Taft Point Engagement
When Michelle messaged me a couple of months ago, her heart was set on having her Engagement Photos taken at Yosemite National Park. As we all know, the Park was closed for 3 months. This year hasn’t been easy for scheduling things, but we had plans A, B, C, and D in place, and, once Yosemite finally opened, we were on it! They got an Airbn&b by the Park and we were all able to get reservations for the day we needed it!
Now let’s talk about Taft Point. With so many amazing locations in the Park, why Taft Point? When you put together epic views, stunning sunsets, and an easy hike, it’s easy to understand. Besides the “famous shot” on the rock that everyone wants, there are SO many good spots for photos! We love to take our time hiking there and exploring new places to shoot.
I think everyone should have that picture and feel what it is like to look over and see Yosemite Valley below you. It’s a crazy feeling! BUT, when we do a session at Taft Point, we always take our time hiking there, and we’re always looking for new photo spots! Even when a place is famous for a certain picture, it doesn’t mean there’s no room for creativity.
It’s important for us that each couple has a unique experience, even if thousands of people have taken photos there! Check out ALL of the amazing spots that this hike has to offer!
PS. Don’t miss out on our TIPS for your Taft Point Engagement Session at the end!
Here are some of the tips we always give our couples for Engagement Sessions at Taft Point:
#1 Wear Comfortable Shoes
Even though the hike isn’t hard, it’s not high heel friendly, that’s for sure. If you have a pair of shoes that you really want to wear, we recommend bringing it in your backpack, that way, you can walk comfortably and safely, and then you can switch to your nice shoes for the pictures!
#2 Snacks & Water
Depending on when you have your engagement session, sunset time can be awkward. During the summer, for example, the sun doesn’t set until 8:30 pm. That means we start the hike at 6:30 pm, which is usually dinner time. Stephan and I always eat a sandwich on the way to Taft and then we have snacks for the 2 hours drive back to Fresno. We also always have plenty of water in our car and we take at least two bottles for the hike!
#3 Headlamps & Bug Spray
If you don’t have headlamps, don’t worry, we have 5 or 6, and we always bring extras for our couples! They are definitely necessary because, once the sun goes down, it gets dark real quick. Also, during certain seasons, there can be a lot of mosquitoes on the trail to Taft Point, so don’t forget that! If you do, don’t worry, we always have one in the car!
#4 Be Prepared to Drive At Night
Once we have made our way back to the trailhead parking lot, you’ll have to drive down the Glacier Point Road. It’s a narrow mountain road, usually pretty empty at night, but just make sure you’re comfortable with that kind of driving before going!
Glacier Point Road will be closed for all of 2021. They will be doing some much-needed maintenance on the road. That means that, if you don’t want to wait until 2022 to see this amazing spot, you have from now (July) until around late November!
Yosemite has just reopened after being closed due to COVID-19 but you need reservations to enter the park, you can get your reservations here.
Here are our available dates for SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER:
If you need help planning your engagement session or elopement, contact us, we would LOVE that!