canyonlands national park

brent + arifa / mesa arch proposal

moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos

mesa arch proposal

i've photographed quite a few proposals now, but every time i get that initial e-mail in my inbox or excited voicemail, i let out a little squeal. i love shooting these! they take a lot of planning and logistics, but there's always a bit that's left unplanned - you never know how they're both going to react when the moment finally hits - and that's my favorite part. it's possibly my favorite part about being a photographer, capturing genuine emotion for couples to relive long after the moment has passed.

brent contacted me early in the fall and we started scheming. he had a few locations in mind, and together we narrowed it down to mesa arch in canyonlands national park. this is the place to be at sunrise, so it was no surprise that there were photographers lined up in front of the arch long before the sun came up. i told brent to bring his soon-to-be-fiance to a little spot just out of view of the arch (but still with an amazing view) so that they'd have a little privacy. they watched the sun come up together, and i excitedly waited for brent to drop down on one knee. he popped the question at the perfect moment, the sun had just come up over the mountains and the desert was aglow in that burnt orange early morning light. pure magic!

we had a little engagement session afterward and got to chatting a bit. i remember walking away that morning wishing we had had more time to hang out, but i might be heading to florida some time next year so get ready for a phone call, arifa and brent! 

moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos

s + i // wedding

you really cannot go wrong in a place like canyonlands. the scope of the landscape is hard to describe, both in it's beauty and it's sheer size. i often struggle to explain to people who don't live here what it is about the desert that draws me in, but sam & iris knew exactly what that thing was. in between taking photos i'd catch both of them just standing on the edge, looking off into the distance, probably dreaming of their next backpacking adventure. i am so happy to have met these two, and to have been lucky enough to capture their intimate ceremony with close family and friends. cheers to you both. :)

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ashleigh & clint // bridal session

it's always an honor when someone asks you to take their photograph. but to have a stranger ask you, someone you've never met? what a privilege. i met ashleigh, clint, and their good friend abby at island in the sky one weekend a few months back, and we wandered around and laughed and took pictures. they were so at ease with each other, so comfortable, and so in love. here a few shots from that day. thanks again you two, and congratulations!

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