Carsten + Allison’s Adventure Engagment | Black Balsam Knob Adventure Engagement

Black Balsam Knob Adventure Engagement

WOWZA! Where do I begin?

This Black Balsam Knob adventure engagement session was the absolute BOMB, and definitely one for the books! I’m so thankful for Carsten + Allison for a myriad of reasons, but mostly for their willingness to travel with me, and for their trust in my artistic vision!

For their session, the weather forecast played tricks on us all of that week. We originally planned to have the session in the evening in order to catch the sunset on the mountain-tops. But, because of the high chance of thunderstorms the day of their shoot, they trusted me in my decision to have their session in the morning instead! Despite the dismal weather forecast, these lovelies were willing to wake up without hesitation, and meet me at 6AM (YES. You read that right), and drive two hours north to romp around Black Balsam Knob for some engagement photographs before their wedding day. Their willingness for the unexpected, and their trust in me as a creative was refreshing!

Differing from my last adventure session at the Knob, Carsten + Allison’s time on the knob was drenched in the morning sun, and not overcast! Despite their session taking place in the beginning of June, the weather was still chilly, and windy on the knob. But, these two threw caution and care to the wind, and were totally down for the adventure! They embraced the gusty winds, and colder temperatures without complaint (Allison even threw off her chacos, and went barefooted)! Filled with laughter, and fun, their session took on a light-hearted mood.

Some of the highlights from that morning would be:

Catching the sunrise,

Laughing and sharing personal stories,

Standing in awe of the low-lying, lake-like clouds in the valleys,

Hiking and scrambling up rocks,

Seeing a wolf-dog named Kenai,

&

Taking photos until our tummies grumbled.

 

Their session ended with…

a bright sun in the sky, and a hint of summer heat in the air. With our grumbling tummies, we hiked back to their Subaru, and grabbed a much-needed bite to eat. We stopped at a quaint restaurant called City Lights Cafe in Sylva, NC (the cute restaurant allows dogs, has vegetarian + vegan options, and even has a BOOKSTORE)! Amazing, right!? Next time you’re in the area, you NEED to go give this place a visit! After our lunch at City Lights, and some good conversation over homemade, local food, we drove back home, quite ready for midday naps.

I find that these adventure sessions that I share with couples give way to authenticity, beauty, friendship, trust, and a mutual love and respect for nature.  They inspire me to continue growing, and learning as a creative, and serve as a way for me to form deeper, more meaningful photo experiences for the couples that I work with.  So, if you’re considering an adventure session with me, I hope you’re ready to make a new friend in the process, and are ready for a little unexpectedness!

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  1. Louise Arnold

    June 28th, 2018 at 2:44 am

    Excellent. Made me say “oooooh” several times.

  2. kwentzek

    June 28th, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you so much!

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