Death Valley Engagement Photos

Hi, I'm Alisha!

I’m Alisha, Leesh, and lovingly known as Loco Leesh (she/her). I wear many hats as your elopement photographer. I’m also here to be your guide, planner, resource, best friend and hype woman. I'm here to laugh, cry, and occasionally dance alongside you. I'm also a barefoot hippie veteran. Betcha never saw that coming! What really sets my soul on fire is connecting with people on a deeply personal level *My Pisces is showing*. I’m here to tell you that you have permission to DREAM BIG on what you think your wedding day should look like. Because your crazy love deserves to be captured in an authentic way. 


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April 29, 2023

Death Valley Engagement Photos

To take Death Valley engagement photos or to not take Death Valley engagement photos…Is that even a question? I’m a photographer so OF COURSE I am going to say that engagement photos are a must for you and your fiance. But if you’re looking for something epic, why not do a destination engagement photo shoot in Death Valley?

What I love about taking Death Valley engagement photos. 

  • It’s a quick road trip from Vegas (2 hours). That means you can make a Vegas weekend trip out of your engagement photos. 
  • The landscape is out of this world. Death Valley has been the backdrop for movies like Star Wars (psst…It’s Tattooine!).
  • The landscape is also very diverse, which means that we can hit a couple of different locations during the engagement session.
  • During the months of late October to the end of April, the weather is perfect. Annnnd anytime after that you will melt into the desert. 

Death Valley engagement photos are great if you love the desert and want to have an epic backdrop to match your epic love. The desert theme is breathtaking between cacti, Joshua trees, sand dunes, salt flats, canyons, mountains, and multi-colored silt and clay deposits. 

The best places to take engagement photos in Death Valley:

Zabriskie Point

An unparalleled epic view. Easily accessible. Lots of trails to explore right off the top of the viewpoint. Restrooms nearby. 

Artist’s Pallete

The best is during twilight or before dawn. Amazing colors. Lots of room to explore. Not that far from Zabriskie Point. 

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

A great place to adventure. Easily accessible. Looks like you’re in the middle of the Sahara.

Dantes Point

A great view of the valley below. A bit of a drive (45 minutes from Furnace Creek) but worth the sights at the top. Trails to wander on at the top. 

Badwater Basin Salt Flats

You can stand on salt that looks like snow with the backdrop of the mountains in the background. Easily accessible. Close to other attractions.

Get creative with it

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box for your Death Valley engagement photos. Bring some dramatic clothes or simple clothes. Consider matching with each other. Whether it’s a Wes Anderson-looking outfit or a flowy dress the options are endless. Think about what kind of theme you’d want for the photos. After all, I aim to make the session an entire experience where you get to have fun and make memories! Bring a picnic blanket and basket, carry lanterns during twilight for moody photos, stay in a camper van, or incorporate an activity you love to do together. I’m not here to give you the run-of-the-mill engagement photos. I’m here to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Feeling like you want to do the damn thing and elope in Death Valley National Park? Check out this blog to help you plan your dream Death Valley elopement.


$850-The Adventure Session Experience

What’s included?

• 1-2 Hours of Coverage

•100+ photos

•2 outfit changes (or more, but usually people like to just do two)

• A customized experience (I like to hop on a phone call with my clients and get to know them and hear about their love story and then I try to create an experience around what I learn from them)

•Personalized Couples Questionnaire

• Vendor Recommendations (if you want to do a catered picnic or something like that)

• Location Scouting

• Permit Assistance

• Adventure Session Guide: Including Outfit Suggestions and how to plan for the shoot

• Digital Gallery With Printing Rights

• Print Shop Discounts

• My Travel Fees Included

• A surprise gift from me!


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    Alisha was super professional and friendly throughout the entire process of our engagement shoot. I was super indecisive on where to have our shoot and she gave me multiple choices. She even went to the spot before hand to scope it out for us. My fiancé hates getting pictures taken but he loved natural and fun our experience was. Alisha made us our own playlist to listen to throughout the shoot which made both of us feel super comfortable. We ended having our shoot in Breckenridge and made a weekend out of it. Honestly, one of the most rememberable and amazing weekends we could ask for. Alisha communicated with us throughout everything and was SO fast getting our sneak peak photos and album to us. She even sent us a little gift that we appreciated SO SO much. I would highly recommend Alisha for any photography session whether its an adventure shoot or a wedding. She made everything perfect! 10/10 recommend :)

    — GRACE & JAKE