August 17, 2019

Joshua Tree Engagement Photos / / Julia + Roger

Engaged couple holding hands for their Joshua Tree engagement

I’ll start by saying this was one of the most fun I’ve had on a weekday in a long time. I had only conversed with Julia via email and text for months, so meeting each other for the first time was rather surreal – since it was like seeing that penpal for the very first time. I was excited, nervous, and per that post it note on my fridge, I brought a few rolls of film for these two film lovers. Our Joshua Tree engagement was going to be Kodak colored, Joshua Tree scenic, with an endless amount of laughter. My kind of session, exactly.

A Joshua Tree Engagement at Golden Hour because…

We started off at the entrance of the park and made a fast caravan down to our spot. Bearing golden hour on minds as our permit limits us to a few spots in the park. (Photography friends, please dont skip out on the permit. Keeping the park golden requires money honey, and that money comes from paying customers!)

Joshua Tree engagement photo shot in film of two people holding hands
Film just makes everything alright.

Wild Child I Think I Love You

These two had a great mix of wildness and affection that made this session so incredibly fun. When Roger wasn’t making crazy faces at me, he was making wild looks at his future bride, making her part swoon, and part double over in laughter. My job was so easy; all I had to do was watch.

groom sticking his tonue out during Joshua Tree engagement, shot in film
that tongue tho!!
groom holding bride up in the air for their Joshua Tree engagement
couple walking away towards boulders in Joshua Tree engagement
bride and groom holding each other for their Joshua Tree engagement
groom holding bride for joshua tree engagement
bride and groom laughing in boulders in black and white film for their Joshua Tree engagement
bride and groom holding hands for their joshua tree engagement
groom holding bride up near boulders for their joshua tree engagement
groom dipping bride in joshua tree for their engagement photos
bride and groom walking down the street for their joshua tree engagement

Desert Nights

We did not shoot far into the night (sometimes I do! to check one out with more dusk nights here) Golden hour was plenty magic for us and so we kept our session rather short and sweet. However, we were definitely not short on magical images.

If you are considering a Joshua Tree engagement session: here are my tips. Shoot in the autumn or late winter or spring. Mid winter (December to February) can be really cold, so stuff some heat warmers in your pockets and lace up those books because you will need it! If you outfit is cold weather friendly, then do it! I suggest avoiding those months just for more clothing options. I like even more so the earlier sunsets because in the later spring/summer/early fall, the later sunsets run so late and we tend to wrap about 8pm. If you plan on making a date night out of it (which I whole heartedly recommend) the earlier sunset hours are perfect. As well, if you are making a long drive back to any city aside from Joshua Tree, you will be appreciative that you aren’t getting home after 11pm.

bride and groom for their joshua tree engagement
sunset photo of bride and groom for their joshua tree engagement photos
bride and groom about to cross the street for the engagement photos
running down the street for bride and groom joshua tree engagement
bride and groom jumping in the air for their joshua tree engagement
bride in the desert for her joshua tree engagement photo
bride and groom about to kiss for their joshua tree engagement
film photo of bride and groom hugging for their joshua tree engagement photo
groom carrying bride away in for their joshua tree engagement
bride and groom in an embrace for their joshua tree engagement
yellow desert flowers
groom carrying bride in the desert in joshua tree
bride and groom holding hands for their engagement photos
bride and groom jumping in the air for their joshua tree engagement

Thank you to PhotoVision in Oregon for the amazing film process and scans. Joshua Tree always looks so grand in film!!

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