Sweet & Soulful Engagements at the Great Saltair

When planning their engagement shoot, Colorado couple Taylor and Cody knew they wanted to come to Utah for the stunning natural geography. However, instead of the traditional mountain views that might overshadow the couple, photographer Jackie Siggard suggested that they capture their engagement at the Great Saltair.

Richly textured grasses and a subtle color palette make for a timeless backdrop while perfectly framing the couple as the center of focus, allowing Siggard to fully capture the essence of love and joy radiating from Taylor and Cody.

Meet the Couple

Taylor and Cody met in middle school and officially started dating 12 years ago at ages 16 and 17. “Two dogs, five homes, and two states later we are finally tying the knot!”

The big question came when the couple took a trip to Keystone Colorado for Taylors birthday weekend. When they paused to take photos at the top of a mountain lookout, Cody surprised Taylor with a proposal. Unfortunately, the engagement ring that Cody had ordered was delayed in the mail so he popped the question with a rubber one which Taylor proudly wore for a week until the real deal arrived.

Tips For Shooting at the Great Saltair

Lighting can be a real challenge at the Great Saltair due to the lack of available shade. For the best results, Siggard recommends starting the shoot one to one and half hours before sunset. Couples must also be prepared to walk a ways, or to drive to a separate area, if they plan on taking photos near the water as the shore is far from the beginning of the dunes. Jackie also suggests bringing two outfits, one casual and one formal for varying looks.  

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