I feel so lucky to be an outdoor lifestyle photographer! Here I climbed the ridgeline of the tallest Mountain in Vermont with these two! Seeing the first photo I bet you are thinking this is an engagement session because these two are so in love and adventurous.
Actually, this is my third time working with Amber & Josh! I photographed their engagement, wedding, and now, they wanted to take me back to their roots, where they met, at Vermont Law School in Burlington, Vermont. They are calling this, their “origin story” and oh my goodness was it fun to photograph!!
I set out to capture the lifestyle of these two, including their relationship, key places, and all the real-life emotion that comes with it.
Why Rhinehart Photography?
Josh smiles, “No one can tell a story through photographs like Lisa! Lisa is an artist, and we wanted her unique perspective on capturing our roots.”
Amber adds, “Our origin story is complex, and we needed an experienced, vibrant, and creative photographer like Lisa to fully capture the emotion behind our story. After working with Lisa for our engagement photoshoot and wedding, we never even considered asking anyone else to travel to Vermont with us.”
Being an Outdoor Lifestyle Photographer
As an outdoor lifestyle photographer, I capture all sorts of people, and not just what they look like all polished up smiling directly at the camera. I go out with them, to the places that mean the most to them, and capture them doing life together.
In this case, I hiked Mount Mansfield with Amber & Josh. My goal was not just to show what it *looked like* (though that was stunning), but what it *felt like*, too. Here is one of those “felt like” images, you can almost feel the sticky pine sap and see Amber’s nimble movements through the Green Mountains of Vermont.
As an outdoor lifestyle photographer, capturing what a relationship feels like requires me to be on my toes, capturing the love, laughter, and all of the little things that come together to capture the whole vibe of the people I’m with. Here Amber and Josh laugh together:
Yaaas, girl… Spider Crawl!!
Amber you are a boss– not only are you an incredible lawyer and strong woman, but you are also physically strong– you go!!!
This seems to be perfect for their “Origin Story” the name just gives me Marvel vibes. 😉
Blue Skies & Layers, yes, please!
I know a lot of photographers prefer overcast days. While calculating exposure is much easier on a cloudy day, I love the variety of light I’m presented with as an outdoor lifestyle photographer. Harsh light brings dramatic shadows and bright blue skies, we were lucky though to have a real treat in this session to end with golden hour and sunset… more on that to come soon!
On a bright blue sky day like this, dramatic shadows are abundant! I like to play with light and shadows, here if you look closely you can see…
Having the chance to capture candid emotions like this is one of my favorite things:
Water, My Favorite Element!
I love how it reflects and makes ripples underneath Josh’s boots. Amber totally reminded me of Ariel here, Disney fan, you know who I mean!
Lots of Reflections!
Here’s another reason why water is my favorite element! It gave me creative options for this shot:
Little People, Big World
Sometimes perspective is everything and the landscape is actually a key part of this story…
Goosebumps & Wedding Bands
I can practically feel the temperature looking back at this photo seeing the goosebumps on their arms. I love the glimpse of Amber’s wedding bands here as well.
Amber shares “We chose the Appalachian Trail because hiking a part of that trail was one of our first dates.”
She laughed, “When Josh asked me to go hiking with him, I decided that I would bring pepper spray just in case, haha! It turns out that I did NOT need the pepper spray, and we had a memorable, romantic date. Hiking the trail with him again reminded me of why we fell in love.”
Josh adds, “For the hike, my wife wore the same shorts that she wore 8 years ago for our date, love her rockin’ body! We also shared a meal along our journey just like we did on our date.”
Amber shares, “Josh and I have always enjoyed hiking and to make this hike even more fun, we decided to bring a brew for the journey!”
A Helping Hand
Josh shares, “Amber and I work together to solve life’s everyday problems, and just like any other married couple, we have had our fair share of storms. Marriage is not perfect, but we love each other so we are willing to recognize our faults and grow together.”
