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The Magic of the Adirondack Mountains: An Adventurous LGBTQ Engagement Photoshoot

A lesbian couple elopes on top of a mountain in the Adirondacks.

When you think of engagement photos, do you think of a 30 minute session in a nice park somewhere? If yes, that is what most people do! But you aren't most people, are you? And neither were Carissa and Nicole.

Just like when we work together for your elopement, the goal of your engagement session is to have fun together doing something you love. And that's why if you hire me to do your engagement session, it's always a longer adventure. Instead of running around posing and staring at a camera, I document the two of you relaxing, chatting, and enjoying all the moments with each other.

Whether it's your first time exploring the Adirondacks or a place you come again and again, the goal is to create an adventure experience that is unique to you and your boo. No awkward poses here!

The day began with a hike up this Adirondack mountain to enjoy sunrise together.

A female couple on top of a mountain. Two women in dresses embrace at sunrise during their engagement. Two lanterns are lit at their feet.
LGBTQ elopement featuring two lesbian women in dresses holding lanterns on top of a mountain watching sunrise.

Embracing the Wilderness: C & N's Hiking Engagement Photo Session in the Adirondack Mountains

When Nicole and Carissa first contacted me, they told me that the most important thing that they wanted out of this session was to capture the happiness they bring to each other and spend time doing something they love. C & N live a few hours outside of the Adirondack Park and visit at least once a year to hike the High Peaks. They had started the 46er journey together and hiking is a big part of their relationship.

This year, they were going to be up for a week and we planned their engagement session for the middle of their stay. As a hiking guide, I love to hear what clients want to experience and to tailor a hiking agenda for them. In addition to providing them with options for this engagement hiking adventure adventure that hit all their desired criteria (views, fauna to admire on the way up, seclusion), I also gave advice and suggestions for the rest of their stay. Along with some high peaks, I balanced out their itinerary with a few shorter hike suggestions for recovery days.

LGBTQ hiking elopement engagement session. Two women hike in the Adirondack mountains.

In their own words:

"We found Molly by searching on an Adirondack Facebook page. Outdoor Chronicles Photography was recommended followed by many likes, so we reached out for a consultation. Molly responded the next day and scheduled a zoom call with us so we could formally meet and greet...Immediately after hanging up we knew we found the right person to capture this special time in our lives.
Not only did Molly provide 3 beautiful locations and hikes but she took into consideration the time, crowd and distance/elevation of each hike. I'm not sure how many photographers are willing to meet you at a trailhead at 4 in the morning but Molly was and came extra prepared. The entire time we spent with her, she made us feel comfortable and ourselves. Her passion for photography and nature definitely showed during our session. We would highly recommend Molly to capture any highlight in your life. Our pictures came out great and we not only will be able to look back and remember this day but the experience we had. Thank you so much, Molly. We are so thankful your name was suggested!"

After a quick change of clothing, it was time to play a bit on the summit.

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Tips and Tricks for a Successful Outdoor Engagement Session in the Adirondack Mountains

A successful adventure photography engagement session requires a blend of careful planning, flexibility, and spirit of fun. Start by choosing an experienced adventure photographer who can guide you through the process and capture stunning images even in challenging environments. Having local expertise is key, as the trails change drastically year over year due to weather conditions. Heck, conditions change every week! We also advise you on the best trails to hike to have a good experience outdoors.

Dress comfortably for the terrain and weather, but also consider outfits that complement the natural surroundings. If its a longer hike, I typically encourage folks to hike up in their hiking gear and change at the top. This helps you stay comfortable and avoid sweat stains. For your outfit change, it's still important to think about weather! Even in the summer months, it can be 30 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are wearing a dress, I recommend having a pair of skin-colored leggings just in case.

Pack essentials like water, snacks, and extra layers. Remember, this is a hike as well as a photo session! I'll bring all the safety gear, so you can keep your load light.

Lastly, embrace the unexpected. The best photos often come from spontaneous moments, so be open to exploring off the beaten path or getting a little dirty. Just focus on enjoying the experience together, and let your love shine through in the photos.

A romantic black and white photo of an LGBTQ female couple in dresses. They stand close to each other and lean their foreheads together.

Why Choose an a Hiking Guide to Photograph Your Engagement Session?

Choosing a licensed hiking guide ( me!) with local knowledge for your adventure photo session offers several key benefits:

  • Safety: A licensed guide is trained in safety protocols, first aid, and emergency response. We know the terrain very well and can help you navigate safely, especially in potentially hazardous areas.

  • Local Knowledge: Guides with local knowledge can lead you to the most picturesque spots that you might not find on your own. We also know the best times to visit for optimal lighting, less crowd, and more.

  • Logistical Ease: A local guide can handle logistics like permits, trailhead transportation, and equipment needs, allowing you to focus on enjoying the experience.

  • Environmental Respect: Licensed guides are often trained in Leave No Trace principles, ensuring that your photo session doesn't harm the natural environment. You never know what you don't know and I'm always here to educate in a fun and easy manner.

  • Storytelling: Lastly, we can add depth to your photos by sharing stories or facts about the area, giving a richer context to your images. I personally love to point out unique plants and fungi!

Remember, your adventure photo session is not just about getting great shots, it's also about the overall experience. A knowledgeable local guide can significantly enhance this experience.


Working with me as your LGBTQ Friendly Elopement Photographer in the Adirondacks!

