I'm Donna Marie
An inclusive adventurous destination wedding and elopement photographer livin' in upstate New York. I'm here to empower all couples to create an intentional wedding day that focuses on the experience and the feels.
You all know that I’m a huge fan of national parks and that I love exploring and photographing them. So when the chance arose for me to photograph Katelin + Michael at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, I basically squealed with joy. We spent an amazing evening exploring the area with moody skies, a perfect wind, and comfortable temps.
My session with them was my first time at the Great Sand Dunes, and I cannot put into words how amazing and expansive this natural wonder is. We definitely got a work out while we explored the area and found it way easier to get around barefoot (myself included). There were a number of others exploring the area or dune surfing, but not so many that it felt crowded.
When it comes to National Park popularity, I feel like the Great Sand Dunes is a hidden gem. Nowhere near as popular as Arches (or anything in Moab for that matter). If you have never been, it’s truly a breathtaking location. It’s incredibly vast and the dunes in the distance can be hiked if you’d like.
At the tail end of their session, a rain storm rolled it and it created some amazing views; the sun blazing to the west as it began to set, the moody clouds rolling in from the north-northeast.