Mojave Desert / by Caitlin Trickett

When I found out that I would get to go to Las Vegas for Spring Break I was extremely excited for the obvious reasons anyone would be excited about but also because we would be in the Mojave Desert. A desert as a backdrop for a potentially awesome photoshoot? Yes please. It was amazing and probably the highlight of my trip but not without it's post-photoshoot challenges...

Story time:

The closest public park sits at the base of Mount Charleston, about a 20 minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Sydney and I took an Uber getting us out there around 6:00 pm; just in time for the ideal 'golden hour'. It was absolutely beautiful and I was overwhelmed with the amazing backdrop because I'd never seen anything like it before. I got to shooting right away. No one was around, the setting was amazing (the weather was not: freezing cold and 25 mph winds), it was peaceful...perfect. When the cold became too much and we only had a bit of sunlight left I decided to call an Uber to take us back to the hotel off of The Strip. The interesting thing about being 3 miles from the nearest house in the middle of the desert is that there isn't any cell phone service. Who knew, right?!.. This was a fairly disheartening and terrifying situation I'd just gotten us into. Not only was it ridiculously cold but just half an hour earlier our Uber driver made it a point to tell us that this desert is infested with coyotes at night. I laughed at the situation at first because for a second I thought it was "kind of cool" that something like this was actually happening to us but very quickly I switched over to "this is bad..very bad". Thankfully I spotted a photographer nearby doing an engagement session. I awkwardly approached the group of people and explained our situation and for a solid 5 minutes I actually thought they weren't going to help us. Sweet, Southern kindness doesn't ring true in the Mojave Desert at sunset. Finally these people said they would give us a ride back to The Strip and they turned out to be really awesome. Needless to say, my excitement for getting to do this photoshoot put us at risk of hypothermia or becoming coyote bait (dramatic) but I'd say it was worth it...