We met in the waning hours of darkness on nearly no sleep at 4:30 AM to hike to Dream Lake. Collectively, the four of us probably slept enough to equal one full night’s sleep. Our couple had already been driving for an hour and half just to meet us at the trailhead. That’s an early start to a day! Slowly awakening, we hiked together in the fleeting twilight and began to get to know one another. With nobody else in the park, we had no trouble quickly ascending to the highest point of our Dream Lake engagement shoot.
Soon, we got to actually see what our lovely couple looked like as the sun rose. It was kind of like a blind double date or a variation of the old time game show, The Dating Game! Turns out they are not just great company, but easy on the eyes too! They a true delight and were totally prepared for the hike. Water, snacks, headlamps, jackets, hiking boots, different outfits, and backpacks fully covered any type of weather conditions. With higher altitudes, forecasts can often be completely wrong. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything just in case. Two thumbs up Ashley and Joe!
Moreover, if you want optimum photographic results in a National Park on weekends, we highly recommend choosing sunrise over sunset. It can be an intimidating start time, but there is always something so refreshing when breathing in the youth of the day. There are fewer human obstructions and limitations for compositions, plus you have the rest of the day to plan other things. You can even nap until noon and not feel bad about “sleeping in!”
Ashley and Joe, we couldn’t be more excited to capture your incredible day next year! Thanks for seeking out an adventure with us in Rocky Mountain National Park for your Dream Lake engagement shoot!