Over the past few years I’ve asked several couples to shoot engagement photos at Mammoth’s Hole-in-the-Wall but I’ve never had any takers.
Hole-in-the-Wall is a volcanically-created cave with a steep, skiable chute off the backside of Mammoth Mountain. It a geologic wonder and an experienced skier’s playground. It’s a bit of a mission to get to involving a long traverse that can be tough (especially on a snowboard), but incredible to see from up close.
So, earlier this winter as Laura and I made plans for the photo shoot, I successfully persuaded her to follow me out there for what I promised would be an engagement session unlike any other.
So last week we went for it. We started off at Dave’s Wave, a wind-formed bowl just beyond Mammoth Mountain, and got some cool shots with the Lakes Basin below. From there we headed out to The Hole. I gave Scott and Laura the opportunity to back out after seeing it from the top, but they were having none of it.
We skied down the chute and set up camp on a small platform in the heart of the cave. It was a perfect spot to shoot, pose, and watch as a few skiers flew by.
After we were satisfied there, we skied down to get a few shots at Twin Lakes before catching the shuttle back to the resort and calling it a day.
Based on their willingness to go this far for an awesome shot, I have a feeling their wedding at Convict Lake this summer is going to be awesome.
We’re also going to do another engagement shoot in the spring, something a bit warmer and likely more traditional. We can’t go too traditional after this, though, so we’ll find something cool to shoot.
We’re going to write more about this engagement shoot for The Sheet’s annual wedding guide, which comes out this spring.
Thanks and check back next week. Lots of winter portrait work on the way.