We drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Craggy Gardens for Jordan and Nick’s engagement session. Every photographer this side of the Mississippi knows there are mountain views up yonder. And they will always be there waiting for the same exact shots that everyone takes to get Instagram likes. Don’t get us wrong, mountains are great! They’re beautiful! And of course we gladly take photos of the couple and mountains in the background. But what we set out to find up at Craggy Gardens with Jordan and Nick was much more important than pretty views. During the shoot we found their chemistry, laughter, joy, heart, and beauty. Engagement photos without these things would be dull. When you mix this stuff with pretty light and thoughtful compositions then it all comes together like magic.

Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with mountain views. But because we are surrounded by such natural, *easy* beauty, we push ourselves beyond the obvious to make sure we get creative photos that are unique for the couple. Look beyond the mountains :) Here is a selection of our favorites from this lovely duo’s session at Craggy Gardens. We are so excited to shoot their wedding next year!

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