Locations for Engagement Photos in the Summer in Arizona

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 22:43
where to shoot engagement photos in Arizona in summer

Summer is brutal in Arizona. It's generally recommended that you have your engagement photos done 6-8 months before your wedding to get save the dates out on time, but sometimes, it's not an option to wait until cooler temperatures to get your engagement photos done! There are a lot of great reasons to have professional engagement photos done especially by your wedding photographer. But what do you do if your wedding is coming up and you need to get your engagement photos done during the hottest part of the year?

Underwater Engagement Photos

Yes, this is as amazing as it sounds. Beat the heat by taking a dip into the pool and get some beautifully unique engagement photos captured! I am one of the only underwater photographers who do underwater engagement photos in the Valley (to my knowledge!). If you're looking for different and unique engagement photos and love the water, underwater is definitely a great option! Who it's for: peopel who love the water and are comfortable opening their eyes under water. You do NOT have to be a champion swimmer or be able to hold your breath long- just 30 seconds or so. Yogis, swimmers, and dancers do especially well. Who it's not for: people who feel panicky when they go underwater or people with especially sensitive eyes or who are looking for the "perfect" photo- water has a mind of it's own and it's next to impossible to replicate certain photos exactly.

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See more of my underwater engagement photos!


Salt River Sessions


If you're not quite sure about doing a full underwater session but want to incorporate the idea of water along with desert landscapes, a Salt River session might be a great option! During the summer, we can shoot around the river, then take a dip into the river to cool off for some different and unique photos half in the water! The Salt River is a beautiful area, and if you're willing to put up with a little heat, it's totally worth it!

Salt River engagement photos in Mesa, AZ

See Elizabeth & Cliff's Salt River engagement session here.

In Home Sessions

I really can't fully explain my love of in home engagement sessions. You don't need to have an impecibbly decorated, stylish home like Crista's to have engagement photos done in your home. These are perfect for documenting who you are and "everyday life" of you & your partner. We can take a brief stroll around the neighborhood for some outdoor portraits, then shoot you two doing your everyday activities together- perhaps cooking together, reading together, playing games- whatever your thing is!

Arizona in home engagement photos


Destination Engagement Photos


Northern Arizona is full of amazing (and cooler) spots. I'm available for discounted travel during the summer months for destination engagement sessions. Some ideas:

  • Mogollon Rim in Payson

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See Jessica & Craig's Mogollon Rim engagement photos.


  • Sedona

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See Matt & Krista's Sedona elopement photos.


  • Flagstaff

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See Katryna & Leonor's Flagstaff engagement session

  • Prescott

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Looking for a candid, natural engagement photographer? Contact me to see if we're a good fit! I specialize in making even camera shy & "awkward" people feel natural and themselves in front of the camera.