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Bishop Engagement Photography in the Buttermilks with Brian and Jessica

Brian, Jessica and I made engagement photos this winter in the midst of one of the biggest storms of the year.

It ended up being a classic winter wonderland shoot in about three feet of snow on the backside of Mammoth Mountain.

Usually, if we do a winter skiing and snowboarding session, we try to do something a little more summery later in the year. Although it’s a fun start, not everybody wants to limit their engagement photo look to puffy jackets, goggles and runny noses.

Brian and Jessica didn’t just want to do a warmer-weather session; they wanted to do an awesome adventure to get shots unlike any others. So that’s what we did.

Along with my awesome second shooter Rebecca Garrett, we traveled out the dirt roads west of Bishop into the Buttermilks. This area is a geologic marvel with massive, smooth rock formations dropped into the desert at the base of the Sierras. It’s a climbing and boulderding Mecca, popular with climbers from all over the country.

Just beyond the climbing area is a small, hidden waterfall reminiscent of the slot canyons in Utah. It’s a rad spot to make portraits as few people know it’s there, and the rocks walls do a great job of diffusing the light.

We shot there for a while, then ventured down to a spot in the boulders just beyond the climbing masses. I had Brian and Jessica scramble around in the rocks for a bit, taking advantage of some incredible evening light. It’s a special spot that’s unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere. We found some cool spots to climb into that demonstrated the awesome landscape as well as Brian and Jessica’s incredible connection.

That’s all for today. We’re shooting Lauren and Blake’s wedding this weekend at Tallus in Mammoth, and then up to the mountain for their Parallax reception. This is another one we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. We’ve had some cold, windy days this month but all signs point to a beautiful weekend. Thanks again and check back soon.



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