Andrea & Kevin met up with us on an early, early morning to catch Mt. Rainier at sunrise. Andrea is also a wedding photographer, and she was hoping to get some good photos of her and her boo while they were in town visiting, so we decided to swap shoots at Mt. Rainier!
Devon and I are always down to show off the PNW, and we always recommend folks take the drive from Seattle to see Mt. Rainier if they’re visiting from out of town. It’s one of our favorite places to photograph, even when winter lasts significantly deep into the year there, given the altitude. Unfortunately for us, the mountain decided to sleep in, and was firmly blanketed in clouds, so we headed down to a gorgeous little stretch of river we had snowshoed this past spring.
While we had originally planned to shoot at one of the high alpine lakes, the snow was still pretty deep to traverse without snowshoes, and the mountain was buried in clouds. Apparently I’m a little bit cursed when it comes to being a Mt Rainier photographer, our past sessions here have all been cloudy with little to no views of the mountain! I think it’s probably just luck of the draw, but after a 2am drive to get there, I was taking it a little personally. 😂 However, the Rainier NP is beautiful in any weather, mountain views or no, and luckily, I remembered this adorable little log bridge from our previous trips here and knew just the spot to take them!
Even without the views of Tahoma itself, the fog gracing the tops of the trees and playing hide and seek with the surrounding mountains was a gorgeous site to behold. We all had a great time running around the empty park, still waking up from winter and before most of the summer time crowds had hit. The mountain even came out for Kevin & Andrea later on in the afternoon after we left; I guess Mt Rainier plays favorites with photographers! I’ll get lucky one and have a clear view one of these days, right?