Carly + Adam | Great Sand Dunes National Park Engagement Session
Carly and Adam reached out to me to shoot their engagement photos and we instantly hit it off! They are such a cool couple and we knew we’d get along from the first email. They got engaged on a trip to the Dominican Republic, where Adam proposed underwater on a snorkeling trip. How romantic and freaking cool is that?!
When we were discussing locations for their session, I mentioned that I had been dying to shoot at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and asked if they would be down for a bit of a drive and an adventure session. I’d tried to talk a few other people into it with no luck, so I was expecting the same - but my heart leaped when she said they would be up for it! So we set a date and started talking details.
We decided if we were going to drive 3 hours and go to a national park we hadn’t seen before, we were going to make a weekend out of it. We went to a neighborhood garage sale that morning, and then loaded all our camping gear into the car for the next two days and hit the road. We set up camp in Alamosa and went to a local Mexican joint for dinner. We got back just before dark, in time to build a fire, roast some marshmallows and have some Mike’s Hard Lemonade. (we like our fufu drinks, no shame.) We woke up around 2am to the sound of probably dozens of coyotes singing to each other. I know they do that to alert each other of a kill and fresh food - but it was still SO cool. The next day we did some location scouting and got ready for our session.
When they showed up Carly had this KILLER red dress and I freaked out cause it was so gorgeous and I knew it would look amazing against the backdrop of the sand. We got everything organized and headed out into the dunes. We had never been there, and I had in my mind that we would hike to some of the taller dunes where there were less people. Well, have you ever hiked in mountains of sand?? It is not as easy as one might think. Ha! We had to take several breathers and definitely didn’t go very far up into the dunes. It was so windy and sand was pelting us everywhere - but the magic we were able to make together was SO worth every minute of pain and discomfort. After we were done at the Dunes, we loaded into their truck to drive up to Zapata Falls for a few waterfall shots before we made the drive home. We were met with an empty area since everyone had started hiking down, as it was getting dark and a bit stormy - but we hiked up and decided to risk it, and were met with the most vibrant, beautiful sunset over the mountains and dunes! We took our time on the way back talking and getting to know them more, which was so fun.
We LOVED our time with these two, and love these photos just as much - and I am so thrilled to share these with you!