There is nothing that I wouldn’t do for my couples, in fact, I’d do just about anything. Okay… maybe not anything but let’s just say I will go above and beyond to get the photos of your dreams. Through some mutual connections, I was able to meet Scarlett & Richie. Coincidentally at the time, they were looking for a photographer to take their engagement photos and well that’s what leads us here. These waterfall engagement photos at Cummins Falls State Park was quite literally one of my favorite adventures that I have been on. However, that doesn’t mean we didn’t face some struggles like the incredibly hot Tennessee weather. Nonetheless, we made it through and got some of my favorite photos that I have taken to date!
Cummins Falls State Park
Cummins Falls State Park is a destination spot for a variety of different reasons. The main attraction, of course, is the waterfall. However, you do have to endure quite a hike to get there but trust me when I say that the view trek is 100% worth it. Cummins Falls State Park is a 306-acre park. It’s a scenic location as well as a frequent spot for locals to cool off in the warmer months in the falls swimming hole.
Keep in mind that if you are to head to Cummins Falls State Park, a permit is required in order to access the base of the waterfall. You will also need to reserve a date that you would like to go ahead of time! So if you’re wanting to make the journey, remember to secure your date if the falls are your main attraction. To read more about Cummins Fall State Park availability and permit fees, click here!
Waterfall Engagement Photos at Cummins Falls State Park
For Scarlett and Richie’s engagement photos, we wanted to ensure that we made it to the park prior to the crowd of people. This meant waking up early in the morning and reserving our permits to make it for 8 am when Cummins Falls opens. We arrived as soon as the gates opened and began making our hike to the falls. Now keep in mind that if you’re wanting a more private session, you’re going to want to aim for either early morning or right before closing. That is most likely when you’re going to get the least amount of people and avoid any distractions during your shoot!
Now if you’re thinking that we did all of this in their engagement attire, you’re mistaken. Since it was so dang hot that day, we made sure to bring our walking/hiking gear to prep us for the hike. It takes quite a bit to get to the falls, so just be ready to walk a bit. Don’t worry, the end result is SO worth it!
We arrived at the waterfalls and it was just beautiful. Scarlett and Richie changed into their actual formalwear and we began snapping away. The roaring of the waterfall behind us made walking through this sweltering TN heat worth it. Scarlett and Richie also brought along their pup, Alfie, which also made this session 10x better. The water was so refreshing after our hike and despite everything it was well worth it, especially when you see these photos.
Note: If you plan on bringing your dog to your session, make sure you have someone tag along to be able to watch your pup while we take some solo portraits of you!
How to Prep for an Adventure Engagement
If you’re wanting something fun, unique, and different for your engagement session I am all for it! However, keep in mind that there is some preparation that comes into place when planning an adventure engagement session.
1.) Dress for the Occassion
When you’re planning on having an adventure engagement session, it’s important to know what you’re signing up for. While many of you may claim you can “hike in heels”, who would want to? It’s important to dress for the occasion, especially if you’re going to be doing something that requires a lot of walking. Comfortable clothes and shoes are important in making sure you can make it from point A to point B. Once you arrive at your final destination, you will be able to change into your actual formal attire. Either via a changing tent provided by your photographer or in a secluded area.
2.) Preparation is Key
Please, please, please make sure you have everything you need prior to your adventure engagement session. That means packing the essentials – of course comfortable clothing but items also like:
- Water & Food
- Backup shoes
- Emergency/First Aid Kit
- Hair Brush
- Flash Light
- Bug Spray
This will save you a ton of stress especially if something were to go wrong, we want to be fully prepared!
3.) Expect Anything
Whenever my couples want to go on an adventure for their engagement session, safety is my number one priority. It’s important to expect anything and be prepared for just about anything. That includes wild animals, weather, and dangerous conditions! Keeping track of the weather, your surroundings and overall being cautious while exploring different territories is important in keeping everybody safe and happy!
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