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One day scrolling on pinterest for photo ideas for their wedding and engagement photos, Shandra found a picture from Arches National Park. It was in that moment that she was inspired and knew that she wanted a destination photo session at the park. She and Cody, in her words, are “a little extra” which in their case meant dressing up in the most amazing attire to offset the wild red arches of the park. With her in a black velvet dress and him in an emerald suit, we explored some of my favorite arches at sunset. It is so important to go at sunrise or sunset for photos to get the fewest other people in the park, especially when the timed entry reservation system is not in place. It can be impossible to get into the park, or to find parking if you, otherwise!

Another good background info piece to know before your session at Arches is around Leave No Trace and comes in two parts. One: you can’t take up more than ten minutes under and arch without allowing others to also enjoy that access to the arch. Be sure to pay attention to other visitors who may be wanting a photo and take turns. Two: the Moab area has something called “cryptobiotic soil” where the dirt is actually alive, and it is crucial to stay on trail to not “bust the crust.” It can take centuries for that soil to recover, if it does at all.

We ended the session at last light, the arches barely lit as blue hour faded into night. It was seriously an awe-inspiring evening! Take a peek at some of my faves:

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