waterton lakes

Part Three // Josh and Joyce at Bear's Hump, Waterton Alberta

Okay you guys! So this engagement session had to be divided into three parts because there was just TOO much beauty to fit into one blog. For our final adventure, we hiked up Bear's Hump to catch blue hour in the mountains. And you know what? Bear's Hump is called that for a reason because we straight up ran into a bear during our shoot. There isn't much out there that bonds you more to your clients than running into a bear together. We were walking, chatting, and suddenly as we turned a corner in the trail my heart (and legs) stopped. Josh, Joyce and I were staring at a bear just about 15 ft away from us. We backed away slowly (but not before I snapped photographic proof!), and waited for the furry dude to pass. It was frightening, beautiful, and amazing all at once. If you have amazing animal run-in stories, please let me know because I'd love to hear them! The world is pretty darn wonderful. 

Part Two // Josh and Joyce at Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes

What has romance been for us but the unraveling of our hearts on our worst days in order to know the free sweetness of grace?

What has adventure been for us but the transformation of our whole selves into our best selves?
— @minstrelofgrace

Part One // Josh and Joyce at Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Alberta

I would like to start this story by saying this: I am so incredibly grateful that this is my job. That I get to travel to beautiful places and create art with people who radiate love. Thank you thank you thank you. I had such an incredible time traveling to Alberta to photograph Josh and Joyce. These two are avid hikers, huge fans of The Head and The Heart and know what to do when you run into a bear (more about that to come in part TWO). Yep, we had such an amazing photoshoot that I am dividing it into three different parts. There is way too much amazingness and love to fit everything into just one blog. They might arrest me for trying. 

Red Rock Canyon at Waterton Lakes National Park is two things: colourful and very very cold. You might not guess it by looking at these images, but our feet were numb walking through the glacial water and we almost couldn't handle it. But eventually our bodies got used to it, and we adventured on to take these images: