The blog features a sweet couples adventure session at Lake Powell in Page, Arizona. Check it out for great times on what to wear to an adventure session!
Meet Christina and Jeremiah! This duo drove all the way from Ohio to the great state of Arizona. They did not stop there though, after spending a few days exploring Arizona they ventured off to Joshua Tree National Park, several national parks in Utah and Colorado! I met this husband and wife photo team at the Adventure’s Workshop the week before this session in Page.
Flagstaff, AZ Adventure Session - Anniversary Session - Arizona Elopement Photographer
Meet Elizabeth and Leon! These two recently celebrated their one year anniversary of marriage by doing an adventure anniversary session in Flagstaff, Arizona with me! They have a love story that would make your heart melt. They met each other at a time in their lives where their love was exactly what each other was looking for and needed and met in the most of fate way possible! They definitely have anniversary to remember, we hiked a few miles through the aspen trees to reach beautiful views of the the San Fransisco peaks, they cuddled up and danced around in the dropping temperatures during our photo shoot. Then we hiked back through the aspens in the dark and ended our session with star photo, lots of my couple’s favorite moments on a shoot. Of course, we fit in an anniversary dinner on your drive back into Phoenix, stopping at an amazing authentic Mexican restaurant in Flagstaff.
Flagstaff, Arizona has so much to offer to any couples for an adventure session. Whether you’re engaged, eloping, having an intimate wedding, celebrating an anniversary or just wanting to set out on a hike Flagstaff is a goldmine. It is one of the few places you can be in Arizona and trade out the desert look for aspens, mountains, fall colors or snowy mountain caps! If you’re in Arizona and thanking of eloping this holiday season it is a perfect place for a magical winter elopement and I would love to help tell your love story!
Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer - Salt River Adventure Session
With Thanksgiving upon us I’m going to get a little mushy…
Without a shadow of a doubt I am beyond able to say I LOVE my job. I mean I feel like saying ‘job’ can’t even be right?! I get to spend my day with couples madly in love with each other. I get to photograph them in stunning places. It does not come without the hard work of communicating together to make the perfect plan for the couple’s session or elopement, detailed marketing, branding and the typically life of a business owner. This being said it doesn’t hold a candle to all of the other joys it brings me. I feel like in this day and age we are in now so many people have lost faith that true love exits, but I am here to tell you it does! I see it all the time in front of camera and it is so inspiring. Outside of engagements, anniversary and adventure couple’s sessions I feel extremely blessed that I get to witness the most intimate thing I believe a couple can experience, an elopement.
While I am on my mushy train… I just want to say how lucky I feel to live here in Arizona. Yesterday I was driving to Lost Dutchman for a session and was just in awe of the Arizona views; always stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset. A year ago to the date I came to Arizona with my partner to check it out as a possible place to live. It blows my mind to be able to say now we both live here and get to thrive in our work and life in the desert. It is the most magical place to live as an adventure elopement photographer and I am forever grateful.
Special shout out and more thankfulness to Jeff Watkins who invited me to The Gathering where these photos were taken of the lovely Jonnie + Garrett. I am telling you it has been a crazy busy last two months of location scouting for future elopement couples and continued education within the industry.
Tip to future Arizona intimate wedding brides and grooms: you MUST check out Saguaro Lake Ranch as a venue. It is adventure elopement worthy location, but perfect for the couple that wants their closest friends and family there for the celebration.
Want to document your love?! I strongly believe if you’re engaged, married, dating or anything imaginable it is important to document your love!
Joshua Tree is a scared place for many. The vast desert is so beautiful and peaceful, can you think of a better place to elope? Even though the park is popular, you’re bound to find a little nook just to yourselves for those vows. Check out Jax and Octavio’s romantic session and learn more about eloping in Joshua Tree National Park.
Guide to Engagement Session Locations - Engaged, now what?? - Adventure Photographer based in Arizona
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
- San Fran Bay Area
- Smith Rock, OR
- Washington (literally almost anywhere in Washington lol)
- Hanging Rock, NC
Vendors involved in these session:
Coordinators: @morgankbeauty @ashlyarts
Jewelry: Bear Ridge Trading Post Heber, AZ
Eloping?? Most of these locations are also great to considered for your elopement! For more information reach out!
Arizona Elopement Photographer - Salt River Intimate Elopement
Since moving to Arizona the Salt River has definitely captured my heart and you have seen many of my sessions there blogged already. I love this place not only because it is beautiful, but for the wild horses, its easy accessibility, the diverse location options and its quietness. The salt river is definitely a place that the folks of Phoenix should not take for granted. This was a styled shoot put together by many of the amazing vendors in Arizona, lots of them can offer beautiful accents to your elopement or intimate wedding. I hope that these images can inspire some of your ideas for eloping attire, decor or an 'we eloped' announcement! Remember you get to make your wedding day be whatever YOU want!