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My Top Engagement Locations in Tucson

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My Top Engagement Locations in Tucson

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about location. It doesn’t matter if it’s an engagement or a family session. It all comes down to location! Tucson has infinite location options, but I want to share my favorite engagement locations in the area.

Let’s start with what Tucson is known for; the Sonoran Desert. If you’re new to the area, you might think all desert locations are the same. I am here to say no way! Although yes, most locations have brown dirt and tall saguaros and a variety of cacti, no two locations are the same! See for yourself.

Desert Engagement Locations

Saguaro National Park – West

Easily one of my favorite engagement locations, but during SUNRISE! The colors are perfect, and you get that perfect backlight peeping through the desert mountains.

couples in the desert for engagement locations photos

Rattlesnake Trail

A location similar to Saguaro National Park – West, but slightly more south. I would recommend this engagement location both during sunrise AND sunset!

newly engaged couple in the tucson desert by gates pass

Engagement Locations in Tucson with Greenery

The Omni Resort

Because this is a resort, it looks incredible year round! You won’t even think you’re in Tucson. Palm trees, seasonal flowers, greenery, it’s got it all. Even better, their steakhouse, Bob’s Steakhouse, is the perfect post-session date spot.

Tohono Chul

Another location that will make everyone think you’re not in Arizona. It has lots of secret garden vibes, and it’s the perfect engagement location in Tucson if you’re looking for a variety of backdrops without having to drive around.

Surrounding Areas Worth the Drive

Mt. Lemmon

This location speaks for itself. We start off at one of the picnic areas for more of a woodsy feel and drive up to Windy Point for some gorgeous views. We have to leave extra early, so plan for at least 4 hours.


Tall grass fields and epic mountain views. We can even get the full moon to show up on your engagement pictures when planned accordingly!

Lavender Fields in Oracle, AZ

I wish we could drive up to Oracle year-round, but the fields only bloom once a year! If this is a location you’ve got your heart set on, we can definitely make it happen in the months of June or July.

Remember, these are MY favorite locations for engagement sessions. You are not limited to these spots. There are so many beautiful areas! We can drive out or fly out of state for even more epic backdrops. Check out these engagement sessions for more inspo:

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