Why Mountains Are Great Locations For Your Photo Shoot

Black Balsam right off the Blue Ridge Parkway

Black Balsam right off the Blue Ridge Parkway

Choosing a location for your upcoming photo shoot can be overwhelming (don’t worry, I gotch’you) or sometimes feel like an unimportant factor. If you didn’t have a location in mind that has sentimental value to you, then please let me bring you on a journey to some of my favorite locations in the North Carolina Mountains. We’re going to learn about how my favorite mountain top locations effect the composition of your photos, how much more enjoyable you and your partner’s experience will be, and of course why I LOVE the mountains so much. 

Visiting Mount Rainier on my last trip home to Washington

Visiting Mount Rainier on my last trip home to Washington


Alright let’s just get it out of the way. My name is Riley, and as you can tell by my website, I am very fond of the great outdoors. In the past 6 years that I have lived in NC I have covered hundreds of miles of trails ranging from The Blue Ridge Mountains, Linville Gorge, and am currently section hiking The Appalachian Trail. I know almost every location ranging from a 5 minute walk to touristy mountain top vistas, to a 12 mile day hike that offers complete solitude.

Stopping to show my clients how awesome they are doing

Stopping to show my clients how awesome they are doing


I do love shooting in Charlotte, but I also love what happens to a couple when they are taken out of their element, hike up a mountain with me, and are open minded. Their eyes light up as we walk up the side of the mountain. Jaws drop after seeing my first lighting test shots. Trust is formed between me and my clients, and they start to feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Photos are meant to tell a story. Your story has now blossomed into joy, love, and adventure. 

Sunsets. Who else loves them? I don’t think I have met a single person who became upset over the way a sunset looked at them. Now, where you choose to watch a sunset, can make a drastic change. The biggest factors for a great sunset shoot are wide open space, 360 degree views, and a lot of natural beauty. These all add to the composition of your photos. It’s a no brainer, mountains and sunsets are just meant to be with each other.

An elopement at the Linville Gorge

An elopement at the Linville Gorge


Composition is a fancy photography term used to describe how all of the visual elements within a photograph go together. A photograph with a couple embracing at sunset, with rolling mountains in the background will be more visually pleasing to the human mind, than a photograph of the same subjects on a street corner riddled with signs and other obscurities. Mountains serve as a blank canvas for you to show your love, and to tell you and your partner’s story through the art of photography.

Walking into the sunset at Black Balsam

Walking into the sunset at Black Balsam

Who’s ready to venture out in the mountains with us?