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Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement | Trail Ridge Road | Molly and Brad


Molly and Brad | Trail Ridge Road | Estes Park Engagement
Savannah Chandler Photography | Estes Park Engagement Photographer


It’s no secret that that I love photographing in Rocky Mountain National Park for an Estes Park engagement – the rugged terrain and amazing lighting never disappoint.  There is everything from a short walk from the car to over a 10 mile hike for photographs (and yes, I’ve dragged gear over 10 miles for a session!).

For Molly and Brad’s Estes park engagement session, we began lower in elevation at Moraine Park – which offers lovely valley views of the surrounding mountains.  In the spring, the beaver ponds fill up and there’s a lovely river that runs through the valley.  As we began our session, the sun came out in full force, providing a lovely glow.  Molly’s skirt was the perfect contrast to the lush greenery surrounding us.

On our way up the mountain, we stopped along the Ute trail to get some portraits along the tundra.  The Ute is a trail at just above 11,000 feet that extends out into Rocky Mountain National Park for roughly 5 miles.  One of my favorite things about this location is you only need to walk about 100-200 feet to get the amazing views of the Never Summer mountains and Long’s Peak.  As Brad was twirling Molly around the alpine terrain, he performed a few very well executed dips – which was so fun to watch!

To end their Estes Park engagement, we headed up Trail Ridge Road to a “special spot” right off the road – which provides some of the most spectacular views and drop offs I’ve ever seen.  As a photographer, there isn’t really anything better than a jaw dropping location, perfect light on the horizon, and a stunning couple willing to walk out onto a land peninsula.

As the light began to dip behind the horizon, we were greeted with an amazing display of light.  Molly and Brad’s Estes Park engagement was on the Summer Solstice, and I’m now convinced that should be a day to photograph on each year.

Congratulations again, Molly and Brad!

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Savannah Chandler

Colorado wedding photographer | available for travel worldwide
Estes park engagement photographer | rocky mountain national park