Okay! So this might be one of the most fun shoots ever! Melissa and Adam came to me with an idea… bouldering engagement photos! I don’t have a lot of climbing experience… I went bouldering once and let’s just say I prefer to be on the ground lol. But that is not to say that I will never get into rock climbing or bouldering because it is definitely something I want to enjoy and it might help me get over my fear of ropes/heights/not being on the ground! These two on the other hand are avid climbers and were so much fun hanging out with!
Let’s bring the attention to the real climbers, Melissa and Adam! This super fun couple met through mutual climbing friends in Durango and they even go on rock climbing road trips across all different states! Isn’t that totally badass!? We also can’t forget Juniper, the sweetest dog! She hung out with us the entire time and honestly, she’s probably the best listening dog I’ve ever met!
We started the engagement session with some of the more classic photos. We were lucky enough to catch some of the fall colors still! This shoot was well into November and the orange and yellows were still hanging on! The area where we were taking photos is really familiar to all three of them, and Juniper knew exactly where to go! It was pretty cute, she actually ran ahead to their usual spot and waited for us to catch up! This was my first time photographing in this area, which is super close to the town of Durango, and it definitely did not disappoint!
After hanging out in the trees and catching some amazing lighting, we headed down the road a bit to a very well-known bouldering area. I live a few miles from this spot and had no idea it was so close to town! Melissa and Adam gathered up their climbing gear, crash pads, some Pupperoni strips for Juniper and we headed to the boulders!
We met beforehand and they told me they wanted to keep the entire shoot really natural, fun, and super candid! I focused on that aspect a lot, especially for the climbing portion. I told them to do what they would normally do if I wasn’t there, and they absolutely understood the assignment! I thought the chalk photos were super cute so yes, we did do a bunch of those!
I love how candid this whole engagement photoshoot was and I’m so excited for their summer wedding! They’re definitely a super fun, laid-back, and giggly couple! I love how they wanted to do something unique for their engagement photos and bouldering was the perfect activity to relax and have some fun with!
Taking about unique engagement photos brings me to another point… If you’re really nervous about getting engagement photos taken, doing an activity is a great way to relax and be totally natural! And another thought, not all Colorado engagement photos have to be in the mountains. If you and your partner met at a coffee shop, what if you take your engagement photos there? What about if you met in college? Photos of where you first met are always so special! (I’m also totally okay with jumping on a paddleboard if lake hangouts are your thing!)
There are so many photogenic spots to take photos in Durango and well the whole Southwest Colorado area for that matter! I highly suggest talking to your fiance about the overall vibe you’re going for, I have tons of recommendations for lakes, hikes, views, waterfalls, and even caves!
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