Free Spirited Bridal Session in Joshua Tree, California

Los Angeles last month primarily to visit two friends who had moved there from Toronto several months ago, but also for some photography work too. I had around a week unscheduled and I wanted to take advantage of the incredible Californian landscapes for several photoshoots because I get restless very easily and my idea of vacationing sadly doesn’t include too much relaxation.

Jess, Aaron and I connected via Instagram - they're two super cool people who are going out for a while now and they live in LA. I’m completely dumbfounded as to how many interesting people I’ve connected with through social media – just like them. It’s pretty incredible how we are all able to make connections with each other worldwide, without feeling limited by geography.

When it comes to weddings, I find that with the rise of pinterest many couples overvalue detail shots - that is closeup shots of things like shoes, jewelry, gifts, table decorations, etc. I think that detail shots are important because if you spend money on it it's important. However, the biggest priority should always be documenting people and their emotions. I really wanted to make this session about the basics -  to showcase Aaron & Jess' love while juxtaposing them against an epic landscape. My intention behind this session was to create beauty without any noise. Just purely document two people who are in love. It was also important to find a place that was relatively unpopulated as we wanted to photograph more intimate portraits of Jess & Aaron nude.

Jess, Aaron & I were interested in doing a bridal shoot that was adventurous, slightly unconventional and artistic. We settled on going to Joshua Tree – otherwise recognized as a desert that’s right out of the Flintstones filled with huge boulders, cacti, really funky yucca trees and terrifyingly way too many rattlesnake holes. Have you seen yucca trees up close before? They’re so cool looking! We had a blast exploring Joshua Tree and as a photographer I was getting a serious photography boner. It was getting colder and colder as the sun was setting but the further we got into the shoot, the more I wanted to keep photographing this gorgeous couple. I loved documenting the open space with their bodies in embrace and especially juxtaposed against their bare skin. It was a magical experience and I genuinely can’t wait for more sessions like this one this summer.

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