Great Sand Dunes National Park Engagement | Alamosa, CO | Anna + Rob

great sand dunes national park engagement

Saturday, December 15th, 2018




There’s really no words that describe the feelings that I had while on my trip to Colorado.

First, there was the fact that I was literally on a plane heading to Colorado to photograph the most fun-loving couple I’ve ever known – just that mere fact was enough to spin my head. Then add in that we were going to Great Sand Dunes National Park and that the weather was going to prove itself most amazing and that both the sun, moon, pretty pink clouds and snowy mountaintops would ALL be there.

You can see why I was overwhelmed in the best way.

And even now just a few weeks later, I feel as though a piece of me is missing. Sometimes I can still feel sand in my shoes when I step just the right way, and when I reopened my backpack from the trip, the narrow strip of sand accumulated at the bottom tells a tale of a story that feels so long ago already.

It feels as if it was years ago that I was having a beer with Anna and Rob at 6:30 in the morning, or that they greeted me with the most open arms as if we were old friends. But maybe that’s why it feels as though it could have been years ago.

Anna + Rob have so much zest for everything. For each other, for the outdoors. For being present in every way for this session and for treating me more like a family member than a wedding vendor. They don’t even hesitate when I yell “Stop the car!” when I see gorgeous light, and they never once questioned that, despite it being 35 degrees, everything would turn out like magic.

And it sure as hell did.

Sometimes even looking back at these images it’s hard to believe I was there. I was present in that moment. I was walking around in socks in Sand Dunes photographing everything and running out of breath at altitude and I was entirely present in that moment with nothing else on my mind but that.

And it’s true – there was nothing on my mind other than the gorgeous thought-stopping scenery and the sand hitting my face at 35mph. And the way I biffed it when trying to sandboard down a dune – but I was there.

Nothing should have been different.

See more of their Great Sand Dunes National Park engagement session below.


P.S. Want more? Anna + Rob are married! See their summery wedding at Spirit Mountain here.

Hey! I'm Makayla, a wedding photojournalist based in Duluth, MN and Saint Paul, MN. 

I believe that stories are best told untouched, undirected, and with intentionality and meaning.

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