When Amalie reached out asking for couples photos at Rocky Mountain National Park, I knew it was going to be a super fun session, because her heart was in the right place, and I immediately wanted to work with her and Noah. This is what she said:
“We're not engaged, but just in love with each other as we are with the outdoors. One year ago we quit our jobs to spend a year on the road traveling, hiking, exploring...it led us across the US and Mexico, and we've found ourselves temporarily in Denver for work. While there is no reason for the shoot, it's sort of, in a way, documenting the fact that we've been following our hearts and going wherever the wind blows us - and it's been lovely. I adore photos as a way to document where we've been and what we're up to, and while we both love to take them - neither of us is a professional and we never seem to find ourselves both in front of the lens -- funny how that works.”
Umm, does this not sound like the most amazing plan/set of goals/dream/reason for photos ever? I remember coming home and mentioning this to my husband, about how refreshing it was to have a couple who wanted photos just because. No wedding, no engagement, no outfit changes or make up - just wanted to remember this brief stint in Colorado, and their time together. I mentioned a 5 mile round trip hike at sunrise, and she didn’t even hesitate. When I met them in person, it was like meeting old friends for an early morning hike. We chose Mills Lake, and it did not disappoint! It was a beautiful almost fall day, and the leaves were starting to turn, and we had the trail to ourselves.
If you find yourself in a phase in life where you aren’t married or engaged, and think “welp, no reason for photos” you are selling yourself short! Moments deserve to be documented, no matter where you happen to be in life. Reach out and I would be happy to come up with an awesome plan to remember you as you are, in whatever phase of life you find yourself in :)