Doing a photoshoot at the sand dunes
Last week we photographed Meril and Josh’s beautiful wedding. After the wedding we got on the phone and they told me that before they headed back to Texas they wanted to do a photoshoot here in California. Immediately I started thinking of cool locations for them. I knew that a simple beach or trail wasn’t gonna cut it so I told them “what about the sand dunes?”. It didn’t take them long at all to respond with a resounding “yes!”
Three days later my assistant and I were on our way out to the Dumont Dunes in Baker, CA for what was to be a pretty epic, fun adventure. Getting there isn’t the easiest drive, but once you pull up to the amazing view, you realize that the drive is well worth it.
Sand Dune Engagement Tips
There are a few things to keep in mind when you decide to book your engagement session at the Sand Dunes. Keep in mind that wind is definitely a factor. There are websites where you can check with the wind will be like that week. That definitely helped us out on this session. We have been there when it’s been very windy, and that will not be as advantageous if it’s too windy for an engagement.
Another thing is water. Sand Dunes are in the middle of the desert. Bring plenty of water because you do get dry very quickly. Even with a slight wind it does become hard to even speak when you’re parched.
And if you have the option to have an all-wheel-drive car, I would absolutely recommend using it. An all-wheel-drive car is gonna do much better on the sand when it gets very soft when you get closer to the dunes. You’ll want to park as close as possible so you won’t be too tired by the time you get up to where you were going to shoot.