White Sands New Mexico Engagement Session | Albuquerque, NM Wedding Photographer

Ooooooooohhh y’all! This is going to be a long post, so grab some coffee, strap in, and get ready to have your eyeballs soak in all this gorgeousness.

Small disclaimer before we get going: Nicole and Ryan aren’t formally engaged *yet*, but will be very soon. I, for one, cannot wait for that announcement! Ok, now let’s get into it.

A few months back one of my friends and fellow photographers tagged me in a post on FB where Niki was looking for a photographer for something epic while she was in town. I hadn’t moved to Albuquerque yet and she is from Massachusetts, so neither of us had been to White Sands before. I think that’s what almost made it perfect. We were all able to experience what a magical place it is together. When the shoot started, it was insanely windy with sand blowing in what seemed like every direction. The sun was full, bright, and there was zero shade. I was up for the challenge of full sun and wind play… I think I did a good job 😉 As the time ticked by, the sands started to change color. As the sun went down they went from bright white to lilac, mirroring the sky. Thank goodness I had Marc with me! The dunes all started to look the same, especially with the wind washing out our footsteps. Light was fading fast and I totally would’ve gone the wrong way trying to find the car. By the time we headed back towards the park exit, it was pitch black. The only light coming in was from the headlights of our Camry and the millions of stars above us. We drove back the 3 hours to Albuquerque with our souls very much  fulfilled.   This had been a bucket list item for   me… and DAMN DID IT DELIVER. Niki and I also came to the conclusion that we are long lost sisters since we’re basically   the same person. When I squealed at the  back of my camera in  joy, she squealed even louder! We were each others’ hype women! Oh, and Ryan clearly  adores her. Their natural chemistry had me clicking away like crazy!

If you’re up for an adventure for your session, come to New Mexico. It truly is enchanting. Be forewarned: you will be finding sand EVERYWHERE. And I do mean everywhere.


Casual Engagement Session at White Sands National Park in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Fun engagement session on sand dunes at White Sands in New Mexico.

Flirty summer engagement session at White Sands National Park, New Mexico.

Intimate posing for an engagement session at White Sands, New Mexico.

White Sands New Mexico engagement session in full sun.

Candid engagement photography on the white sand dunes in New Mexico.

Playful engagement session in New Mexico at White Sands.

Getting flirty in the sand during their White Sands adventure session.

Dip and kiss on top of a sand dune. White Sands, New Mexico in May.

“The summer made our shadows tall…”

Long shadows and wavy sand texture. White Sands National Park, New Mexico.

If you’ve made it this far, you’re rewarded with the most stunning outfit change. Nicole rented this INCREDIBLE,  EPIC RED DRESS from Olivia’s Gowns. This thing was MASSIVE. It took up the entire back seat of my car. #worthit

Red dress on White Sands. Summer engagement session at White Sands, New Mexico.

Elegant red dress at White Sands New Mexico. Summer Engagement Session.

Dressy engagement session at White Sands National Park.

Epic red dress from Olivia's Gowns photographed at White Sands, New Mexico.

Flowy red dress creates a stark contrast at White Sands National Monument.

Romantic couple in a red dress at White Sands, New Mexico.

Couture red dress photographed at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. New Mexico elopement Photographer.

Epic New Mexico adventure engagement session at White Sands National Monument.

These next two images were taken only minutes apart. The blue  toned ones were facing towards the sun as it was lingering on the horizon. The one where they’re sitting was backlit with the mountains  in the background.  Isn’t it crazy what light can  do to  an image?

Engagement session in May at White Sands, New Mexico featuring a couture red dress.

New Mexico Engagement Photographer, Swan Photo + Video.

Albuquerque Elopement Photographer, Swan Photo + Video, Best Engagement Photographer in New Mexico.

Golden hour engagement session at White Sands, New Mexico.

White Sands Adventure Engagement Session by Swan Photo + Video.

Golden hour at White Sands National Monument.

Golden hour engagement session at White Sands, New Mexico.

You can’t tell because I photoshopped it out, but on the sand dune behind Niki &  Ryan was a woman having her own photoshoot, only her subject was her Golden Retriever. It was freaking adorable.

Epic engagement session at White Sands, New Mexico. New Mexico Elopement Photographer, Swan Photo + Video.

Hands almost touching. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Albuquerque wedding photographer.

Double exposure photography. Blue hour at White Sands, New Mexico.

Ryan and Nicole, you’re freaking perfect. I cannot wait to  come visit you on the east coast! Now hurry up and get engaged so we can party!  😀 LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH!

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