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sen + meesha / dead horse point engagements

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I about fell over when I met Meesha and Sen at Dead Horse Point State Park for their engagement photos this fall. He had told me they would be wearing traditional Indian attire, but there was nothing I could do to prepare for the gorgeous colors, flowing fabrics, and intricate details of their clothing set against the red rocks of my home. I can’t remember at the moment, but knowing me I likely let out a little squeal when I saw the two of them step out of their car.

 

As we started our short walk along the trail to our cliffside location, we quickly realized that we had some mutual friends in the Salt Lake City area, and from then on it felt like we were good friends. We chatted about the differences between traditional Indian weddings (they’re huge) and American weddings, and how there really isn’t one right way to do anything anymore.

Given that it was early November, it was pretty chilly up at Dead Horse Point. I had at least four layers on (my typical late fall shooting get up), and Meesha was basically wearing nothing but silk. Somehow she still looked absolutely stunning, and didn’t complain once! I must’ve asked her 73 times if she was doing okay and she just responded with a smile that this was nothing compared to where she lived in Canada. I grew up in southern California soooo anything below 71 feels pretty dang chilly to me, though I have gotten better over the years. :)

 

A quick moment of honesty here: I was pretty burnt out by the end of this season. I had shot over 25 weddings and elopements and 20+ adventure sessions and couples sessions, with a few random shoots sprinkled in. I was feeling creatively fatigued, exhausted, and overall, well, tired. But you know what happens without fail every single time I get out of my car to meet a couple for a shoot? I get this crazy burst of energy, my face lights up, and I get SO excited to meet whoever it is I’m lucky enough to hang with for a few hours. That’s how I know I’m doing what I love.

 

This winter is all about self-care for me. More sleep, more tea, more meditating, more skiing, more time with my guy and my pups, more reflection and refocusing on what my goals are for 2019; while also being so crazy grateful for people like Sen and Meesha who remind me why I love what I do. Enjoy the beautiful magic of these two below!

 

 

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maddy + spencer / dead horse point proposal

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i love that couples have started to hire photographers to capture their wedding proposals. i've shot about a half a dozen now, and every time they are so exciting! i get butterflies in my stomach right before someone gets down on one knee to pop the question, and i giddily run up to the couple (after they're done canoodling, of course) to shout congratulations. ya, i get a bit excited. spencer's proposal to maddy was no different. dead horse point at sunset was the perfect back drop for their cliffside picnic. their home is chicago, but they were on vacation out west, checking out all the beautiful national parks that the moab area has to offer. happy wedding planning to these two! thanks for letting me capture it all. :)

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sorcha + brandon / dead horse point engagements

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spending time with sorcha and brandon was like spending time with old friends. when she initially contacted me, she explained that they had spent some time out in the desert before and were avid canyoneers. that of course piqued my interest and we started going back and forth about different options. after lots of deliberation we decided to split their session into two so they could have a wide variety of engagement photos: a sunset session at corona arch, and a sunrise session at dead horse point. 

i loved this plan because, although i spend a ton of time at dead horse point state park shooting elopements and small weddings, i don't get to go up there very often for sunrise. i wouldn't exactly say i'm a morning person, but for sunrise sessions with epic canyon views with rad people? coffee mug is full and i'm ready to go bright eyed and bushy tailed. :)

sorcha & brandon spent some time camping around moab, exploring arches national park and other sights, before we got together for our first session. sorcha is an incredible photographer (check out her work here!) so it was fun to chat about photo and the madness that ensues every morning at mesa arch. they spent the night at our place, coming over after a long day of hiking and exploring. we shared tacos and drinks and talked about the outdoor industry and trips we all wanted to go on. we turned in early, stoked for the sunrise and the next adventure.

i won't say much more, because i. think the photos speak loud and clear: the sunrise was gorgeous, and these two are made for each other. 

xo

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