Jill was pretty excited about doing their engagement session on one of the offshoots of the single track at the Westridge hiking trail. They frequently take their adorable pup Koji there and wanted to have a more natural backdrop for their images.
We were sitting outside discussing their session and enjoying the cool summer breeze while sipping on our wine. “We’ll just hike up there, change, and then start the session” “Sounds great!” We chatted some more, nailed down all the details and called it a night.
The morning of their session came, and it was s bit chilly and overcast. Perfect weather. We got to the trailhead, them with their clothing for the session packed up and their hiking clothes on. Me with my 2 cameras, 3 lenses, flash, and other equipment packed into my backpack. For the first 10 minutes of the hike we stuck to the fire road. It was starting to heat up a bit, but we were enjoying the scenery and each other’s company so we didn’t really notice it. Once we started taking the single track though, we noticed it. It was a pretty steep incline, and it was getting warm. By the time we reached a spot that we all liked ( a lovely hidden trail) I was a sweaty mess.
Jill and John got changed into their outfits while I scouted out the location and attempted to cool off a bit.
It was perfect. Gorgeous light, enough shade to keep us a bit cooler than we were, and secluded. No mountain bikers, no runners, no gawkers.
John was a bit nervous at the beginning of the session, but after just a couple of frames, I showed him that we already had a some amazing images and he completely relaxed. From that point on it was perfection.
Jill and John are such a dynamic duo. They play off each other like a perfectly timed comedy and had me laughing the whole time. Nothing was too ridiculous for them, and they somehow nailed every shot and pose I threw at them. John even put on his “GQ” face and we were able to grab this one:
I love how this session turned out – see for yourselves!
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