Need some inspiration for your Christmas and Holiday photo sessions? The holidays should be special every year, so it’s important to send your friends and distant family members a holiday card that will really impress. After all, you deserve a prime spot on the mantle. While there are so many classic holiday shots and family poses, nothing compares to the natural beauty of the desert, especially in the historic landmarks of Nevada and Arizona. Why not mix up your family holiday card style and add some southwest flair? Here are a few of our favorite Southwest spots that are sure to capture your imagination and result in some amazing photos.
Noting screams Happy Holidays from the Southwest like a photo captured at the Grand Canyon. Between the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon’s South Rim lies a place known simply as the Grand Canyon West Rim. Here, you’re surrounded by the Tribal Indian reservation of The Hualapai from the ground to the sky. Home of the world-famous glass bridge, the Skywalk, the West Rim is not something to be looked down upon. It sees nearly 1 million travelers each year and is a sight to be reckoned with, showcasing the result of millions of years of weathering and erosion. Here are few of our favorite poses from the Grand Canyon West Rim.
Next on our list is the breathtaking Monument Valley, which is part of the Navajo Nation reservation, a 640-mile drive from Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Ariz., about 25 miles north of the sleepy town of Kayenta. The valley’s most famous mesas, buttes and spires stand within the boundaries of the tribal park. The landscape transforms from non-descript rolling hills into towering rust-colored sandstone skyscrapers that seem to float on the horizon. You will be so mesmerized by the natural beauty of Monument Valley that you might forget your go to holiday card poses, so here’s some photo inspiration to keep you on track.
Havasu Falls is a remarkable waterfall located in the Havasupai Indian Reservation inside the Grand Canyon National Park. Imagine beautiful clear blue vibrant water set against striking red rocks and a wide sandy beach covered in shady cottonwood trees. Perfect spot for photos, right? Here are some Havasu Falls favorites to get your imagination soaring with excitement for your visit and photos.
Lovers of Sand Dunes will find in Death Valley National Park five different dune fields: Eureka, Ibex, Mesquite Flat, Panamint, and Saline Valley. The Eureka Dunes are the highest. Ibex Dunes and Panamint Dunes are the most remote because roads (unpaved) come within sight of them but do not actually reach them (the Saline Valley Dunes are quite remote, too, accessed only by long, rocky roads). The dunes at Mesquite Flat are the easiest to reach and see, and they are consequently the best-known. The curves and colors of these dunes are as graceful as those in any other range of sand dunes, and are the perfect backdrop for beautiful photographs, especially for your unique holiday photos. Here are some golden sand inspired photos to begin your creative journey.
The Watchman is the most photographed icon in Zion National Park for a couple of reasons. First, it is a beautiful and shapely rock mountain that happens to “face” the valley from the South and it glows at sunset. Second, it is near the South Visitor Center and is easily seen from the paved and much used Pa’rus Trail. Most photographers feel obliged to have a good Watchman shot in their collection, the challenge is how to put your personal touch on this iconic shot. Luckily, we have you covered with some examples for your holiday card shots here.