September 21, 2018
Megan and Chris were so much fun to get to know at their Lake Dillon engagement session.With the couple getting married in Breckenridge next summer, we wanted to shoot their engagement session somewhere in the mountains that would carry on with the ski resort wedding theme. When Megan texted me a photo of a bride at Lake Dillon, I went into research-mode immediately (and of course said yes to the gorgeous spot!).
I use a combination of Instagram, AllTrails.com, local photography Facebook groups, and in-person location scouting to help determine the best spot for a couple’s engagement session. There are a lot of factors that go into a location being suitable for engagement photos, and every wedding photographer has a different set of parameters that a location must pass in order to make their wedding couples happy. In no particular order, here are some factors I take into consideration when vetting a potential engagement session location: distance from Denver, parking situation at location (is 4WD necessary?), distance from parking lot to shooting locations, number/variety of areas to take photos at within location, sunrise or sunset location, where the mountains are located at the location, lighting sources available at location, pedestrian foot traffic, previous photos taken at location, etc., etc.
Even with all of these factors to consider, there could be a location that I think is perfect for a session but another photographer would reject (and vice-versa). That is because with different equipment and editing styles, some locations may be more suitable for one type of photographer than another.
I guess you could say that I’m a planner and I like to be prepared before a session! Engagement session photos are very important memory photos, and I want to do everything in my power to deliver the best photos possible to my couples.