Mount Rainier Engagement Session

 
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer

Mount Rainier Engagement Session

I am the biggest fangirl of Mount Rainier. She is my favorite part of flying back into the Seattle area because she’s just the best “welcome home” banner (some Alaska Airlines pilots will even fly over her specifically for the best view!). She can be seen throughout Seattle and is truly in a league of her own. Standing at 14,411 feet, this active volcano (instant cool points!) attracts tourists and locals year-round to explore its alpine lakes, blooming wildfires and fire lookouts (my personal favorite!).

Natalie and Jake got engaged just days before their vacation to Washington, so our Adventure Session became their Mount Rainier engagement session! During the weeks leading up to this session, there had been wildfires throughout the Pacific Northwest, and I was so fearful that the epic mountain backdrop would be masked by a veil of smoke. But, boy was I wrong! Mount Rainier showed up in all her glory, including a beyond epic sunset. We had the trails all to ourselves, so we soaked up the golden-hour rays for as long as we could.

I met Natalie and Jake at the trailhead with the snacks in my hand (I always bring snacks, did you know?). We headed off on the trail with Mount Rainier in sight, and they shared their love story with me. These two were so full of joy, and Natalie was a trooper for hiking in her dress (that perfectly matched the color of the sky I might add). We quite literally raced against the sun to get these photos captured, and I’d say it was so incredibly worth it.

Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer

Washington Elopement Photographer at Mount Rainier

Wondering how I found these locations? This is one of my favorite parts of my job as a Washington elopement photographer: I personally scout locations that are specific for my couples’ personalities. I have always had a passion for hiking, so this part of my job has always come naturally to me! I’m a big fan of Washington trails, and would love to explore them with you! Want to know more about how hiking has been a huge part of my life? Click here!

Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer

Washington Adventure Photos for the Out-of-Towners

Not from the Seattle area but find yourself crushing on our mountains and scenery? Natalie and Jake were not my first couple to travel to the area to celebrate their season with Washington adventure photos! Whether you’re looking for an elopement deep in the forest or an Adventure Session near a misty Pacific Northwest lake, Washington is the place for you! Contact me to begin the conversation about your Washington adventure!

Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer
Mount Rainier Engagement Session from a Washington Wedding Photographer

I oftentimes find myself looking back on this Mount Rainier engagement session. Can we have a quick moment of vulnerability? Okay, thanks! I promise to keep it brief! When I first started photography, I quickly became overwhelmed and envious of the epic photos I would see on Instagram. I felt as though I had to go to an international location to get the coolest photos in the most jaw-dropping locations. But, as time has progressed, I am realizing a very important thing. Our national parks can be WAY underrated. I don’t know about you, but scrolling through these photos reminds me that these Washington hills are still alive with the sound of music (lol).

At the end of the day, these photos are not for me, my blog, my website or my social media. These photos are for some of the coolest, kindest and most adventurous people I have had the honor to capture with my camera. My hope is that every couple gets to look back on these photos in five, ten, 25, even 50 years from now and feel the same emotions of love, adventure and joy spark up in them (yes, I love Marie Kondo and I’m not ashamed).