Michaela + Dylan drove out from beautiful Colorado Springs to meet me in the strangest location in Colorado for a bridal styled photoshoot. We planned to shoot in the mountains, but because of the unexpected snow, we decided to road trip down to the sand dunes national park and preserve in the San Luis valley, colorado. If you don't know, the dunes are nestled in-between mountains to the right and prairie lands to the left. the unusual landscape just doesn't make sense- I could not help but wonder, how did all this sand get there?! my theory is a family of giants who lived in the mountains decided that they wanted a family vacation to a beach but without all the trouble of travel. so instead created their own beach!...hahaha ok, maybe not but a girl can have an imagination right?
Our journey started with hair and makeup around the camp fire while we set up our campsite. we were fortunate enough to have the lovely and amazing Katie be beauty join us for hair and makeup. she is a wizard and if you are looking for someone to rock some killer makeup, she's your girl, hands down. around 4:00pm we set out into the dunes to find the perfect location. if you are planning on eloping or photographing in the Colorado sand dunes you will need a permit before arriving. you will also be limited to setting up any props within a specified area of the actual sand dunes, legally you will not be able to cross over the river line for shooting but must take photos before the river. the only exception to this is the "back woods dunes" which are not national protected so you may go anywhere within this area to shoot.
As the evening went on, the sky was ever changing , from white to blue to pink to orange, it was such a perfect evening. the weather continued to hold out for some romantic kissing, barefoot dancing and a few butt squeezes.