Julianne and Liam live together in Australia, but they are getting married in Colorado next year. On a trip to visit Julianne’s family and scout wedding venues, she reached out to me about booking a Bear Lake engagement session.
They were so excited about capturing the Colorado winter in their engagement photos! Liam had never really hiked on snow before, and never on a frozen alpine lake, so it was so much fun for all three of us to see Rocky Mountain National Park at its most beautiful in winter.
We did their Bear Lake engagement on a weekday, and as always it was worth it. This trail gets super busy on weekends, but on weekdays you can get lucky and have it to yourselves. I always try to avoid crowded engagement session locations, because it’s so much easier to be yourselves in front of the camera when there aren’t a ton of people around!
I also have a guide with everything you need to know about weddings and elopements in Rocky Mountain National Park that you should check out!
How to do engagement photos at Bear Lake
Your photographer MUST have a commercial photography permit for Rocky Mountain National Park. I personally don’t like to do Bear Lake engagements in summer, as it’s way too crowded, and harder to get good photos from shore. In winter you can hike around on the frozen lake, which makes for way more fun photos! If you ever go on a weekend, make sure to go before 9am or after 4pm if you want to avoid crowds.