All about Josh
Amber smiles, “I would describe Josh as adventurous, inquisitive, and funny. He always makes me laugh, and our personalities complement each other very well.”
Amber continues, “When I got to know Josh, I realized that he is an incredibly loyal and kind person. I knew that I had a keeper in more ways than one. When I first started dating Josh, I was hoping to find a partner and ended up finding so much more. When Josh and I are together, life isn’t so stressful and I see more of the comical side.”
Traditional portraits, too
For this I loved how the yellow-green plants were illuminated by the setting sun and reflecting in their eyes, totally drawing out the color. I looked for that mixed with shade (to avoid squinting) I found the perfect place and love this shot of them!
Symmetry & More Shadow Play
Having the chance to be creative with a unique perspective and shadows is something I really enjoy. I also love the symmetry created here with Amber & Josh’s hands in each other’s pockets.
The shadows appear to be completely different than the originals thanks to a pair of builders behind us. I thought that was interesting.
All About Amber
Josh says, “Describing Amber is hard to put in words. Amber is not just my wife but my life partner, my best friend, my ally, my love. Amber is the most independent, intelligent, and creative person that I have ever met.”
Exploring the World Together
He continues, “Vermont brought us together, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I am looking forward to continuing to explore the world with Amber and enjoy the simple pleasures.”
They did it! The summit!
Here they are standing in the highest point in Vermont. I love how Amber’s auburn hair is blowing in the breeze!
All the Lenses
I brought 5 different lenses along on this trip. I really thought about it ahead of time, with needing nearly a gallon of water to keep hydrated, plus food, a back up camera… I definitely needed help!
The fish-eye was one I almost didn’t bring, but it was so light, I figured why not? I’m so glad I had it for these “top of the world” moments, you really get that rounded “top of the world” vibe here!
On Top of the World
This is everything. As an outdoor lifestyle photographer, I’m really trying to capture the authenticity of this couple and what it feels like in this moment for them.
To be kissing on the top of the tallest mountain, windblown, goosebumped, salty, with scruff forming after hours of hiking. This is the closest I can bring you to what it feels like.
Amber laughs, “I was coming out of the house for my morning run, and there was Josh!! I almost didn’t believe it!! At first, I was confused and was like ‘Is this guy stalking me?’ Then I realized that he was working!”
She explains, “You see, Right after we met, Josh was working as a mason and happened to be rebuilding the chimney on the house across the street from where I was living. It was a crazy, incredible coincidence. Or perhaps it was fate.”
Josh says, “When I saw Amber on that day, I was excited to run into her. She seemed to be confused. I remember my co-worker saying, ‘Man, I don’t think she likes you.’ Luckily, she did like me and here we are 8 years later doing an origin story!”
I first saw the glow on Amber’s skin as rock and trees were obstructing my view, and I knew this would be *killer* color to work with!
A Rainbow of Colors
As the sunset, the blue-green of the mountains became a rainbow of colors like this orange combo below. It makes me think of a creamsicle!
Josh shares, “When we got to the top of the mountain, I thought about how far Amber and I have come and all of our accomplishments that we have achieved as a couple. Although we have been together for eight years, I still feel that our adventure is only beginning.”
This photo totally shows their adventurous side and how much they truly love each other:
The Only One
Amber shares, “Standing at the top of that mountain reminded me of just how wondrous and enchanting the world can be. Life is not always easy, but at that moment everything seemed right. I would not want anyone other than Josh by my side for such a moment.”
Purple Mountain Sunset
As the sunset, the color dominating the landscape was purple. I’m guessing it’s a combo of the setting sun and the blue mountains. This ombre look is my absolute favorite, and this so captures them. The purple (like their wedding color pallette), combined with this post that really shows their personalities and their relationship.
This shot brings it all together:
Amber & Josh’s Slideshow
See more adventurous photos from Amber & Josh’s outdoor lifestyle session below.