Words cannot describe the beauty tucked away in Banff National Forrest. Natural turquoise waters and towering mountains demand attention in this highly popular land of exploration. Literally millions and millions of trees stand tall beneath steep mountain peaks. Not only do the individual beauty of Micaah and Rob compliment the gorgeous landscapes, their bright affection for one another was an ever present reminder of why we love elopements. Capturing these two lovers was fun during their engagement session and perhaps even more exciting during their Banff elopement. There is something about the way they look at each other that says everything without the need to even mutter a single word.
Thick fog hung heavily atop Banff all morning. Abundant rain showers soaked Banff the bay before. The sunrise seemed to have pressed the snooze button a couple of times because the fog was so dense, it kept the light out longer than usual. With more of the same in the forecast, skepticism of an overall smooth experience ran high. It just didn’t seem like our hopeful ideas of bright and beautiful images was going to play out that way. And then, with no warning, the sun burst through and vanished nearly all of the fog into the heavens.
We were again reminded of what an absolute gentleman Rob is – patient, attentive, and thoughtful. It showed during their engagement shoot and all day during their eight hour elopement. Due to the poofy train of Micaah’s dress, she had to change in and out of it several times during the day to make hiking accessible. Rob was there for her the entire time to help her with the dress, hold a mirror up for her, retrieve a dropped earring, or to brush her hair out of her face. It can feel like a lot to be in front of a camera and intermittently hiking for that long, but Rob helped everything go smoothly for Micaah.
Near the end of the day, Micaah utilized her bridal buddy as a hiking aid. Believe it or not, it may have garnered more attention than her actual dress! It was so fun!
We actually arrived to the parking lot of Moraine Lake to scout out our initial locations the day before our shoot. It turns out 5:45 AM is too late. There were no parking spaces available out of roughly 100 or so. This speaks to the mass amounts of tourism surrounding the area. Having two shooters is great for a lot of things. One of them is being able to control crowds to some extent. Having multiple lenses to create different angles when areas are full of people can be crucial.
Micaah and Rob, what an incredible day we had! Thank you for sharing your light with us, and until next time…Cheers!