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Alyson and Jed’s Sunrise desert engagement session in palm springs part 1

Dec 30, 2019

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When one of your very best friends from middle school asks you to shoot her engagement session and Wedding you say YES! I was so flattered when Aly asked me if I would be apart of her day. It’s so weird growing up and seeing your friends progress through life, it’s hard not to see ourselves as kids making silly videos and playing truth or dare, but being able to still be in each other’s lives in one capacity or another is something I cherish.

We went back and forth for weeks on where to shoot this engagement session. Would I come out to Arizona where they lived or would they come here, or would we meet in the middle? We finally settled on palm springs and I’m so glad we did. we opted for a sunrise shoot. I got to palm springs late the night before. Aly and Jed greeted me at the hotel and then Aly and I shot back a couple of tequilas for old times sake and chatted about what we had planned for the next morning.

We woke up around 5 am to make that 6 Am sunrise and drove out to the end of Palm Springs. There’s something so beautiful about the desert in the early hours of the morning, there’s a quiet kind of peacefulness, and the pinks and purples that paint the sky and the tops of the mountains just make my heart so happy. We all sunk into the stillness of the morning and flowed right through the shoot having the best time. I got to hear so many fun stories from these two, from Golfing together to traveling to Greece. These two lead such an exciting adventurous life we played in some dirt, danced in the street, popped some champagne and cuddled up in the first sun rays of the day. Aly and Jed made this palm spring engagement session look so good, I loved Aly’s choice in outfits. She choose a more elegant look and I think against that rugged desert backdrop it looked so cool. This Palm Springs engagement session definitely made the books for one of the best sunrise sessions.

Alyson and Jed are getting married in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in May and I’m so excited to travel across the globe with them for this epic destination wedding. So keep your eyes out for that epic blog post next year. For now, please enjoy part one of this stunning session in palm springs yes that’s right part 2 is headed your way.


  1. Kostas Petsas says:

    Love the tones and the pop in your pictures! You have captured their connection so well! What an amazing place the desert is! Great to watch this story through your pictures. Well done

  2. Alyson Hutchins says:

    I love and adore you more than you will ever know. You have a heart of gold! You have no idea how happy I am to have you as a friend. Being a bad ass photographer is simply the cherry on top! You have a way of making everything more fun! No need to overthink things or stress- you know what you’re doing and made everything come together perfectly! Thank you again. Can’t wait to meet you in the Dominican!

  3. Salma says:

    Your photos are absolutely inspiring!

  4. Christine says:

    OH my, I want that skirt! These are beautiful!

  5. okay WOW that skirt, that light, and those TONES. I’m obsessed with all of these.

  6. Sheena S says:

    Omg WHAAAAT?! Not only is the story behind these so cute, but these photos are freaking gorgeous! In love!

  7. Caroline says:

    What a stylish couple, and love that their colours perfectly blend with their environment. Beautiful tones!

  8. Henry Tieu says:

    These photos are incredibly gorgeous. Your work is stunning my friend

  9. sherry says:

    WOW! Just WOW! What a gorgeous collection of engagement photos! I love each and every photo. You are an amazing engagment and adventure photographer!

  10. Ugh these are AMAZING! The tones, lighting, how unposed they look… so beautiful!!

  11. Katy Homan says:

    Oh wow! What beautiful images! You captured their love so well…

  12. It’s amazing to be there to capture our friends once they’ve grown up too. How special! Beautiful desert engagement session and wow her skirt!

  13. These two are beautiful! Such a perfect location for this engagement!

  14. Nicole says:

    Palm Springs is the perfect desert location for engagement photos! These are STUNNING!!

  15. The desert never looked so good! That light and the couple are so dreamy!

  16. Taryn says:

    Wow! I absolutely adore the styling in this session! And you captured them so well.

  17. Wow, this is just gorgeous! They must have loved their session with you!!!

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