Eklutna Lake makes for the perfect backdrop for your engagement session in the beautiful Chugach Mountains near Anchorage, Alaska! Chrystal and Kyle found me online and decided to book me for their fall engagement session. Fall in the Anchorage area is super pretty and normally lasts from around mid-September to early-October (and is my absolute favorite time of the year in Alaska).

Chrystal and Kyle met through her sister who happened to be taking a class with Kyle! Her sister thought they would be a good fit and she was so right 😉 I had so much fun getting to know this amazing couple throughout their engagement session at Eklutna Lake.

Chrystal is a part of the Hmong Community so she wanted to take the last part of their photos in traditional Hmong clothing. I loved how colorful the clothes were and thought that they looked great with the golden leaves on the trees.

Planning Your Engagement Session at Eklutna Lake

Eklutna Lake is located about an hour north of downtown Anchorage and about 45 minutes from Eagle River. The road to the lake is open year-round and requires a $5.00 parking fee. There is a trail that goes around the entire lake and other hikes to explore. You can kayak, paddle board, camp, ice skate, ride ATVs, and do so many other recreational activities at the lake.

From the Visit Alaska site, “The Dena’ina Athabascan people have a connection to Eklutna Lake stretching back centuries. The nearby Eklutna Historical Park is a fascinating look at a blend of Russian Orthodox and Dena’ina Athabascan traditions found few places in Alaska. The churchyard is filled with spirit houses, grave sites with small structures painted in bright family colors: a reminder of the meeting traditions of two cultures once a world apart.”

If you’re needing an Alaska photographer, contact me 🙂

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  1. […] Eklutna Lake is seriously so pretty and is one of the best places for engagement photos in Anchorage! It is located close to Eagle River and is a part of Chugach Mountain State Park. You can drive up to this spot year-round and it does tend to get windy here as well because of the higher elevation. […]

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