Jessica, Brian and I met up last week on Mammoth Mountain to shoot engagement photos in deep Eastern Sierra snow.
Since it was just after Christmas and we had several feet of fresh snow, we decided to take advantage of that near Mammoth Mountain’s Chair 14 and Hemlock Ridge.
Hemlocks is one of Brian’s favorite places to shred, so he was stoked on the idea of shooting out there.
Jessica was equally as excited, though I think the overall fun meter dropped a few points when we got off the gondola at the top at there were howling winds and the temperature was around 13-degrees.
Once we got off the top and headed to the backside, things got much better. In fact, the conditions were just about perfect for the Winter Wonderland Engagement Session we had in mind. I had them tromp out through the waist-deep powder, and then walk back toward me with the Mammoth Crest in the background. It made for a sweet shot. The only problem was that, with all that snow, the temptation to tackle each other was far too great to pass up. This would have been fine had Jessica’s pocket holding her phone been zipped shut. You can figure out how that ended up.
After we finished there, we went down to the Chair 14 Outpost for some beers and a rest, and then up Chair 13 for some portraits on White Bark Ridge.
It was a fun little adventure that gave me a chance to get to know these two before their wedding this summer at Convict Lake and Talus, in Mammoth. Judging by what we got into in a few hours of skiing, their wedding is going to be all-time.
Keep posted in the coming weeks. We’re shooting a lot of engagement sessions and family portraits this month. We also have a few weddings coming up later this month. Winter weddings at Mammoth are always an adventure. Check back soon.