Death Valley National Park Adventure Session \\ Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

Badwater Basin Salt Flats at Death Valley

The first thing we think of when we hear the name Death Valley is definitely not the word romance, or even beauty, for that matter. And that's fine, but I am here trying to change your mind, because Death Valley isn't anything like it sounds. In fact, Death Valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth that people travel from all over the world to see. Not only is it super freaking cool, it is also one of the hottest places on earth during the summer. If you don't know what 115 degrees Fahrenheit feels like, #DeathValley is the place that can make all your wildest dreams come true, if those dreams involve melting and overheating without having to even move a muscle.


Being a wedding photographer in Las Vegas, I often look at places differently than most people would. Where you might see a dingy alleyway, I see beautiful light and leading lines that would make the most perfect and edgy photoshoot location. And when it comes to landscapes and outdoors, often the most simple backdrops make for the most breathtaking photos, like Badwater Basin. This giant #SaltFlat is the lowest point in America, about 282 ft. below sea level. And the picture below of a sunrise shot at #BadwaterBasin last month proves my point.


To me, the point of pictures is to tell a story by capturing a single moment in time. Every aspect of a picture - from the location to the posing, light, colors, and clothing are involved in this story. We woke up at 2 am to drive from #LasVegas to Death Valley to make it there by sunrise. Not only are sunrise and sunset the best times for pictures, sunrise is the coolest time of the day in the middle of the summer, so we wanted to get in early, and get out before it got dangerous. And we lucked out. Not only was the temperature perfect, but we had the ENTIRE SALT FLATS to ourself, and basically the entire park. I think we saw a total of 3 other cars during the entire time we were there. Bless the crazy hot summers in Death Valley.

All we needed to capture quality "adventurous engagement-like pictures" by ourselves was a DSLR, wide angle lens, tripod, IR shutter release, and of course, a knowledge of photography. But these are to show that, to me, the most beautiful backgrounds are usually the simplest, and the soft even light of sunrise is the absolute BEST time to shoot portraits.


These pictures were all taken at Badwater Basin and on the road that leads to it. After we enjoyed the sunrise and played around with some smoke bombs, we headed up to Dante's View. While there are so many awesome spots in Death Valley to see, like the Sand Dunes and the painted mountains, we only had time to pick two before the sun got scary hot. Below is one last pic at the Salt Flats of Bryen playing with a smoke bomb!


Black and white photograph of a couple sitting and cuddling, backs to the camera, overlooking badwater basin salt flats from dantes view in death valley national park, captured by las vegas elopement photographer hayway films
badwater basin at sunrise in death valley, with a small moon in the sky and glowing pink mountains.
badwater basin adventurous engagement pictures by las vegas elopement photographer hayway films, man and woman hold hands and walk away from camera, wearing matching chacos sandals.
badwater basin adventurous engagement pictures by las vegas elopement photographer hayway films, man and woman sitting on ground cuddling, wearing matching chacos sandals.
badwater basin adventurous engagement pictures by las vegas elopement photographer hayway films, man and woman hugging and kissing, wearing matching chacos sandals.
badwater basin adventurous engagement pictures by las vegas elopement photographer hayway films, man and woman hold hands and walk away from camera, wearing matching chacos sandals. black and white photograph
badwater basin adventurous engagement pictures by las vegas elopement photographer hayway films, man and woman hold hands and walk away from camera, wearing matching chacos sandals.
man and woman holding hands and jumping in the air in the middle of a long and straight black road in the desert in death valley national park, captured by las vegas elopement photographer hayway films
man and woman holding hands in the middle of a long and straight black road in the desert in death valley national park, captured by las vegas elopement photographer hayway films
man walks behind a grey smoke bomb at badwater basin in death valley national park.

Dantes View, Death Valley National Park

While dante's view was cool, the lack of clouds made for dull landscapes, so we stuck to taking pictures of each other taking pictures. But the cool thing about Dante's View is that it overlooks the Salt Flats from way up high, so we could see exactly where we had just been and it was pretty awesome.


man stands on top of a mountain taking a picture of dantes view in death valley national park
woman stands on a mountain side holding a camera in death valley national park
man crouches in the mountains, holding a vintage film camera to his eye in death valley national park.

And that's it for now! Death Valley is somewhere that is very diverse and freaking HUGE, making it difficult to see all in done day, especially during the summer. The best part is that we are so close living here in Vegas and could go whenever we want. I hope that some of these pictures inspired you to appreciate the largest national park in the lower 48 and maybe take your boo for those engagement or anniversary pics that you need to get!

XOXO,

HAYWAY

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