After Jay proposed to Cindy I asked them to get together, wrap their arms around each other & take some time to themselves to remember this moment. Remember the summit & the details of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Remember the way Jay looked up at you with the biggest smile when he got down on one knee. Remember the moment you screamed “YES” & cried happy tears! From where you are to how you’re feeling, take it all in because this is one of the moments that you are going to want to retell throughout your lives! (Their proposal & #jrpadventuresessions is on the blog!)
Cindy + Jay’s adventurous mountain surprise proposal is on the blog today! #jrpadventuresessions #jessicaryanphotographer
Rebecca & Addison are high school sweethearts! They have been through deployments & college together. And now they are beginning their marriage, together. Addison told me yesterday, in his words that Rebecca “stuck by me,” & that they stuck by each other as both pursued their careers & dreams. Which meant, when you find someone that sticks with you... through it all that they’re meant to be there... through it all! It was such a joy marking off this bucket list location on my places to photograph at with them because not only is it gorgeous, this was the place that Addison proposed too Rebecca. All the way at the end of the trail, away from the crowd, by the waterfall. #jessicaryanphotographer #jrpengagements
Cindy is a part of my hiking group, @herhikecollective & when I started booking these #jrpadventuresessions she was one of the first to schedule one. Jay & Cindy & their daughter Oakley love hiking together. They met while on a camping trip with friends! As they geared up for their weekend last week of hiking & staying in a remote cabin, with plans to meet & hike with me the following day, Jay sent me an email. He asked if I could photograph him proposing to Cindy at the summit of our hike. Cue the instant goosebumps & teary eyes from me as I replied to him, “ABSOLUTELY!” The thing is is that I felt like I already knew Jay & Oakley because of Cindy & I’s many talks while hiking & driving to & from the mountains. They were just as welcoming & a loving family unit as I had imagined! I can’t wait for Oakley to be an adult & get to see these moments where she’ll get to say, “Mom & Dad took me on so many adventures & I got to be there for the beginning of one of their biggest adventures yet!” I have so much more to share from this Adventure Session & I cannot wait! Congratulations Cindy & Jay!
Keiana held onto Ian like this throughout their portraits. She would wrap her arms around him, leaning into his chest, and smile sometimes closing her eyes. She was content and happy being in his arms. Keiana and Ian spent one of their few evenings that they had together, with me, while Ian was on leave to celebrate their engagement. Thank you both for spending that time with me! Their engagement session is on the blog this afternoon! #jrpengagements #jessicaryanphotographer
I am the photographer for those who choose to dance together, it’s a bonus if they are under magnolia trees dancing! Who have adventures with their true love, all while still loving to build a nest and memories at home. I believe that your adventures and your love story coincide together. I can’t wait to come along on yours. #jessicaryanphotographer
Cindy lacing up her boots & heading out to hike! Yesterday we acted like meteorologists. As a photographer we talk about ‘chasing the light’ but yesterday I would say we were running from the storm that was forecasted & it couldn’t have been more perfect. #jrpadventuresessions #jessicaryanphotographer
I am ready for Summer so we can take these #jrpadventuresessions to a whole new level! Who wants to go swimming under waterfalls? We went last year with some friends & it was an amazing experience!
This is me. I am doing what I love with a group that I love and have grown over the past year and a half. We have 120 women on our @herhikecollective email list! That's a 120 individuals that have chosen to receive an email from me about hiking and the mountains. They range from updating the hikes and events to stories that are in my heart and on my mind. But what I want to vow right here and now with you all is that I am going to show up more with the stories and memories, with matters of the heart. I have plenty of them although I don't always share them. One of the things that I have discovered about my hiking group is that no one simply ended up here with us by chance. You are on the hike with us for a reason. Big or small, deep or a little closer to the surface, there is a reason. My reason runs deep and through every stitch of thought that created Her Hike Collective. It is my calling to hike with YOU and find out why you are hiking with me. I hike in honor of my Brother because he loved the mountains. I have invited women to hike alongside me because when he decided to withdraw from medical school to write, he truly believed that he would save and help others far greater than he could becoming a doctor. So, I carry this for him. I hike and I write and in doing so I hope hiking with me, no matter the reason, helps you. #herhikecollective