What to Know About Having a Snowy Photography Session

What to Know About Having a Snowy Photography Session

A lot of my couples are Southern like me. Some of them have never seen snow before. I love the opportunity to document the first trip to see snow in our beautiful winter town of Breckenridge. When planning for a winter session in Breckenridge it’s good to know a few things before. Hint, there will be snow! I wanted to cover what to expect, how to stay warm, and what looks best for a snowy winter session.

First thing I want my clients to know is dress warmly! Absolutely wear that cute winter outfit, but also wear thermals underneath and a big coat. Most of my clients will shed their coats and gloves for photos, and immediately put it back on in between photos. Staying warm ensures that we get to shoot longer and you get more pictures!

Also, the location I’ll suggest will be accessible and walkable, but I’d still wear tall boots or snow boots with wool socks as you’ll be walking in the snow. I’ve been known to come to a location after a fresh snow fall and pack down the snow while wearing my snowshoes. I want to make sure you can walk to our locations without getting buried knee deep in snow.

Styling Suggestions For Winter Photo Sessions

Some of my clients like to know my styling suggestions, too. As far as styling your session, a statement coat with a beanie, scarf and gloves or a warm, oversized, snuggly sweater with tall boots and a hat is super cute. The great thing about snow is it creates a beautiful white backdrop, so even though it might seem counterintuitive, soft pastel, muted colors like soft pinks and powder blues still look great! And, remember, regardless of the setting, you can never go wrong with neutrals!

Seeing Snow For the First Time

When India emailed me, she made sure to tell me this was her first time to see snow. She just wanted to document her and her husband, Matt’s trip with a playful couples session. We had the best time with all the new fresh flakes and I just love how their images turned out!

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Here’s to my couples who end their session with snow angels and a snow ball fight! If that sounds like fun to you, let’s chat!

The 5 Best Proposal and Engagement Photo Locations around Breckenridge

The 5 Best Proposal and Engagement Photo Locations around Breckenridge

I look around my beautiful home of Breckenridge, Colorado everyday and never get tired of views. There are beautiful places all around us. I get so excited to use all these locations as a backdrop for engagement sessions or suggest them when helping plan your proposal! The couple will always be the focal point but the location provides the perfect environment to capture my couple’s together.

I’m constantly scouting new locations to take my couples to, but these are my top 5 best proposal and engagement photo locations in Breckenridge. All of these locations are in or around a 45 minute drive from Breckenridge, Colorado. If you’re staying in Keystone, Silverthorne, Copper, Blue River, Frisco or Dillon, Colorado, all of these locations would be perfect for your destination proposal or engagement session.

  1. Boreas Pass Road

     

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Boreas Pass Road offers a stunning setting for a Breckenridge engagement photo session.  This is one of the best locations for a Breckenridge engagement photo session because of the variety of breathtaking locations all in one place. Like literally, it will take your breath away at almost 11,500 feet. It is actually the only location on my list that is located in Breckenridge. 

Boreas Pass Road was a railroad track until 1938. It features aspen tunnels that are vividly bright in mid September and rocky passages that will gorgeously frame a couple for their proposal or engagement session. In the winter, the road is closed but it’s a quick (less than 10 minute walk) in to some pretty fantastic spots and an overlook that features all of Breckenridge Ski Resort. You can drive on the road from June-October and even see an old train car at the Continental Divide. 

2. Blue Lakes

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For an adventurous and whimsical Breckenridge engagement session location in the Summer and Fall, I recommend Blue Lakes. Taking your engagement photos at the waterfall and high alpine lake could be just the perfect adventure for you both. I was first drawn to the location because of the tucked away waterfall on the Monte Cristo Creek. You may even see a mountain goat along the trail up to the highest lake! This location is only accessible by car from late June-mid November depending on seasonal snowfall. 

For an adventurous and whimsical Breckenridge engagement session location in the Summer and Fall, I recommend Blue Lakes. Taking your engagement photos at the waterfall and high alpine lake could be just the perfect adventure for you both. I was first drawn to the location because of the tucked away waterfall on the Monte Cristo Creek. You may even see a mountain goat along the trail up to the highest lake! This location is only accessible by car from late June-mid November depending on seasonal snowfall. 

3. Sapphire Point and Windy Point 

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I’m pairing these two together, because they are so close together and both offer great mountain perspectives no matter which one you choose. Or don’t choose! We can do both! Sapphire Point is extremely popular, so when it gets super busy or is already reserved for a wedding, I like to take my clients to Windy Point. Last year, Shane was about to propose to Kaitlyn at Sapphire Point. When I pulled up to Sapphire Point where we originally planned to shoot, Shane texted me and said. “It is so busy, can we go somewhere else?” I had Windy Point in my mind already, so I had them follow me just a short drive around the corner, and they had a perfectly private proposal! That’s not saying I don’t love shooting at Sapphire Point. You just have to be prepared to have people around. These two locations are year-round, and easily accessible even in the snow.

