See You in the Desert: The Saguaro

This weekend can't come fast enough -- I'm heading down to Los Angeles for a long weekend of exploring and soaking in the California sunshine! There's a good chance I may never come home. 

I figured there is truly no better time to share more location highlights from our See You in the Desert stylized photoshoot in Palm Springs than right now while I have California on the brain! (But honestly, when do I not...)

Some of my favorite photos from this two-day styled shoot were taken at the infamous Saguaro Palm SpringsJenna and I were initially inspired by the mid-century modern vibe and the brighter color palette of the hotel that would add an extra pop of color to our shoot as a whole. We took the time while our models were getting their hair and makeup done to scope out the grounds and determine what areas would photograph the best and what sort of on-site "props" and backdrops would work for our shoot. We definitely lucked out with so many options! 

The styling for this series of our photoshoot was more focused on the color and pattern-play of the swimsuits and coverups being worn poolside. Accessorizing was selective but we were able to incorporate some stunning sunnies, statement necklaces and shoes into the mix throughout the various looks.

My favorite images were taken near the pool -- from using a triangular shaped bench as our seating and the palms and colorful hotel as our backdrop; a rack of vibrant coral towels as a statement piece background, placing the models within the pool bar that was filled with an array of aqua stools and orange lounge chairs for posing, we were able to capture the essence of Palm Springs in these images. We even got to shoot inside the pool which allowed us to play up the reflective light and colors. 

Okay, I'm ready to go back to this pool, now.

Creative Direction and Styling: Me

Photography: Jenna Bechtholt

Models: Ashlynn, Mel 

Location: Saguaro Palm Springs

Hair & Makeup: Rooted Hair Studio, Nancy Z Beauty

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