I know most of you have probably never heard of Redding, California before. And if you had, you have because of Burney Falls and the Sundial Bridge. Besides that, there isn’t much that Redding is known for. But I am here to show you why Whiskeytown was the perfect place for my photoshoot with Kristine and Micah for their first time being photographed as a couple.
Ever have one of those days where it seems like everything is going wrong but somehow it all ends up working out in the end? That’s exactly what happened the day of Kristine & Micah’s Redding sunrise elopement styled session, and I think the photos turned out even better than they would have, had we stuck to the original plan. It was just magical!
About the Couple
First, let me tell you a little about this adorable couple—Micah is from Wyoming and Kristine is from Louisiana, but they both ended up meeting here in Redding for ministry school. Micah is now applying to medical schools, so they’re planning on moving again in the near future. I really wanted this photoshoot to capture this moment in their lives so they could always look back and remember the beauty of Redding—the physical beauty of the water and mountains, and also this beautiful time in their lives, beginning this journey together.
There was a lot of back and forth on the location of this photoshoot, but we eventually settled on Whiskeytown, meeting at Brandy Creek Beach. It was actually just the night before the session when we finally decided on a location. The next morning, I woke up at 2:00 in the morning so excited I couldn’t go back to sleep! Shortly after, I got started on my two-hour drive towards Whiskeytown.
It’s now 5 AM, I finally get there and… the beach is CLOSED! Usually gates open at sunrise, but this location wouldn’t be opening for a few more hours. Luckily, I had spotted a picturesque outlook on the drive up that would make for a good back-up plan. I was nervous about the last-minute change and the possibility of missing the sunrise, but Kristine and Micah didn’t miss a beat. We drove back about five minutes down the road and pulled over to our new impromptu photoshoot location.
This cove was quiet, intimate, and sweet—really the perfect little spot. And the timing was impeccable too! When we arrived, the sun was still below the mountains and was just starting to peek through the hills as I began to photograph. There was a slight breeze blowing the right direction for perfectly flowing hair. Everything was falling into place.
Kristine and Micah were such a joy to photograph. Like most couples, they weren’t totally sure if they were posing the right way or doing the right thing, but they were absolutely perfect! Just being their cuddly, sweet authentic selves enjoying the moment and the beauty of the scenery. You could truly sense the love these two have for one another.
I look back on this day with so much gratitude for being able to do what I love. This is what I live for as a photographer, and this is why I love what I do. Wishing Kristine and Micah all the best in their next adventure!
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