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Destination Joshua Tree Park Engagement | Antonette + Matt

Destination Joshua Tree Park Engagement

Antonette and Matt are a Nashville-based couple who flew out to California for a destination Joshua Tree Park engagement. Joshua Tree is one of my favorite national parks in California and is especially beautiful to visit in the Fall. I drove in a couple of hours early to scout the park since the light changes drastically throughout the day. I found some gorgeous spots and knew they would be perfect to take Antonette and Matt to.

From the moment they arrived, I knew the day was going to be a fun one. There are some people that just right from the start you can tell have a positive energy about them. That is Matt and Antonette. To our benefit, we lucked out with a near-perfect day. The park was almost empty and the weather was just beautiful. We arrived at our first location of the day and began a little rock climb to reach our first spot. The warm sunlight reflecting off the rocks was dreamy. Antonette and Matt walked hand in hand sharing smiles and kisses with one another. One of the (many) wonderful things about Joshua Tree is the seemingly endless photo opportunities. It seemed that everywhere we turned there was a beautiful new scene awaiting us.

Second Location

Following photos at our first location we headed to spot number two of the day. Matt and Antonette changed into their second outfit which was an absolute favorite of mine. They told me over the phone before our shoot about how they envisioned wearing black together for the photos. I could picture just how perfectly the outfits would beautifully contrast with the soft tones of the desert around them.

We walked together among the Saguaros and climbed the tops of boulders. From there, we got to witness the most beautiful unobstructed views of the park. Matt completed his look with a crisp Stetson which made for the perfect accessory to sneak in some kisses behind. Antonette’s red hair was a fiery thing of beauty. After working together, I think photographing redheads is my new favorite subject!

Ending at Sunset

We finished the session at our third and final location. We popped a bottle of Dom Perignon to celebrate the end of a successful day. After sipping on some refreshing bubbly we enjoyed the quiet of the park and watched the sunset behind the mountains.

Photography | Alex W Photography

Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab

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