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Arizona Elopement Photographer

Guide to Engagement Session Locations - Engaged, now what?? - Adventure Photographer based in Arizona

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Engagement photo locations in Arizona

Arizona has endless possibilities for places that you could choose to take your engagement photos. If you want to know even more places than what I have listed here then please reach out and let’s chat!

Salt River

The Salt River near Mesa, Arizona is a fantastic place to take your engagement photos! With options near the water, cactus, on top of rocks, by the lake and the chance to run into wild horses!

Desert Botanical Gardens

The gardens is beautiful, if you want your session full of lush cactus with out the hike this spot is perfect. When I photographed a friend of mine’s couple session there we went with a wild west love story theme and this location is the perfect vibe for anything western or modern!

Downtown Phoenix

The downtown area offers lots of different colors and will for sure give you all of the urban feels. We can shoot in a coffee shop, on the side walk, or on top of a building! You can get funky with this option.

Mogollon Rim

Rim country is absolutely beautiful! In this area we can shoot right on the rim and get stunning mountain views, or take a loop around the lakes, shoot in open fields with wild flowers or even around the camping areas. Close to the rim is Payson, Strawberry and the Tonto Natural Bridge. The Bridge is a great spot for that edgier couple.

Sedona

There are soooo many perfect spots in Sedona for a desert engagement session. You can hike a distance to some great areas or not hike far at all. Red Rock country is full of options and views. Sedona is one of those places you just have to see to believe and be able to grasp the beauty, but there is something there for everyone. On the way up to Sedona or on the way back it may be worth your time to stop at Sunset Point for a few images.

Northern Arizona/Horse Shoe Bend

Heading up North in Arizona is almost like entering another world and there are truly an insane amount of locations to consider. Horse shoe bend is a place a lot of people are familiar with and makes a stunning background for an engagement session. Horse shoe bend is near a lot of other great places like Lake Powell, the slot canyons and many other spots you could have to yourself with a 4x4. It is important to remember that a lot of the land in Arizona is on Indian Reservation land and if you plan to have your engagement session at one of these locations you need to acquire the correct permits. Your photographer should be able to help you through this process. Did you know you could also do your engagement photos in the Grand Canyon?? Well, you can! There are also permits for that which can get pricey, but those views are worth it!

Flagstaff

If you are craving the fall leaves that will soon be upon us check into having your engagement session in Flagstaff! You can do a short one mile hike on the Aspen Corner to Alfa Fia Tank trail to beautiful views in a valley opening. You can also choose to stay under the aspens and shoot within the trees, take a trail to the top of a peak for killer views for example by braving Humpfrey’s Peak.

In Your Own Home!

Yes, you read that right! Take your engagement photos in your home for a super cozy or sexy feel. If you love your home it could be a good way to show off your style in your images. If you don’t feel the design of your home is the look you want, but love the idea of an indoor session check out local Airbnb’s! There are some extremely well done airbnbs throughout the valley and I highly suggest looking into it!

Prescott/Watson Lake

I am a huge fan of Watson Lake, to me it is Joshua Tree meets water and in my state! An engagement session at Watson Lake is also a great place for variety. You have the boulders and the water, but also open fields and long drives that make for romantic pictures. Or hop in a canoe with your lover for some fun photos! Watson Lake is right near Prescott which also has a lot of offer from it’s sweet old downtown, to trails and views.

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Location is not everything…

No matter what you choose or do at your engagement session have fun and enjoy it! This is an exciting time in your life to show and share your love. It is the start of your commitment to each other and savor the experience. Once you’re engaged and getting ready to start making all of these choices together finding a photographer that you vibe with and can easily communicate with will be a life savor! Once you book your engagement session with your photographer speak with them about what they suggest for location, hair, make & up and clothing! Do not be afraid to ask questions, share what you want and bring options!

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Outside of Arizona Engagement Session Adventure Locations…

Looking for something more, a little different, more of an adventure or just in a different state? Here are a few great places to consider:

- Big Sur

- Joshua Tree

- Sand Dunes

- Moab

- Yosmite

- San Fran Bay Area

- Smith Rock, OR

- Washington (literally almost anywhere in Washington lol)

- Hanging Rock, NC

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Vendors involved in these session:

Coordinators: @morgankbeauty @ashlyarts

Hair: @dev.hair

Makeup: @morgankbeauty

Jewelry: Bear Ridge Trading Post Heber, AZ

Florals: @cheekyblooms


Eloping?? Most of these locations are also great to considered for your elopement! For more information reach out!




Washington Elopement - Jessica & Glen

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“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene

I met Jessica and Glen when I photographed their in home engagement session in Scottsdale, Arizona. We got to chatting about their wedding and upcoming adventures we both had planned. Luck was in the air that day and it turned out that we were both going to be in the Seattle area at the same time in the following weeks. This was super important to them because Jessica had lived in Washington for most of her adult life and really wanted wedding pictures in the Pacific Northwest with her future husband. Their intimate wedding will be later this year here in Scottsdale, but we took the opportunity to get Jessica the pictures she's always dreamed of having and creating beautiful memories during Glen’s first trip to Washington. I meet them at their Airbnb in Anacortes on a rainy cold day, but we still conquered the day hiking several trails and popping champagne! Jessica and Glen's love is so apparent when you spend time with them from the pure laughter to the sweet quiet moments they have, it was such a joy spending the day with them. It was my first time in the Northern Washington area (most of my time has been spent in the Olympic National Park region) and I must say it is beautiful! The Anacortes and Deception Pass State Park are perfect locations for a PNW elopement!

