Sunrise Shoot in Big Cottonwood Canyon

This year has been weird with the weather. Usually I’m up the canyons shooting come April and May, but there was still 6 feet of snow at my favorite spring locations this April! While the weather has been cooler, the colors are brighter now thanks to the rainy weather and late snow.

Finally getting to head up the canyon this last weekend, I was able to shoot a beautiful engagement session with Savanna and Nick! We went up to Jordan Pines campground in the morning hours to catch pretty morning light. Despite a few crazy set backs… . you know… . like your dress strap snapping in 2… (Savanna is Utah MacGyver - Hot Glued that dress together like a boss!) we were on our way and enjoying the frosty flora in no time.

I may not be a morning person, but sunrise shoots are fabulous! Definitely consider a sunrise shoot. I know it stinks to have to wake up super early for the day to get everything done in time - make up, wardrobe, hair, drive time, BUT it’s worth it! Especially if you are planning on having your photography session completed at a highly desired place. Places like Albion basin, Tibble fork, The Capitol Blossoms, Alpine poppies, etc. should all strongly consider sunrise shoots. Very few people will be sharing the location with you, and the light will be delicious. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make! For sunrise shoots you’ll want to start early (it’s in the name - sunrise - bring caffeine!) as the sun is only going to get brighter as the session goes on.

Enjoy our morning light session at Jordan Pines in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s gorgeous and pines are my favorite.

Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Black and White…    or?….

Black and White… or?….

Color??

Color??

Pig back rides through a sunlit meadow. Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Playfully walking through a meadow during a morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Shoulder kisses are what dreams are made of. Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Snuggling in the sun. Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
So romantic. Beautiful dip and kiss. Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
So incredibly handsome. Men should be the focus of pictures as well. Especially in black and white. Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Snuggling her man. Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Always laughing together. Never stop laughing with each other. Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
I love these two oh so much!

I love these two oh so much!

Engagement pictures taken in full sun. Morning engagement session in the Salt Lake mountains. Engagement session at Jordan Pines Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
I absolutely love these two lovelies and CAN NOT wait for their wedding in September!

I absolutely love these two lovelies and CAN NOT wait for their wedding in September!