Romance at White Sands | with Ashley Gonzales

Happy Monday, babes! We're starting off your week with a bang. This styled shoot from Ashley Marie Photography is simply amazing. Ashley- along with a donkey, makeup, flowers, and models- ventured into White Sands National Park for a breathtaking shoot at sunset. We are loving Ashley's use of silhouettes and romantic posing. The choice of florals and makeup help tell a beautiful story, and every element of this shoot works flawlessly together.

I’ve lived near White Sands National Monument a good chunk of my childhood and to be honest, I never saw the appeal to shooting there. It’s not even sand! It’s gypsum, which is tiny, glittery particles that love flying into your camera and destroying your expensive lenses. It’s a terrifying place (for photographers) and always so hot, but the natural reflector and simplistic natural look has become so inviting that I figured it was time to embrace it. So, if I was going to shoot there, it had to be something good, real good.

And with the combination of Jacquie’s amazing makeup and hair, Ashlee’s gorgeous floral work, Shanna + Chance’s beautiful love (and faces, haha) I think we totally accomplished that. Oh and don’t forget Applejack, our miniature donkey that Shanna brought! He was not very happy with us, but at least he looked cute!

This session could not have been what it was if it wasn’t for Shanna and Chance’s lovey dovey selves. They were at the top of the list of couples I had in mind after I had photographed their wedding a few years back! It was even more perfect too as Shanna was just starting to show with her first child!

It was a dream shoot, everyone stayed and helped corral Applejack, touch up hair, and mold wreaths into crowns. It was a team effort for sure and I’m so glad to have worked with the best of the best!

Make-Up by Jacqueline C
IG: @make_it_jacque

Flowers by Ashlee
IG: @flowersbyashlee

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Ashley Marie is a natural light photographer servicing the Southwest and beyond. Specializing in colorful bold portraiture, her favorite sessions are maternity, boudoir and romance. Her clients know her for her obsession with tacos and all her cats and dogs.