When I was younger, my mom told me to be careful when talking to strangers on the internet. She had in her mind this idea that I was going to run off, without telling anyone, to meet some strange person I met online, and that I would be taken or killed or given candy before bedtime...
Well, I'm sorry, mom. But I met some people on the internet out in the middle of the desert. And the only bad thing that happened was that, at the end of our three days together, we all had to say goodbye.
It all started in a Facebook group that I was added to with a ton of different photographers from across the country (a few from outside of the U.S., too!). The Colagrossis, Destany and Mitch, were flying out west from Indiana and wanted to adventure and photograph a couple in Joshua Tree National Park. Naturally, I volunteered Brian and I to be the ones to meet them in the middle-of-no-where Joshua Tree, California, share a house with them that Destany booked on airbnb, and, frankly, spend a few days with strangers in the desert.
To say that we got along well is an understatement. To take words from their own blog about the trip, "It was like we had already been friends for years. In fact, Liana and Destany arrived wearing nearly the same outfit." We miss these two a lot now that so much time has passed since our meeting. They are fun, thoughtful, beautiful, and have such an amazing love story. It was more than a joy getting to know them for those three days we spent together. We laughed over mushroom risotto, watched the meteor shower, and may or may not have consumed a ton of pizza. Brian and I are thankful to know these two talented wedding photographers and to now call them friends.
Destany and Mitch allowed Brian and I to take some love story photos for them in Joshua Tree National Park. We all took turns photographing each other- it was rather comical. You can see their images from this trip in their blog posts here & here.
See, mom. You can make friends on the internet!