Joshua Tree National Park Engagement Session | Natalie & Luca

Joshua Tree National Park Engagement Session

NATALIE & LUCA

Locations:

  • First location: Joshua Tree National Park in Joshua Tree, CA

 

Joshua Tree National Park engagement session photos:

I heard from Natalie and Luca online about capturing their wedding next May, as well as this Joshua Tree National Park engagement session. They had been dating for a few years after meeting at a bar and Luca surprised Natalie with his proposal on Christmas Eve last year.

I always love the opportunity to make the mini road trip from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree, despite being terribly scared of snakes, although luckily, I’ve never encountered any on my trips here!

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A romantic portrait of Luca lifting and kissing Natalie at the Cholla Cactus Garden during their Joshua Tree National Park engagement session.

 

Joshua Tree National Park engagement session photos:

I met up with Natalie and Luca at the visitor’s center of Joshua Tree National Park in the early afternoon. Because Joshua Tree is an exposed desert landscape, planning is really important to avoid being in the harsh midday light, while still getting to explore a few different landscapes before the sun sinks behind the mountains.

We started by exploring Hidden Valley, which features massive boulders that provide a fair bit of shade. I captured warm embraces between the couple and a silhouette of them standing on the top of a boulder, as well as a whimsical shot as Luca lifted Natalie into the air. Luca was wearing a light purple shirt and Natalie was in a free-flowing dress, which gave the photos a really relaxed and casual feel.

We then drove over to the Cholla Cactus Garden where Luca changed into a blue checkered shirt and Natalie into a flowing white shirt and denim shorts. I photographed the couple embracing in the rich late-afternoon light and looking lovingly into one another’s eyes, as well as grabbing a shot of Luca twirling Natalie in the desert landscape.

With another quick outfit change from Luca, we drove over to aptly-named Skull Rock for some portraits of the couple exploring the boulders before finding some Joshua Trees to incorporate into the shots. I also grabbed a few photos of the couple walking along the road that winds through the Joshua Tree National Park and a silhouette as Natalie blew Luca a kiss beneath one of the iconic trees.

We finished this Joshua Tree National Park engagement session right around sunset at a sweeping viewpoint that overlooks the valley. I captured romantic portraits of Natalie embracing Luca and a tender black and white, as well as a contemplative shot as they looked out across the desert landscapes together.

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Capturing a warm embrace between the newly engaged couple at Joshua Tree’s Hidden Valley.

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Natalie and Luca embrace amidst the rugged boulders of Joshua Tree National Park’s Hidden Valley.

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A creative silhouette portrait of the couple at Joshua Tree National Park’s Hidden Valley.

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A whimsical portrait of the couple during their national park engagement session at Joshua Tree.

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Luca embraces Natalie warmly during their romantic e-session at the Joshua Tree National Park.

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Natalie and Luca look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their Joshua Tree engagement session.

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Natalie embraces Luca tenderly during their natural e-session at the Joshua Tree National Park.

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Luca lifts Natalie into the air during their nature-inspired engagement session in Joshua Tree.

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Natalie leads Luca through the Cholla Cactus Garden during their Joshua Tree National Park e-session.

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A creative close-up portrait of Natalie embracing Luca during their Joshua Tree National Park e-session.

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Natalie and Luca look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their Cholla Cactus Garden e-session.

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Natalie stands on her toes to kiss Luca during their nature-inspired Joshua Tree National Park e-session.

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A whimsical portrait of the newly engaged couple embracing at the Cholla Cactus Garden.

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Luca spins Natalie during their e-session at the Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Natalie kisses Luca on the cheek during their late-afternoon e-session in Joshua Tree.

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Luca lifts Natalie during their romantic engagement session in Joshua Tree’s Cholla Cactus Garden.

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Natalie and Luca walking arm-in-arm through the boulder-strewn landscapes of Joshua Tree.

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The newly engaged couple kiss while standing on a boulder in the Joshua Tree National Park.

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Natalie and Luca walk hand-in-hand across the rocky landscapes of Joshua Tree in California.

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A playful portrait of Natalie standing on Luca’s toes during their late-afternoon e-session in Joshua Tree.

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Luca escorts Natalie across the boulders of the Joshua Tree National Park during their nature-inspired e-session.

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A creative portrait of Luca and Natalie with their shadows behind in the Joshua Tree National Park.

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Luca leads Natalie along a walking trail in the Joshua Tree National Park during their late-afternoon e-session.

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Natalie and Luca embraces next to the silhouette of a Joshua Tree during their national park e-session.

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Natalie and Luca kiss in the middle of the road that leads through the Joshua Tree National Park.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newly engaged couple during their Joshua Tree engagement session.

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Natalie and Luca kiss beside a huge Joshua Tree during their national park engagement session.

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Natalie and Luca kiss in the middle of the road that winds through the Joshua Tree National Park.

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A creative silhouette of Natalie blowing Luca a kiss during their sunset e-session in Joshua Tree.

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A casual portrait of the couple walking arm-in-arm along a road in the Joshua Tree National Park.

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Natalie and Luca embrace at a lookout during their Joshua Tree National Park engagement session.

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A romantic black and white portrait of the couple embracing during their national park engagement session.

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Capturing a contemplative moment as Natalie and Luca look out over the valley of Joshua Tree National Park.

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A tender moment between Natalie and Luca during their sunset e-session in the Joshua Tree National Park.

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Natalie and Luca look lovingly into each other’s eyes during their Joshua Tree National Park e-session.

 

Joshua Tree National Park engagement session photos:

I really want to thank Natalie and Luca for driving out to Joshua Tree National Park for this engagement session and for sharing their love of the great outdoors with me. The windy conditions made things a bit tricky but they were both such troopers and I look forward to reconnecting again for their wedding around this time next year.

May 29, 2018

Engagement Session

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