Evelyn + Justin

What you need to know before shooting at the Hanging Rock State Park

Um… YES you absolutely should do your portrait session here (and I know a photographer for the job ;)). Before you set your portrait session date and time and make the trek over to Danbury, NC, there are a few things you should know…

  1. Plan extra time for the hike.

    There is a 1.3 mile hike to the overhang. It generally takes 30 minutes if you power walk (like Justin, Evelyn, Christine, and I) but up to 45 minutes if you take breaks (like Philip). If you think: “I ran a 8-minute mile in high school. I don’t need that much time!” I need you to think of your clients in a pretty dress and cute shoes. With that being said, maybe bring some walking shoes for the walk (it does get rocky and uphill). I don’t know why I didn’t think of the hike (we wanted to shoot at the cascades too but didn’t allot enough time), but go ahead and learn from my mistake (I did it for you! lol.) Also, please know that other hikers will be there in line to take selfies in front of the view too (plan extra time for this!)

  2. Bring some friends!

    Photographers, you’ll want someone to shoot behind the scenes stuff for you (shout out to Christine, my future personal assistant). Clients, bring friends to help carry stuff and enjoy this experience with you. We had a ton of fun and followed it all with—you guessed it—tacos and margaritas (at Crafted: The Art of the Taco).

  3. With all the walking and no bathrooms on the trail… Take a potty break before!

    There’s a nice visitor’s center at the entrance (you don’t have to travel to the one in the woods like I did… #clueless). I’m only sharing this because me or one of my friends may or may not have taken this into consideration and was in an extra hurry on the way back from the overhang.

With all that being said, enjoy Evelyn and Justin’s portrait session. They’re beautiful and their relationship blossomed out of being long-term family friends since they were younger. I’m so grateful that I get to be their photographer and friend. (How about you and I become friends and let’s do a shoot like this in the future?! Want more info? Let’s chat.)

christian reyes