Man & woman sitting on air mattress in the water in front of Brasstown Falls in South Carolina.


Adventure Anniversary Photoshoot at Brasstown Falls

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Get ready to dive into Emily and Cody’s breathtaking anniversary session at Brasstown Falls in Upstate, SC. Picture this: lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and the sweetest couple celebrating their love amidst nature’s beauty.

If you’re looking for inspiration to spice up your anniversary or inspiration for your waterfall engagement photos, then you’re in the right place. So grab a cup of coffee, cozy up, and let’s adventure!

Woman laughing and straddling man while they are on air mattress in water in front of waterfall.

Emily & Cody’s Adventure Session at Brasstown Falls

Meet Emily and Cody, the dynamic duo behind this epic adventure. With over a decade of love and laughter under their belts and three adorable kiddos keeping them on their toes, they were on the hunt for a unique way to celebrate their milestone anniversary. That’s where I came in! They reached out, eager to plan a photo session that would not only capture their love but also ignite their sense of adventure.

Emily and Cody were craving a break from the everyday hustle and bustle, yearning for a chance to reconnect and savor some precious alone time together. They envisioned a shoot that was carefree, spontaneous, and full of laughter—a chance to let loose and celebrate the journey they’ve been on together. So, we set out to make their anniversary dreams a reality amidst the stunning backdrop of Brasstown Falls!

A fun fact about Emily – she is actually a small business owner, too! She sells handcrafted & non-toxic body care items. Check out her website >> HERE <<.

About Brasstown Falls, SC

Nestled in the heart of South Carolina’s scenic landscape, Brasstown Falls is a hidden gem! What sets this spot apart? Well, for starters, it’s dog-friendly—so furry friends are welcome to join in on the fun!

This picturesque paradise boasts a short hike that leads you through lush forests, ultimately rewarding you with not just one, but multiple breathtaking waterfalls. And here’s the cherry on top: the trail has recently undergone renovations, making it even more accessible for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Man and woman laying on air mattress in water in front of waterfall about to kiss.

Overview of Brasstown Falls Trail

🥾Length: 0.8 miles roundtrip

🗺Type: Out & Back

⛰Elevation gain: 75 feet

🟢Difficulty: Easy

🌲Time: ~30 minutes

🐻Traffic: Heavy

🐾Dogs: Yes

💰Fees: None

⛺️Camping: Primitive

💩Restrooms: No restrooms located at trailhead!

To read current Brasstown Falls trail reviews CLICK HERE!

Getting To Brasstown Falls

Getting to Brasstown Falls is a breeze, but let me give you the lowdown. Located in the Sumter National Forest, you’ll want to plug “Brasstown Falls Trailhead” into your GPS. Once you arrive, you’ll find ample parking available, and the best part? It won’t cost you a dime!

Now, here’s a pro tip: if you’re planning a photo shoot like Emily and Cody’s, timing is everything. With its lush greenery and cascading waterfalls, sunrise is the optimal time to capture Brasstown Falls in all its glory, plus you’ll beat the crowds for that perfect shot. Just keep in mind that cell service in this area can be spotty, so it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and download any maps or directions you might need beforehand.

Inspiration for Your Waterfall Engagement Photos

Calling all lovebirds planning their dream waterfall engagement photos—listen up, because Emily and Cody’s anniversary session can serve as some serious inspiration!

Picture this: floating on a cozy air mattress, surrounded by the mist of cascading waterfalls, Emily and Cody turned their photo shoot into a full-blown adventure. And guess what? You can do the same!

Man and woman laying on air mattress in water in front of waterfall about to kiss.

First things first, channel your inner adventurer and embrace the spirit of spontaneity. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your shoot—think outside the box and consider unique props or activities like Emily and Cody’s air mattress escapade.

Imagine the magic of snuggling up with your sweetheart as you float, the sound of rushing water serenading you both. It’s a recipe for romance that’s sure to make for some unforgettable engagement photos.

So, whether you’re planning to tie the knot or simply celebrating your love, take a page out of Emily and Cody’s playbook and infuse your waterfall engagement session with a healthy dose of adventure. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Kind words from Emily & Cody

“I can’t say enough about how impressed I am with Tessa!! She’s an amazing photographer that literally reads my mind and knows what I want. She so respectful and makes me feel so comfortable to just be myself. I’m relaxed and always having the best time. She’s captured family photos for us and couple shoots. Each time it gets better. She knows the best locations, suggestions on our clothes, and always makes the experience a true memory we will never forget”


Man laying on air mattress while woman straddles him in water in front of waterfall about to kiss.

Fun Ideas for Your Brasstown Falls Anniversary Session

Places to Eat

Brasstown Creek Gathering BBQ Place | WEBSITE

Chattooga Belle Farm | WEBSITE

Airbnb’s Nearby

The Valhalla Sky Suite | WEBSITE

The Belle Luna Romantic Mountain Treehouse | WEBSITE

Other Things To Do

Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park | WEBSITE

King Creek Falls | WEBSITE

Brasstown Falls Photographer

Hey y’all, I’m Tessa – your Upstate South Carolina photographer, adventure buddy, right-hand woman, and lover of all things outdoors! I’m a big believer in the power of crafting an intentional photoshoot that represents you & your partner in the most authentic way possible, so that’s why I’m here.

Not only will I capture the moments of your session for you to cherish forever but I’m here to encourage you to build a session that looks & feels like YOU, and no one else!

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I'm a micro-wedding and elopement photographer in Upstate, South Carolina. My style is documentary—I love capturing the in-between, unposed moments between you and your love. I strive to know you and capture you at your most authentic.