One of my absolute favorite places on the planet Earth is not Hemet, California. That place totally sucks and you should never go there, but do you want to know a place that doesn’t suck? Joshua Tree, California. Joshua Tree is this really incredible place that for some reason many people never go. Sure I could take the easy route and say it is because people are generally lazy and would rather sit on their couch and drink margaritas than go out hiking in the desert, but I won’t do that. You are busy and I get that so it is not your fault. Hell I like sitting on the couch and getting trashed just as much as the next guy but I still put my pants on and drive out to Joshua Tree at least 3 times per year because the place is freaking rad. Grab a couple friends, fill up a cooler full of beers and head out there. Trust me you will be glad you did. But let me focus back on the point of this blog post and that is the recent engagement session I was lucky enough to photograph at a place known as Wonderland Ranch. First of all, Wonderland Ranch is not some creepy Michael Jackson location where people ride ferris wheels and drink Jesus juice. Wonderland Ranch is simply this cool spot where a old car sits, a burned down building called Wall Street Mill still barely stands and Joshua Trees decorate the landscape. We started the engagement session there and then hit up some random spots throughout the national park before closing everything out in 29 Palms which is basically Hemet of the desert. I really feel sorry for people who live in 29 Palms as well. All this sitting on the couch and drinking talk has me all fired up so I am going to cut this post short and let you check out the photographs of Kathy and Mōno in Joshua Tree, California. But seriously make a trip out there soon for yourself!

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All photographs were captured in Joshua Tree and 29 Palms, California by Ryan Horban. Please do not take these photographs and use them for commercial purposes or to disguise yourself as a Joshua Tree wedding photographer to pick up chicks. Trust me, being a wedding photographer is not the best way to get chicks. Just tell girls you are going through medical school and you are lonely in your 6 bedroom beach house because the only companionship you have is your kitten Snuffles and a moderate inheritance you received from Grandpa Gilbert, also known as the man who invented string cheese. Trust me it is the far better play.