Some adventures are just waiting to happen. It’s just…some adventures have to wait longer to happen than others!
Adriana and Jeffery’s Yosemite adventure had to be rescheduled twice on account of some pretty epic weather. When it’s winter in the Sierra’s you have to roll with the punches, and Mother Nature was certainly throwing them – first with a white-out storm that crippled the park with icy roads and pea soup visibility, and second with a deluge that flooded the Valley Floor and triggered a total park closure. So it was with elation and anticipation that we looked at the forecast for their late January session and saw nothing but white snow and blue skies. And those thundering waterfalls, of course.
Little did I know how special of a place Yosemite is to Adriana and Jeffery! As we roamed around the Valley they filled me in on several fun facts: that first date hike to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls (oy!), their wedding at the Ahwahnee (majestic), Jeffery’s solo winter ascent of Half Dome (wow), and many other fantastic moments that they have experienced in this beautiful place. Without a doubt, this is a special setting for many of their memories. I was so excited to be with them to document one more!
From waterfalls to rivers, rock walls to granite bridges, we made quite the circuit in our two hours together. I could have photographed them all day. Thank you Adriana and Jeffery for choosing this fabulous place for your portrait session! Here’s to many more Yosemite moments for you two.
Your Wild(erness) Photographer,
I’ve been lucky to know Janet and Mark for several years. Having cycled on many a bike ride with them through the backroads of Oakdale, I knew that they were the outdoorsy and athletic type. (If I can manage, I sometimes get to snag an easy ride by drafting off of their super-fast tandem!) So it was no surprise to me when they wanted to have their anniversary photo session in one of my favorite places in the world: Yosemite National Park.
The attraction to Yosemite was natural: Janet and Mark were married there in the little red chapel on Southside Drive, just a stone’s throw from the Merced River. Making the chapel our first stop was no question, as we wanted to begin the session by returning to the very spot where it all began. It was so special to share this moment with my good friends and see how much happiness it gave them to relive the memories of their wedding day.
An afternoon snow storm was building, giving us an amazing couple hours of dynamic, yet atmospheric light. Believe it or not, sunny clear days can make capturing the beauty of the Yosemite Valley AND your subject very difficult. Those bright granite surfaces are like big sun reflectors! A light cloud cover can work wonders to reveal the many waterfalls, cracks, and crannies that line the rugged rock walls while at the same time capturing the beautiful smiles of the happy couple in front of the camera. I was so excited to have these moments of quiet winter weather to capture Janet and Mark celebrating their special milestone.
Thank you Janet and Mark for inviting me to celebrate with you in Yosemite! And thank you Steve Tallman for your most excellent assistance with gear and lighting. Here’s to many more years of love, happiness, and ADVENTURE for us all!