San Antonio Engagement Photographer – Downtown River Walk

When suggesting the San Antonio River Walk as an engagement photography location, I am often met with a hesitant response.  The image most people visualize is the crowded narrow walkway in the heart of the tourist attraction.  I typically have to paint the picture of a much more laid back and intimate location away from the crowds.  Just outside the main River Walk area is a more picturesque and quaint trail, that offers an intimate atmosphere.

Rebecca and Cody were up for the adventure, and trusted we would get some great photos for their engagement session.  I always get excited when a local couple experiences new locations and sites they have not encountered before.  The diversity and architecture of downtown allows for a wide range of backdrops, which Rebecca and Cody loved.

The lights of the Drury Inn along the San Antonio River Walk.

The Red Tunnel that connects the River Walk proper with the San Antonio River.

The Red Tunnel that connects the River Walk proper with the San Antonio River.

The Red Tunnel that connects the River Walk proper with the San Antonio River.

The waterfall along the San Antonio River Walk by Houston Street.

One of the alcoves for a high-rise building along the San Antonio River Walk.

One of the alcoves for a high-rise building along the San Antonio River Walk.

New Mexico

We are only a few days away from leaving on this summer’s vacation.  Like last year we are heading back up to Red River, NM to enjoy the icy cold waters that stream down from the mountains.  The little house we are renting sits right on the Red River, although us Texan’s might classify it more as a creek.  River it is though since this time of year you would be  hard pressed to find water in any Texas creeks.

We are a bit on the disappointing side however since most of Northern New Mexico has gone to stage 3 fire restrictions.  This means there is no access to the forests or mountains for jeeping, biking, or even hiking.  The only individuals allowed into the forest are those with the Forest Service or who live in the remote settlements.

We of course understand the issue, and I can certainly feel for the residents of the area.  Any type of irresponsible activity that leads to a forest fire would be catastrophic under the current conditions.  New Mexico has already been under extreme stress due to the wild fires, and the conditions are only getting drier and more dangerous.

One of the highlights from last year’s trip was up to Goose Lake, which we will deeply miss this year.  After a 2 hour jeep ride to a small plateau Goose Lake sits surrounded by sheer cliffs and a steep climb to the peak.  It is a gorgeous view that was short lived last year.  We only had the jeep rented for a half day, so we basically had about an hour at the top before having to make the journey back down.  We were looking forward to a full day this year, but with Stage 3 in effect, no trip to the lake.

Don’t feel too bad for us though, there are still plenty of gorgeous sights and fun things to do.

red river new mexico

The little house on Red River in New Mexico

Goose Lake New Mexico

Looking down at Goose Lake from near the peak.

11,600 feet

I previously posted about our trip up Goose Creek Lake Mountain.  the view from the previous post was certainly breathtaking for us, but the view that met us as we walked up from the parking area was absolutely gorgeous.  There is no way to convey in photos just how awesome it was.  The only thought I had was “do we really only have an hour here, before we have to head back and return the rental jeep”.  I realize the kids would probably get bored, but I am sure Sarah and I could have stayed up there all day.  I would even consider camping there…and I hate cold weather.

I couldn’t believe the ice caps along the mountain ridge so late in the year.  It was pretty chilly up there, but still I would have thought they would have long since been completely melted.  I can’t imagine what it is like to go through a winter there.  Of course they were melting and numerous streams coming down the side were feeding the lake.  Off to the left of the image was the opening for the lake fed creek that flowed all the way down and into the Red River.  Oh how I dream of going back.  Maybe I need to focus on destination wedding photography!

Goose Creek Lake