Best Engagement Shoot Locations in Arizona

We love engagement photo shoots! Our photographers here at Saiaf Films love them for a number of reasons, but probably top on the list is that it gives you the chance to have beautiful, professionally taken photos that aren’t on your wedding day.

Often times, when we meet with engaged couples, we spend a good chunk of time talking about location options for their engagement session. And probably the biggest question is, “where can we go for our photo shoot?”

To answer that question, we’ve got five of our favourite outdoor locations for engagement sessions in Arizona. Some are desert, some are a little greener.


1. The Superstition Mountains

The real, raw, open desert is quickly becoming one of our absolute favourite backdrops! It is hard to beat those creamy greens and that warm evening light that brings everything to life. Drive about 30 minutes east of Mesa, and stop at any trailhead for incredible views and amazing sunsets. Just beware of the cactus spines everywhere! Best time of year to go is spring, when the desert is green and the cacti and wildflowers are in full bloom. So beautiful!

2. The Salt River

If you want to incorporate the idea of water along with desert landscapes, your Best Cultural Gilbert Wedding Videographer will likely suggest The Salt River. During the summer, we can shoot around the waters, then take a dip into the river to cool off for some different and unique photos. The Salt River is a beautiful area, and if you’re willing to put up with a little heat, it’s totally worth it!


3. Queen Creek Olive Mill

We love the romantic feel of the grassy area with the afternoon sun soaking through the olive trees. Your Best Wedding Photographer in Gilbert may set up lovely café lights strung overhead and atop the picnic tables. We particularly love the olive groves and the open fields with views of the mountains. Best time of year to go? Winter, when the sunset is earlier.

4. Sedona

Of course, Sedona is on the list of every Best Wedding Photography Arizona. Just a short drive north out of the Valley, and you have a backdrop that speaks for itself. There is nowhere else like it on earth, and it is in our own backyard. Sedona boasts so many options, so whatever your style, there is a location to match. We could not love it more. Best time of year to make the trip? Anytime. Seriously, it is perfect year-round. Summer is hot, but so worth it.

5. The Mogollon Rim

The Mogollon Rim is just past Payson, so a couple of hours drive east of the Valley, but definitely worth it. It is hard to believe this is even Arizona, right?! Blue mountain lakes, towering pine trees, and expansive views. One of our absolute favourite places to shoot and to just be. If you are tired of the 200 degree heat in the summer, that’s the best time to head up to this place.