March Madness in Jasper.
We all know that when the weather is nice, it’s easy to capture great photos. The sun is shining and everything looks great. However, what about when the weather is not so great for your Jasper photo session? This can be a challenge for photographers, but it’s also an opportunity to show off your skills! In this blog post, we will share our experience of photographing in less than ideal weather conditions, and how we managed to capture some amazing photos. Our clients were very happy with the final results, and we hope you will be too!
Photos in a blizzard!
One of the best things about being a photographer is that you can work in any weather conditions. Yes, even in a blizzard! We recently had the opportunity to photograph an engagement session under these exact conditions. It started with an email on a Wednesday evening. Carley let us know that she and her fiance’, David, were currently in Edson. David was working on the pipeline while Carly was visiting him from their home in Manitoba. They had rescheduled their wedding in Manitoba (thanks Covid). Carly thought it would be a great idea to take some engagement photos in the mountains in Jasper. We set the session up for the upcoming Sunday.
Not a regular Jasper photo session.
We woke up to a crazy blizzard on Sunday morning. My partner David and I were excited and nervous at the same time. This was not going to be a typical engagement session. Would Carly and David even be able to get here? What about the weather conditions later in the day? It was true “March Madness” in Jasper- blizzarding, cold along with the most insane wind we have ever encountered. A few days earlier this had seemed like a great location with mountains and beautiful scenery. As we were driving to meet them and I saw the weather, all that I think was- WE HAVE TO RESCHEDULE! In the back of my mind, however, I knew that they had just driven from Edson and had put a huge effort into making this happen. It was our job to make it fun and capture some great moments for this couple.
We asked them to walk across the bridge while dealing with the wind and the snow blowing in their eyes. But it was all worth it! This is one of those Jasper engagement photography moments that we live for. When our couples are willing to go the extra mile (literally) for the shot. And what a shot it is! The wind blowing them sideways and their perseverance to get great photos was captured in one frame. That’s what we call magic!
Great photo sessions are always a journey.
Carly and David were troopers, game for anything and up for the challenge. We knew that we had to step up and make it a great experience for these guys. There were no mountains to be seen, the wind was taking our breath away, BUT we are experienced and professional photographers. This was my mantra throughout the whole session. I also knew that at every photo session is there is always this moment when I knew that we had “arrived”. We still were not “there” and needed to keep going.
Looking for the connection.
I just kept my camera up to my eye and captured what I saw in front of me. While I reminded myself that the scenery was important, the connection between the couple is always at the forefront of an engagement session. I also knew that my amazing partner in crime, David, was busting his butt capturing all of the “in-between moments”. In case you don’t know us, I always describe us as a meal. I am the meat and potatoes and David is the spice!
After we wrung out every moment on the Island, we were starting to feel like we were getting some great moments, but still no mountains. When Carly contacted us, she had mentioned that they really wanted the mountains in their engagement session. We had to persevere and capture the magic of the photo session. We waited and watched the forecast like hawks, but it just wasn’t looking good. The mountains were completely shrouded in clouds, but sometimes, you just have to go for it.
Next stop, the poplar trees.
This is always a great spot for photos and there was far less wind. Dare I say that it was even a bit warmer? The light was beautiful too! We traipsed them through the deep snow to just the perfect spot. After a few photos here, it was time to move on to Patricia Lake. We were not giving up! Still no mountains, but wait… was that Pyramid Mountain that was revealing herself? Maybe, just maybe, we would get our mountain photos today! We had to hurry as the light was changing fast and that mountain was starting to disappear again!
Last stop: Old Fort Point.
We ended the session with about a 15-minute break in the snow and clouds. Yay- we captured the mountains that Carly and David really wanted AND we felt like we had also captured the moments in between. That’s what a Jasper photo session is all about. We Jasper engagement photographers are so lucky to have such a beautiful place to call home.
Response that warmed our hearts.
“These are absolutely stunning 🤩 I am in love with them. They are more than perfect 😍 you guys have done a beautiful job truly amazing, thank you guys so much for the beautiful pictures it was amazing meeting you both and giving us a little tour of jasper we will always remember this moment 😊“
Thank you so much for your kind words! We feel exactly the same about this Jasper photo session – it was an incredible experience and we are so grateful that we got to be a part of it! Thank you for trusting us to capture these memories for you 🙂. We wish you the best of luck with your wedding this summer in Manitoba.
Tips for couples getting great photos in any weather conditions in Jasper:
Jasper is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so don’t let a little bad weather ruin your Jasper engagement photos! With these tips from Jasper engagement photographers, you’re sure to capture some stunning photos no matter what the weather throws at you. So grab your umbrellas, put on your mud boots, and get ready for an amazing Jasper engagement photo session.
1) Don’t let the weather ruin your mood! Be prepared for anything and have a positive attitude. Your Jasper engagement photographer will be able to help you make the most of the situation and capture some truly stunning photos.
2) Take advantage of Jasper’s natural beauty. If it’s raining, grab your umbrellas and head to Jasper National Park for some romantic photos in the rain. If it’s snowing, bundle up and head out for a winter wonderland photo session.
3) Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty! Get down in the mud and have some fun with it. Your Jasper engagement photographer will make sure you look amazing in your muddy photos.
4) Use the weather to your advantage. If it’s a sunny day, take advantage of the beautiful light and capture some stunning sunset photos. If it’s cloudy, that just means you’ll have a softer light for your photos, which can be really beautiful too.
Finally, relax and enjoy your Jasper engagement photo session. The weather may not be ideal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing time and get some incredible photos. Trust your Jasper engagement photographer to make the most of the situation and capture some truly beautiful memories.
Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.