Going to the mountains for engagement sessions are my absolute fave! There are so many places that give you the perfect touch of adventure without all the sweat. (AKA, relatively easy hikes!) And this is one of those places. Annalise and Eric are super fun people and really wanted their session to reflect their retro lovin’ vibes. I’d say they fit the bill perfectly! So keep scrolling through to get a look into their retro mountain engagement session.
Located about an hour outside of downtown Asheville NC, this place has got views to die for! Right off of the parking area you’ve got tall pine trees and camp sites. This was the perfect location for their Woodstock inspired attire. And it is also perfect for anyone who wants those woodsy forrest vibes. After an outfit change and a 20 to 30 minute hike up, we reach what feels like the top of the world. It’s a magical feeling to be atop of a mountain! Who can relate!?
As fun and adventurous it is to have your photos taken in the mountains, there are lots of things to keep in mind too! Such as traffic, weather, and preparedness.
No, I’m not referring to highway traffic but visitor traffic. On the weekends, places with easy hikes and gorgeous views are likely to be packed. This means parking can be difficult and the trails busy. It’s probably best to try and visit on a weekday!
We probably all know weather can be unpredictable. But it’s even more unpredictable in the mountains! Especially the fog. Oh, those pesky clouds. There’s always a chance the mountains will be foggy if there were any clouds or rain in the area that day. They just like to get stuck up in the mountains. It’s always good to have your expectations aware that you might get a foggy session in the mountains. We’ll be able to get some super cool and moody shots, though! And don’t forget it is usually cooler on top of the mountain!
The last tip I have for you today is being prepared. First of all, make sure to bring shoes and clothes you can hike in! Many of the easier trails, such as this one, is totally doable in a longer dress but you’ll probably want comfortable shoes. My advice is to bring a bag or backpack to hold a change of shoes or any clothes you may want to swap. Pro Tip: If it’s chilly out but you want to wear a dress for your photos, bring some sweats to easily slide on/off for the hike! And of course, please please be sure to bring waters with you! The last thing any of us want is to be panting or thirsty with no access to water.
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