Alyssa Nicole x Sarah Ching Photography

I had the pleasure of working with Alyssa Nicole, a local fashion designer. A couple of months ago we did a shoot featuring her dresses she designed for her Fall 2016 line. We shot at Ocean beach during golden hour, and were super lucky. We found ourselves among literal clouds of sea foam just floating on the beach. If you have never been to Ocean Beach, I definitely recommend visiting during sunset! It’s a gorgeous stretch of beach with sand dunes and grass lining the edge.

She  designed each dress in beautiful shades of soft taupe, yellow, and bronze in satin and tulle materials. Check out her collection. Each dress links to her posts using my photos, so take a peak at them!

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Delicate Arch (Day + Night Hike) | Arches N.P., UT

Delicate Arch

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Delicate Arch

~1-2 hr roundtrip, 3 mi roundtrip, Intermediate

HOW TO GET THERE: Turn right off the main road onto Delicate Arch Road after 11.5 miles from the park entrance. park in Wolf Ranch parking lot on the left. You can also keep going straight to view the arch from the Upper and Lower Viewpoints.

The entire hike is only about 1.6 mi each way. It only took us 30 min to hike up, but we read it takes most 45 min –1 hr. It isn’t extremely difficult except the middle section which is a consistent incline on the face of open rock. The trail starts pretty flat, you pass a cabin and eventually reach a short incline. This incline turns hilly, but is still pretty easy. Walking up and down a couple times, you reach the base of the previously mentioned incline.

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Devil’s Garden, Double Arch, Windows | Arches National Park, UT

arches national park

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Devil’s Garden

4.2 mi Roundtrip, ~2–3 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Landscape, Partition, Double-O Arch

HOW TO GET THERE: Devil’s Garden is at the very end of Arches National Park which is a one way park and not a loop. It’s about 18 miles into the park. There are lots of parking spots, but also lots of people, so make sure you get there early. We arrived around 8AM and parking was no problem.

Start at the trailhead in the center of the parking lot, next to the bathrooms. Within the first 0.3 mi you will come to the first major arch: Tunnel Arch, and a little farther along at is Pine Tree Arch. Both are exciting to see but nothing compared what is to come.

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Queen’s Garden, Inspiration Point | Bryce Canyon, UT

Queens Garden

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Queen’s Garden Trail, Navajo Loop

3 mi, ~2-3 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Sunrise to Sunset Point

HOW TO GET THERE: You can drive around Bryce but they also offer a complimentary shuttle. I would suggest parking at Sunset and starting the hike there. You can either walk to or take the shuttle to Sunrise Point, we walked since it was only 0.5 mi.

Starting at Sunrise point there is a lookout with an amazing view, but trust me, it only gets better. The trailhead is clearly marked by wooden signs as you venture down into the canyon, surrounded by hoodoos. Queen’s Garden Trail is ~1.6 mi downhill until you reach the bottom of the canyon and come to a fork. At the fork you can either continue to Sunset Point or take the Navajo Loop back to Sunset Point.

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