Moroccan Styled Shoot in Alamosa, Colorado

Updated: Apr 29

This styled shoot was certainly one for the books! Not only because it turned out ridiculously beautiful, but because of how many things managed to go terribly wrong before we made it to this point haha!


I planned this shoot with my friend Izzie Cervantes Photography. Set for May 23rd, 2019, we had originally planned for the entire shoot to take place at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Alamosa. However, when we arrived at the sand dunes that May, wind speeds were easily 30 mph! In fact, we were caught in multiple sand storms which left visibility at basically zero ft as we drove through Alamosa to enter the park! We walked around the park for 10 minutes, being pelted in the face with sand, before we decided there was no way we could ask our bride and groom, Kerry and Max, to model in those conditions.


Panicked, we drove around the surrounding areas desperately searching for a backup location. Finally we happened upon this beautiful spot on the side of the road. We found out after the fact that the mountain in the background of our shoot is actually one of the highest peaks in Colorado! We laid out our Moroccan themed props from Weave and Gather (those which wouldn't easily blow away) and did our best to keep the sand from completely covering the carpets. In the end, I think our little set up turned out pretty damn good!


Kerry wore a stunning, fringe dress from A&Be Bridal in Denver and, if I do say so myself, she ROCKED it! The couple did their best to stay warm (and look warm) while standing in the freezing cold wind and while being hit with sand. In my opinion, they nailed it!


Due to the last minute change in location, we ended up having to do the entire shoot in full-sun, mid-day conditions. Shooting in full sun can be difficult, but I actually loved how they turned out! There was a massive dark cloud shadowing the mountain in the distance which made for some very moody light in the background in contrast to the sun on their faces. It was truly a once in a lifetime lighting scenario!


After the pair was done modeling together, they quickly warmed up for a bit in their winter jackets before it was time for some solo shots. Kerry wore a bad ass, hand painted leather jacket by the amazingly talented Fabrics Tattoo. She was truly freezing but you would never be able to tell as she worked that jacket in the middle of the dirt road near by our ceremony set!


While things clearly didn't go as planned for this shoot, I am still obsessed with how it turned out. I can't wait to plan more styled shoots this next year!!


Florals: Studio Tersilla, @studiotersilla

Model: Kerry Kalu, @kerrykalu

Styled By: Samantha Ruscher Photography & Izzie Cervantes Photo, @samantha.ruscher.photograhpy & @izziecervantesphotography

Rentals & Decor: Weave and Gather, @weaveandgather

Dress: Willow by Watters from @aandbe_denver

Jacket: Fabrics Tattoo, @fabricstattoo














































Samantha Ruscher Photography

Colorado Wedding & Portrait Photographer

samantharuscherphoto@gmail.com