Kate and Matt: Northern Arizona Engagement Photographer

Kate and Matt: Northern Arizona Engagement Photographer


Northern Arizona Engagement Photographer: Kate and Matt’s Adventure Session. We had a total blast adventuring for this rad sunset session. I’ve known Kate and Matt for a few years. When they agreed upon a more adventurous Northern Arizona shoot, I was thrilled. I LOVE to showcase new locations – especially ones that are dear to me.


We hiked around the amazing landscapes and I enjoyed hearing all about their love story. Kate told me…


“We met through a mutual friend on a rock climbing adventure. Over several months of getting to know each other as climbing partners, our forced trust in each other developed a more natural and deeper trust and appreciation for each other. Through more outdoor activities and adventures, we recognized that this was a partnership that each of us had been searching for.


Most days we could be found at the gym, running, biking, spending time at Snowbowl, or dancing our way through downtown. Our friends may even say we are inseparable. Through the years we have grown individually, but also chosen to grown together and have a deeper love, trust and appreciation for each other.”


I love their beautiful partnership. It was special to be able to capture some moments of their time together. Wishing you two many more happy years together!



About The Location:


A volcanic cinder cone that rises 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. It is unusual in having the shape of a “U,” and in lacking the symmetrical shape of most cinder cones. In addition, a large natural amphitheater cuts into the cone’s northeast flank. Erosional pillars called “hoodoos” decorate the amphitheater, and many dark mineral crystals erode out of its walls.


The western slopes are conventional in appearance, formed of smooth black ash, partly wooded, but much more spectacular is the northeast side, as this has been eroded into a curving amphitheater lined by corrugated cliffs and filled with pinnacles, ridges and narrow gullies. The rocks (cinders, ash and lava) are mostly a rich reddish-brown color, though some scattered outcrops are black or grey, and all contrast with the bright green vegetation around the perimeter and between some of the formations, creating a very photogenic scene.



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