In addition to Kyla’s senior pictures in Weiser, I also met up with Taylor and Allyssa in Boise last weekend! They’re no strangers to the biking trails of the Military Reserve, and it’s especially pretty in fall, so it seemed like a great location choice! The weather was a little cool, but not cold like it turned this weekend. And I’m relieved that the previous day’s rain only lasted one day. Fall is such a beautiful season (obviously!), but here in the Treasure Valley it can be like trying to hit a moving target some years.
Since I enjoy photographing my friends, I think it’s awesome that Allyssa and Taylor already had one of their friends take engagement photos for them! After all, that’s how most of us wedding photographers got started! However, I always encourage my couples to have engagement pictures with me, too, because 1) It’s included!! 2) It’s the perfect way for us to get to know each other better! They get to see how I give directions and shoot, so everything feels more familiar on the wedding day. That may not sound like much. But we all know weddings can get stressful and behind schedule. Anything I can do to make the wedding more relaxed is worth it to me! Besides, 3) More pretty pictures!
The park was a popular spot! We saw at least two families and one other couple taking photos there, as well as several people biking or walking their dogs. Once you get a little way down the Cottonwood Creek trail, the path opens up to a gorgeous view. What I really love is the wooden fence! We had fun walking up and down the path, even doing a little “wanderlust” type walking shots, ha ha! Taylor and Allyssa were so easy to work with. I even caught myself saying they were, “cute,” which I don’t say very often! But seriously, aren’t they just the sweetest?! This was such a perfect day, and it was really great to spend some more time with them. I met with them a little over a month ago when they were still choosing a photographer, and I’d been kicking myself ever since for forgetting to ask to see Allyssa’s engagement ring! She told Taylor she didn’t want a diamond as the main stone, so they worked together and designed a ring with a Montana sapphire. Unlike your stereotypical sapphire, it’s a greenish teal! Allyssa explained that it changes color in different light. Wow! And it’s so clear that you can see through it! I don’t know if you can tell that from the pictures, but I could see the prongs all the way through it, even though it’s a darker color. Ah! So cool!
Taylor and Allyssa, I’m so thankful that our schedules and the weather worked together in our favor. Thanks for spending part of your weekend with me, even though you already did engagement portraits! I’m super excited for your wedding in June!
Totally one of my favorites! Not only are Taylor and Allyssa adorable, but their blue and purple shirts contrast so wonderfully with the oranges and browns of the landscape, AND this fence is amazing!