JOSHUA TREE TRIP / Brandon + Rachel

JOSHUA TREE ANNIVERSARY SESSION / Brandon + Rachel

JOSHUA TREE TRIP

Throwback! We’re bringing it back to February 2019, when we traveled to Joshua Tree National Park in southern California (our favorite place to visit, like, forever and ever, and we usually do an annual Joshua Tree trip because we’re obsessed). These two buds posing it up in these photos are our friends Brandon and Rachel. We were in town attending a wedding, and that coincided with Brandon and Rachel’s anniversary portraits. Perfectenschlag.

First, let’s give ya a lil’ background. Brandon and Luke go way back to the college days. He and Luke were in the same graphic design program at The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art (as in, the pre-Mikayla AND pre-Rachel days).

We like to credit the entire existence of our relationship to Brandon. Had he not nudged Luke in the right direction (i.e., making him approach Mikayla and to stop being a scaredy cat), Luke never would’ve had the guts to make the first move (if you’re dying to know, in film photography class, Luke mustered up the courage to lean over Mikayla’s print being agitated in darkroom chemicals and chimed “that is one BEAUTIFUL man”, on portrait of a friend. And the rest is history).

Like us, Brandon discovered that while graphic design was fun, he had another passion as well; video. Brandon is a SUPER talented videographer/cinematographer (and artist in general, obviously). With that, we’d love to share some awesome news.

Brandon, cinematographer extraordinaire, has joined Agape! We soft-launched our videography services last year, where he joined us on a few shoots, and even shot a wedding with us. We’re SO stoked to collaborate with him and create alongside this incredible friend and artist. You can check out our services with Brandon here (LINK TO VIDEOGRAPHY PAGE), and check out more of his work here.

Our goal, alongside Brandon, is to create an untraditional, moving experience for our clients. While talking to Brandon last year, we really connected on a story-driven level, especially when talking about the goal of creating art for people like couples and individuals and families. One of Brandon’s favorite quotes (and now one of our faves) is, “Let the story move you—before you move the story.” (credit: Patrick Moreau of Muse Storytelling), and that’s just what we’ve been doing.

Those can’t-look-away, heart-strings pulling, silly, laughing, dancing, messy, raw and real love stories. That’s what we, alongside Brandon, are driven to capture, to deliver a viewing experience unlike any other for our clients and their loved ones. We are so stoked to share that with all of you.

Anyways, back to the depths of our Joshua Tree trip. We had a BLAST with these guys. We woke up before the sun and headed to the perfect vantage point in the park, huddled up in anticipation for the sun to peek about the desert rock (the desert in February is C H I L L Y), while the Seuss-esque fronds of the Joshua Trees were prickly silhouettes against the sky.

They cuddle and we photographed, as the sun popped up over the rocks and started to warm our chilly selves up, we climbed around on the boulders and found the light. We headed deeper into the park and pranced around in a field of Joshua Trees, found some well-hidden views, and pretty much determined that February Joshua Tree weather is the best weather.

2019 was the year of the super bloom in California, and it did NOT disappoint. Desert flowers are a sight to behold. The next few days were filled with tons of cactus, Joshua Trees, and rocks. We chilled at our Airbnbs, ate at Natural Sisters Cafe (a Joshua Tree trip STAPLE), gazed at the infinite stars, cooked together, and hiked one of our favorite hikes, Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail.

On the last day, we headed to Palm Springs where we enjoyed our very first DATE milkshake and burgers at Shields, which was to die for. We even hit up the infamous Moorten Botanical Gardens and meandered around the trails among the giant Saguaros for a bit.

This was one of our favorite Joshua Tree trips to date (if you know us, you probably know we have had our share of bad luck on trips hahahaha), and we were so thankful to spend it with Brandon and Rachel. Till next time, JTree. We luhhhhhh you.

