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Iceland Engagement Session on a Black Sand Beach | Iceland Adventure Elopement Photographer

MARIE & GAVIN’S ADVENTUROUS ICELAND ENGAGEMENT SESSION ON A BLACK SAND BEACH | ICELAND ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | VIK, ICELAND

A travel hack I tell all my clients, friends, and family is to have your engagement (or any kind of!) photos taken while you’re already on vacation! That way you get awesome professional photos of both this special season and your trip – it’s a win win. Marie and Gavin were all in for an Iceland engagement session while they vacationing the southern region of the country. We got to meet up on the famous black sand beach Reynisfjara just outside of Vik, and boy was it magical! But also a little nerve wracking…

This beach is known for its black sand, sweeping basalt columns, a cave, distant sea stacks, and sneaker waves. Yes, you read that correctly – sneaker waves. While this beach is stunning visually, it’s also know for waves of uncharacteristic intensity that seemingly come out of nowhere. These waves are infamous for surprising folks and pulling them under and into a battering rip current where many drown… There are warning signs all along the trail advising all to not go near the water’s edge, watch the tides, and be more cautious than you think is necessary. If you plan to visit Reynisfjara, please take your safety seriously!

So while we were playing around on the beach, Marie and Gavin never got anywhere near the water. The larger sea cave and many of the basalt columns were inaccessible due to the tide at the time. (And I was always keeping one eye on the waves just in case too!) There were so many other places we could explore we didn’t even notice! It was a gorgeous day with patchy clouds and a gentle sea breeze. The sun came out to play for a while creating a magical golden glow. We all had so much fun soaking in the beauty during this Iceland engagement session!

Engaged Couple looking at each other and snuggling by the basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple looking at each other while her fiance lifts her by the basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple with her fiance kissing her on the forehead by the basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland

Cuddling couple by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Smiling Couple kissing each other and snuggling by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Couple hand in hand looking at each other by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple looking at each other and holding hands walking on the black sand beach by the basalt columns at sunset with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Smiling Couple holding each other and snuggling by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple looking at each other and snuggling by the basalt columns at sunset with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple looking at each other and snuggling by the basalt columns at sunset with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple looking at each other and snuggling by the basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple looking at each other and snuggling by the basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Smiling Couple holding each other and snuggling by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple holding hands walking on the black sand beach by the basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Smiling Couple kissing each other and snuggling by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple smiling with her fiance kissing her on the forehead by the basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple holding hands by the basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Smiling Couple holding each other and snuggling by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Smiling Couple holding each other and snuggling by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Smiling Couple holding each other and snuggling by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple holding hands walking on the black sand beach by the basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Couple holding each other and snuggling by basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Couple walking hand in hand looking at each other by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Wide photo of Engaged couple standing by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Couple looking at each other lovingly by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Cuddling laughing couple by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple holding hands running on the black sand beach by the basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Cuddling smiling couple by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Cuddling smiling couple by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Cuddling couple by basalt columns at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Engaged Couple holding hands running on the black sand beach by the basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland
Silhouetted photo of Couple kissing each other by basalt columns with the ocean in the background at their destination Iceland engagement session near Vik, Iceland

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Are you planning a vacation and want to schedule your engagement photos during that time? Great idea! Reach out here and let me know where you’re headed! Then we can plan your very own vacation/engagement photos like Gavin and Marie. Are you feeling the urge to visit Iceland too now?! The land of fire and ice was truly one of my favorite places to visit (and I have been to 17 countries!). If you’re itching to see volcanos, northern lights, glaciers, waterfalls, ice caves, and so much more on your next vacation – let’s plan your very own Iceland engagement session!

  1. Brandi says:

    Absolutely stunning! The couple, the landscape and the light! These will be engagement photos they will cherish and everyone else will envy!

  2. Jennifer b says:

    Oh wow! What a beautiful engagement session. Iceland makes the perfect backdrop.

  3. Heather huie says:

    Such a bucket list location— you nailed these! Beautiful

  4. Leo says:

    Love these! Nice to see some sunlight at a usually pretty overcast and moody location. It totally transforms the location and lifts the photos to another level. Well done Capturing it all for this lucky couple!

  5. Sierra says:

    Iceland is such a dreamy spot and what an amazing opportunity for engagement photos! Beautiful!

  6. Such a beautiful Iceland engagement session . . . and on a black sand beach with a picture perfect backdrop! Beautiful photos!

  7. Carly Adalyn says:

    I’d love to go to Iceland one day. These are such Beautiful images.

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