Often it’s common for couples to want to get married in the summer or fall when it’s slightly warmer outside. So sometimes that means getting engaged in the winter time, which can result in a winter engagement session. While engagement sessions in the winter can be chilly, the pristine white snow makes everything look clean and fresh. Winter time is super beautiful for an engagement session if you’re willing to brave the cold. Derrick and Meghan won an adventure session giveaway with me in 2021, so it was fun to photograph them again. Of course they are pros by now! This evening winter engagement session in Banff was super beautiful.
As the time of the session approached, there appeared to be a snow storm rolling in. We originally planned to start at Two Jack Lake, but when we arrived there, the entirety of the Mount Rundle backdrop was covered in a cloud. So we drove a bit further down the road to Lake Minnewanka, and the mountains were still visible there. Some clouds hung over the peaks in the distance, adding some nice drama to the landscape. There was hardly a soul in sight, which was fantastic.
Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake are great locations for shorter engagement sessions because they offer a lot of variety. There are some rock islands jetting out into the water/ice. There are lots of pretty spruce trees for framing. And of course the mountains always look perfect in the background. In the winter time, if you get lucky, you might even be able to skate! In the summer, the water is beautiful and you could even canoe or kayak during your session if that’s your thing.
So if you’re just wanting to do a 1 or 2 hour winter engagement session in Banff, definitely check out these two lakes! They’re easily accessible, have lots of parking, and are beautiful. The best of all worlds. Enjoy this collection of photos from this gem of a couple.