White Sands Sunset Adventure Session Engagement Photography

Any time I get a chance to photograph a couple at White Sands National Monument, I know it’s going to be an amazing session! Mengyu + Lei Lei traveled from Seattle, Washington to visit New Mexico and thought it would be a great destination to have their engagement photos taken. I couldn’t agree more! After exploring Santa Fe and Taos, the couple headed south to one of New Mexico’s most iconic parks. It was so awesome to see Lei Lei + Mengyu experience the spectacular white gypsum sand dunes for the first time.

Adventure sessions (aka engagement sessions with an extra dose of fun and exploring) are great because the couple can take the time to enjoy and experience the awesome location and relax with each other without stiff and boring posing. And these two definitely had fun! I loved Lei Lei’s playful nature and how connected they were to each other. We ran around in the sand and explored what was over each hill. The dunes of White Sands glittered in the afternoon sun, which soon sank into one of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen. I honestly couldn’t have imagined a more perfect sunset engagement session at White Sands! New Mexico is famous for its incredible sunsets, and I’m so glad Mengyu + Lei Lei were able to experience one on their trip.

If you’re looking for places to elope, get engaged, or do your engagement photos, White Sands is a fantastic location! The National Park Service makes eloping here easy (especially if you don’t have guests), and it’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s honestly an adventure elopement photographer’s dream location! If you want to know more about getting married at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, check out the park’s wedding regulations as well as my article “How to Elope in a National Park“. There are a few things to note, like that fresh flowers aren’t allowed and that sometimes the park is closed for missile testing. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about eloping or engagement photography at White Sands!

Couple in the distance walks through white sand dunes in New MexicoCouple walks across ridge of a white sand dune

Couple runs over sand dune at sunset at White Sands National Monument

Couple stands on white sand dune and laughs Fun couple laughs while the sun is setting at White Sands New Mexico

Golden hour sunlight peeks through the mountains at White Sands National MonumentCouple plays on the dunes at White Sands for their engagement session

Man swings his fiance around at White Sands New Mexico on the dunes


Couple hugs on white gypsum sand dunes for their engagement photos Couple holds hands and walks across dune at White Sands Colorful sky over White Sands National Monument Southern New Mexico mountains silhouetted against sunset sky at White Sands couple stands on dune with mountains in background and sun setting at White Sands

Couple walks across sand dune as silhouettes against sunset with mountains


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Hey, friend! I’m Julie – an adventure wedding & elopement photographer who loves the outdoors and traveling! My photography is fun and heartfelt while highlighting the beauty of love and nature. I’m based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but wedding photography takes me throughout the southwest, to national parks, and all over the world! To find out more about destination wedding photography, check out my travel page. And if you want to get some great elopement planning tips, check out the planning and advice section of the blog.

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  1. Katy homan says:

    Such a sweet adventure session. You captured their personalities and the incredible White Sands light so well!

  2. Jackleen says:

    Holy crap, these are gorgeous! They were clearly having a fantastic time. White Sands is going on my bucket list <3

  3. Ah the White Sands are so beautiful and such a fun place for a session!

  4. Bettina Vass says:

    wow!this is epic! I love negative space, and all the sun flare!

  5. Heather huie says:

    Stunning location and gorgeous photos!!

  6. I love shooting at various sand dunes, I haven’t been to the White Sands but these make me want to visit! Looks like you had the perfect sunset too.

  7. Afton Flynn says:

    Aaaaallll the reflection goodness! White Sands seems like the coolest place for a session; you nailed it!

  8. Maddie Mae says:

    White Sands is such an exceptional choice for engagement photos — it’s so incredible! Also, I LOVE those sunset photos! So beautiful.

  9. LeAnne says:

    These are so beautiful and vivid. They make you feel like you are right there looking at them.

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