Jessica + Josh { Barstow Engagement Session }

I gave Jessica and Josh a challenge: since they are so awesome and unique, I gave them the challenge to make their engagement session just as awesome and unique. I told them to find something they have never seen before, and I will go with them….distance doesn’t matter.

And boy they rocked the challenge. We made our way to Barstow and explored an old rock mine, tire graveyard, shipping containers, and ended with an abandoned trailer. I loved every location they brought me to, and I felt super lucky that my couples are so awesome. Creativity = +100

So when we drove up to the first location, Josh was telling me that he knew of this place because growing up his youth groups would make their way down here. Groups of them would sleep in a converted bunk-bed-shipping container and explore the area. He also casually mentioned that we needed to be careful because of a crazy, gun-loving neighbor…you know, the type that collects the cars of his victims. Oh. No, biggie.

Luckily we survived and the fear was totally worth it.

Climbing up a mountain of tires? Totally worth it!

I’m going to challenge my couples the same way I challenged Jessica + Josh. Find something that is you, make it your own. Who knows…maybe other couples will get inspired by your ideas?


  • Lexi said:

    I love these so much! THIS is what I want when I'm engaged! These are BADASS. As is the couple, I might add. :)

  • Jackie Lamas said:

    absolutely love this! they are such a cute couple and it's fun to see their personalities jump out. great photos!

  • Kristen said:

    completely rad couple - completely AWESOME shoot! <3 it!

  • Kristen said:

    ----Also, love that I caught something new and different on him in almost every shot. The sunglasses on a '80s looking rope, the gold watch, the nose ring, the tats....and omg that ring is gorgeous!

  • Alicia White said:

    I love that you shot in such bright light! I've been afraid of shooting in bright light but u make it fun and so lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • RahelMenig said:

    You did it again - such amazing images :D Love your style so so much!! Love how you capture the love and the fun that this couple has :D Amazing :)
    xoxo, Rahel

  • Bethany Ann said:

    Seriously, how rad is this couple!??!?!?! Amazing locations they found!!! Love these images!! :)

  • Bethany Ann said:

    Seriously how rad is this couple!???!?!?! Amazing locations they found. :) I love these images, Candice!

  • Michelle said:

    beautiful couple and beautiful set

  • John Payne said:

    Seriously, gorgeous! Great work, C!!