Gold Creek Pond Engagement Session
Just a hour from Seattle, you'll find Gold Creek Pond right past the Snoqualmie summit. Gold Creek Pond offers stunning views (as you can see) that are just a quick walk from the parking lot. What I love about Gold Creek Pond is its accessibility for all. Juliana, Zach, and I arrived in the evening to catch sunset. Luckily for us, by the end of the night we had Gold Creek Pond all to ourselves. From butt grabs, to booty bumpin', to ending the night in the icy waters of Gold Creek Pond, these two kept the party going.
This shoot was actually when the idea of "photography without a trace" came to life. Since Gold Creek Pond is so accessible, it oftentimes attracts crowds who are unaware of their impact on this beautiful park. As we walked towards the water, I noticed blue paper squares. A baby gender reveal had taken place earlier in the day and their celebration was left behind. It was in this moment I realized that the importance of educating one another (including myself) on leave no trace so that generations to come can enjoy the beauty of this national forest.
After a recent comment, I now understand I too was in the wrong on this shoot. By swimming in the pond, we left a trace unintentionally. I am calling myself out not to defend myself, but rather to show that I have learned from this mistake and intend on continuing to educate myself on how to truly leave no trace.
How we left no trace
When I asked Juliana and Zach their love story, it started a little something like this.. "We went to the same high school. We had Spanish class together and Zach remembers talking to me but I don't remember talking to him." As we were all laughing, Juliana went on to explain they reconnected in college and the rest is history.
The more I get to know these two, the more I find myself loving Juliana's care-free spirit and Zach's pure joy. So cheers to this adventure session- booty bumpin' and all. I cannot wait for their January wedding so until then, let's all just soak up their joy-filled engagement adventure session.