I’ve known Tabitha for a few years now, and was excited for her when she and Chris announced their engagement earlier this summer. They had a small wedding here in Fernie, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend. They were moving to Revelstoke right after the wedding, so our plan was to get together and do some portraits around Fernie before they left. You know what they say about the best laid plans, and sadly it didn’t work out.
I was passing through Revelstoke after shooting at Silver Star Resort, so I asked if they wanted to try and do the session there instead. My experience with the town up until their session was basically Highway 1, though I’ve seen some shots from people mountain biking there and always wanted to visit and explore.
I got to town a little early so I could scout a few locations for their session. After driving around for a while on the east side of Upper Arrow Lake I had a couple good locations, but couldn’t find anything that looked like the forests I had seen in biking pictures. Coincidentally I happened to bump into biker, and he pointed me in the right direction – across the lake.
One of the locations I had scouted here in Fernie was a waterfall up one of the mountains, and it was the location Tabitha was most excited about. When I found out there was one reasonably accessible in the area I was headed to, I decided to check it out first. As I was driving in I got more and more excited – turns out it was one of the best locations I’ve found in a long time! I couldn’t wait to get back there and shoot with them!
The sun had set by the time we got back into town but there was some awesome colour in the clouds over Mt. MacKenzie (Revelstoke Ski Hill), so we did a little off-roading to get down to the lake and caught it just in time!