How to Plan an Adventure Session in Colorado - Loco Love Photography

How to Plan an Adventure Session in Colorado

Hi, I'm Alisha!

I’m Alisha, Leesh, and lovingly known as Loco Leesh (she/her). I wear many hats as your elopement photographer. I’m also here to be your guide, planner, resource, best friend and hype woman. I'm here to laugh, cry, and occasionally dance alongside you. I'm also a barefoot hippie veteran. Betcha never saw that coming! What really sets my soul on fire is connecting with people on a deeply personal level *My Pisces is showing*. I’m here to tell you that you have permission to DREAM BIG on what you think your wedding day should look like. Because your crazy love deserves to be captured in an authentic way. 

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June 18, 2022

What is Adventure Session?

An adventure session is just that, an adventure. Not hard to have one of those when you’re galavanting through Colorado! This blog tells you how to plan an adventure session in Colorado. Most people think engagements or any kind of photoshoot is something to dread. I GET IT. Thinking of what I should do in front of the camera for an hour sounds like hell.

These sessions are called an adventure because that’s what I make it out to be. We adventure together somewhere YOU want to be that has meaning and I capture you and your partner in your element. My job is to hype you up while simultaneously fading into the background.

This is an experience focused on the two of you that results in some dope photos you’ll have to cherish and look back on.

What Happens At An Adventure Session?

What can happen at an adventure session:

  • Kissing your partner as much as you want
  • Running around tickling each other
  • Drinking your favorite beer
  • Watching the sunrise or sunset at an epic location
  • Bringing your four-legged friend along for some extra love

What an adventure session isn’t:

  • Boring or stuffy poses
  • Doing something that doesn’t make sense to the two of you
  • Looking at the camera the entire time forcing a smile
  • Me telling you what to do the entire time
  • Simply showing up getting pictures taken and going home

When Is a Good Time For an Adventure Session in Colorado?

Consider the time of year.

Do you want to run around in the snow or are you more of a summer kind of couple?

Pick the season you want for your photos and go from there.

Fall

  • Gorgeous fall colors
  • Cozy clothes
  • Usually fewer tourists in certain locations
  • You can pick fun themes (Halloween, corn maze, jumping in piles of leaves, etc)

Winter

  • An idyllic landscape of snow-covered trees and land
  • A chance to find some cool jackets to sport
  • Little to no tourists in certain areas
  • Winter activities & themes (snowball fights, sipping hot chocolate, sleigh rides, snowshoeing)

Spring

  • The world is coming back to life! That means budding trees, blooming flowers, and perfect temperatures
  • The flexibility to style your outfits for cold AND warm weather
  • Spring-related themes (visiting a flower field, cherry blossom season)

Summer

  • GOLDEN HOUR GALORE & WILDFLOWER SEASON
  • Warm weather and sunshine!!!
  • The opportunity to style summer outfits or a swimsuit session in the water 😉
  • A million different activities and themes to choose from (drive-in movie, beach session, camping, etc)

Are You Morning Larks or Night Owls?

I’m a big believer that the best light happens in the Blue Hour and Golden Hour. The Blue Hour is right before sunrise or right after sunset. Basically twilight. The Golden Hour is the hour following sunrise or prior to a sunset that turns the world into all the golden goodness, you could ever want. Doing your photos at any other time isn’t bad, but it will make a difference in the vibe. When it comes to the technicalities and craft of photography, lighting makes a BIG DIFFERENCE.

The best locations in Colorado for a photoshoot

National Parks & Notable Landmarks

  • Colorado National Monument
  • Gunnison National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Rifle Falls State Park
  • Chimney Rock National Monument
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Chautauqua Park

Mountains & Mountain Passes

  • Mt. Evans (You can drive right to the top)
  • Pikes Peak (You can take a tram to the top)
  • Lookout Mountain
  • Maroon Bells in Aspen
  • Corkscrew Pass
  • Independence Pass
  • Loveland Pass

Unique Places in Colorado

  • Crested Butte (during the summer wildflower season)
  • Paint Mines
  • St. Elmo Ghost Town & Tin Cup Pass
  • Horsetooth Reservor
  • Blue Lakes
  • Twin Lakes

Colorado Adventure Session Ideas

  • Jumping into an alpine lake
  • Getting ice cream on the main street of a mountain town
  • On top of a mountain, you’ve always wanted to be on
  • Riding a mountain cogwheel train
  • Snowboarding or skiing at your favorite resort
  • Picnicking & hiking
  • Kayaking or rowing a boat on a still lake
  • Skating at the skate park
  • Dancing at dusk in the desert and riding motorcycles
  • Adventuring through a ghost town
  • In the middle of a field of wildflowers during wildflower season
  • At your campsite next to a fire
  • Hiking up to a waterfall
  • Fly fish in a lake or river
  • Going for a ride on horseback
  • Taking a 4×4 Jeep up a mountain pass
  • Running around naked in a field (what’s more free and intimate than that?)

What to wear for a Colorado Adventure Session

The most important rule of picking out your outfits for a photo shoot is to wear what you’re comfortable in. When you feel confident in something it shows. Is there a dress that you love yourself in? Bring that. Do you have a favorite shirt that makes you happy? Bring it. Since we’ll be outside try to incorporate muted colors that will compliment your surroundings. Try not to wear anything that’s super bright or has distracting logos. You both don’t have to wear the same thing but have hints of the same color to show a theme. And if not a color theme, then you can go with the type of fabric, such as denim!

  • Long flowing dress
  • Tight-fitting long dress
  • Jeans
  • Long flowing pants
  • Light sweater
  • Romper/jumpsuit
  • Denim Jacket
  • Big hat
  • sandals
  • heels
  • Boots (timberlands or something similar)
  • Sneakers
  • Statement jewelry piece
  • khakis
  • plaid shirt
  • polo
  • short sleeve button down
  • long sleeve button down

(Obvi if you dress more masculine or feminine that is totally up to you. We’re not here to fit into any gender norms people! What’s important is that you should be excited about what you’re wearing and feel confident in it)

The Colorado Adventure Session Package

$750-The Adventure Session Experience

What’s included?

• 1-2 Hours of Coverage

•100+ photos

•2 outfit changes (or more, but usually people like to just do two)

• A customized experience (I like to hop on a phone call with my clients and get to know them and hear about their love story and then I try to create an experience around what I learn from them)

•Personalized Couples Questionnaire

• Vendor Recommendations (if you want to do a catered picnic or something like that)

• Location Scouting

• Permit Assistance (a lot of locations in CO require permits, which are included in the package)

• Adventure Session Guide: Including Outfit Suggestions and how to plan for the shoot

• Digital Gallery With Printing Rights

• Print Shop Discounts

• My Travel Fees Included

• A surprise gift from me!

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