Colorado Adventure Engagement | Leah + Brock

Colorado Adventure Engagement Photos | Mountain Engagement Photography |
Colorado Wedding Photographer | Haley Allen Photography | Leah + Brock

Pop out of the car and I take a deep breath, stretching towards the sky. After being lulled into a trance by the vibrations of the improved road to the trailhead, a deep breath of the crisp mountain air brings my mind back to life. As I grapple with putting on my Solomon hiking shoes, finger muscles freezing up in the sudden chilly air, I do a mental check, “did I actually put that in my bag?” My mind often plays tricks on me, which had me doing a winter summit without gloves recently. It’s a 6 mile trek but we’re racing to find a certain window in the weather. Just the beginning to this Colorado adventure engagement session.

My muscles aren’t quite awake yet & I ask myself “why do I do this again?”

Oh right. Because I LOVE it.

It’s no secret the Rocky Mountains are my happy place. Before having kiddos, I hiked a decent bit. But it was once I came out of total survival mode from having twins that getting back out into the freedom of the wild quickly became one of my most sought out goals. It brings a peace & quiet that I seldom get anywhere else in any other place of my life. Especially now!

Diamond Lake Engagement Photos

When Leah & Brock reached out, it didn’t take long chatting with them to realize we had this spirit of adventure in common. As Leah brought up the expeditions she led in Alaska, 40 day canoe trip with friends, and trekking through Patagonia, I knew we needed to swap stories. I also knew they might be up for a hiking engagement session.

Once we checked the weather for the date we picked, we narrowed down our list of possible trails to the Diamond Lake. Having hiked it earlier in the week, I knew the wildflowers were insane & it would be beautiful. I loved how Leah & Brock cracked each other up the whole time.Nederland Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Fun Couple hiking Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Mountain vista Engagement PhotographerAs we approached the last half mile before lake, the cloudy & gray skies began to sprinkle on us. My heart sank as I worried we had not started early enough and missed the window. But I held onto hope we’d get another chance. The lake came into view and Leah & Brock found some trees to change behind.

Then the break in the clouds came, and this gorgeous light poured into the lake basin creating this perfect rainbow. Knowing how fleeting this type of event can be, I hurried Leah & Brock into the light & took my most favorite shot that day……
Rainbow Engagement Session Photo
Colorado Adventure Engagement
Rainbow in mountains Engagement photosAnd just like that, it vanished. But there was plenty more to be captured! We had really kicked off the session in an killer way.
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement PhotographyThe streams that feed Diamond lake were rife with wildflowers & made a perfect spot for portraits.
Hiking in Wildflowers Engagement Photography
Wildflower Hike Engagement Photography
Mountain Stream Engagement Photography
Hike Adventure Engagement Photography
Colorado Mountain Engagement PhotographyAs it does when the sun dips, the temperature dropped pretty rapidly & we needed to head back, with one planned stop at the waterfall we passed on the way up. I love candid moments like the ones below. Leah’s frozen fingers weren’t bending anymore to tie her shoes, so Brock helped her.
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement PhotographyAs we hiked back down, the sun set and the rain picked back up. We completed the last two miles in the dark with rain pelting our headlamps and iPhones as flashlights. I remember feeling exhilarated, in awe of the experience we just had. I’m grateful to Leah & Brock for chancing this experience with me! I absolutely CANNOT wait to photograph their wedding on Lake Superior in Duluth this summer!
Colorado Mountain Engagement Photography

Here’s a little behind the scenes fun courtesy of my partner in crime who came along – Savannah Chandler. Thanks friend!
Outdoor Engagement Photography
Hiking Engagement Photography
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Climbing Engagement Photographer
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Colorado Adventure Engagement Photos | Mountain Engagement Photography |
Colorado Wedding Photographer | Haley Allen Photography | Leah + Brock

  • kyla said:

    Oh my god that rainbow is just magical. THIS WHOLE SESSION IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!

  • Adena said:

    What a gorgeous session! And that rainbow was icing on the cake! I love all of your vibrant colors...and seriously...you're freaking adorable!

  • Sarah said:

    These photos could not be any prettier!! And I love the behind the scenes bit as well, so cool!

  • Danica said:

    I just love adventurous couples! And that rainbow...it doesn't get more perfect than that!

  • Belinda said:

    Wow! Those are so much fun! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Bianca said:

    Wow these are gorgeous!! And that location is absolutely breathtaking...so perfect for an engagement session. Love the image of their reflection and the one with the rainbow in the background!!

  • Valeria said:

    Beautiful lighting! I love the flowers. Your behind the scene photos are so cute!

  • Jamie said:

    This is such a fun session. I love how bright and vibrant your images are!

  • Kelly said:

    Haley these are soo good!!! I can't believe you guys got a rainbow and i love that you included some behind the scene photos

  • Savannah said:

    HEY! I recognize these! ;) This was such a fun adventure Engagement - and I can't believe you were able to catch the rainbow! <3 Colorado never ceases to amaze me. Bummed to miss Deluth, But I can't wait to see the magic that you create.