Horseshoe Bend is one of the most photographed landmarks in desert Southwest surrounding the Grand Canyon. I get excited every time I’m scheduled to head out that way.
Ivana and Kyle Arrive at Horseshoe Bend in Style
I knew I was going to adore these two when they drove up in a canary yellow 2017 Camero. There’s just something about a muscle car that drives all the girls crazy, don’t you think?
I joked with Kyle and asked him if he got to test the car‘s speed, and he smiled shyly and said it handled pretty good above 110 m.p.h. A man after my own heart, lol. 🙂
Ivana was the sweetest ever and the perfect compliment to Kyle. She looked perfect in her long lace gown with a beauty that reminded me of a young Demi Moore.
Eloping to the Grand Canyon
Kyle works as a police officer in a small community twenty hours north of Toronto and Ivana lives in Toronto proper.
Because our region is just so different from Northern Canada, these two wanted to get married in Las Vegas but do their post-wedding photos at Horseshoe Bend.
For your reference, you can choose to have your elopement ceremony at Horseshoe Bend, or just head to the area for your photos like Kyle and Ivana did.
Many people assume Horseshoe Bend is part of the Grand Canyon, but it actually resides within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
It overlooks one of the most spectacular views on the Colorado River, 4 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam, and 7 miles north of mile zero of the Grand Canyon.
It has all the characteristics of the Grand Canyon: The river, the canyon, and the beauty.
Horseshoe Bend is close to Page, Arizona with scenic Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon nearby.
Getting to Horseshoe Bend
The trailhead to Horseshoe Bend is a 3/4 mile hike. A bit of climbing may be required for some of the stunning backdrops Horseshoe Bend has to offer.
There are parts that can be a little steep and there is some sand. So be prepared with hiking shoes or other comfortable footwear.
You can always change into pretty shoes when you are on location. Although some shots of what it takes to get to a spot can be fun to look back on later.
Looking Great in the Heat
On average, the Grand Canyon has 264 sunny days per year. So, chances are you will have a bright day – and if it’s during the summer, it will be hot. With shade being scarce, it’s important to prepare for a session that might make you sweat.
Keep these tips in mind when preparing to head out to your sunny and hot photo session.
1. Bring plenty of water because hydration is essential.
2. Apply sunblock thirty-minutes before heading and out and bring some extra with you.
3. Bring towels to soak up the sweat.
4. A portable personal fan is a great tool for cooling off between shots.
5. And finally, don’t forget a makeup bag for touch-ups.
Horseshoe Bend is Perfect All Day Long
As a photographer, there is a perfect time of day to take photos. It’s the hour right before the sun sets and is what we in the business lovingly call the golden hour.
Despite the crowds, the heat, and the fact it was high-noon with no shade (a photographer’s nightmare), we were able to get some incredible images that I hope they’ll treasure forever.
Kyle and Ivana’s tenderness towards one another was so sincere and so heartfelt, and I loved watching them interact.
Congrats you two! I hope you enjoyed your desert honeymoon!