Sarah & Jason's late September engagement session in Rocky Mountain National Park was breathtaking in so many ways (one of which was the chilly temperatures, if we're being honest!). After beginning their session with their two puppers at Mary's Lake, we dropped the fur babies at a dog friendly hotel in Estes Park before heading into the Park. This was the best option because dogs are only allowed on-leash at parking lots, picnic areas, and campgrounds once you enter RMNP. It took a long time to get checked into the hotel, and I was worried that we would miss the light! Luckily, the setting sun held out just long enough for us to make the 45 minute drive to this location. At just above 11,000 feet it held quite the fantastic panorama. Sarah ditched her sandals as they rock-hopped to several big boulders where they could stand, twirl, jump and cuddle without worrying about damaging the tundra. Do you like the idea of a high altitude engagement session? Was it worth the chilly temperatures and wind? Leave your thoughts in the comments! If you want more information about where this stunning location is, book me for a session to celebrate your engagement or anniversary.
**Thinking of taking your engagement photos in Rocky Mountain National Park? Here's a few good things to know:
1. Stay on trail everywhere!
2. When venturing onto the alpine tundra, step on rocks only to protect the delicate ecosystem.
3. There is a $50 One-Day Permit for a photography session in the park. A professional photographer can apply for this for you, and some may already have the $300 Annual Photography Permit. Keep it legal, friends.