People call me crazy for going outdoors during forest fire season, but when you’re a photographer and the light is THIS good, you just have to go out.
I met with Amanda, Brenden and their adorable pooch, Chewie, on a smoggy midsummer evening. We chose Mount Seymour as our shoot location because of it’s sweeping views of the Metro Vancouver and surrounding North Shore mountain peaks, but due to the smoke from forest fire season, our views were quite limited. It wasn’t bad though, because filtering through that smoke, was a beautiful orange glow.
Our session started off with an easy hike through the forest along the Dog Mountain trail. I’d done this trail many times throughout the winter and felt like it was the perfect spot to really showcase the beauty of our city. This trail is often packed with hikers and trail runners, but we practically had the whole place to ourselves.
When you hit the halfway mark of the trail, you are graced by the first lake (conveniently named, “First Lake”). We stopped here for a breather and to get some super cute photos with Chewie. The water on the lake was so calm and offered a spectacular reflection of the surrounding rainforest.
The end of the trail is not far off from First Lake. Another 15 minutes and you’re rewarded with a plateau offering astonishing views of our beautiful city… if you’re there on a clear day. No complaints here though because I am absolutely in love with the moody feel of the smog.
Amanda and Brenden, I had so much fun with you on our adventurous engagement session! Chewie is such a sweetheart and I can’t wait to see her again on your wedding day!