Being around Ellen and Quinn feels like pure happiness. For the first time ever I had the hardest time taking a few serious portraits because they are just so happy and playful together. And you know what? That’s exactly how their first look should be. I genuinely enjoyed every single moment of being around these two. Everything from their teary eyed first look to laughing and tossing the other over their shoulders and spinning around just felt like pure love. Scroll down and check out their smiley selves in one of my favorite corners of the mountains.
A few moments into Natalie and Tyler’s engagement session I found myself completely covered in a swarm of red fire ants. They immediately ran over to brush them away until they were all gone. If that’s not an indication of how kind and caring they are then I don’t know what is, but all I can say is that I genuinely enjoy being around them both. They were loving and close, they were happy and smiley. They were together and in love and it shined through so strongly as I spent these short hours with them.
We went up Big Cottonwood Canyon around the Jordan Pines Campground area to a few of my favorite spots. They kept things easy with one beautiful outfit that perfectly matched their personal style and the mountains surrounding them. If anyone is looking for engagement inspiration then I highly suggest taking some from these two.
Photography: Elisha Braithwaite | Location: Jordan Pines Campground, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
The evening we photographed Nicole’s bridals in the Albion Basin wildflowers was incredible. Not only is she stunning, especially with her cathedral veil flowing around her and she’s covered for miles in flowers. But it was nice to slow things down and have some time dedicated to creating nice portraiture of her solo.
Many couples choose to have bridals or formals taken before their wedding day for multiple reasons. Since Nicole was getting married in the densely wooded Millcreek Canyon just a couple of weeks later, she wanted to take advantage of Abion Basin while the flowers were in bloom. This took some pressure off of the wedding day so we could focus on her and her now husband, Taylor, solo. But it also gave her so much variety visually in her portraits. If this is something that’s important to you, whether you have these portraits taken with your significant other or solo, I highly recommend it. It can be such a great way to become more comfortable in front of the camera and treat yourself to some gorgeous portraiture.
I’m so glad we had the chance to come up here and spend this time together. Nicole brought her mother and maid of honor, both of which were incredible to help with her gown and be her constant cheerleaders and supports. The evening was gorgeous and I’m thrilled with how the imagery came together.
Photography: Elisha Braithwaite | Location: Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon | Gown: The Bride’s Shop
A few weeks before their actual wedding day, Shay and Ryan got dressed in their wedding clothes and traveled through the canyon for their formals. They chose one of my personal favorite places of the woods in Big Cottonwood Canyon, It’s generally dark and secluded and covered in densely thick green trees. When we started we even had one gorgeous lone white flower that subtly grew next to them.
Something I loved about these two was how they opted out of doing a first look. For them personally they wanted to drive up the canyon and be together from beginning to finish through this experience. When couples make these choices because it’s what they deeply want, not what others say must happen, that makes me so happy for them. Everything should always be communicated and chosen together and the fact that these two were connected to make this decision was great. They have such a great love and I genuinely enjoyed being with them. They’re two people who I could photograph over and over and still feel inspired.
Thanks for coming up here you two and for letting me create some portraiture that quickly ended up being some of my favorite.
Photography: Elisha Braithwaite | Location: Jordan Pines in Big Cottonwood Canyon