Yosemite Valley Engagement / / Erik + Elise

 
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When Landon and I decided to take The Unicorn (our '85 Vangaon) on her first, and currently last, big road trip to Yosemite, we wanted to make sure we photographed a couple among all the beautiful backdrops.

We luckily were connected with Erik and Elise and were able to make that happen.  They graciously drove over 4 hours and arrived at the crack of dawn for their sunrise session.

Now, I am not a morning person and Landon had to basically remind me 30 times in my groggy state of mind that we had a couple who would be sorely disappointed if I couldn't get my lazy butt out of the van. In fact, I think he threatened driving to the meadow from the campground with me still in the bed at one point.

I was not entirely sold on the experience of waking up so early. But once I was cognitive enough to get my butt out of bed, and get to work, I quickly realized it was absolutely worth it.

 

The sun rising on El Capitan and casting long shadows was such an incredible sight to see. The entire valley went from the dull gray early spring can cast, to just splashes of warmth peeking over the granite.

Now, I’m still a fan of sleep, and will only give it up occasionally, but what a joy it was to have the opportunity to capture the love between Erik and Elise amongst the beauty of the sun rising over Yosemite.

 

 El Capitan at Sunrise in Yosemite Valley in the spring.. 
 Gold 1985 VW Vanagon in Yosemite Valley.
 Granite El Capitan in Yosemite Valley at Sunrise in Winter.
 Granite rock formation in Yosemite Valley at sunrise in spring.
 Couple walking together in Yosemite Valley.
  Couple with arms around each other smiling in Yosemite.
 Couple holding each other smiling at sunrise in Yosemite Valley.
 Engaged couple holding each other in Yosemite Valley in front of granite rock formation. 
 Couple holding each other and man kissing woman on forehead. 
 Woman resting head on man's chest and man kissing woman on forehead. 
 Gray haired woman and fiancee laughing together.
 Walking hand in hand together. 
 Couple holding hands and walking in Yosemite.
 Couple holding each other in Yosemite.
 Woman looking up at man while holding each other.
 Woman and man holding each other.
 Woman and man holding each other in Yosemite National Park.
 Man kissing woman on head as they hold each other.
 Man kissing woman on head as they hold each other.
 Closeup of hands as woman and man hold each other.
 Couple holding each other in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple holds each other in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple holds hands and walks in Yosemite Valley.
 Cathedral Rocks  in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple walks arm in arm in Yosemite Valley.
 Couple walks together in a foggy Yosemite Valley.
 Couple relaxes in Yosemite Valley with El Capitan in the background.
 Couple relaxes in Yosemite National Park with El Capitan in the background.
 Man holds woman in jacket in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple holds each other in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple relaxes and holds each other looking at Cathedral Rocks in Yosemite National Park.
 El Capitan at sunrise in April in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple holds each other in Yosemite Valley at sunrise.
 Couple holds each other in quiet moment during sunrise in April in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple holds each other in grass at sunrise in April in Yosemite National Park.
 Man whispers in woman's ear as they sit in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple laughs as they hold each other at sunrise in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple enjoys time relaxing in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple walks in Yosemite Valley with El Capitan in the background.
 El Capitan at sunrise in April in Yosemite National Park.
 Pohono Bridge, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite Village trail sign in Yosemite Valley.
 Couple walks across road at sunrise in Yosemite Valley. 
 Couple smiles at joke in the woods in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple holds hands in the woods in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple holds each other in the woods in Yosemite National Park.
 Couple walks while holding each other in Yosemite Valley.

His Bottoms- http://www.asos.com/men/
His hat- https://www.ebay.com/itm/HH02-Solid-Watch-Cap-Skully-Hat-Leon-Short-Beanie-Adjustable-Unisex-Men-Women-/322465582506
His outwear- http://www.asos.com/men/
His shoes- https://www.converse.com/us/en_us/c/converse