This past fall I had the absolute pleasure of adventuring through the Catskills in upstate New York for Siobhan and Lee’s incredible and epic engagement session at Kaaterskill Falls. After talking with them about engagement session locations, they came up with this location as a thought and I immediately said “It’s totally happening.” This was an absolute dream of a location to have a session and I will absolutely be back again to capture more magic here. It was also special because I had recently just broken my left leg, and was in an air cast for this entire day because, well, anything for the shot!
We timed this session to be right in the middle of peak colors for fall foliage, and it sure did pay off. Joining me on this journey, my best friend decided to be my gear and lighting assistant for the day. That Sunday he and I grabbed some brunch at a local diner, got our hiking gear and headed north. The drive was only about three and a half hours, and with enough good music and conversation (plus the essential road snacks and a good amount of junk food) we made it there in no time.
No amount of words could describe how incredible this drive was. We knew it would be beautiful, but driving up the cliffside through the winding roads with cobblestone walls in the heart of fall was surreal. Leaves of amber, maroon, yellow and orange fell gracefully down the gorges in a way that felt straight out of a key scene from a movie. I’ll never forget the song that was playing as I realized I was about to capture two people wildly in love in this incredible environment. Heartbeats, by Alexis Ffrench, will always bring me back to this moment.
We arrived to the parking lot of Kaaterskill Falls about an hour and a half early and the line to park was massive. It took an hour and fifteen minutes alone just to finally get parked (noted for next time!).Once Siobhan and Lee arrived, it was go time. We ventured to several small and romantic spots throughout the beginning of the park to get warmed up before the main falls, but they had it down in no time. Before long, we made our way to the heart of the falls.
After walking down what felt like 10,000 stone steps to get to the main falls, once we saw what we were working with I completely forgot my leg was even broken. (well, mostly!). These falls were HUGE. I’m hiking waterfalls and climbing mountains all the time, but the adrenaline rush from seeing the endless possibilities of what can be created with these falls and a couple in love had me feeling on top of the world.
Siobhan and Lee absolutely rocked this session. We climbed in and out of the main falls, even went behind them trying to keep up with the ideas that kept hitting my brain. We spent about two hours between shooting and hiking and used every bit of daylight we had to capture these images. Once the sun started to go down beyond the horizon line, we made our trek back up the stone steps to our cars.
I say it all the time: It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing with the one you love; you can be scaling mountains or sitting on the couch binge watching a new Netflix show. Either way, adventures in life happen everywhere around us. To me, the brunch, The drive, the falls and even the McDonald’s dinner afterwards were all part of the adventure and I’ll cherish them in equal measure.
I sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed the photographs in this blog post as well as the stories attached to each one. This adventure was one for the books, and I can’t wait to share the next one with all of you.
Til next time,