Amanda and Jarrod’s romantic Joshua Tree engagement session has all of my favorite things- a stylish, fun (and incredibly good-looking) couple, otherworldly landscape, and that dreamy California light. They chose to have their engagement captured in Joshua Tree because that was the very location that Jarrod proposed. How I came to meet these two lovebirds is a funny story in and of itself. Jarrod and I happened to attend the same photography workshop last year in Joshua Tree were assigned to be one another’s roommates. Nicely done, Ben Sasso! Jarrod and I instantly hit it off with one another which instantly turned into a great friendship.

Unlike most of the desert sessions that I shoot which are solely outdoors, we started this shoot off with an in-home session in the coolest geodesic dome house I’ve ever seen. Boasting desert flair, a skylight covered ceiling, and a bright and open layout, we took advantage of all the unique little nooks this home had to offer. Amanda and Jarrod’s energy together is so energetic and positive that it radiates off of them. I’m sure if there were any photos of me taken that day that I would have a smile on my face from ear to ear.

After we finished taking photos in the home we headed into the park for the second half of our shoot. If you haven’t been to Joshua Tree before, go. Drop what you’re doing and plan a trip there immediately. After looking through this awesome session, of course. No matter where you go or where you look, the park’s beauty is absolutely insane. You’ll find building-sized rocks you can climb on, humanlike trees that look like their arms are outstretched towards the skies, and some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. I had some specific spots in mind I had scouted earlier and wanted to visit. Our first stop was a massive collection of rocks we climbed up to that offered us an unobstructed 360-degree view of the park.

We drove further into the park, constantly pulling over and getting out to shoot amongst the endless inspiration we saw. As the sun began to set we found a private, hidden little area to end our shoot in. During those last few moments of daylight, we took in the spectacular sunset, shared laughs, and talked about their wedding day plans. I am thrilled to see these two tie the knot later this year and am so excited that through such a serendipitous event I have made two great new friends.

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