I was SO excited to plan this shoot as soon as I found out that Megan and Kyle lived close to the mountains out west. I love getting out to hike in the Rockies, and was stoked that these two were game to plan an adventurous engagement session and climb up a mountain with me! Megan and Kyle, you guys really made one of my dreams come true!
These two sweeties picked me up at the Calgary Airport, and we immediately set off towards the mountains in the distance. We were headed for Canmore, to climb up to an alpine lake hidden among the peaks in Kannanaskis country. Our final destination had sparkling clear alpine water, craggy wintery peaks towering even higher above us, and a beautiful scenic climb leading us up to the lake.
One of my favourite parts of shooting engagement sessions is the chance to spend some time with each couple, getting to know them, who they are together, and chatting about any and all non-wedding related life. The drive out together was the perfect opportunity to get to know one another, and we made some extra time to stop for a warm meal together before bundling up and starting our long hike upwards.
We reached the lake after the sun had ducked below the peaks, and had the place absolutely to ourselves after other hikers had already started their descent down, racing the sun. It was perfectly still all around us aside, and we shot for a while in the fading alpine glow before heading back down the mountain. Getting back down it was nearly completely dark, but we decided to shoot for a bit longer and captured some of my favourite shots just outside the parking lot, where a snow covered logging road ran off into the distance between neighbouring peaks towering up into the sky.
Megan and Kyle are my dream couple, adventurous, sweet, easygoing, and so incredibly happy to be together and going out on an adventure. I have to give them major brownie points for being game to hike straight up an icy mountain with me in February! They are so incredibly lovely together, and had endlessly positive and supportive things to say to one another as we hiked up through the ice and snow. I can’t wait to share these photographs, and am even more excited to share their wedding photographs that I shot later this summer!
Megan and Kyle, you guys made one of my dreams come true to shoot in the mountains, and are truly the type of people who re-affirm why I love this job so damn much!