Traveling to take photos is obviously one of my most favorite things to do, so when my best friend got engaged and asked me to come to New Mexico to take her engagements, my answer was DUH!
I did some research to try to find some locations that would be amazing and would set Isabella and Ryan's engagement pictures apart, and boy did I find some good ones. First, I knew that White Sands National Monument was a few hours from where they were living, and I knew it would be an incredible location for photos. As I was looking at the map though, I noticed we would have to drive through the mountains to get to the dunes, so naturally I wanted to pick a spot in the mountains too.
We set off Saturday on a 3 hour drive to the dunes. It was incredible how much the environment changed once we got into the mountains. It really didn't feel like New Mexico at all! We stopped at a diner to eat lunch and I put the idea on the table that we take a little detour and head up to Bluff Springs in Cloudcroft to take a few photos before going on to the dunes.
I was blown away by what we found just an hour outside of the desert. I was getting some serious PNW vibes from all of the fur trees and the aspens that were starting to turn bright yellow among all of the green. We snapped a few shots here, then jumped back in the car, and made our way down the other side of the mountain to go to the dunes.
When we finally got into White Sands National Monument, the three of us felt like kids on Christmas morning, and not just because the white sand looked like snow everywhere. It was one of the most amazing things to see and it was hard to believe that it was really there.
So, for the next several hours we climbed up and down dunes and had a blast in this stunning landscape. We shot our way through golden hour, and blue hour. The moon came out and made an appearance too. We finally got finished and watched the sun turn the sky the brightest shade of pink I've ever seen and then set behind the mountains.
This was my favorite and most epic session to date, and I can't wait to do something like it again soon!