Many of the couples we work with really enjoy nature scenes for their portrait sessions, and we’re lucky enough to have one of the most beautiful places in the United States: Yosemite National Park. Angie and Scott chose Yosemite for its beauty and grandness. Their photoshoot consisted of several locations in Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Taft Point over the course of 2 days.
There are several roads that lead to Yosemite. We took the entrance from highway 120. We decided to buy the “America the Beautiful Passes” for $80 since we figured we’d be using it again for Yosemite and other national parks. A single day entry fee is $30. From the entrance, it was another 25-30 minutes to Yosemite Valley. The valley itself gives access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails and a “ground floor” view of the park's major attractions like El Capitan and Half Dome. We also decided to take advantage of the quick access to Mirror Lake and Lower Yosemite Falls for some epic portraits. As it got darker and guests began leaving the park, we set up for one last shot of Angie and Scott with an awesome view of Half Dome behind them.
The second day actually came a few months later when Glacier Point was finally open after the snow had melted. We made our way up Glacier Point Road to reach an elevation of 7,214 feet (3,214 feet from Yosemite Valley). Glacier Point gave us almost 360 degrees view of Yosemite. Since our revisit was on a weekend during summer, all of Yosemite was very busy. We were able to trail-blaze a bit to get away from the crowd for some photos.
2.5 miles back down Glacier Point, we reach the parking and trailhead, which is just over a mile to Taft Point. While the hike is considered easy, hiking boots are still recommended for some rocky terrain and a creek crossing. Our biggest mistake was not bringing insect repellant. The mosquitoes were big and aggressive. They were able to bite us even through our clothes. Nonetheless, the hike out to Taft Point was totally worth it. There was practically no railing on any of the cliff’s edges, which made for great photos but made us all pretty nervous. We only posed and set up for photos where we felt was safe. If we had more time, I would have loved to stay for night pictures. Hiking back was definitely a challenge since it was pitch-black. We got lost for a bit as we couldn’t find our way back to the trail. In the end, we got a great adventure style photoshoot that we were all very happy about. Time to print these images up nice and big!