The Redwood Deck in Hoyt Arboretum is one of my favorite places in Washington Park for an engagement session. I often find myself returning to this spot. The red color of the giant sequoia trees’ bark lends the forest a warm glow that’s incredibly peaceful, and standing on the deck being surrounded by these redwoods is inspiring. This is one of the big reasons why I like to take couples to this area of Hoyt Arboretum. There are many beautiful spots in the park, but for me this place has the most character. When Tatum and Jared requested an engagement session location surround by trees, I knew this had to be the spot.
On the trail leading to the Redwood Deck, I know of this tree with an amazing system of roots snaking through the hillside that slopes into a dry stream bed. It’s really visually arresting and every time I see it I’m reminded of incorporating it into a session. However, it can be a tricky place to photograph because it faces the direction of the sun during the time I often like to shoot, which results in dappled lighting coming through tree branches. This can result in uneven lighting across the scene and on the couple, which can be problematic. I much prefer a backlit scenario. However, on the day of Tatum and Jared’s engagement session we lucked out with overcast skies. So we started the session at the tree roots and continued our little adventure through the redwoods of Hoyt Arboretum from there. 🙂 — KC