Cape Disappointment State Park is found at the far southwest corner of Washington and is home to Dead Man’s Cove, a strikingly beautiful coastal nook where the Pacific Ocean meets rugged, forested hills. We met up with Kailey and Alex at the nearby Sou’wester vintage trailer campground and went on an adventure with them to explore Cape Disappointment and Dead Man’s Cove. The intense weather made the name Dead Man’s Cove seem even more apt. But none of us let the wind and rain dampen the fun.
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Cape Disappointment Engagement Adventure Session at Dead Man’s Cove
PLUS A MINI SHOOT AT THE SOU’WESTER LODGE AND VINTAGE TRAILER CAMPGROUND
Cape Disappointment State Park is found at the far southwest corner of Washington and is home to Dead Man’s Cove, a strikingly beautiful coastal nook where the Pacific Ocean meets rugged, forested hills. We’d been wanting to check out Cape Disappointment and Dead Man’s Cove ever since we first saw pictures of the place. So when Kailey and Alex said they were up for a trip to the coast, we knew exactly where to take them.
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Since Cape Disappointment is a little over three hours from Seattle, Kailey and Alex planned to make an overnight trip of it. We recommended the Sou’wester campground, which is right by Cape Disappointment. The Sou’wester is seriously awesome. There’s a big, old lodge that serves as the main building and the rest of the property is filled with vintage trailers from the 50s, 60s, and 70s – cute little canned-ham trailers and a variety of aluminum silver bullets, all complete with bathrooms and kitchens, are available for guests to rent. We decided to spend the night out there too and towed our own 1972 Airstream to the campground. We fit right in!
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Off to Cape Disappointment State Park
FOR SIDEWAYS RAIN, WHIPPING WINDS, AND A WHOLE LOT OF LAUGHS.
After snapping a few photos around the Sou’wester and Kailey and Alex’s vintage trailer rental, we piled in the car and made the short drive to Cape Disappointment State Park. Being November in Washington, we were expecting some grey weather. But as luck would have it, a little storm system was moving in from the ocean, bringing with it some heavy winds and sideways rain. We actually love getting outside and adventuring in inclement weather. It’s fun to see Mother Nature in action and adds an extra dose of adventure. Luckily, Kailey and Alex felt the same way.
Thus we all threw on our rain jackets after parking at Cape Disappointment and hiked down to Dead Man’s Cove, at which point Kailey and Alex removed their rain jackets and we started shooting. Just as the rain started to really come down 😉 Honestly though, the light was amazing and the wind did some really cool things to Kailey’s hair and dress. It ended up being one of our favorite shoots and Kailey and Alex owned every single minute of it. 10/10 would photograph in a PNW coastal rain and wind storm again. In fact, we did just that the following day. And then again a week after that! Hey, if you’re planning to shoot out in the wild, you gotta be prepared for whatever nature throws at you. It’s all part of the fun for us!
The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement and wedding photography team living full-time in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states. Their work is best described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors.