For a long time now, it has been on my photography bucket list to photograph a couple at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. I knew when my sister in law, Faustina, told me she was getting married that she and her fiancé, Reece, would agree to make the trip to the Sand Dunes, especially because her dad (my father in law) only lives 45 minutes from there. We decided to make a weekend trip.
Things didn’t go as planned. When we arrived to the Sand Dunes, the wind speed was about 45 mph. I am not joking. It was crazy. Hectic. And as we don’t live anywhere close to the Sand Dunes, we had to get their engagement photos done that afternoon.
As the wind whirled on, grains of sand pierced into our ankles like sharp knives. We continued to hike up the dunes as all of us were determined to make the best of this.
The photos didn’t turn out quite like I had planned for them to. They were so much better.
The wind was still blowing when I finally decided to take my camera out (poor girl, she got beat up). The inclement weather also made it very loud so I wasn’t able to direct Faustina and Reece much during our session. But let me tell you, I think it made for the best photos. We hiked all around those dunes and I just kept snapping photos as we went. No direction, no posing, just adventuring.
And since it was a little crazy at the Sand Dunes, we decided to adventure a little bit into Embargo Creek the next day for even more photos! These are places that everyone living in Colorado should explore at some time in life. Quiet, secluded, natural beauty.