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Ready to add a little adventure into your couples session? The great thing about adventure sessions is they can be whatever you design them to be! From an all-day adventure to a few hours doing an activity you love. A day of adventure is exactly what you two make it. See all the possibilities available for turning your photo session into a couples adventure!
Since an adventure session can be anywhere or anything that you choose, the definition of what counts as an “adventure” is totally up for grabs! Generally, I define a couples adventure photo session as going off the grid by exploring the outdoors and traveling to multiple locations in one day.
You can really take your time by making it an all-day event. Think of it as a date with just the two of you and pretend I’m not there! You can spend half the day in Washington, DC for all the city vibes, and enjoy the sunset at Shenandoah National Park to close it out. We can even begin in nature and end the day in the city under the twinkling city lights!
Together we will plan your couples adventure session according to three major factors: time, location, and activity. What you want to do and where you want to make it happen determines the length of your session. Here’s what I walk my couples through as we plan out their adventure:
Regular engagement sessions last about 90 minutes and involve either one location or two very close locations. We can definitely add a bit of adventure to a regular session with a short hike that includes off-road views. We just have to stick to one general area because of the time constraints.
If you’re looking for ideas in the DC Metro Area, I have so many spots to recommend!
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Waterfront
Fells Point Neighborhood, Baltimore, Maryland
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
The National Arboretum, Washington, DC
An adventure is seriously whatever you make it and it can be as adventurous or as simple as makes sense for you as a couple. There’s no need to copy someone else’s story. If walking to your favorite coffee shop or brewery is your kind of adventure then let’s make it happen! These are the types of life events that can be turned into memories through an adventure session:
Katie and Jon decided to turn their maternity session into a couples adventure marking the coming birth of their first child! Even with the physical limitations of walking around with a woman who is pregnant, we found ways to get out into nature and capture their love both for each other and their baby-to-be! These photos also marked their five-year anniversary!
For these two, making memories together through adventure was already a part of their story. As Katie mentioned, one of their favorite adventures together was a “spontaneous road and camping trip to see the wonderful national parks. Each is absolutely breathtaking in their own way!” Katie and Jon have held a national park pass for the past few years so it was important to them that their photos were taken in one.
They particularly wanted to capture the magic that they experienced hiking Old Rag Mountain in Virginia as Katie recalled: “we chased the sunrise and it was so worth it. The sky was absolutely stunning!” Shenandoah National Park provided a short hike with gorgeous views and a meadow at sunset with the mountain range in the background to get the skies that they love at their session!
The thing is, you don’t need a reason. Everyone should set aside some time to document the experience they are having together in their current life. These two were so easygoing and sweet as they just embraced the entire experience! The point is: ya’ll can make the time as adventurous as possible in a way that matches your personality, your love story, and the interests you share.
Ready to visit your local favorites or explore a place new to you both? Let’s start planning your adventure!