Engagement in the Sand Dunes

Arizona Wedding Photographer goes to Glamis, California

HELLO beautiful sunshine and sand dunes!!!! I’m obsessed with how these photos turned out. Firstly, because they are of my bestie Hailey. She is also a wedding photographer in Arizona and we were roommates for 3 years!! Secondly, because I’ve been dreaming about shooting here for a long time but it hadn’t happened yet, stokedddd to shoot here!! Hailey asked me to shoot her engagement session because she had booked her dream photographer from California for their elopement. It was the best gift I could have given her and one I’m so happy we both have these memories to look back on.

Glamis or Imperial Sand Dunes located in South East California, very close to the Mexican boarder. It is a place of beauty and lots of vehicles so you have to be careful when shooting!! Always look over your back just incase a buggy or jeep is coming over a hill but doesn’t see you. I cannot rave enough about the sunlight and sand dunes feel here. IT was magical to say the least. It felt like we were in the middle of Egypt trucking through the desert.

Hailey and Mike met years ago at the Edge of the World while she was photographing for this festival. Little did they know 3 years later they would run into each other again online and become each others person. I remember the day she came home from that first date with Mike. She was GLOWING. She said they just hiked in the woods and talked and it was easy. It was everything you could want in a relationship. As do all couples have ups and downs but Hailey and Mike have sustained the up’s and downs. They live in a 5th wheel that they completely redid and looks amazing (you can see it on instagram).

All in all, it’s a beautiful place to get married or have engagement photos done. Also, camping and having fun in the sand dunes is a second best 🙂

Desert cactus engagement session

Phoenix, Arizona cactus + mountains engagement session

Emina and Trevor’s engagement session in the Arizona desert with cactus and sunshine was one of my favorites!!! Emina grew up in Iowa so the desert landscape is very unquie to her, just like to me coming from Ohio!! Trevor grew up in the area and isn’t new to cactus but he still enjoys the landscape!! They wanted the classic Arizona desert look so I took them to the White Tank Mountains in West Phoenix for this beautiful look!

They met on a plane of all places!! Fell in love over the phone after Trevor asked for her number. Through the years they did long distance and close. They are so in love. It was a joy to photograph them in the Phoenix desert. I also got to be their wedding photographer…but look for those photos soon since I’m not finished editing them! I love being an Arizona wedding photographer, it’s my joy to photograph engagement sessions and weddings in such beautiful locations.

Jamie + Cody // Sedona, AZ

Freaking Cuties!!!

These to love birds met and fell in love in Flagstaff AZ. She is gentle, sweet, kind. He is goooofy, genuine, and a gentleman. We explored the creek side desert of Sedona. It was also autumn which added to the beautiful colors mixed with the red rocks. They danced, LAUGHED A LOT, and twirled in the sun. They get married next April in the warm Phoenix, AZ sun. And I’m so excited I can’t wait!

Devin + Tori // Flastaff,AZ

DEVIN + TORI

Flagstaff, AZ // Jan 21st 2018

On a VERY cold January morning, after a storm, Devin and Tori danced around in the snow. They have been friends for a very long time. And it’s so evident in the way they talk to each other and how comfortable they are together. It’s those long friendships since early high school that sometimes creates some of the best relationships. Through trials and successes, they grew up together. The good and the bad they have been there for each other. It’s a special thing to have someone like that.

THAT RED DRESS?! AHH I was dying it was so pretty. Born and raised in Flagstaff, the both of them love the snow. With winter boots on under her dress, Tori didn’t mind the cold one bit. I think maybe she was too numb to feel anything by the end but always had a smile on her face. I’m so excited to shoot their wedding this next year!!

Ali + Bryan // Sedona,AZ

Ali + Bryan

Sedona, Arizona // engagement session // Nov. 17th

On a cloudy rainy day I drive down to Sedona from Flagstaff hoping the sun will break. Ali and Bryan are visiting from Chicago where they work and live. Next year they are getting married in Sedona and came out to plan the final touches of their destination wedding. Thankfully, the sun starts to break as it sets and we create magical images that only the sun can do. These two are incredibly in love. You can feel it like rain on your skin. It’s real and tangible. Excited to meet these two again next year along with their family and friends!!

 

Taryn + Ryan // Flagstaff, AZ

Taryn + Ryan

Overlook on 89A // Flagstaff, AZ

AHHH there are not many words to describe the beauty that was created through Taryn and Ryan during our engagement session. Their chemistry is electrifying. From the wind, to the sun, to the cozy coffee snuggles they shared while watching the sunset at the overlook on 89A…it was all too much!!! These two are contagiously joyful to be around. I cannot wait to photograph their beautiful backyard Flagstaff wedding next year in October!