I’m a wedding and elopement photographer based in Colorado! I honestly can’t even tell you guys how many of my couples fly out west JUST for Colorado engagement photos! The state of Colorado has so much to offer and there are so many hidden gems for you guys to choose from. Variety is the spice of life, you guys, and Colorado honesty has it all. Keep reading to learn why you should have your engagement session in Colorado!
6 Reasons to Have Colorado Engagement Photos
I’m sure you guys have heard of the quote “The mountains are calling, and I must go” by John Muir. The beautiful views are what draws people to Colorado. There are so many incredible mountain ranges to choose from for engagement sessions! From the rolling front range, to the rugged rockies, to the continental divide, to the colorful and incredibly jagged San Juans.
PRO TIP: Find a bomb photographer that knows their way around this state and you can have any mountain view you want for your engagement photos! Whether you want to access your location via a mountain pass, off-roading, or hiking, there are seriously so many choices for you and your honey to choose from! Don’t force it! If you are from sea-level and want amazing mountain vistas, like the ones around 12000+ elevation, express that to your photographer so they can help you find locations accessible by car. Altitude sickness is VERY real!
Colorado is full of aspen groves and fall is the perfect time for a Colorado engagement session because that’s when the aspen turn golden! Including aspen in your photos is an easy way to add some variety and color to your mountain photos!
PRO TIP: Honestly, it’s not hard to find beautiful groves to pose in front of, the difficult part is timing peak season. Altitude plays a huge role in when the aspen change from green to gold! If you’re hoping to catch some color, be flexible! Sometimes you’re able to plan it perfectly, but other times, you have to go searching for the color! Your photographer should be able to find out where the color is popping up across the state and you guys can head in that direction. Again, if color is your priority, flexibility is key! Historically, mid-September through mid-October is when the aspen turn gold, before the leaves finally fall off! An early snow/bad weather could shorten that window!
Can you think of anything prettier than towering mountains right behind a body of water? Yeah, me neither! Colorado doesn’t have a ton of water. BUT! Find a photographer that knows where the goods are and you’ll have lists and lists, of these amazing mountain + water location! If you’ve always envisioned you and your honey paddle boarding, kayaking, etc. in your engagement photos, this is an awesome place to make that happen!
PRO TIP: Keep in mind that there is rarely a time that the water in Colorado is warm! Snow melt feeds right into these bodies of water and it’s more of a polar plunge rather than a casual dip. If you want to actually get IN the water and not hate your life, late summer is your best bet. Also, get in at the end of your session. It’s easier to change into comfy warm clothes than changing into your next engagement outfit!
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
High alpine lakes are different than the lakes I already mentioned because they’re actually IN the mountains! Meaning there is hiking involved to get there! This is an awesome choice because other than being in the mountains, there’s often more privacy! Also, high alpine lakes have glacier flour (from glacier melt) that causes the water to look so frickin’ blue/turquoise!
PRO TIP: If your priority is having super blue water in the background of your Colorado engagement photos, ask your photographer to help find the perfect spot AND ask about the perfect time to take photos! Lighting is everything because you want to avoid taking photos at a time when the sun is just going to reflect off of the water.
Wildflower season in Colorado brings people from all of the country! During summer, after the snow finally melts, there’s a short window where the wildflowers pop out to play! Purples, pink, white, vibrant oranges, blue, literally every color you imagine covers valleys and mountainsides! There’s even a wildflower festival in Crested Butte every year for people to visit and take in the insane beauty!
PRO TIP: If you’re interested in capture wildflowers in your engagement session, aim for late summer. The window of peak wildflower season varies from year to year, it all depends on the snowfall the winter prior. Be prepared to chase them! Peak season deep in the mountains is different than peak season in the front range because altitude plays a factor.
Contrary to popular belief, there are some awesome waterfalls sprinkled across the state! Waterfalls are another easy way to add variety to photos! These are almost always in close proximity to bomb mountain views.
PRO TIP: I don’t know of a single waterfall that is directly off of the road. All of these require some sort of hike to get to so keep that in mind when choosing outfits and footwear! Footwear should be something with traction to avoid slipping on rocks!
- High Alpine Lakes
Wow, you guys! I hope that was helpful and convinced you that Colorado is ABSOLUTELY the place to celebrate your engagement and have your engagement photos taken! CLICK HERE to read my recommendations about what to wear for your Colorado engagement session + CLICK HERE to check out an engagement session near Breckenridge, Colorado. Cheers, friends + happy planning!