Autumn Magic in Vermont: A Dreamy Engagement Shoot in Huntington, Vermont

The crisp air, the vibrant colors, and the breathtaking scenery – there’s just something magical about a fall engagement in Vermont! When Keith of Keith MacDonald Photography was asked by his lifelong friends, Chantel and Jack, to capture their engagement photos amidst the stunning landscape of Camel’s Hump, he couldn’t resist.

The fall foliage was on the verge of what us Vermonters call “stick season” (and if you’re a fan of Noah Kahan you’ll know what we mean too!) yet still provided this adventure-loving-couple the ultimate autumn backdrop. Continue reading for all the details.

A Vermont Engagement Shoot in Autumn

Chantel and Jack have been together for 12 years and when it came time to propose, Jack popped the question in Moab, Utah after a packed day of mountain biking. The couple is currently planning their 2024 Vermont wedding and during their latest trip home, asked  Keith MacDonald Photography to capture this exciting chapter in their lives.

It was a perfectly cool morning for their challenging hike up, and the picturesque views were well worth it! Against the backdrop of Camel’s Hump, Chantel and Jack’s affection was magnified, illuminating the scene with a sense of tranquility and tenderness. The couple also walked the grounds of a family friend’s house, popping by a log cabin and a small pond. This gallery shows how beautiful Vermont’s in between, “stick season” can be for an engagement shoot!

Tips for Planning An Outdoor Engagement Shoot

An outdoor engagement photoshoot is the perfect way to capture the essence of your love story, especially if you love adventure like Chantel and Jack. Not only does it allow you to create beautiful and lasting memories, but it also gives you the chance to bond with your photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera. 

Here are some tips to make sure your engagement shoot is picture perfect:

1. Pick the perfect location – choose a place that holds special meaning to you and your partner. Whether it’s the spot where you first met or a scenic outdoor location, make sure the setting reflects your personality.
2. Consider your outfits – think about the color scheme, the style, and the season. It’s best to avoid overly bright colors and large logos. (You want the focus to be on your love, not your outfits!) If you want to be active during your shoot, make sure to keep that in mind as well and wear something that is comfortable and won’t be restrictive.
3. Hire a Vermont engagement photographer – you want someone who knows how to capture your unique story and personality – and is familiar with the area so they can suggest the best spots to take advantage of VT’s beauty. Check out the photographers in our Vendor Guide.
4. Timing is everything – consider the best time of day for the lighting and weather. (Don’t forget to build in travel times to various locations if needed.) If you’re hoping to hike a mountain, research how long it will take you to reach the peak. The same goes for any other activities you may have in mind, like biking, skiing, boating etc. All those activities take time! (Again, this is where having a local photographer who knows the area helps!) If you’re going for a golden hour shoot, make sure to research when the sun sets. Depending on the time of year, the sun sets fast… and early!

Get ready to smile, laugh, and show off your love during your engagement shoot. It will be a memory that you’ll treasure forever!
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