Dramatic, other-worldly, boundless—these are some of the words used to describe Utah’s iconic Bonneville Salt Flats locale. The sweeping salt pan is a beloved spot for photographers across the state, and even draws visitors from around the country to witness its rare beauty. For couples, the Salt Flats offers the perfect backdrop for a bold engagement shoot, especially during the sunset golden hours. Take this session, where photographer Valen Lee takes full advantage of the sensational landscape and subtle details highlight all the best of the scene’s natural beauty.
Like many Utahn’s, the couple was well aware of the Salt Flats’ scenery, but had never had the chance to visit themselves. When choosing the backdrop for their loved-up photos, Lee just knew they had to visit the vast location. “We loved the limitless feeling of the area,” Lee says. “We liked that we could still keep the focus on the couple and have the landscape compliment them.” To compliment the scenery, the team chose an organic color palette and dried florals that didn’t overpower the landscape. Using a drone, Lee was able to capture the contrast of the bride’s textured gown and the Salt Flats’ unique patterns.
Despite the effortless bohemian photos, the team faced the telltale challenges of Utah in early spring—braving 15 mph winds and a bone-chilling temperature of 34 degrees. “We were so cold and we had to navigate the wind so as to not let it affect the photos!” Lee says with a laugh. In between taking breaks to warm up the bride and settle their wispy hair, the group were able to execute a beautiful shoot that is intimate, raw and dreamy.
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