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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