Photographed by Amaris Sachs


In September 2021 I set out to Palm Springs, CA for a photographer’s content retreat (shout out to @emilypenuelasphoto). We got to the Airbnb super late the night before and woke up at 4:30am in order to drive to Joshua Tree for a sunrise elopement shoot. The original models actually couldn’t make it, so Leslie and Ian stepped in last minute. There were a lot of moving pieces. We all shot the initial concept and then one of the attendees (shoutout to Emma) mentioned a spot she had remembered from a previous trip on our way back.

We stopped here and the sun at this point was super harsh and I’ll never forget how quickly the desert temperature and light changes. I initially started out as a photographer who was scared of “missing” softer light around sunset. I nearly always shot in direct light, so seeing this structure and the bright morning sun really pushed me back to my roots. I think most everyone wasn’t super into the lighting and was ready to head back for breakfast, but this 5 minute stop quickly became a highlight of the retreat for me.
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CalmHolding Each otherPosed

“Hey, so I’d love for you two to bask in the sunlight together and take in this moment. Go ahead and move to the doorway and face each other. Do what feels natural. I’m going to back away and get a wider shot of you all embracing and moving the direction of your heads slowly.”
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Rule of ThirdsLeading LinesWideFull BodyNatural FramesOff Center


Single Point Focused on The couple Live View Continuous
Light & Weather

Harsh LightFront LitBrightNatural LightSunnyMorning

Equipment & EXIF

1/2500 f/3.2 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4


Adobe Lightroom Classic Personal

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Desert United States

Near the Desert View Conservation Area

near Desert View Conservation Area

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Amaris Sachs

Photographer USA Canon 5D mk IV Sigma Art 35mm 1.4
I believe that capturing the beauty of life & connection is what I’m here on earth to do. I can’t imagine existing without stories and the ability to push my boundaries as a person. I am a documentary wedding & editorial photographer based on the East Coast. At the center of my work is a commitment to authenticity, intention & excellence from beginning to end. My background development in dance has equipped me to have an intrinsic understanding of lines, movement & harmony between moving pieces. Seeking out excellent food experiences, securing new perspectives in familiar places, running around barefoot and learning to breathe deeper are my bread and butter. I hope you feel welcome here.
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To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life. -The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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