Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Session | Charlottesville, Virginia | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

These two cuties got one of the first warm days of spring for their March engagement session on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia.

The central district of Skyline Drive is my jam — I know it intimately and so it’s where I take most of my couples for engagement sessions. But in the winter, Skyline Drive closes often for snow and ice, while next door Blue Ridge Parkway can be open. So I always warn my winter/early spring couples that we might need to change plans at the last minute due to closures.

Luckily these two are super easy going and were totally up for exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway instead.

Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway meet at Afton Mountain between Crozet and Waynesboro so sometimes changing plans just means driving in the opposite direction. Other times we’ll plan on a hike in a totally different location or meet up at a vineyard, farm or family property.

In this case, shooting on the Blue Ridge Parkway honestly worked out for me because I got to test light and explore some options for my two upcoming elopements that will be shot around about this area. Thanks for being my guinea pigs Lindsey and Andrew!

Often my couples hike for their engagement sessions — but sometimes, like for this engagement session, we’ll just drive up and down Skyline or the Blue Ridge Parkway looking for pockets of light and hopping out at overlooks when we see them.

People often ask if they should wait until later spring for their engagement sessions — and that’s certainly an option, but I love Shenandoah National Park in the bridge seasons and encourage people to explore then too.

For one thing it’s not nearly as crowded with tourists as it will be later in the summer. For two the mountains are gorgeous no matter the season — the Blue Ridge is aptly named and golden morning or afternoon light baths everything in its own glow.