Kristen and Mark | Pisgah National Forest Engagement Session | Asheville, NC

Couple embracing each other standing in a river at the Pisgah National Forest in Ashville, NC

I am a firm believer that powerful, telling photographs require everyone involved to go the extra mile. For Kristen and Mark’s engagement session, that extra mile turned into a round trip of over a hundred miles. It was a side trip well worth taking.

Kristen and Mark met while river rafting in Idaho Springs. Even today, their lives revolve around water. Mark is a fireman and Kristen works for a white water rafting organization. It was a must that water be a backdrop for their session. We finally decided that the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC was our destination.

At the start of our session, we struck out on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While it was extraordinarily beautiful, it didn’t feel quite true to Kristen and Mark’s story. Earlier that day I had shot another session at Pisgah National Forest which was a dream world of creeks, rivers, and waterfalls. I asked if they would be willing to go a little farther and spend some of the precious shooting time in the car. They were and it was well worth it! The images in Pisgah National Forest speak to how they met, who they are, and are incredibly beautiful. All three of us even braved the frigid temperatures to play and sit in the stream beds for some unique and beautiful portraits. These guys were troopers!

Kristen and Mark, thank you for our little side trek and thank you for braving the ice cold mountain streams. The images are more than I hoped for and I can’t wait for your wedding!


Traci Arney

I am an overly passionate, slightly obsessive fine art photographer who just happened to fall in love with photographing weddings. Recently I was named one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States. I love telling stories so I dig pretty deep into your personal story. We have a blast together and you will be blown away by my images, your prints, and your album!

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