About a year ago I made a post on our Facebook looking for “adventurous couples” looking to photograph in some incredible places for their engagement photos. Antelope Canyon has been one of those spots on my photography bucket list for quite some time so when David and Nicole saw my post and were up for the adventure, we hopped in a car and made the drive to Northern Arizona. Let me tell you, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are absolutely incredible. There are a lot of people who come to visit both scenic spots and can be a bit of a challenge to take photographs around, but the scenery is stunning and such an amazing place to take engagement photos.
On our first day we stopped by Horseshoe Bend which was just minutes from our hotel to scope out some potential locations for the next day of shooting. Our plan was to take photos at Antelope Canyon in the morning, and Horseshoe Bend for golden hour. Of course, I couldn’t not bring a camera so I immediately snapped a couple images of David and Nicole since there happened to be a gorgeous sunset. After scoping the spot out and having a plan for the next day, we retired early and got up early the next morning for our shoot in Arizona’s famous slot canyons. For those who don’t know, the majority of these canyons outside of Page, AZ are all privately owned by a variety of members of the Navajo Nation, so doing any sort of photoshoot requires permits, tour guides and a variety of fees. It’s not incredibly difficult to tour the canyon but finding out exactly where I wanted to take this couple for their engagement photos without interference from spectators and tourists took hours of careful research and careful planning on my end. We spent about 2 hours shooting in the slot canyon where I used a variety of lighting techniques and wide angle lenses to capture the beauty of the canyon. After a long morning, a break for lunch and an outfit change, we then headed back to Horseshoe Bend to soak in the sunset and capture some final photos.
This was an incredible opportunity to take photos here and I can’t wait for another couple to ask me to go back. I’m really looking forward to photographing David and Nicole’s wedding this Spring in North Carolina where we’ll be seeing a change of scenery and they’ll be saying their vows on the beach.
Antelope Canyon Engagement Session – Adventure Photos
Can you take wedding photos in Antelope Canyon?
Yes. For couples looking to capture wedding and engagement photos in Antelope Canyon, you can do so. However, it’s not as easy as just walking into one. You have to get a permit from the Navajo Nation, find out which slot canyons will allow photography, and find a guide to book a private tour with. If you book a photography session with me, I will take care of all of the following for you to create an easy-going experience.