Romantic Mt. Charleston Styled Fall Engagement Shoot | Reds, Blacks and Golds - Kristen Kay Photography
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Romantic Mt. Charleston Styled Fall Engagement Shoot | Reds, Blacks and Golds

Fall time colors and moody forest scenes were the theme for this styled engagement shoot. Red pears and flowers against the black table cloth made the grape vines and gold accents pop.  We wanted to create something a little different and loved the darker tones amongst the trees and rocks of Mt. Charleston, Nevada. The desert mountains are the perfect location and, as an added bonus, we were able to beat the desert heat of Las Vegas for an afternoon. 

Outdoor, adventure engagement sessions are my favorite. It's a time you get to be alone in nature, away from the busyness of the world and wedding planning! It's just the two of you celebrating this exciting time in your life, when love is running through every inch of your being and excitement for a celebration to come. Embrace these moments, hold on to that young, romantic love and most of all be sure to capture it and preserve it.

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Kali of A Pretty Styled Life organized, styled and baked the desserts for the shoot. She is incredibly talented! I'm so happy she found me through Instagram and we were able to create and collaborate on this shoot. She did it all, I just showed up with my camera (and held the cake on our way up the mountain, haha)!

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This dress is from Rent the Runway, and ladies it has POCKETS. It was defiantly a winner! The bouquet was a collaboration between Kali and I with a mix of florals and some sort of desert, bushy plant from outside my house. What do you think? Not too bad, eh? 

Isn't this gold table cloth the best thing ever? Against the grey rocks and tree trunks, it just pops in all the right ways. I couldn't stop photographing this gorgeous, champagne table set up. Swooning, so much swooning.

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Call me sheltered (I'll blame my Iowa upbringing), or maybe just unobservant, but I never knew red pears like this existed. But I'm in love, the color is perfect!

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The hard work is in the littlest of details. To be honest, I think it's harder for me to photograph details than to photograph people. Here's what I learned: when I looked at the table, everything seemed straight and lined up, then when reviewing the image on my camera, it would showed otherwise. A lot of trial and error went into shooting these dinner and desert table set-ups. Especially since I'm not the most detailed focused of the bunch, it was a challenge for me, but one I gladly accepted (and conquered). It helped me slow down and really SEE and correct, every crooked fork, off centered pear and crinkly table cloth. 

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