engagement session at yosemite

Tips for Shooting Couples at Taft Point

We absolutely love Yosemite and that’s no secret. I’ll go as far as saying that being close to the most amazing Valley on earth is one of the best things about living in Fresno.

We love shooting couples around the Valley, with Yosemite Falls or El Cap as the background or just any little corner of that place, really. But there is a reason why Taft Point is so popular, that spot is just to another level!

But there are certain things you should know before planning a shoot there. So here are some tips to help you out!

  • The hike is about one mile long and it can be done in 25 minutes. But take your time, leave nearly an hour for the walk. Don’t rush straight to the spot, there is so much opportunity for photos during the hike.

  • Arrive there about 45 minutes to 1 hour before sunset, give yourself time to explore other photo options, don’t focus just on the famous shot!

  • Make sure your couples are safe, there is absolutely no need to stand right at the edge of the cliff for the picture to be epic.

  • Direct them clearly before they head on to the spot, make sure they know the poses and keep them simple. Remember, you’ll be shooting them from really far away and it’s not so nice to keep shouting.

  • Makeup arm and hand signals that mean “next pose” or “we’re done” for example, so they’re not standing there wondering what’s happening.

  • Bring flashlights for the walk back, you’ll need it.

  • Try to shoot on a weekday, it’s so much better! We went on a Tuesday and we were the only photographers there.

  • If you can’t go on a weekday and it is crowded, respect each other. There is plenty of time for all the photographers to get the famous shot.

  • Be prepared to leave Yosemite at night, make sure your couple is aware of that and comfortable driving winding roads in the dark.

Check out some more photos from this lovely shoot! These are proof that you should make a trip up there at least once in your lifetime!

Briana & Michael - July 2nd, 2019

Do you have any questions that we didn’t cover on this post? Just contact us! We’ve traveled quite a bit and we know there is nothing better than hearing recommendations and tips from people that have already been to where you’re planning to go.

Want to book a Yosemite/Taft Point shoot? Click here for more information on our photo session prices and send us an email for availability. Yosemite is basically our backyard, and we would love to take you to our favorite place in California!