An engagement session on Shenandoah National Park - photo shoots like this are more of an experience.. for those who don’t live near the mountains, the ones who do live near them but never got the chance to explore them, or the ones who know these mountains better than any other place. We take a drive down Skyline Drive, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, snuggling, laughing, and running around enjoying the views.
I’ve known Alli since we were younger, we met in dance class and danced together all through high school, and she has always been an amazing friend who I remember laughing a LOT with in dance (we were cast as the same leads a couple times, so those extra practices were crazy fun) - but there was something so special about this new adventure together; getting to know Mitchell, hearing their plans for their wedding, and just spending time together made it that much more exciting to be the one to photograph their wedding.
I am all for having portraits taken for fun. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, an annual present to yourself, a celebration of graduation from high school or college, or a freaking breakup. Portrait sessions are SO MUCH FUN. You can make it feel like an REI shoot for an ad or like your a winter goddess, or both like Tori did.
We (quite the group of us) met up by 5:30am, and drove an hour to this winter wonderland to make it JUST in time for sunrise. It was cold, we had blankets and coats and a nice warm car to run to inbetween shots and locations. The ice was a struggle (and a little terrifying), but it was all pretty freaking worth it.
Also, I love my mountains up here in the Shenandoah National Park, but Whitetop Mountain blew me away. I’ve been hearing and reading about this spot for quite some time now, but I didn’t realize just how magical it was. Look at those layers! I want them painted on my wall. I’ve decided I am now going to travel down to Abingdon as much as possible.
Thank you to Tori, Ali, Matt, and Johnny for being troopers (;