This trip out to California will be one that we will always remember. I (Brett) remember sitting in my hotel room after a session that I had before this one, watching the news and hearing about the NBA canceling future games due to a virus that was spreading and killing people. It had now made its way to the United States and California was one of the hotspots. I was in San Diego and they were talking about how they were going to be keeping one of the cruise ships off the coast and quarantining people. It was a wild time. And at the time, no one knew if they should take it really serious or not. No one was wearing a mask, but I remember finding a Walgreens nearby and going in and grabbing an N95 mask. To look back on that, I could never have imagined what would unfold from that day.
Nonetheless, after I left my hotel and headed over to Andi and Nick’s house outside of San Diego, it felt like all cares were lost. I ended up staying with them for a few days and it was incredible. We ate incredible food, had amazing drinks, and stayed up late talking about everything you can imagine. The second day I was with them, we headed out to Joshua Tree for their engagement session. I had never been before, but I had always wanted to go. It was slightly overwhelming. The size, the rock formations, the light, and the overall feeling you get when you are there is something that is hard to describe or even capture in a photograph, but I did my best.
All in all, it was a blast shooting Andi + Nick’s Joshua Tree engagement session, despite the new anxiety of what would become a worldwide pandemic that lasted for over a year (at the time of posting this). Andi + Nick made this trip worth it and their love for each other was a shining hope in what was looking to become some dark days ahead.