If you are queer and love adventure and wild landscapes, eloping in the Adirondack Mountains will provide you with an amazing and unique experience that is absolutely stunning. Here you can say “I do” surrounded by breathtaking beauty and seclusion — and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Outdoor Chronicles Photography Molly Hennighausen

Hi! I'm Molly, a genderqueer and bisexual award-winning elopement photographer and licensed hiking guide! I would love to chat about photographing your perfect elopement, vow renewal, or pre/post-wedding session in New York, especially if you are also part of the LGBTQ community!

I'm a small wedding and elopement photographer who is always up for a new adventure- whether it's on the slopes or hiking to a beautiful view. While based outside of the Adirondacks, I also have a second home in the Austrian Alps and frequently travel to Anchorage, Alaska.

Interested in talking to me about your LGBTQ elopement or small adventure wedding? I'd love to help you have the best wedding day experience (while giving you some amazing pictures!)


Nicole and Carissa's LGBTQ Adirondack Engagement Session

A picture just before sunrise on top of a mountain in the high peaks region of the Adirondacks.

A female couple sits in the dark with two lanterns next to them. They watch the first colorful light appear during sunrise.

A woman gives her girlfriend a kiss on the cheek while sitting on top of a mountain watching sunrise.

A female couple prepares for their sunrise engagement session on top of a mountain.

An image of a woman fastening the clasp of a necklace on her girlfriend. Her girlfriends back is to us and showcases a beautiful fish tattoo.

A LGBTQ couple featuring two women in dresses embracing on top of a mountain during sunrise during their adventure engagement photoshoot.

A lesbian couple exchanges wedding vows during sunrise in the Adirondack mountains.

A dramatic black and white image of a lesbian LGBTQ couple exchanging vows on top of a mountain during sunrise in the Adirondack mountains. Upstate NY adventure elopement.

A close up image of a female couple embracing on top of a mountain during sunrise.

A romantic black and white photo of a female couple leaning into each other during their Adirondack Mountain Adventure elopement.

An image of two women laughing together while they embrace on a mountain during sunrise in the Adirondacks.

A close up images on two hands clasped in such a way that the engagement wedding rings are shown off. LGBTQ Adventure wedding elopement photography in the Adirondacks Upstate NY.

An image of the backs of two women in dresses looking out at the sunset while embracing. The sky is full of sunset colors with two lanterns next to them.

An image of the backs of two women in dresses as they look out over the Adirondack Mountains. LGBTQ Lesbian Engagement Session

A female couple cuddles during their engagement photo session in Upstate NY

A female couple holds hands while walking across a mountain ridge in the Adirondacks of Upstate NY. LGBTQ Engagement Photoshoot

A female LGBTQ couple holds hands while smiling at each other. LGBTQ Lesbian Elopement Wedding Adirondacks.

LGBTQ Lesbian Summer Elopement Hiking Adirondacks. Exchanging vows on a mountain top.

A black and white image of a couple cudding on top of a mountain while staring into each others eyes.

A couple looks into each others eyes on top of an Adirondack mountain during sunrise.

A female couple in dresses laughs together during sunrise. LGBTQ elopement engagement Upstate NY Adirondacks mountains

A female couple sits on a picnic blanket on top of a mountain in the Adirondacks during sunrise.

LGBTQ Couple having a mountain picnic during sunrise elopement engagement session Adirondacks.

Adirondack engagement session on top of a mountain featuring two women.

Two women kiss during their Adirondack engagement session.

A black and white image of two women holding hands while looking out over Adirondack mountains and lakes from atop a summit.

Adirondack engagement session on top of a mountain. LGBTQ Lesbian Elopement Engagment Photoshoot.

A LGBTQ Lesbian couple dances on top of a mountain in the Adirondacks. Adirondack Engagement Photoshoot. Adirondack Elopment.

A photo of an LGBTQ female couple in a passionate embrace in the Adirondack mountains. Adirondack Elopement Photographer.

A couple holds hands hiking in the adirondacks. LGBTQ Couple Lesbian Couple.

A female couple hikes together in the Adirondacks.

A female couples stands on an Adirondack Mountain in the summer, looking at each other during their engagement photoshoot in Upstate NY.

LGBTQ Hiking Adirondack Mountain Engagement Photoshoot.

LGBTQ Hiking Adirondack Mountain Engagement Photoshoot.

LGBTQ Hiking Adirondack Mountain Engagement Photoshoot.

LGBTQ Hiking Adirondack Mountain Engagement Photoshoot.

Tupper Lake LGBTQ Female Couple. LGBTQ Hiking Adirondack Mountain Engagement Photoshoot.

A landscape image of the Adirondack mountains featuring a female couple kissing on top of a mountain. Upstate NY LGBTQ Photographer

LGBTQ Upstate NY Photographer, Female couple on top of a mountain holding hands looking out at the view. Adirondacks LGBTQ Engagement Photoshoot.

Adirondacks LGBTQ Female couple engagement photoshoot picnic.

A female couple in hiking clothes cuddles together while seated on top of an Adirondack mountain during their LGBTQ engagement elopement photoshoot.

A black and white portrait of a lesbian couple laughing together in the Adirondacks.

A black and white image of a couple sitting together on top of a mountain in the Adirondacks. One woman is whispering into the other woman's ear.

A couple sits and cuddles together sunrise in the Adirondacks. LGBTQ engagement session upstate ny

A close up image of two women holding hands. The engagement rings are featured in the image.

Two women hiking in the Adirondack forest together holding hands. A sunflare is in the upper lefthand corner.


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