Proposal | Sapphire Point | December
We absolutely love shooting at the Sapphire Point Overlook. The problem is that so does almost everyone else. All that to say that while it is gorgeous and the photos you see at the overlook do not show a lot of people the location can be a bit crazy and you will not find it secluded unless you do things a certain way. What you likely do not see are that there are weddings there frequently, other photographers taking photos, and a regular flow of people. We have been noticing this trend that sometimes there are two weddings occurring there or people saying they have a ‘reservation’ for X time when you know for 100% that it was not “reserved” till X time. Either way the woman in the white dress trumps everything so how do you work around these variables? In the evolution of proposal locations for us we go from shooting any time of day to limiting the times to balance getting seclusion and it being natural. Eventually you get to this point where you need to come up with an alternate location. While we have been trying to figure out an alternate spot for years we believe we finally have one. All this to say that this is not the Overlook and not a trail. The perk of it is that this will mean it will be more secluded because it is not an official place. This also is a perk because the lighting here is more extreme than at the overlook so 99% of photographers cannot use it as you are fully exposed to the sunlight and almost no one uses off camera lighting therefore cannot control the conditions.
As for the day of the proposal it was a full sun day for Justin and Rachel. This made for a strong contrast between the white capped mountains in the background and the blue sky. We had originally planned for use of the overlook area but upon seeing a last minute addition to the reservation calendar we changed this up to this alternate spot as a trial run of it. To make this be a hidden type of shoot it required digging out some spots in the snow. The end result is that they came up there and though it is an open space she never saw the photographer sitting there. This is extremely important because to get seclusion and it not be weird you need to be truly hidden. To be hidden is difficult but the result is her being shocked in a thrilled floored way that photos are being taken of it. Those are the moments that make you love this challenging line of work all the more because you know you just captured the real emotion and that is highly valued by her.
You can see more proposals here and read about how we do proposals on our engagement proposals page. If you like what you see here and are considering using this location here are some of the other shoots we have done at Sapphire Point.