How to Plan for Your Adventure Engagement Photos

So, you’re thinking about doing adventure engagement photos? That’s awesome, and right up my alley! These sessions are about capturing you and your partner in your element, doing something you love while telling your unique story. Whether you’re into hiking, beach walks, or even something wild like a hot air balloon ride, choosing activities that reflect your personality and interests makes the photos that much more special. In this blog, I’ll share tips to help you plan the perfect adventure engagement session, from picking the right photographer to finding the perfect outfits and more!

Choose Your Adventure Engagement Photographer

Let’s talk photographers. Picking the right one for your adventure engagement photos is a big deal. You want someone who really gets the whole adventure vibe, not just any photographer. Start by checking out their portfolio to see if their style matches what you’re looking for. Do they have experience with adventure shoots? That’s key because it’s a whole different ballgame than traditional sessions. And of course, think about your budget, availability, and location. It’s crucial to find someone who fits well in all these areas, so you feel comfortable and excited for your session.

Decide on Your Level of Adventure

Adventure engagement photos can range from super chill to totally wild. If you’re into something low-key, think about a forest walk, having a coffee date at your favorite cafe, or watching the sunset. If you’re up for slightly more action, consider paddleboarding, taking a scenic bike ride, or taking a dip in a hot spring. And if you’re all about the adrenaline, how about rock climbing, zip-lining, or going on a helicopter ride? The key is to pick something you both enjoy and feel comfortable with. Consider what sounds fun and exciting, but also what suits your personality and comfort zones.

Choose Your Activity!

There are so many fun options when choosing your activity, like having a picnic date, biking on the beach, or even going truffle hunting. If you’re more into nature, hiking, playing in the ocean, or stargazing could be perfect. Can you imagine getting some lantern shots!? 😍 For a cozy vibe, you could bake a cake together and do a cute in-home session, or simply enjoy coffee and muffins at your favorite cafe. And if you’re all about exploring, why not venture somewhere new together? Choose something you love to do together or something you’ve always wanted to do! It’s also super important that the activity is safe and enjoyable for both of you, so you can relax and have a great time.

Specific Activities Within 3 Hours of Portland, Oregon

  • Hike or have a scenic picnic in the Columbia River Gorge
  • Rent a cozy cabin or Airbnb in Mount Hood National Forest for an intimate in-home session
  • Waterfall views and peaceful picnics in Silver Falls State Park
  • Canoeing or kayaking at Trillium Lake
  • Biking or stargazing on Cannon Beach
  • Rock climbing at Mt. Hood National Park
  • Explore charming coastal towns, cafes, and beaches somewhere along the Oregon Coast
  • Helicopter tour with Envi Adventures
  • Ziplining with Tree to Tree Adventure Park
  • Relaxing dip at Bagby Hot Springs or Terwilliger Hot Springs

Adventure Engagement Photo Outfits

When it comes to outfits for your adventure engagement photos, the goal is to look coordinated without being too matchy-matchy. You want to complement each other’s styles without stealing the show from the beautiful scenery around you. Avoid clothes with logos or busy patterns that can distract from the surroundings. Earth tones and jewel colors blend well with outdoor settings and create a cohesive look. Accessories can also add a personal touch to your outfits, so don’t be afraid to add a hat, scarf, or statement jewelry to complete your vibe. For more detailed advice on outfit planning, check out my other blog about what to wear to your engagement shoot!

Check for Permits

It’s important to check if you need permits for your chosen location or activity, especially for most state park locations. Not having the required permits could lead to fines or being asked to leave the area. You’ll typically need to contact the park office or relevant authority well before your visit to get the permits. They can provide you with the necessary information and guidelines for obtaining them. You can usually find information by searching “location + special use permits” online. Always check the specific rules and regulations for your chosen location, as they vary.

PNW Adventure Engagement Photographer | Black Salt Photos

You now have all the tips you need to plan an incredible adventure engagement session! Remember, this is your chance to showcase your unique relationship and have a blast doing it. Take the time to plan something that speaks to you both and reflects your sense of adventure. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, or just chilling on the beach, make it your own. If you need any more advice or want to chat about booking a session, I’m here for you! Just reach out, and let’s make some magic happen.