I can’t express in words how massive my smile was when Mariah and Ashley opened their truck and I saw their cute puppy’s faces!!! They were absolute sweethearts, and I felt TERRIBLE that the gorgeous bath/hairbrushing that the golden went through right before they met up with me was ruined the minute she saw the water. Fortunately, Mariah and Ashley embraced it and just went right in the mud and water with her…. and got into a mud fight.
If you’re looking for a place to do your engagement photos in Boulder, and you have dogs, this spot just north of the Boulder Reservoir entrance is a super fun place to visit. You get a gorgeous view of the mountains with the lake in the foreground. Bonus, if your dog is voice and sight certified with the City of Boulder, they can play here off leash and get in the water! Because of that, it’s best to only bring your dog here if they enjoying playing off leash with other dogs though. There are usually some other dogs running around playing, too!
I think this spot works best at sunset or golden hour, personally. You get the light going down over the foothills and golden ripples sparkling across the surface of the water. Of course, if you got there early enough to catch sunrise coming up over the eastern horizon, that would be pretty stunning too. But, you’d want to be early enough to catch the pink light catching the mountains and Flatirons as the sun rose.
I usually meet people at the parking lot by the trailhead to make it easy. Then it’s just a short walk (probably less than a quarter mile) down to the lake. Along with the water, there are areas with grassy fields and trails, as well as some large cottonwood trees by the edge of the lake. It was early spring during this shoot so there weren’t any leaves on the trees, so we stayed near the water instead. The grass would also be a lot greener in the summer!
So, if you’re looking for a spot for your engagement session with water, a mountain view, that’s pretty in the fall, summer, and winter. This one might be a good fit! Especially if you don’t want to drive up into the mountains for it.
Check out the photos to get a better sense of the location, and feel free to use the contact button at the bottom of this post if you have any questions, or are interested in doing a session here with me!
I love shooting engagements (especially with same-sex couples) in Boulder. If you’re planning a session, I’d love to chat about how to make it awesome.