Kyle & Hayley Engagement Photos - White Sands New Mexico
Absolutely loved shooting these good friends of mine in the magical White Sands National Monument in New Mexico! The weekend trip out was a blast, full of Up & Vanished podcasts, trying Mexican cuisine everywhere we went (shout out to Las Cruces for having the best margaritas at Chala’s Wood-fire Grill) and plenty of laughter.
When we arrived the first day, there was gusts of 40mph winds that just were slowly dying down as the sun set. Driving in, the dust kicked up made it impossible to see. But luckily, it slowly cleared even as we battled the wind. Shooting the engagement pictures in their outfits that highlighted a mix of modern & bohemian in this epic spot was such a highlight for photography career. The next morning we woke up at 5:00 AM to get out to the Sands for sunrise. It was barely creeping past 30 degrees, but the winds were almost non-existent and made the shoot so much better, especially with the sun shining down.
On the way home we made an impromptu stop in Santa Fe. It became easy to see why New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment and I hope to get to go back soon! But now that we have shot proposals in Oklahoma City and engagement photos in New Mexico; now it’s time to get ready for these two to say “I do” in Arizona this fall! Cannot wait to build off these desert dreamy vibes for their wedding day.