In case you missed Part 1 of Laura and Scott’s two day Colorado engagement session, here’s a little recap of how I ended up capturing their love story in the mountains of this beautiful state:
Laura and Scott are avid travelers (they met and got engaged in Europe) so it was right up their alley to continue their adventurous love story amid breathtaking views. They reached out to me about going out to Colorado for their session, and it took me all of 2 seconds to say yes! We spent four days together, driving to gorgeous locations like Red Rock Canyon, Central City, Boulder, the Flat Irons, Lost Gulch Lookout, Grand Lake and the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Since we covered so much ground, it’s only natural that I’d have tons more images to share! So I decided to split up their blog post into two parts. Welcome to part two!
We began day two of Laura and Scott’s engagement session at the Grand Lake Lodge just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. After doing our research before the trip, Laura and I couldn’t help but realize that the epic landscapes we craved were going to be found in the mountains. Grand Lake provided the perfect starting point for our adventure!
Our first step was to grab lunch for our drive in since we’d be eating on the road. We ran down to the little town of Grand Lake to pick up sandwiches and snacks before setting out for the park. However, we spent a little more time taking in the scenery of the lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. As a girl from Georgia in the middle of summer, Grand Lake with it’s 70 degree weather was a wonderful break from the humid 98 degree days back home!
Our adventure began on Trail Ridge Road as we made our way through the mountains. We saw all sorts of elk on the way, keeping our eyes open for a moose or a bear. We reached the top of the road at just under 12,000 ft elevation when we decided to hop out for some quick portraits! Driving through the Rocky Mountains and looking or portrait locations is such an easy task. Everywhere we turned was a gorgeous backdrop. It was a photographer’s dream!
We continued along Trail Ridge Road for most of the afternoon, stopping occasionally on the side of the road to jump out for portraits. When we reached the top of these mountains, there was so much beauty to take in! From rocky meadows to cliffs and high elevation, we had our hands full. Laura and Scott were such troopers. It’s not an easy task to hike in a dress and suit. They had the best attitudes throughout the whole day!
We walked on a trail for a short while to find a quiet spot downhill from some elk. We sat down to lunch and enjoyed the view before continuing on our journey through the mountains!
As we continued our drive down Trail Ridge Road, we stopped at Moraine Park. The picturesque park sits in a valley surrounded by mountains with a stream of clear water running through. When we pulled up, there was hardly anyone around except for a lone fisherman enjoying the peace. We captured some of my favorite photos walking through the meadow, jumping the stream and enjoying the views.
Our final location was arguably the most sought after and difficult one to get to! We reached the trailhead for Bear Lake and loved what we saw, but we knew that there was more beauty ahead of us. Laura and I had seen photos of Dream Lake during our research. It was the prize we wanted to end our session! The hike took us about 30 minutes, walking a mile up the mountain and over streams, catching the occasional waterfall. Scott kept us entertained as he freestyle rock climbed his way up the side of the trail! It was tough, but so, so worth it!
Laura and Scott, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times more: thank you. I had the best time with you two in Colorado, and I’m so honored you chose me to capture your Colorado engagement session! June can’t get here fast enough!