Recently engaged and planning a wedding (maybe even in Joshua Tree)? Or just in need of some rad photographers to grab some slices with and hang? Shoot us a message and talk to our cats (aka the office administrators) for information!

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Couple wrapped in blanket on Joshua Tree Trip sunrise
landscape of pastel joshua tree sunrise with moon
landscape photograph of joshua tree sunrise
Couple cuddling and wrapped in blanket on Joshua Tree Trip sunrise
couple smiling and wrapped in blanket in Joshua Tree
Couple watching Joshua Tree sunrise
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couple giggling and hugging in Joshua Tree sunrise
couple embracing in Joshua tree with sun flare
Back of couple sitting on boulders in Joshua Tree
Boulders in Joshua Tree National Park
Couple holding hands in Joshua Tree
Couple holding hands on boulders during Joshua Tree sunrise
couple standing in desert
Blurred photo of couple embracing in Joshua Tree National Park
Couple close eyes and laugh in Joshua Tree National Park
couple gaze into each others eyes in Joshua Tree National Park
Couple holding hands and walking in Joshua Tree National Park
Couple holding hands and walk towards sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park
couple pose in desert on Joshua Tree trip
Couple hugging in front of Joshua Trees
Couple laughing in from of Joshua Trees
Couple walking through desert in Joshua Tree
Sunrise over Joshua Tree National park with couple embracing
couple standing among Joshua Trees
Couple dancing in desert on Joshua Tree Trip
Couple standing in from of Joshua Trees
couple wandering through Joshua Trees
sunrise in Joshua Tree
Couple laughs and walks towards cavern in Joshua Tree National Park
Couple walks towards cavern in Joshua Tree National Park
Shadowy photo of couple in cave in Joshua Tree National Park
couple pose in desert on Joshua Tree trip
couple posing in joshua tree national park
Moody photo of couple in cave in Joshua Tree National Park
couples shoes in Joshua Tree trip sunrise
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landscape from keys view overlook in Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree at Keys View overlook
clouds rolling over keys view in Joshua Tree National Park
couple smiling and posing at Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park
Agape Photography posing at Keys view Overlook in Joshua Tree National Park
photographer taking photo of Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park
man climbing boulders in Joshua Tree National Park
Men on boulder in Joshua Tree National Park
woman sitting on boulder overlooking Joshua Tree National Park
man taking photograph on boulders at Joshua Tree National Park
Plants in joshua tree national park
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woman posing in from of plant in Joshua Tree National Park
Woman standing on rock in Joshua Tree National Park
View from climb in Joshua Tree National Park
mid day overlooking Joshua Tree National Park
Sunset on joshua tree in Joshua Tree National Park
stars in night sky of Joshua Tree
room of a bohemian Joshua Tree airbnb
kitchen in Joshua Tree airbnb
Orange clawfoot tub outside a Joshua Tree airbnb
woman sitting in Joshua Tree airbnb
Trail on Fortynine Palms Oasis hike in Joshua Tree
superbloom on Trail on Fortynine Palms Oasis hike in Joshua Tree
view from Trail on Fortynine Palms Oasis hike in Joshua Tree
couple pose in super bloom on Trail on Fortynine Palms Oasis hike in Joshua Tree
boulders and superbloom along trail of fortynine palms oasis hike
couple embraces on Trail on Fortynine Palms Oasis hike in Joshua Tree
couple hold hands on Trail on Fortynine Palms Oasis hike in Joshua Tree
trail of cactus at moorten botanical gardens
group of cactus in greenhouse at moorten botanical gardens
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hanging cactus at moorten botanical gardens
friends at greenhouse at moorten botanical gardens
woman posing in greenhouse at moorten botanical gardens
greenhouse and tree at moorten botanical gardens
skinny cactus at moorten botanical gardens
Cactus at Moorten Botanical gardens
couple posing among cactus at moorten botanical gardens
mans hair blowing in wind along southern california highway
mountains along southern california highway
southern california highway sunset

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