So you are interested in booking an explorer session, but you're not sure where to go. Don't worry I have plenty of ideas. Here are a few of my favorites to get you inspired. Let me know if any of these peak your interest or if there is somewhere else you've been dying to go. I'll hardly ever turn down a Colorado adventure! Let's make yours as unique as your relationship.
1. Sand Dunes National Park
Located about 3 hours south of Colorado Springs, Sand Dunes National Park is the perfect destination for an epic photoshoot. Here, we can adventure through the dunes, pack a picnic basket, and pop champagne while we watch the sunset.
Note: The client is responsible to pay the $25 entrance fee for their vehicle and the $50 day permit required for professional photography
2. Sapphire Point/ Lake Dillon
Sapphire Point Overlook sits between Breckenridge and Keystone on Swan Mountain Rd. at an elevation of 9,500 feet. You can expect jaw-dropping views overlooking the Dillon Reservoir and the Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges. After hiking the short 0.5 mile trail to the overlook, we can either drive down to the water and get some pictures by Lake Dillon or we can head to the nearby town of Frisco and hangout at a local coffee shop.
3. Pikes Peak Highway
Just west of Colorado Springs in Cascade is Pikes Peak highway, a 19-mile paved road that takes you to the summit of Pikes Peak. There are frequent pull-offs along the road for photo opportunities with breathtaking views. We can hike around Crystal Creek Reservoir, pull of in the trees, or drive straight to the summit! Bring a blanket, a 6-pack of your favorite beer, and your hiking boots as we make our way up "America's Mountain".
Note: The client is responsible for their own entrance fee of $10 per person.
4. Rocky Mountain National Park/ Estes Park
This area has some of the most spectacular views in the state. Let's drive the scenic Trail Ridge Road or hike Bear Lake Loop, Dream Lake, or Nymph Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park (all under a mile). Then we can head to the picturesque Estes Park to stroll around downtown with an ice cream cone or sip on some Colorado Craft Whisky at the local distillery.
Note: The client is responsible to pay the $25 entrance fee for their vehicle and the $50 day permit required for professional photography at RMNP.
5. Rainbow Gulch Trail near Woodland Park
This is one of the coolest hikes I've done in this area. It's a 3.5 mile out-and-back trail near Woodland Park that is good for all skill levels. It takes you through the woods and dips you out on the shore of Rampart Reservoir. You will definitely want boots and backpacks for this adventure, but I promise it will be worth it!
Note: If hiking isn't your thing, but you still want great views - there are several spots I know of along Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park that don't require a hike!