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5 Great Tips for Your Sand Dune Engagement Session

Photos by Sammie Photo

Have you ever just wanted to run barefoot through Sand Dunes?  Besides the feeling of bare feet on sand, it's a great way to spend an engagement session when you're with the love of your life.  One thing we loved about looking through each of these photos was how we couldn't help but smile with each capture.  It's true, these sessions are a blast, and that's why we want to give you some great tips for getting the most out of your Sand Dune adventure.

Tips for planning your Sand Dune Engagement session

Look for 'Goldilocks' weather.  Plan to go when it's above 60 degrees and below 90 degrees outside.  Sand does tend to get hot and uncomfortable, but at this range, it should be at its peak for a great experience.  It's not too hot nor too cold.

Check for Permits.  Some areas require permits, some don't.  You can check with your photographer to be on the safe side or you can call the park ahead of time.  Most often you can just look it up online with not too much trouble.  Nothing kills the fun of a session more like an unfriendly fine.  Luckily getting permits can be fairly easy in most cases.

Be sure to bring your own water.  Don't plan on your photographer bringing water (though many do); Bring your own thermal water bottle with ice so you can cool down in between photo snaps.

Check the weather.  If it's incredibly windy, it feels twice as bad when sand is blowing into your eyes. If high winds are in the forecast, it may be best to sync up with your photographer.  They may recommend rescheduling to ensure you have a better experience in the dunes.  

Take it easy.  Odds are you'll be hiking and sweating; it's best not to sweat your professional or time-spent makeup off.  Stay hydrated and don't over-exert yourself on the hike there.  It'll also keep your hair looking its best before picture time.

Besides that, have fun!  If you're wondering where some great dune locations are in Southern Utah, we recommend Sand Hollow, Snow Canyon, Dammeron Valley, or the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Kanab.  Want to know where this session is?  Just reach out to (and hire) the talented Sammie Cawley!

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