How to Plan Your Engagement Photos in Sedona
Sedona is an absolute gorgeous place with so many beautiful locations to stop and look at, hike, and explore around in. Bonus, the town even has lots of attractions and things to do as well. If you are wanting to explore and hike a few different trails, I would suggest staying there a few days! Along with planning your engagement photos, make sure you also plan a few days to be there if you are traveling! Spend the first few days exploring and hiking to see which locations you like best! The major places I would go see and hike are Devil's Bridge, Cathedral Rock, Soldier Pass, Sedona Caves, Bell Rock, and Chapel of the Holy Cross. After you do a morning hike, head over to Creekside Coffee for breakfast and morning drinks! You will have amazing views of the red rocks sitting inside or out! After your afternoon hike, head over to 89Agave Cantina for some delicious Mexican food and drinks. Make sure you end your day with a hike at sunset. Cathedral Rock at sunset is absolutely magical!
The best times to take photos in Sedona are at sunrise or sunset. The light is not harsh, you get the true colors of the rocks, and it typically is not as hot. For this session, Brooke and Danny chose to do pictures around sunrise. We actually did about an hour after sunrise which worked out great for this location, Chapel of the Holy Cross. If you are walking on trails, just make sure you are keeping a look out for all the local critters such as snakes, scorpions, and spiders. It is unlikely to encounter, but always be prepared. Staying on the trail or in designated open areas will help avoid these!
For engagement photos, you do need a photography permit. You will also need permit/passes for parking passes for the parking lots you park in which can be purchased at most parking spaces. To purchase a photography permit, contact the Coconino National Forest. If you are planning your wedding or elopement in Sedona, here Is the website you will need to check out for permits! As a couple, make sure you are checking these out and being in contact with your photographer to make sure you are covered.
Lastly, planning your outfits for your photos in Sedona. Make sure you choose colors that accent the rocks well. Black and white would accent the background extremely well. Other colors that look great are earthy tones. Mustard, blue, green, etc. The only color I would suggest to stay away from is orange, maybe even red. These colors might clash or mix in too much. Always stick to minimal patterns. If you wear a pattern, pair it with a solid like Brooke did above.
I hope these points helped you out and you feel even more ready for your pictures in Sedona! If you need help with anything at all, definitely reach out!