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Utah Slot Canyon Engagement Session | Utah Slot Canyon Elopement Photographer

VALARIE + JAKE’S ADVENTUROUS UTAH SLOT CANYON ENGAGEMENT SESSION | UTAH SLOT CANYON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | KANAB, UTAH

Adventurous engaged couple running through a Utah slot canyon.
Adventurous engagement session in a Southern Utah slot canyon.
Romantic engaged couple spinning in a Utah slot canyon.

You know that scene in Frozen where Anna and Prince Hans are finishing each other’s sentences/sandwiches, in song form, of course? Well Valarie and Jake are the same way! (except they’re both amazing humans, unlike Hans…) These two are so in sync they often predict what the other is going to say before they say it. AND they crave the same types of food at the same times! In so many ways these two are almost the same person, but in other ways they’re completely different.

One way they’re the same though? They’re both real life super heroes! Though in different fields, Valarie and Jake are both on the front lines in healthcare every day. It was so fun hearing how their shared interest lead them to similar, but very different careers. I could’ve listened to stories of cute little old ladies with broken hips to backcountry ski rescue training all day. Legitimately, these two are saving the world, and doing it in the midst of a pandemic also… Dang, friends. Y’all are amazing.

To celebrate their engagement these two had an awesome idea to go explore a red rock slot canyon. They’d visited a canyon made of white rock near their home in New Mexico, but something about Antelope Canyon drew them in. If you’re unfamiliar with Antelope Canyon, it’s an extremely famous slot canyon near Page, Arizona. The years of wind and water erosion have carved the red-hued Navajo sandstone in the canyon into delicate patterns. The beauty of Antelope Canyon is world renowned; visitors flock from the four winds for a chance to tour this famous canyon.

Yet Antelope Canyon is just one of HUNDREDS of canyons in Northern Arizona/Southern Utah area! This geological wonderland is literally chocked full of epic-ness! So to give Valarie and Jake the intimate experience they wanted, we actually ended up in Utah! (We also wanted to respect the authority and COVID-19 closures of the Navajo Nation who operate Antelope Canyon.)

Peek-a-boo canyon, just outside of Kanab, was the perfect location for their Utah slot canyon engagement session. It had all the amazing red rocks just like Antelope Canyon and none of the crowds. In fact, this canyon is so off the beaten path, you need a high clearance, 4×4 vehicle to get there. For peace of mind, Jake and Valarie elected to have an experienced guide from TC Tours take us out to the canyon. (Btw, Ben from TC Tours was awesome! He pointed out the coolest fossils and Anasazi artifacts, showed us a secret hoodoo, and had the craziest stories about the area!)

Miles out on a backcountry road, in 29˚ F weather, Valarie and Jake got to explore their first red rock slot canyon. Insert multiple star-eyes emoji here! One of my favorite things is getting to show people the beauty of a special place for the first time. And as we celebrated these two’s beautiful-beyond-words love story, the wow factor of this stunning place could not be diminished. Walking around each new bend we all had stars in our eyes, but especially these two for each other.

For reasons having nothing to do with COVID, Jake and Valarie are at the beginning of a challenging season. The strength, love, and even joy these two have as they prepare for this time is incredibly awe inspiring and beautiful. So even though this adventure through the Utah slot canyon was a celebration of their engagement, these two actually eloped in Vegas a couple weeks earlier! Their bliss and joy was infectious. Seeing them together, laughing, joking, and loving on each other so tenderly, was like seeing the best versions of them. You guys are some of the funnest and strongest people I’ve ever met! It was truly an honor to hang out with you both!

