Best Engagement Location in Sequoia National Park
Soaring mountains, ancient tree's and thundering falls, this engagement session was nothing but magic. Being a Los Angeles based photographer, many clients expect that I'm only interested in working within the city. But that's simply not the case, as an elopement photographer I joyously travel all over to photograph couples, so why wouldn't I want to do that for my traditional wedding clients? While it may be easier to head to the nearest greenbelt for engagement photos, getting out of town and heading somewhere spectacular can really pay off. I mean, really, really, pay off. Case in point, Patrick and Caitlin's engagement session in the beautiful Sequoia National Park.
A photographer just couldn't ask for a better backdrop than this. To take things a step further, we avoided the more crowded main areas and instead opted for something off the beaten trail. Deep in Sequoia National Park, nearly two hours up a winding one lane mountain road is the enchanting land of Mineral King. A picturesque valley between mountain peaks that Walt Disney Himself loved so much he wanted to build a Ski Resort there(It's an interesting story that you can read more about here). But while his dreams for Mineral King never came true, ours most certainly did.
We started the engagement session off with a pre-dawn hike through pine and birch forests. Stopping at colorful rock formations, roaring rivers, and enchanting meadows. These meadows with their tall verdant grass contrasting perfectly against the slender white birch trees made a perfect backdrop for the engagement photos and I imagine they would make a magical venue for an elopement ceremony.
Later that day, we regrouped and headed off to another trail head that promised us waterfalls and Giant Sequoia and oh how it delivered. After trekking down the mountain a ways we rounded a corner and were met with a lush green valley split in two by a roaring river. Its' swirling depths ran from a thunderous waterfall that bathed the area in a cool mist. A rustic wooden bridge spanned the valleys expanse. Along the falls and river were a Grove of ancient sequoias that towered over the surrounding forest. Of all my hikes and backpacking trips, this was by far the most beautiful landscape I had ever seen. We simply sat and enjoyed the scene for awhile before creating another series of breathtakingly beautiful photos. A seven hour drive was a small price to pay for such a memorable weekend and photos that can be cherished for a lifetime.