Smoky Mountain Couples Photos in Elkmont
They met through Tinder. Joshua swiped right, then Danison swiped right. They were matched on a Thursday evening. The ended up only staying on the app for just one night before they starting talking on Skype. In fact, they ended up talking to each other for nearly the entire day after they were matched. One of their biggest connections to each other? They both worked for the wonderful world of Disney in office jobs! They agreed to meet that Sunday at a local Starbucks, and the rest, as they say, is history. And their history brought them to their future wedding venue, The Magnolia Venue. This amazing place overlooks The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And, I just happen to be a permitted photographer for this amazing location! Yippie! I told them that they needed to go to one of my most favorite locations for couples photos: Historic Elkmont.
Elkmont is a region situated in the upper Little River Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains. Elkmont has been home to a pioneer Appalachian community, a logging town, and a resort community. Today, Elkmont is home to a popular campground, ranger station, and historic district maintained by the National Park Service. It is also home to some amazing photography locations! Duh! And that is why it’s my favorite. For these Elkmont engagement photos, we went to all my favorite spots along the Little River Trail. I especially love the troll bridge, the chimney stacks, and all the spots along the water!
Same-Sex Friendly Photographer
We here at EMP believe that love is love. The last thing that any should have to worry about is not being accept for who they are. And the absolute last thing you need to worry about is whether your engagement or wedding photographer is going to be Mr. or Mrs. Judgey. If you are looking for a same-sex friendly photographer, then you have looked no further. Make sure you check out the rest of our LGBT Portfolio and then contact me when you’re ready!
PSSSST! If you want to see even MORE Elkmont couples photos,
keep scrolling to see Marissa + Jarrod!
Smoky Mountain Couples Photos in Elkmont
A few months ago, I met up with Marissa and Jarrod for a couple’s portrait session at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Marissa found me through a Facebook group dedicated to women photographers and other creative minds. She asked if I’d be willing to photograph the two of them together. Of course, I was more than happy to!
Marissa and Jarrod met in college and have been together ever since. Every year, they go on a trip to celebrate their lives together. Although they currently live in Texas, they decided to come to Knoxville this year. And with all the places that they visit, they wanted someone to document their trip. I’m glad I was able to help to commemorate their Smoky Mountain adventure with a portrait session! Because this couple has made professional portrait sessions a tradition, they were both relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. That ease definitely showed through in the pictures we took together.
Summer Portraits in the Smokies
They couldn’t have picked a better time to get some photographs at the park, too. It had rained recently, but since it was the summer, the weather was still warm. So, the cold rain in the Little River mixed with the heat of summer. And it created some beautiful fog that hovered over the area. We loved the haze from where the sun cut through the trees—what beautiful scenery!
Jarrod & Marissa, thank you for reaching out to me to ask me to document this part of your lives. I love your tradition of traveling together and recording those memories. I wish you both nothing but joy as you continue to have adventures! Thank you also to the National Park Service for their continued efforts to preserve and restore historic sites around the Great Smoky Mountains like the Elkmont area for everyone to be able to enjoy.
Smoky Mountain Licensed Photographer
I’m grateful that I’m licensed to photograph at The Great Smoky Mountain National Park because it gives me amazing opportunities like this. You have to be a permitted photographer to shoot in the Smokies, and I’m always pleased when I get the chance to use that permit. Just look at how beautiful the park is! If you are interested in photos in this natural wonder, please contact me and let’s get your scheduled!