One thing I absolutely LOVE is shooting in the desert. There is a huge variety of desert-y places we can choose from for your engagement session or your elopement that are all local to southern California. The light in our local desert landscapes is just perfect for a golden hour elopement or engagement session and the blue hour light once the sun goes down is equally mesmerizing and beautiful. Seriously, if you haven’t had a chance to venture out to our deserts yet, what are you waiting for?! Here are a few examples of California desert engagement sessions to give you an idea of where we can go for your session! I also have many more desert locations up my sleeve so don’t be afraid to reach out and we can plan your session or your perfect desert elopement.

The Sand Dunes

There are multiple areas in southern California that are PERFECT for engagement session that have beautiful sand dunes. I know of quite a few in different areas, including some by the beach (perfect for summer time) and even a secret little sand dune spot! They’re so fun to run down and play in all day and every sand dune session I’ve done has always been so full of goodness PLUS we get to go barefoot the whole time!!

Palm Springs Windmills

I love shooting here, theres so many windmill areas we can explore and get those pretty shots you see all over instagram! The only thing is oh man it gets windy (duh) so just be prepared with a cute hair clip or hat and some chapstick to combat those dry winds!

Joshua Tree

I think it’s safe to say that no Southern California desert photo session favorites list would be complete without including Joshua tree! There is so much variety within the park (if you go here you definitely NEED a permit) BUT there are also some gorgeous hidden gems outside of the National Park that make great photo backdrops including some of the prettiest Air bnbs ever! We can even stay out late to get some photos of the stars.

Abandoned Places!

Yup, all the abandoned things! Our local deserts are FULL of them and if you’re careful, there are tons of really neat abandoned things in the desert that make amazing photo session backgrounds. I’m constantly scouting for them and I love that they’re ever changing due to the weather and human influence.

Desert Overlooks!

I feel like locations like this speak for themselves. This is one of my favorite spots in Southern CA for an adventure session. I love coming here to explore and there are endless photo opportunities at this particular spot including some fake little sand dunes AND slot canyons!

There are seriously SO MANY MORE spots I know of that one blog post couldn’t possibly cover them all! Reach out to plan your dream desert elopement or engagement session!

The Best Desert Engagement Session Locations in Southern California

January 25, 2022