JUST BECAUSE: Bonneville Salt Flats Couples Connection Session
The Couple: Amber & Steve
The Season: Spring (early April)
The Location: Bonneville Salt Flats, UT along with a short stop at Great Saltair on the drive out from Salt Lake city.
A Snippet about the day: I met up with Amber & Steve in Salt Lake City to head out for their Bonneville Salt Flats couples connection session & Coley came along to shoot with us (seriously, this girl is awesome, can’t wait to see her again!). We made a quick stop at Great Saltair heading out of town since the light was beautiful & I wanted to see how it looked when it wasn’t storming. It looked spectacular. I lived in SLC I’d shoot there all the darn time, it’s magic. After a short while we hit the road again for the drive west to the Bonneville Salt Flats. I seriously cannot get enough of this location. Amber & Steve are married & it was so much fun to do a Bonneville Salt Flats couples session with them. They danced around & were even willing to lay in the cold water which I loved! We also hit a dryer section of the Salt Flats where we didn’t have to worry about splashing salt water every time we moved!
Tips for shooting at the Bonneville Salt Flats: Crystallized salt is sharp. We went barefoot on the salt flats because we didn’t want to ruin shoes. But those hard crystals under the water just kill the feet after awhile. So pack clear sandals or wear shoes you don’t mind destroying. Seriously. Save your feet. And the salt gets everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Splashed up your legs. On your camera. Just all over the place. Bring towels and bottles of water to wash away the salt once you are done. A little moisturizer will also help since the salt really dries out your skin. You can also walk super far across the Bonneville Salts Flats to get away from the people. Like walk for an extra 5 minutes & there will be way less people in your background. And that water is cold. Depending on the time of year you are there, be prepared to have super cold, pickled feet at the end of the night. And your feet will turn a weird colour after standing in the sharp, salty water for a while. From what I hear, the Bonneville Salt Flats are flooded from October to May, but don’t hold me to that! In the dry season they form a really awesome white crystal crust which also looks cool for photos! We found a spot later in the night that was dryer but still wasn’t the hard baked salt crust you get in the hot summer.
Looking for more Bonneville Salt Flats couples photos inspiration? Take a look at the epic Bonneville Salt Flats couples session that was the reason I wanted to visit Utah! Check out a bunch of the other sessions I photographed on my trip to Utah instead like the stunning Utah landscape at Antelope Island State Park with this couples session! Take a look at this Tibble Fork Reservoir engagement session in Utah! Fall in love with this moody Great Saltair engagement session! Wander the desert near West Wendover for this couples session! Drool over this Utah State Capitol cherry blossoms shoot at sunrise!
Soheel, 2016 Groom