It was pure joy to breathe in the sweet pines and capture an engagement session over these endless mountains and turquoise lakes.
Amanda and Jon live in Calgary but are hosting their wedding in Toronto. A week before their wedding, we flew to Calgary to take their engagement shoot in… where else but the breathtaking Banff National Park! Canadians are rightfully proud of our nature and national parks, and Banff is clearly a jewel that attracts visitors all over the world. The Rockies provide an abundance of snow-topped mountains, neatly-lined pine trees, and MAGICAL crystal-like lakes. Need we convince you further to consider it as an engagement photo location candidate, or simply to put on that bucket list?
Best Season for Banff Engagement Photo Sessions
June is a good time to visit Banff, as the weather is pleasant for a flowy dress while some snow still remains at the mountain tops – you’ll see why this matters later, they cast a surreal reflection in the lake!
Taking photos at Lake Louise
If you only had 1 day in Banff, you’ll no doubt visit the two classic spots: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. They’re both postcard-perfect sceneries. Lake Louise is right by the infamous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Morraine lake is a 20-minute drive away.
Travel tip: Either go to Moraine Lake first early in the morning (before 7 am) then to Lake Louise, OR go to Lake Louise first in the evening (around 6 pm) then to Moraine Lake. This is very strategic planning because Morraine lake has a much smaller parking lot is almost always full during the day. Plus, dawn and dusk lighting is always desirable ;)
It rained like cats and dogs but we were lucky to catch a break to sneak in some photos! Starting in Lake Louise, you’ll easily find some rocks and get the lake with V-shaped mountain in the back.
Moraine Lake Engagement Photos
Moving on the Moraine Lake, a short hike took us to a beautiful viewing point to get that perfectly framed shot of 5 mountain peaks over the crystal lake. That amazing snow on the mountain tops sometimes gives the illusion of clouds. And their reflection in veins of white in the lake is simply magical, we can’t get enough!