In between rain clouds, I met with Brad and Julee for their engagement photography session at Wildcat Glades Park in Joplin, MO. It has been years since I visited the area; prior to it being actually developed into a park, rather than a local hangout spot. I am beyond giddy that Joplin is protecting such a local treasure, and how special that this couple wanted to shoot at local landmarks such as the old bridge and falls. Engagement pictures are always fun…the couples are excited, and in love, and just all around enthusiastic about life. I am rather confident that Brad and Julee are this way most of the time, anyway. Have you ever noticed how happy people’s faces look most natural and relaxed in a smile? That would be Brad and Julee.
See what I mean:
If you visit Wildcat Glades, the falls are tucked way back across a low water bridge and a bit of a drive from the Nature Center, but well worth the trip back. The rock formations alone are fascinating and make for some interesting climbing.
The Old Reding’s Mill Bridge I remember driving on the back way to my Grandma’s from Joplin. Just past this bridge is the Candy House and Anderson’s Ice Cream, legends in their own right, and a must visit destination!
The park site near the low water bridge was new to me. It certainly makes access to the creek and convenient, and offers a beautiful setting for picnics (and engagement photographyshoots).
I can’t remember if I mentioned, but I think these two are in love…