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McKenna & Helaman // Joshua Tree Engagements

McKenna & Helaman were so stinking fun to shoot with! We had an early morning shoot (praise the time change!! really though…I love it, big fan) Helaman is a DJ for a roller blading place in Northern Utah so naturally we bonded over music. In the middle of the session I put on some jams and wanted a dance off, that is where I quickly learned that McKenna doesn’t like to dance GASP. But the pictures were really cute of Helaman trying to woo his woman. McKenna is probably in the top 5 of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, that’s why being with her while she got her first ticket makes me the saddest. I felt and still feel extremely bad for her. What happened to getting out of tickets? She deserved that!

Even though Joshua Tree National Park is 5 hours away, we can drive 45 minutes to have our own Joshua Tree oasis. It’s equally as hot, but barely populated. It made me want to pack up my car and go camping, sometimes working a real big girl job really crushes your spirit when all you want to do is play.

Now look at all their cuteness.

The last three images were shot on 35mm film. Something I’m hoping to start incorporating in every shoot.

joshua tree engagement

Joshua Tree Elopement // Tumbleweed Sanctuary & Garden

I’ve been wanting to attend Photo Native for the past couple of years but it was hard to spend the money on something I didn’t know if I was going to pursue. So when I finally took the jump and started my photography business, I saved all my earnings to put back into my education. I bought my Photo Native ticket within 10 minutes of them posting the pre-sale tickets. This year though was different, it was in Palm Springs, the only thing I knew about Palm Springs is that Coachella is there… that’s it. I had no desire to really go to Palm Springs besides Photo Native. Now that I’ve been PS has become my absolute favorite place I’ve been, it speaks to my soooooul! The mid-century houses, the colourful doors, the unique architecture within, the fun wall murals… and so much more. I canNOT wait to go back and visit again and roam more. 12/10 recommend.

Even though fine art photography isn’t my personal forte, but it something I really admire & appreciate. When I saw that Savan was doing a shoot boost at Photo Native, I knew I had to jump on it and I am SO glad that I went. She was so awesome to learn from, she taught us why & what she was doing while shooting. If that doesn’t sound impressive she shoots almost all film, film is my first love. I remember shooting my grandfathers Minolta in high school and loving the look of film & grain. I was the only one without a film camera at the shoot, she let me borrow her Contax & gave me a roll of film. Did I mention that Richard Photo Lab, processed & scanned our film and returned them to us the next day, talk about customer service! I just wish I shot more rolls of film. I’m now addicted to film. In fact, I just purchased a Canon EOS 3, so get ready to see my adventure with 35mm film.

Also, can someone please please please get married at this venue & hire me (of course). These images where at high noon, which I used to be scared at shooting in and now I’m kind of obsessed. In fact, I shot another session at high noon and my confidence was high because I was able to learn how to be better in different lighting settings.

Conference: @photonative Instructor: @savanphotography  Planner/Coordinator: @thewalkdowntheaisle Venue: @tumbleweedsanctuary HMUA: @beautybystaceymua Florals: @oak_amble Papergoods: @foilandink Gown: @monamiebridalsalon Designer: @wtoowatters Tux:@stitchandtie Rentals: @sigpartyrentals Linen: @partycrushstudio Model: @janaymartini Film lab sponsors: @richardphotolab

Now you are thinking about how you want to go take pictures in high noon in Joshua Trees, I got you! Reach out and let’s talk about scheduling you a session.