Despite the threat of a wildfire at Rainier earlier in the week, Yun and Alex’s Mount Rainier engagement shoot was all I hoped it would be. They wanted the best views of Rainier and were happy to hike to a short distance to get them. I suggested a trail I recently found — it’s a short, gentle walk to a fire lookout overlooking Mount Rainier, and it offers more privacy than shooting within the gates of Mount Rainier National Park.
With the super bloom happening in California now, we’ve all seen the photos of people trampling the flowers to get their iconic Instagram shots. What they don’t know, or simply ignore, is that their actions have major effects on the landscape. In fragile places, like the meadows in California, it takes as few as 10 people following one person off trail to create a path. Once this happens, it takes several more years to start growing flowers again, but only if the path isn’t used.
We are spoiled with gorgeous landscapes in Washington — including mountains, beaches, rainforests, and deserts. So many incredible places make decisions, such as where to take engagement photos, difficult, but that’s the best kind of problem to have.
In order to ease your decision making, I’ve compiled a list of the top 17 best locations to take engagement photos in the state of Washington. Enjoy!
High Rock Lookout, right outside of Rainier National Park, has all the perks of eloping inside the park with out the need of a permit, park entrance fees, or the crowds. This hike boasts of 360 degrees of jaw dropping views, dramatic cliff sides, the perfect view of Rainier, and access to the historical fire lookout in case of inclement weather .
There are few places in the U.S. as beautiful as America’s National Parks, and Mount Rainier is one that is close to my heart. Living in its shadow and adventuring there often, I am familiar with the challenges that come with planning a wedding at Rainier. Here are my best tips to make your Rainier National Park wedding come to life.
Last week you heard my perspective of Jordan's proposal to Shae. This week you get the treat of hearing it from the bride to be, herself, followed by their riverside engagement photos in Spokane.
Growing up on the East side of Washington meant that trips to the beach were a special, once a year occasion, complete with a six hour drive each way. Now that I live in Tacoma, I'm taking full advantage of the proximity to the Pacific and I'm lucky to have married a West coast native who knows all of Western Washington's best kept secrets!
I’ve been dying to shoot at Diablo Lake, ever since my first visit there, over a year ago! Diablo Lake is known for its turquoise water and I love that it has the look of an adventure session without the effort of hiking to get there. It’s got the most amazing viewpoint, and it’s only a few steps past the parking lot.
When I asked Megan and Garrett if they had a special place they'd like to shoot their engagement photos at, I didn't think they would suggest shooting on a ferry! I immediately loved the idea, although I hadn't a clue how it was a meaningful location to them. As it turns out, during the early days of their relationship, Megan commuted via ferry, so they've spent plenty of time together at the terminal and on the ferry.