4. Lake Dillon

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Lake Dillon is the big reservoir you can see from i70 when driving from Silverthorne to Frisco. There’s so many different spots around the lake that are great photo backdrops. I love shooting around Lake Dillon from July-December when the lake is not frozen and you can have easy access to the shore. 

5. Loveland Pass

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Now the last location is not actually in Breckenridge, but is a scenic drive and my all time favorite for every kind of shoot. Loveland Pass is about 45 minutes from Breckenridge and only 25 minutes from Keystone. The reason I love this area speaks for itself in the Engagement pictures below. It features high vistas, alpine lakes, wild flowers in the summer, and almost year-round snow on the peaks.

 

Annie and Connor Engagement Session Breckenridge, Colorado

Annie and Connor Engagement Session Breckenridge, Colorado

Annie and Connor’s engagement session was one I’ll never forget. These two were just so easy going right from the start. I believe it translates through their engagement pictures just how in love and relaxed they were.

Planning is a big part of the prep leading up to any of my sessions. Annie, Connor, and I had been emailing about locations to shoot at around Breckenridge. Annie was interested in engagement shoot with mountains, lakes or rivers, while Connor said a good overlook or rock outcropping would be good. All the planning paid off!! We had a perfectly overcast day to go play atop Loveland Pass. Then we drove back towards Breckenridge, where they were staying, and stopped along Lake Dillon to get the overlook and rock outcropping location that Connor specifically asked for!

Here’s the sweetest and BEST review from Connor and Annie, they voluntarily wrote on Google, that I could ever ask for:

“We were both blown away by the time and effort Andrea put in for our engagement shoot. She scouted out areas ahead of time based on my fiancee and I’s requests in order to find us locations we would love. She was willing to be adventurous and had knowledge of the local area and weather patterns. She immediately made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and genuinely seemed to care about us as people. She got to know us in the short amount of time we were with her and this added to the overall experience of the shoot. Couldn’t say better things about her. Wonderful! Her eye and talent for photography is evident from the start and the unedited sneak peek she gave us was already amazing. Not only do we have great photos, but also a new friend! If you’re looking for a photographer of any sort in the Breckenridge area, she’s definitely the one to go with!” -Annie & Connor

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Brenna and Andrew’s Fly fishing Engagement Session Part II

Brenna and Andrew’s Fly fishing Engagement Session Part II

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew are such a fun couple and I love everything about them, especially their shared love for fly fishing. Andrew proposed to Brenna by hiding the ring in her fly box on one of their many days together on the river. Brenna has done some pretty inspiring things with her love of catching trout. She created Rod’s Reels and Heels, a brand I found on Instagram that I thought filled a void of hard-to-find female angling inspired clothes. She makes super cute shirts and I know I have two coming to me in the mail right now.

I couldn’t leave my fly fishing gear behind for this one, or my favorite fly fishing partner. Tyson and I went earlier in the day to squeeze in some fishing and scout locations at Eleven Mile Canyon before Brenna and Andrew made the drive from Colorado Springs for their session.

Ever since Tyson brought me to fish there last summer, it’s been one of my favorite spots. I could already envision a couple standing in front of the twin tunnels on the canyon road for engagement photos (check out how those came to life in Part I of their blog post). When Brenna text me to schedule her session, this was the first river that popped into my mind. I love how all their photos turned out and finally my vision for a fly fishing engagement session came to life!

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew's Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell PhotographyCan’t wait to photograph the wedding in September which will have Pike’s Peak as the backdrop!

Brenna and Andrew’s Fly fishing Engagement Session Part I

Brenna and Andrew’s Fly fishing Engagement Session Part I

Wedding season has finally begun and with that engagement portrait sessions! I was so ready for this session with Brenna and Andrew for two reasons. Since I live in Breckenridge, a destination wedding town, I don’t get to shoot as many engagement sessions as I did in Arkansas. Some of my couples already have their engagement session done before the wedding they hire me to shoot. Engagement sessions are one of my favorites though, because I love to get to know the couple through the session and for them to get to know me and my shooting style beforehand.

Most importantly I was so excited for this session since it was with another fly fishing couple. Brenna is blogger and owner of Rods, Reels and Heels and her fiancee Andrew, or “Beard” as I first new him from her blog, share the same love for fly fishing that Tyson and I do. I think all engagement sessions from now on should be with fly fishing couples so we can all wear our waders and get a little fly fishing in during and after the session!

Brenna and I became friends through social media before she contacted me to do her wedding this September. We both agreed from the very first time we talked about the engagement session that fly fishing had to be a part of it since that’s how Andrew proposed. She lives in Colorado Springs so we chose Eleven Mile Canyon as the backdrop for their formal and fly fishing engagement session. You’ll have to come back tomorrow for the fly fishing part of the engagement session, which I promise will be worth it! I feel like I captured the best of what this couple loves to do together the most.

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Brenna and Andrew Fly Fishing Engagement Session - Andrea Parnell Photography

Come back tomorrow to see the creative fly fishing portraits!