Adventure Imperial Sand Dunes Engagement Session

Back at one of my favorite places on earth! These two contacted me for an Imperial Sand Dunes engagement session. It is a little bit of a trek, no matter where you are coming from, but it is always worth it.  

They also opted to do the longer session that I offer, which was a great choice. With so much to explore, it’s always nice to have a little bit more time.

Olivia found both of her outfits at Macy’s, on sale! She brought a few options to consider, but let’s be honest, a red dress is always the right choice.

One of the things I loved about this session was Olivia and Drew’s adventurous spirit. We played around the dunes, and they were completely on board with anything I suggested.  Definitely not afraid to get a little dirty!

We actually rescheduled this session because our original date was slated for rain and thunderstorms.  Now, I don’t mind a little rain, and it can make for some absolutely stunning photos. But the idea of being a giant lightning rod in the middle of a vast empty desert does not thrill me. Safety first, gang. It took some rearranging by the couple, but we found a date a few days later with some sun! Things don’t always go to plan, but I am always thankful for my couples and their flexibility.

It’s a bit of a surreal experience to be out at the dunes. It doesn’t matter how many times I go, I always get the same feeling.   There are a lot of popular locations where photos can make it seem empty, but you’re actually surrounded by a lot of people.  This is not one of those places. It’s actually empty, it’s actually quiet, and that makes it a great location to get authentic photos.

I frequently try to convey to people that a photo session with me is more than just going out and snapping some pics –  it’s an experience.  The only way to create authentic photos full of emotion (which is always my goal) is for you to let go and actually be feeling those things.   I hope that by the end of any session, my clients are able to look back on a really fun activity that they experienced together.

So that’s the good stuff. It takes a bit of planning and a willingness to be open to the experience, but it is way worth it.

Ready to plan your adventure? Contact me here.

Want to see more dunes goodness from me? Check out this dunes engagement! Also check out this gorgeous elopement!

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