Shenandoah National Park Engagement Photos | Angela and Dan (and their dog Jax)

Engagement photography at Shenandoah National Park, Compton Peak hike | Shenandoah Wedding Photographer

I could not have imagined a more perfect engagement session! I love spending time in Shenandoah National Park, and doing so with a happy couple and their adorable dog is even more enjoyable :)  Angela and Dan are such a sweet couple, and we had a fun hike planned in the northern end of the park. The trail was beautiful, the overlook was breathtaking, and I loved getting to know these two better! We chatted a lot about their wedding plans, and Angela and I had a good talk about Portuguese soccer (my husband is obsessed - our dog is even named after the national team's goalie haha). It was such a nice way to spend a fall afternoon!

Hiking engagement session with their dog in Shenandoah National Park
Outdoorsy couple on the trail at Shenandoah in Luray, Virginia

Oh that face!

   Cute labradoodle in the woods | Northern Virginia dog photographer
Fall engagement photos at Shenandoah National Park
Engaged couple in Shenandoah National Park with their labradoodle | Northern Virginia Engagement Photographer
Engagement pictures in the fall at Shenandoah National Park | Shenandoah Engagement Photographer
Engagement pictures with a dog, hiking in the mountains | Luray Engagement Photographer
Smiling labradoodle enjoying a hike in Shenandoah National Park
Sweet hiking photos on the trail to Compton Peak in Shenandoah

Nuzzling level: Expert.

Engaged couple during a hiking engagement session in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Hiking engagement shoot with cute dog at Compton Peak

Jax is named after a character from the tv show Sons of Anarchy (hence the appropriate leash). I've never seen it, but it's definitely on my "to-watch" list! Apparently this pup takes after his namesake. This guy looks like a badass biker, right?

Engagement picture ideas with dog | Hiking engagement shoot
Sweet dog at Shenandoah National Park hiking to Compton Peak
Engagement pictures with fall leaves on the Compton Peak trail, Front Royal, Virginia
Hiking the trails with their dog at Shenandoah National Park in the fall
Happy engaged couple with their dog in the forest
Puppy kisses during engagement shoot in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Engaged couple sitting on the rock wall along the trail to Compton Peak, Shenandoah National Park
Candid hiking engagement in Luray, VA
Candid laughter photo during engagement session in Shenandoah National Park | Shenandoah wedding photographer
Shenandoah engagement shoot
Fall leaves at shenandoah National Park

Isn't this view amazing?!  Shenandoah is gorgeous all year round, but especially beautiful in the fall with the leaves changing colors! Some very friendly families were nice enough to give Angela and Dan the overlook to themselves for a few so that we could get these beautiful shots.

Compton Peak overlook in Shenandoah National Park | Shenandoah engagement with mountain views

It was during this set of photos that I managed to fumble with my lens hood and drop it over the cliff. I was ready to write it off (they're not expensive), but super-Dan climbed down, risking life and limb to retrieve it for me out of a tree. Thanks again Dan!

Mountain engagement pictures at Shenandoah National Park | Shenandoah Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
Compton Peak overlook hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains | Blue Ridge engagement photography

Kisses for everybody :)

Dog giving his dad kisses during a hike in Shenandoah National Park
Engagement photos in the mountain at Shenandoah National Park in the fall
Candid engagement pictures with their dog during a hike to Compton Peak
Engagement ring with fall leaves in the woods of Shenandoah
Engagement ring with fall leaves in the woods of Shenandoah
Hiking with their dog on the Compton Peak trail in Shenandoah National Park

See how sad Jax looks here? I think it's because this photo was taken shortly after "the poop incident" and he feels badly about it. There was no photographic evidence of said incident, but it was definitely a memorable part of Angela's day hahaha.

Posing with their labradoodle on the trail
Hiking in the fall leaves for engagement pictures
Candid engagement pictures with their dog

Before we headed back to our cars, I could tell that Dan was just dying to play in the fall leaves, so we made one last photo stop :)

Goofing around with the fall leaves during engagement shoot
Throwing fall leaves at Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park engagement photographer | Fall session

Can't wait to hang out with these guys again at their Winery at Bull Run wedding next year!