Modern and Editorial Joshua Tree Engagement Photos

November 3, 2022
The Authentic Storytellers

We took these Joshua tree engagement photos to another level. Boho desert photos aren’t exactly our niche. So adding a modern vision truly elevated this session. There is definitely something extra special about engagement photos in Southern California. We are here to share the possibilities Joshua Tree has in its aesthetic and overall vibe. 

Yvonne and Danielle were an absolute dream couple! We could not have been more excited to take their engagement photos in the desert. The idea behind this Joshua tree engagement session was to create breathtaking editorial-style engagement photos that unwrapped the love story our couple share. We shared the same goal of creating a timeless look with their photos. Something that they will love for years to come.

Yvonne & Danielle’s Joshua tree engagement photos 

Yvonne and Danielle’s Joshua tree engagement photos are the perfect blend of our editorial and effortless moments photography style. They chose a location and outfits that matched their modern yet elegant vibe. Yvonne and Danielle set themselves up for an effortless upscale editorial engagement session in the desert. 

We always encourage our couples to do something fun together. It allows them to loosen up and gives us the opportunity to capture natural moments we cherish. Yvonne and Danielle’s elevated style brought a designer feel to this shoot. All while their playfulness and natural movement with one another felt whimsical and charming.

The couple enjoyed dancing around the Airbnb and seeking out unique locations the Airbnb had to offer. Throughout the day we captured them cozying up in bed, drinking champagne, swimming, and even cutting up some delicious watermelon! We wrapped their Joshua tree engagement photos by soaking in the golden hour of the desert – it was breathtaking! 

a black and white picture of Joshua Tree engagement photos

Engagement photos in the desert

For some time now Joshua Tree has been prominently known for having a boho aesthetic. Of course, the cacti trees and desert setting are ideal elements for this free-spirited style. We are here to break these boundaries and bring forth more of the editorial aspect of Joshua Tree. We think there is an immense amount of potential with Joshua Tree and are ready to get behind the lens for some dreamy California engagement photos in Joshua Tree again! 

Keep in mind, your Joshua Tree engagement photographer should be willing to work with you and the elements, sessions in the desert can be tough! But, with a skilled photographer who knows the area and style well, you’ll have an incredible and unforgettable Joshua Tree engagement session. 

Many of Joshua Tree’s Airbnb’s offer excellent modern and editorial styles, we may be in the desert but you do not need boho vibes to get the most out of your Joshua Tree engagement photos! Yvonne and Danielle’s session is the perfect example of how Joshua Tree locations can fit your aesthetic and style – no matter what it is! If you lean more towards a classic or elegant style or even a sleek modern style, this vibe can be achieved in Joshua Tree! We encourage you to do what feels right and will work with you to figure out what the best location will be for your engagement photos in the desert. 

A brunette woman with a blonde male sitting on the brown wood porch for their Joshua tree engagement photos

Our top Airbnb’s for a Joshua Tree engagement session

Not only are there Airbnbs that feature our ideal chic style but Joshua Tree is also home to boutiques and hotels that embrace the modern and editorial style we strive for! Luckily, you’ve come to the right place because we’re giving you an exclusive look at what we find to be the absolute best modern and editorial Airbnb’s and hotels in and around Joshua Tree that would be the perfect locations for California engagement photos. 


C-House is a private modern architecturally focused home that features a luxurious courtyard pool and hot tub. The home is in a residential area just 8-minutes from restaurants, the National Park, and more! We are obsessed with the unique style this home has and can already picture some epic Joshua Tree engagement photos happening here! 

The Bungalows 

This boutique hotel is a true desert getaway experience loaded with luxurious amenities and designed in a sleek modern style. The Bungalows offer so many services on top of the luxurious amenities making it the perfect location for couples to do fun engagement sessions (Yoga, facials and massages, sound baths, and more!!). The property is covered in floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to pour into every inch of the space, we’re already drooling over the golden-hour photos in this space!!

Palo Estate

This estate is in Yucca Valley but it’s just a couple of minutes from Joshua Tree! We are so in love with it and had to include it to our list. Palo Estate sits on 5-acres of rich golden desert land, you and your love will feel like the only two in the world out here! We are in love with the modern-vintage furniture and decor that makes this space so fun and an incredible option for engagement sessions.

Villa Kuro

This Airbnb is all things elegant, modern, and minimal. We know our couples would look absolutely incredible in a space like this. The editorial style we strive for would work incredibly well against the sleek black-and-white design of this space. We can already picture couples cooking together or making a cup of coffee on the extra-large marble island, Villa Kuro has layers upon layers of texture and unique designs making it the perfect location for effortless-editorial shoots.

Yucca Hut

Last on our list we have Yucca Hut. This modern homestead is absolutely incredible and was built with a modern style in mind. Similar to The Bungalows this space offers loads of luxury services that will make for some fun editorial couples sessions! The neutral color palette of this home feels casual and cool inviting our modern-style couples to make their engagement session their own! 

We know that planning engagement photos in Southern California can be overwhelming, there are so many options! Locations can range from beachside to desert landscapes and depending on the vibe you’re going for, it can be even more challenging to find your dream engagement session location. We hope our list of modern Joshua Tree engagement shoot locations helps you get started. If you are still looking for your Joshua Tree photographer send us a message! We would be honored to plan your modern, effortless editorial engagement session with you!

couple in all white outfits at their Joshua tree engagement photos
brunette woman and blonde man sitting in bed couple posing for their Joshua tree engagement photos
brunette woman and blonde man laughing and kissing for their Joshua tree engagement photos
Black and white picture of a brunette woman and blonde man drinking champagne for their Joshua Tree engagement photos
A brunette woman with a blonde male both dressed in all white for their Joshua tree engagement photos
Black and white picture of a brunette woman and blonde man drinking champagne for their Joshua Tree engagement photos
A brunette woman with a blonde male both dressed in all white for their Joshua tree engagement photos
A brunette woman with a blonde male both dressed in all white cutting a watermelon for their Joshua tree engagement photos
Brunette woman with a blonde male swimming in a blue pool for their Joshua tree engagement photos
Black and white picture of a brunette woman and blonde man cuddling for their Joshua Tree engagement photos
Woman and man couple kissing at their Joshua tree engagement photos

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