Moosen! (And Mosquitos)

July 22, 2016

For outdoors-y Sam and Mark's engagement session, we had planned to hike around Big Cottonwood Canyon and find an adventure somewhere along the trail. But the day was unreasonably warm and we decided more altitude and less exertion was our best bet, so we headed to the top of the canyon and stopped at Silver Lake, a popular portrait spot at Brighton. It was no less popular when we got there, with a number of families and bridal couples having their photos taken along the boardwalk, but there's room for everyone up there and we didn't mind. The sun sank lower behind the mountains, the mosquitos came out to play (and devour us) and I started kicking myself for forgetting the bug spray as swarms of these mini monsters buzzed in our ears and snacked away. Poor Sam and Mark were swatting the bugs non stop, but they were good sports. I didn't escape the feast, either, and though I'm usually not appealing to mosquitos, I got eaten. It wasn't as bad as when I was hiking in Hawaii (88 bites--my husband counted), but it was pretty damn close.

Despite the incessant insects, our location pick paid off when, out of the foliage, a bull moose stumbled onto the trail heading down to the lake for his evening meal. We paused and took a few shots, then gave him a wide berth and continued on our way. Then we ran into another moose. And then two more. We were trapped on a section of the trail with a few families for a good 20 minutes while waiting for two more moose to mosey down to the marsh. Both Sam and Mark were ecstatic about the impromptu wildlife viewing (so was I--I've never seen more than two at a time up there), and I think we got some great shots for their invites after seeing a total of six moose. Check out some of my favorite photos below. For this shoot, Sam and Mark chose my Mamiya 645 and Ferrania Rondine for the analog photos, and I used a mixture of Portra, Fuji Pro400H and Rerapan 100 films.

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