February 6, 2018
When my sweet photographer friend Erin invited me to document a Mount Baker Elopement beside her, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for girl time and snowy mountain adventures! We snowshoed up a mountain in basically a blizzard. It was epic and fun and just amazing to shoot beside each other again after a little wedding season break.
Lexie and Scott hiked up with 30 of their closest friends to celebrate their love. Regardless of all the outside factors and little details that didn’t go quite as they anticipated – it was incredible, raw and simply humbling. What made the experience truly amazing is the fact that they just went for it – happy to handle whatever came their way!
And a little behind the scenes! 🙂
Being a Florida girl, I definitely learned the hard way when it came to shooting in the snow the first time. I fumbled, slipped and ultimately fell on the ice (and my gear) a few times! Here are a few short tips to help you have a successful snow filled shoot!
1. Check the location’s weather by GPS coordinates on NOAA.
2. Bring yak tracks (or spikes) and snowshoes. Spikes give you great traction when the snow is packed down or if you’re walking on ice. While often all I need are spikes, snowshoes will help with fresh and deep snow.
3. Inform your clients of what to expect and bring extra spikes for them. If the recent trail conditions or weather are pointing towards snowshoes – have them pick up a rental at REI.
4. Bring a few hand towels and lens hoods along to dry off your gear and keep the glass clean.
5. Find a good pair of gloves to shoot in and grab some hand warmers so you don’t lose feeling in your fingers! I wear THESE while shooting and switch to another pair when hiking. Trekking poles always help with elevation changes.
Interested in having me as your Mount Baker Elopement Photographer? Email me today for information and to reserve your date!
Welcome to the blog! I’m a small-town Florida girl and Army wife relocated to the Seattle Suburbs, documenting love from one coast to the other. I live for a good PNW mountain breeze, sweat pants, and local eats. Let's be friends!