Carrie Rogers Photography

Joshua Tree Couples Session | Mike + Zo'e | Adventurous Wedding + Elopement Photographer

Okay, I know I just posted the elopement shoot I did with these two, but we also took photos in another outfit and there’s too many that I love so I have to share them here, too!!

Please scroll to the end for #piggybackfunnies.
(I literally just decided I’m making that a new hashtag hahaha)

Joshua Tree Boho Styled Elopement | California Elopement Photographer

Joshua Tree National Park is the PERFECT backdrop for a romantic desert elopement and the sunsets there are some of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. These photos are the best proof I can give you!

Zo’e is a model babe for real for real but I think we can all agree her husband Mike is also a model?! I love the hashtag she’s been using on instagram: #getmikeysigned hahaha. Seriously, they were just amazing to photograph together and so much fun!! Oh, and the FLOWERS. Ale created the dreamiest floral arrangements that complimented the desert colors and the overall theme of our shoot so perfectly!! *heart eyes*

Photography: Carrie Rogers Photography
Florals: Aquarela Gifts and Flowers
Couple: Zo’e and Mike Cole
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Tux: The Black Tux

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Want photos like this but don’t want to miss out on spending your wedding day with all your friends and family? Schedule an adventure session sometime after your wedding (or before — early first look, anyone??) in an epic location that’s special to the two of you! Any excuse to put your dress back on is a good idea, right??

Surprise Proposal at Joshua Tree National Park - Doug and Jey

This was a very special and exciting shoot because it’s the first time I’ve gotten to capture something like this for a couple that I know! Doug and Jey went to college with Jesse and I at Missouri State and they both moved here to LA shortly after we did. They’ve been together for over 5 years so as soon as I got a random phone call from Doug this summer I KNEW what was happening. We coordinated back and forth with dates, times, location etc. until we had a solid plan in place. They were going to take a trip to the desert for Doug’s birthday weekend so that seemed like the perfect time for him to propose!

Jesse came with me for this and he used my backup camera to take a video. We got to the trail a little early, looked around, and realized the spot we talked about meeting up was not the best so I was like “oh crap, I gotta text Doug and let him know to go to a different spot!” We headed back to the trailhead and just as we rounded the last corner we saw them! We hid behind a bush and watched them look at the trail sign for a bit and then they started heading straight toward us (turns out they would come to the right spot anyway lol) so we RAN back down the trail and found new spots to hide so we could capture the proposal. Jesse was stationed pretty close to where the trail opened up a little bit and Jey ended up seeing him and realized right away what was happening - she kept saying “I knew it!!” and ran away from Doug hahaha. Obviously, she didn’t run very far and Doug got down on his knee, proposed, and she said yes!! We explored a little more, took photos until the sun set, and then celebrated with drinks and dinner at a local bar/restaurant that reminded us so much of home in Missouri. Love these two and so excited that they get to spend forever together!

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Click here to watch the video. This was only the second time Jesse’s made a video like this so I’m excited to see what he’ll create as he continues to learn!

Peyton + Kalyl - Franklin Canyon Couples Shoot

Hey you, thanks for reading my blog!! I don't normally start out my blogs like this but I'm doing an experiment to see how many people actually read these things hahaha. SOO when you finish scrolling through these photos, give the post a "like" (it doesn't tell me who the likes are from, just how many, so don't worry I won't know who you are) and if you're coming from IG and don't mind revealing your identity, comment a BEAR emoji on my last post to let me know you saw this! 

Anyways, thanks for playing along, now here's what I have to say about the photoshoot this post is actually for: 

It's one of my favorites. Like I'm very much obsessed with how cute these two are together! I also have all the heart eyes for this location. Just look at that golden grass, the lake, and those awesome freaking trees all over the place. AND I GUESS we can talk about that sunset too!! Creeping through the trees all warm and cozy like God shining his love right down on us. Okay idk if that analogy works but whatever. You get the point. It was an awesome sunset that made me squeal a little. Scroll down to see some of my very favorite photos I've ever taken. 

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Neha + Amit - Santa Monica Beach Couples Shoot

Gloomy morning at the beach + cutie couple + perfect outfits = THIS.

This was Neha and Amit's first shoot together, but they killed every single shot and were just so fun to shoot with!! I included like a million photos here because I have so many favorites. Scroll down to see!

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Bianca + Anthony - Ascot Hills Sunset Shoot

If you look up "best sunset spots in LA" Ascot Hills will almost always be a top recommendation in whatever article you click on -- and for good reason!! There are a couple different trails you can take to get up to a higher point that will give you an awesome place to catch the sunset and an amazing view of downtown LA. Anthony and Bianca are such a sweet couple and I loved photographing them.

It's not unusual that a lot of guys really aren't into doing photoshoots and Anthony admitted that at first he wasn't excited but when we were finishing up he said "this was kind of fun". Probably one of my favorite things to hear haha. I always try to make things as easy-going and fun as possible and if you're worried about having a photoshoot where the photographer tells you to smile at them the whole time, just know that's not how it will be with me! (can't say I won't encourage a lot of PDA though ;) ) 

Keep scrolling to see my favorites.

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