.  I’m still impressed that they had no intentions of wearing their coats all morning.


Once we were on the other side of the mountain, the downpour of snow stopped and the sun came out.


Spontaneous couples are my absolute favorite.  When we asked Riley and Trista if they’d be willing to climb the snow-covered rock, they had ZERO hesitations.  Even with heels on.  I promised the results would be pretty epic, and I feel that we didn’t disappoint in our promise…


Out in Portland for a photography conference, Jenae and I learned a nifty in-camera trick.  Yes, the reflection is real and done in camera!


Thank you, Riley and Trista, for trekking through the snow and freezing temperatures for a Rocky Mountain National Park engagement session.  I’m incredibly excited and honored to be photographing your July wedding at the Pines at Genesee.


 Savannah Chandler is Based out of Denver, Colorado and available for travel worldwide.

Colorado Engagement Photographer | Colorado Wedding Photographer | Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement Photographer

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Jess says:

Love these images!! The ones with the rosy colored sky are my favorite! Beautiful work.

Emilyanne says:

Oh Savannah the light and falling snow in that first series is magical. Love. Them!

Devon says:

Girl! These are perfection! The light in the beginning is jaw dropping! That is one lucky couple!

Jyn says:

Colorado is so pretty. Love this engagement session.

Laura says:

Such a gorgeous winter wonderland!!

Nicole Pettit says:

These are absolutely breathtaking! I am in awe of your portraits, this light and those scenes are to die for!

Amanda says:

So dreamy! That sun peeking through…love!!

Alissa says:

These are amazing photos and I love the lighting!

Jennifer says:

How gorgeous are these?! The snow, the gorgeous light! What an amazing engagement session.

Monet Nicole Moutrie says:

Wow! What a gorgeous session. The snow and the light…took my breath away!

Miqui Miller says:

Simply breathtaking!! You make me want to get up for a sunrise session!

Jennifer M Koskinen says:

OK so everything about this is just about PERFECT. That light is insanely stunning!! And the fresh snow… the beautiful couple, your compositions, all of it! WOW wow wow!! This is one of those sessions that will definitely stick in my head…

Shannon Scholtes says:

I love the light and sky in the first set of photos. Truely stunning!

Beittany says:

A truly perfect winter session! That liiiiiight is insane amounts of magical!

Lindsay Tullar says:

awwww these were sweet. Love the couple and your location is amazing

Jennie Crate says:

Every one of these is stunning! A favorite session for sure! And I love the in camera reflection trick. Now if only I remembered which one this was… 🙂

Mary Schlener says:

I am loving your style more and more! So amazing!

Sharee Davenport says:

that morning light looks so amazing, and the creamy background on the images. so magical!

Molly Blair Richardson says:

Absolutely stunning!

Ashley Kidder says:

Oh man, these engagement photos are great! I can’t get over that light at the beginning! Just stunning Savannah!