Rainy Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Session

This rainy blue ridge parkway engagement session was one of my favorites. Asheville is one of my favorites though. I really enjoy shooting engagement sessions there as well. Roy and Lindsey had me travel out to Roy’s hometown of Asheville, NC in the Mountains of NC to photograph their awesome foggy engagement session. I loved the mood and feel of this. It rained, we got wet, it was foggy, it got dark. These are the kind of shoots I live for. Nothing perfect about the weather, but just two awesome people in love and a hell of a beautiful place.

Backstory: I drove out to Roy’s mother’s cabin Friday night in prep for our shoot Saturday. We were all staying with her and making a weekend out of it. I got there about 3 hours early and she already had the woodstove and scotch flowing. So waiting for Roy and Lindsey to show up really wasn’t all that bad aided by fire and delicious scotch whiskey. The next morning we woke up early and head out to the Blue Ridge Parkway for the shoot. It was so foggy and rainy. Believe it or not I prefer weather like this for shooting. It’s more interesting and always more fun. After shooting on the parkway for awhile we head out to a lookout to catch “sunset.”  It wasn’t a bad hike but I definitely realized being 5000 feet higher than I’m used to put a kink in my step. Once we got to the overlook we actually had a few moments of clearing where we could see the trees far below. But soon enough the fog and clouds rolled in and it was a whiteout. As it was starting to get dark we made our way down the trail back to the parking lot. Before we left though I wanted to try one more thing. There was so much fog I knew it would amazing if I could illuminate it. So those last few shots of Roy and Lindsey were me haplessly trying to get my flash and focus right in the fog, rain and darkness. Worth it.

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