When my son asked me to come visit him and his fiancée to take engagement photos, without hesitation I agreed.
I’m not a people photographer, so I was a little nervous. But if they weren’t too picky about how they turned out, I was willing to try.
Here’s a quick collage to give you an idea of the photos I shot.
If you want to see more photos and hear about my “adventure” taking their photos, you can see more below.
Feel free to laugh at me. I can take it. 🙂
A few days later, he told me his fiancée’s parents would be visiting at the same time, and I became more nervous.
Not only had we never met them, but I’d be trying to take photos in front of them. My nervousness level climbed a bit higher.
It turned out that taking their photos and meeting her parents were the easy part of the weekend. More about that in a minute …
I had gathered a few ideas for engagement photo poses on Pinterest so I would be prepared when I got there.
I even made some mugs with their first initials and wedding date on them. Once they are married, they’ll have the exact same initials A. E. C.
I knew they would prefer mostly unplanned natural shots that captured their personalities rather than posing. My son is totally smitten with his girl, and it shows in this goofy photo.
She looks like she’s not sure whether he’s going to kiss her or bite her cheek in this shot though.
But those photos only tell half of the story … the easy half.
My future daughter-in-law had some photo shoot ideas of her own. She sent me some images she’d found on Pinterest.
So, they took my husband and I, my son’s dog, and her parents to one of their favorite rock climbing places.
The weather was gorgeous and I got some beautiful shots of the two of them along the trail.
They didn’t dress up as many couples do for their engagement photos. They wore very casual and comfortable clothes since we would be hiking. I think the photos are more “real” and natural because of it.
They are both pretty carefree spirits, and these fun photos really reflect that.
You might have thought he was just carrying her, but he was actually getting ready to throw her in the air!
The next two photos are some of my favorite shots.
Here’s the same shot in black and white.
The water coming down the rock crag was so pretty, I had to get a shot of them by it.
Now comes my part of the adventure …
The shot she really had her heart set on was one like this photo (from Pinterest – source unknown).
There are no rock ledges at the top of the crag, and somehow I let those two talk me into climbing down the very steep descent where they hoped they’d find the perfect ledge.
My husband took these photos from the top with his cell phone, so they aren’t great.
I was clinging to that tree for dear life, hoping I wouldn’t fall headfirst and take my son down with me.
Those kids scampered down the tiny footholds and narrow space like a couple of nimble mountain goats.
I inched my way down as slowly as possible, holding on to the line bolted to the rocks on one side like it was my lifeline.
And it was.
My son stayed in front of me the whole time, telling me where to put my feet and bracing me for support. But I was so relieved to get to the bottom.
Of course, I didn’t consider I’d have to climb back up again.
We hiked for about a mile, where I took the photos of them sitting on the log and standing in front of the little waterfall. By the time we got back to make the climb up again, my knees were in agony and my legs felt like rubber bands.
I really wasn’t sure I could make it up the last few steps of the climb, so my son pulled me from the top, and his fiancée pushed my rear end up.
I miss having twenty-something legs. 🙂
They never did find the perfect ledge, but they plan to try again with one of their rock-climbing friends, so she can take the photos with them.
I’m all rock climbed out!
I survived it all and surprisingly wasn’t in agony the next day.
Am I glad I did it?
Yes. I really am.
Would I do it all over again?
Heck, NO! 🙂
Vaya con Dios,