Kayla and Matt Romp in Oak Creek Canyon Engagement Photos

Kayla and Matt, a couple of Phoenix lovers, brought their heat to this Oak Creek Canyon engagement photos session.

The session at Cave Spring Campground in the canyon was a great way to enjoy the warm weather. Couples always ask about what to expect from their Oak Creek Canyon engagement photos, so I explain the easily accessible locations, tall tree groves, beautiful grasses, and of course the river. If you’re looking for an interesting alternative to Arizona’s desert and dry climate, Oak Creek Canyon is a great location.

Keep reading and I’ll share with you everything you need to know for Oak Creek Canyon engagement photos.

couples hold each other in grasses during oak creek canyon engagement photos
couples hold each other in oak creek waters for their oak creek canyon engagement photos
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Couple laughs as they walk down a paved road in a forested area in Arizona
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Oak Creek Canyon engagement photos

When people think of photos in Sedona, green trees and rivers aren’t always their first thought.

However, Oak Creek Canyon is another example of why northern Arizona is great for destination weddings, elopements or engagements. Just a mile north from the heart of Sedona, this area offers a beautiful vibe shift that shocks most visitors. Some fun facts:

  • The Federal Government designated Oak Creek a “Unique Waterway.”
  • It’s one of the last free-running streams in Arizona, sourced from an underground spring.
  • The Forest Service recognizes the beauty of this area by designating this drive as a Scenic Drive.

The underrated area involves 10 miles of the nearby State Route 89A that twists and turns through a tight two-lane road. But just over the 89A’s highway barrier rests the Oak Creek river and the trees, animals, and greenery the water supports.

woman holds man's face as they laugh and lean in for a kiss
woman closes her eyes while leaning on man's shoulders among trees and grasses of oak creek canyon
man twirls girl while standing beneath tall trees in oak creek canyon, arizona

When should engagement photos be taken?

Kayla and Matt are special case, because they postponed their wedding due to the pandemic.

I normally recommend couples take their engagement photos at least a year to six months before the wedding date. This gives you the time to post your pictures together on your social, add the pictures to your save the date and RSVP, and add to your website.

But of course, sometimes couples get their engagement photos taken without a wedding date set. That’s no problem. Just make sure your dream photographer can fit your schedule!

man and woman touches foreheads as woman holds man's face while wearing wedding ring
man wearing white shirt holds woman wearing orange dress with lush greenery in the background

Why engagement photos are so important

This session in the canyon at Cave Springs Campground had Kayla and Matt laughing and playing as they posed for our photographer to take their engagement photos.

But not every couple takes the time to schedule an engagement shoot. I always recommend couples get their engagement photos taken by the photographer who will shoot their wedding, because it gives the couple an opportunity to be comfortable with the photographer. Comfort leads to the best photos, so I was always value my couples’ comfort above almost everything else.

Matt and Kayla picked Spring for their Oak Creek Canyon engagement photos, which I think worked out perfectly.

Book your engagement photos with White Desert Photography today!

man and woman not wearing shoes stand in clear oak creek water while kissing and holding each other in their arms
man holds woman from behind while leaning around to kiss her
woman wearing orange dress smiles at the camera as her hair flows in the wind and man wearing white collared shirt holds her from behind with trees and grasses in background

Victoria Nabours, a Northern Arizona local, founded White Desert Photography in 2018.

Since then, the company has bloomed into one of the most in-demand wedding, elopement, and engagement photography companies in Sedona. Additionally, her years of expertise have taken her to international wedding destinations and attracted the eye of local and bridal magazines.

Check out her photo galleries, elopement, and wedding packages, and inquire today!

  1. Danet K Peterson says:

    How accessible was this area and how accessible is the path into the canyon area?

    • Victoria Nabours says:

      Hello Danet. It’s a bit of a mix. Oak Creek Canyon has the 89A road running through the center of it, which provides for some quick, albeit dangerous access. It’s best to travel there with someone who knows the safest way to travel!

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Arianne & Eric

“My husband and I planned a small elopement in Sedona. I found Victoria on Instagram and loved her style. We went through the planning process without a wedding planner which proved to be difficult. Victoria was so helpful in making suggestions and pointing us into the right direction, even though I know she really didn’t have to do that as our photographer. On the day of the wedding, she was prompt in arrival and swift in ensuring that she captured everything. In our evening shoot, we went to 2 locations but looking at our pictures it appears that we went to at least 20. She has an amazing eye for photography and truly captured the spirit of our relationship. The quality is excellent and we could not be happier with how our photos turned out. Victoria is a gem. If you are looking for a down to earth and talented photography, choose White Desert Photography!”

If you are looking for a down to earth and talented photography, choose White Desert Photography!

Karina & Zach

“Totally WORTH IT! Highly recommend!

Victoria is amazing behind the camera. I am usually really camera shy but I was so comfortable. It literally felt like a DREAM! We enjoyed each breath taking moment!”

It literally felt like a DREAM! We enjoyed each breath taking moment!

Izza & Reenan 

“Our wedding was originally March 2020 and she was so great during that difficult time of unexpected rescheduling. When we finally met 2 years after our first email exchange she made us feel so comfortable and at ease.

We would 100% recommend her to anyone and would be thrilled to have her take our photos again.”

We would 100% recommend her to anyone and would be thrilled to have her take our photos again.

Sarah & Aaron

“We hired her for our engagements, bridals and wedding day and we absolutely LOVED having her to capture these special moments. Victoria, is personable yet professional, and by the end of these shoots we felt she was a dear friend.”

by the end of these shoots we felt she was a dear friend.