Glen Coe Adventure Session

It’s hard to believe this today’s feature, an adventure session in Glen Coe, only happened a few weeks ago. The world, and our freedom as we know it has changed so much since then. But the mountains are still out there, and they will be waiting for us when we are finally able to return to them again. But for now, we’ll just have to live through the adventures of others and dream of the adventures in our futures that are still to come.

Glen Coe Adventure Engagement Shoot

“I met Gemma and Callum at a wedding which I was shooting two years ago in Northumberland. They have since followed me on my photography journey via Instagram, drawn by the fact that I to have a soul for adventure. When they got engaged, they did not have a photographer to capture the stillness of the Scandinavian lakes at sunset, so we made a plan to meet in Scotland for a shoot to celebrate their engagement. We met at Glencoe, just before the world changed due to Covid-19. The freshness of the mountains is something we all crave for again, so I am just so thrilled that we were able to do this for them and capture their passion for the mountains, and wild landscapes. That day is now held in both our memories”. – Gill, Unfurl Photography

Callum and Gemma met at a mutual friends wedding and started dating 4 years ago. Less than a year together they went travelling in South America, both clearly smitten by their joint wanderlust! Since then Callum and Gemma have continued their adventures together and acquired an adventure van for European camping trips. Last summer Callum represented the UK at the European Tree Climbing Championships in Rügen, Germany, a small island in the Baltic Sea. Gemma met him there before travelling onwards on a road trip in Sweden, with a plan to kayak on the vast network of beautiful lakes. No people, no noise, no light pollution, just the two of them, a canoe and endless freshwater. One evening on a small island, sat back in a hammock watching the sun go Callum took out the ring he’d carried all over Europe that summer and asked Gemma to marry him.

Callum said of the day:

“We love the outdoors, (I practically grew up in a forest) and so doing an engagement shoot somewhere more remote, natural and raw was really important to us. Gill’s love of the outdoors matched our own, and her knowledge and research really helped everything flow through the day. Not without its quirks though, we saw one motorist ram a signpost at low speed trying to pull in to a lay bay, then proceed to drive over a 2m edge at the cost of a chunk of his front bumper. Nobody was hurt bar his ego thankfully! We aren’t people who spend a lot of time in front of a camera, and were both a bit nervous; but the location and Gill just made everything so much more comfortable and fun, it really helped us ease up and enjoy the whole day. The Highlands in March can be temperamental weather-wise, and they lived up to their reputation this day. We had rain, wind, sleet. The hills were coated in snow, streams were overflowing. It was Scotland at it’s worst (actually maybe it is it’s best), and the pictures were so damn good!”

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Photographer – Unfurl Photography
Editor of We Are The Wanderers Cat Ekkelboom-White at Lake Prags in the Dolomites in Winter

Author: Cat Ekkelboom-White

Cat is the founder of We Are The Wanderers as well as a photographer for Wild Connections Photography and mentor at the Adventure Wedding Academy.