Snowy Aberfoyle Engagement Session – Cairi and Tom
Of all the weather conditions, it’s the hardest to predict, or guarantee.
People adore the idea of snow, particularly in the run up to Christmas, but from experience it tends to come around January. Whether it sticks is another matter. However for this engagement session, snow was definitely on the cards.
As I approached Dukes Pass, there was a sign saying that the road beyond the carpark for the David Marshall Lodge hadn’t been cleared of ice or snow. There was a visible line as I approached, of road that was covered in snow, and road that was clear.
The snow was still falling on and off during our engagement session. It brought out the birds and the red squirrels, all vying for food from the bird feeders that we could see through the hide.
It felt serene and quiet and so calm. I do love what snow does in a photograph as well. It cleans everything up. It lifts and illuminates light upward. It brings out all the colour and freshness. And when you’re snuggled up close together, it adds warmth and love and cosiness to the photographs.
I suppose there are people who dread the idea of snow. They see the forecast, and groan. But for me it brings out that inner child. I love cosy snow days. I love how people react and pull together, the warmth and camaraderie.
And I love how it can make a couple like Cairi and Tom just connect so much with the landscape around them in their photographs. How you end up noticing the shapes of tree branches or the fresh colour of the evergreen woods, or the textures of everything near them. How you see the softness of the clouds falling over the hills behind them, and how much Cairi and Tom just stand out from all of that.