Playful couple in a Utah slot canyon.
Engaged couple hiking in a Utah slot canyon.
This couple had a Utah slot canyon engagement session.
Off the beaten path Utah engagement session photos.
Bride kissing grooms cheek in a slot canyon.
Epic engaged couple in a Utah slot canyon.
Engaged couple dancing in a Southern Utah Slot Canyon
Elegant engaged couple in a Utah slot canyon
Quirky Utah slot canyon engagement session couple.
Giddy engaged couple in a red rock slot canyon.
Hiking engagement session in a Utah slot canyon.
Cute couple in a snowy Utah slot canyon
Super fun engaged couple in a Utah slot canyon.
Engaged couple exploring a Utah slot canyon.
Engagement ring in a southern Utah slot canyon.
Utah slot canyons are the perfect place for an elopement!
Engaged couple sitting on red rocks in Utah.
Romantic couple in a Utah slot canyon.
Adorable engaged couple in a glowing Utah slot canyon.
Engaged couple hiking in a Southern Utah slot canyon.
Passionate kissing couple in a Southern Utah slot canyon.
Epic engaged couple in a red rock Utah slot canyon.
Utah slot canyons are the perfect backdrop for your elopement.
Epic kissing couple in a red rocks Utah slot canyon.
Passionate kissing couple in a Kanab Utah slot canyon.
Dancing couple in a red rocks slot canyon.
Couple in love in a glowing Utah slot canyon.
Engaged couple hiking in a Utah slot canyon.
Dreamy couple kissing in a red rock canyon.
Engaged couple holding hands in a red rock slot canyon.
Dreamy couple kissing in a Kanab, Utah slot canyon.
Wintertime engagement session in a Southern Utah slot canyon.
Cute couple in a snowy Utah slot canyon.
Engaged couple in a snowy Utah slow canyon.
Couple in love at their Utah slot canyon engagement session.
Matching tattoos at this Utah slot canyon elopement.
Cute engaged couple in a Utah slot canyon.
Engaged couple kissing in a red rock slot canyon.
Dancing couple in a Kanab, UT slot canyon.
Couple kissing in a Southern UT slot canyon.
Romantic engaged couple in a UT slot canyon.
Engaged couple kisses romantically in a slot canyon.
Engaged couple running through a red rock slot canyon
Engaged couple dancing in a Utah slot canyon.
Couple lovingly looking into each others eyes in a slot canyon.
Engaged couple cuddling to keep warm in a slot canyon.
Steamy couple almost kissing in a slot canyon.
Couple cuddling in a slot canyon.
Epic couple in a Utah Slot Canyon for their engagement session.
Engaged couple lovingly staring into each other's eyes in a slot canyon.
Engaged lovers cuddling in a red rocks slot canyon.
Cute hiking lovers in a Utah slot canyon.
Epic kissing lovers in a UT slot canyon.
Rings of a couple who just eloped in a slot canyon
Epic lovers kissing in a slot canyon.
This couple got engaged in a Southern Utah slot canyon.
Couple in love spinning in a slot canyon.
Red rocks are the perfect backdrop for your elopement!
Engaged couple totally in love in a slot canyon.
Adventurous engaged couple exploring a UT slot canyon.
Romantic couple in a Utah slot canyon.
Cute cuddling couple in Utah.
Hugging couple in a Utah slot canyon.
Hugging couple in a South Utah slot canyon.
Dreamy engagement session in a UT slot canyon.
Dancing couple in a secluded red rocks slot canyon.
Engaged couple walking through a slot canyon.
Hands of a couple that just eloped in Southern Utah.
Epic kissing couple in a red rocks Utah slot canyon.
Dreamy lovers at their UT engagement session
Slot canyons are epic places to elope.
Light beams hitting the canyon floor at this couple's engagement session.
Engaged couple in the wintertime
This dancing couple got engaged in a UT slot canyon.
This couple had their engagement photos in a red rock slot canyon.
Romantic engaged couple dancing in a slot canyon near Kanab Utah.
Fun engaged couple dancing in a red rock slot canyon.
Engaged couple running down a Southern Utah slot canyon.
Slow dancing lovers in a Utah slot canyon.
Dreamy engaged couple in a red slot canyon.
Secret hoodoo - a perfect place to elope in Southern Utah.

Are you ready to explore a secret slot canyon off the beaten path too? Leave it to me! There are so many totally epic slot canyons in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona; here’s an epic anniversary session from a canyon an hour and a half down the road from Kanab! Anyways, one of the many canyons in the area might be the perfect place for your very own adventure session. Or maybe you’re dreaming of the elegant cathedrals of sandstone as the backdrop for your elopement. Either way, let’s chat and plan the ultimate slot canyon elopement/engagement session experience for you guys!

  1. Evelyn says:

    Such a stunning session! I would love to see this nature myself! Oh maybe one day! Thank you fir sharing!

  2. Ashley says:

    These photos are freakin gorgeous! I totally love how you found a spot similar to antelope but with less crowds – makes for such an intimate session! You did a great job of capturing the couple in the landscape.

  3. Hannah says:

    Such a beautiful elopement in Utah! Absolutely stunning.

  4. Stacie says:

    Wow. Slot canyons really do be so pretty!! I love the way his blue suit pops in there too!! Great work.

  5. Rita says:

    Ok, this place was already on my bucket list but it is even more now. OMG those colors and the whole landscape is so perfect to tell a lovestory!!! You did it so awesomely!!

  6. Jayme Peters says:

    I love everything about this! The outfits, the shots, location, and editing. It’s all so perfect!!

  7. Now I really want to see a slot canyon! I love the textures of nature mixed with the textures of their wardrobe. Stunning!

  8. Kat Carney says:

    Oh that red rock is so beautiful, and I love how well you captured their love and playfulness!

  9. Alyssa says:

    OMG I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THESE! BRB while I book the next flight to Utah to have you take my pictures!

  10. Kaitlynn Forsberg says:

    These are gorgeous! I love your style. I’m obsessed with the red rock but your black and white photo gave me chills!

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