Isn't their little cabin on the lake the cutest?!

Please note this cabin is an Airbnb rental. It is important when you are eloping and you rent an Airbnb to speak with the owner if the photographer will be taking any photos on property. Most owners are okay with pictures being taken, but you need to communicate with them about what will be happening and get their permission.

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Check out Jessica and her mother's wedding styling and alterations business, Sweet Saguaro!

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Scottsdale Lifestyle Maternity

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Brittany is a mother of one and pregnant with her second son who will be named Legend. <3

I met Brittany through a local Midwife in Scottsdale, Pam, who owns Arizona Birth at Home. She is so bright and not to mention has impeccable style! During our session Brittany talked about how important family pictures are to her and how excited she was to do an in home session. I love photographing soon to be moms at home and in milk baths, they are so relaxed and at peace. It was a pleasure to photograph Brittany and her part of her story, I look forward to connecting with many more local mama to bes!

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I love getting pictures taken professionally to have high quality and up to date pictures of where my life is currently at. My kids are only going to go through each age once and I love to see how they change through the years.
— Brittany Slabaugh
Milk Bath Maternity Session - Phoenix, Arizona

Special thank you to Fortee Salon in Chandler, Arizona for sending Rosie on set to do Brittany's beautiful make-up!

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Baby Evie

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In Home Photographer Scottsdale, Arizona

20 days old, a whole lifetime ahead

Meet miss Evie, also known as, Evangeline Snow White! She is the sweetest little baby you will meet! So calm, cool and collected. You may remember her mom, Sam, who won my Mother's Day session give away a little while back. Her and Kody were so excited to finally have Evie's pictures taken after her stay in the hospital following her welcome into the world. Only being a home a few short days we got her session on the calendar! The session flew by, Evie had her blue eyes open the entire time going through a range of all the emotions. I think she enjoyed showing off her swaddles that her mother made during pregnancy! I could not help but use as many as I could in the photos and of course switching out the sweet bows too. My favorite of course was the cactus swaddle :)

Congratulations Sam and Kody! I can only imagine all of the memories to come in your beautiful growing household <3

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Tyler + Rhiannon - In Home Session

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In Home Couples Session - Phoenix, Arizona

Tell me how you met...

It all starts there and now you're a couple that just bought your first home together. In home couples sessions are so much fun. They are playful and meaningful. I got the chance to photograph Tyler and Rhiannon in their new home in West Palm Beach, Florida while down South for a golf tournament. I arrived to their new home as they were painting the walls and unpacking the kitchen. In home sessions can be simple, but beautiful. They can be some of the first memories you make in your new home where you will have many, many memories to come. My favorite part of Tyler and Rhiannon's session was towards the end when I said that's a wrap and asked if there was anything else they wanted to do Tyler said 'Airplane!" I was so excited it was like they read my mind! Printing images like these to put on your walls to see everyday can remind you of the love that builds the foundation of your home.

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Also, check out my in home maternity or newborn sessions!

I look forward to photographing local arizona couples in their new homes  :)

For the Moms...

Phoenix, Arizona - Maternity Photographer & In Home Newborn Photographer

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In lew of Mother’s Day coming up this blog post is all about the beautiful mamas!

If you have not heard yet, I am offering 20% any Maternity, In Home Newborn or Mommy & me sessions booked by the 14th. The session can take place between the day of booking and July 15th. The session must be within two hours of Phoenix.

I am also giving away one free Maternity, In Home Newborn or Mommy & me session. In order to enter to win you must like and share my Facebook page. You can get more information and enter to win by visiting the Facebook page. Be sure to leave your email address with me once you have entered so I can notify you if you win!

While I am not a mom (except to my two kitties) I love working with mothers. Mama’s to be and new moms are always apart of some of my favorite sessions. It is such a special time period in a women’s life and I love being able to create artistic, preserved images of pregnancy or the first few days of your babies life. The heat of Phoenix is around the corner, but all of my Summer mamas have the great options of in home sessions or destination sessions if you do not want to be out in the heat. Can not wait to work with you all soon!

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 Mother’s love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.

 

Erich Fromm

When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary.
— Connie Schultz

In Home Lifestyle Newborn Session

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Newborn sessions, Traci's way!

Do you remember Sarah's stellar maternity session we shot in Phoenix a few weeks ago? Well, she and her husband have welcomed their first daughter, Lily, into the world! Once again, they invited me into their home, this time to do lifestyle newborn session. Sessions like these really warm my heart. I think an in home session is extra special because that's where your life happens, especially for newborn sessions. I think it is less stress on mom and dad to not have to take their newest bundle of joy out at seven days young. Every sweet thing you have for your little one is right there, so there is no chance of getting to the studio and realizing you forgot to grab that special blanket that your sister made. Plus, it is less stressful to be in the comfort of your home and able to take care of the needs of the baby while still getting images of your child at this precious time. It was such a treat that during this newborn session grandma and grandpa were in town, able to be apart of the shoot, and still spend time with the family during their visit to Arizona. We can not forget about miss Jojo! I am so excited that Jojo also got to get a picture with her little sister and I am pretty sure she was excited too! Well at no further adieu, let me introduce Miss Lily to you! Feel free to share images and the blog post!

 
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Do not hesitate to inquire about an in home session now! Phoenix's summer months are right around the corner, but that does not mean that you can not have gorgeous engagement, maternity or newborn photos!