Kate and Matt love the mountains and wanted their engagement pictures in Breckenridge – talk about our kind of people! We followed them to one of their favorite lakes on a very chilly afternoon. Luckily, they had their matching Patagonia puffy jackets in the car to stay warm! They repeatedly assured us they purchased their coats separately and their intention was not to match, but I think it’s quite adorable. Kate planned their outfits around Matt’s favorite shirt (or, her favorite shirt of his) and they were perfect for the mountain setting. I love his plaid shirt, scruff, her boots and leggings, and her amazing wind-blown hair. Sometimes couples feel like them must make their engagement shoot a big event with props, a theme, and uncomfortable outfit choices. We believe that natural and comfortable tends to trump staged much of the time. Kate and Matt got it right: Breath-taking mountains, a playful adorable couple, a few beers, and the best accessory of the day… their wonderful dog, Barlow.
There’s something amazing about the first snow of the year… even if it’s at 11,000 feet and I’m wearing shorts.
Kate and Matt’s engagement session started in the town of Breckenridge with a quick stop to pick up a six-pack of cold microbrew. The day was overcast and drizzly. Their special spot was about 20 minutes outside of Breckenridge and at least 11,000 ft above sea level. The sun, when it arrived, was marvelous. The cool autumn wind carried Kate’s hair in every direction. Then we saw it coming, over the ridge… the blizzard. We snuck down into a brilliant grove of aspen trees for a few pics before it hit. Then, boom – the snow came. We were up near a mountain lake and hiked through the horizontally screaming snow to captured a few pics near the water’s edge. I was wonderfully soaked, exhilarated, and down right frozen.