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Catching Sunrise at the Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder, Colorado

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

On Saturday I got the chance to see the gorgeous sun rise at the Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder, Colorado. I was preparing for a portrait photography session later next week but boy was I in a mood when my alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. I'm used to waking up around 6:20 a.m. for work, but I was just being a big baby. So come 5:15 a.m. I was out the door coffee in hand. Success.

When I arrived at the Lost Gulch Overlook at 6:30 a.m., my first thoughts were that I should have arrived sooner and that the area was not as large as I thought it would be. Seemed like there were 2 main overlook spots, one which shows the skyline of the city but its trees shade the sunrise and sunset view. The other was over the the left and was connected through the parking lot and walk paths. There were areas to lookout all around, but the main attraction was on top of the rocky ridges where you get a 360 view of the mountain tops and layers (sorry no photo of that... I forgot to take them haha).

Other couples were nestled in various spots on the ridge, some standing, some sitting. After mentally using them as place models for photos, I found the perfect spot for portrait sunrise photos where we'll have gorgeous golden light to work with and the mountains in the background. Once settled, I took some photos of the actual sun peaking its head over the horizon and changing the colors in the sky from hues of blue and pink to golden orange.

At this point I realized I wanted a photo of myself so I asked a couple to help me take a photo in exchange for me taking theirs. They agreed, thankfully! I'm not in focus but its almost perfect because we get to focus on the scenery and not my morning-outfit lol (I call the first photo - "mOtIoN").

But once I felt confident in my gauge of photos and locations I headed back down and took a few stills on the way. I almost lost my phone too at this point, because I put it on the hood of my car, forgot about it, and drove off. Thankfully I found it before anything happened and she had a case on :)

If you're thinking of taking engagement, proposals, or portrait photography and videography up at the Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder, Colorado, contact me today! If you're thinking of heading there yourself to check out the sunrise or bring someone special to start the day off strong.. do it! The drive is worth it.

Stay tuned for more projects coming up!

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