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I’m seriously still so in love with our Abu Dhabi engagement photos.

Daniel and I taught in the UAE for two years. It was a major changing point in our lives because it was the first time we lived together after three years of long distance, and it allowed us to pay off our collective 58k in student loans.

While we were there, our friend Ille offered to take desert engagement photos for us because one night at the infamous UAE brunches we got to talking about how I had a dream of Abu Dhabi engagement photos and she was dying to try out a desert shoot… it was fate.

The result was these absolutely stunning photos taken during sunset in the vast Empty Quarter of the UAE, the largest desert in the world.

The sunset, the camels, and the romantic atmosphere are pretty much guaranteed to get you daydreaming about planning your own Middle Eastern adventure!

Honestly, these desert engagement photos really just never fail to make me smile, so I just hope you enjoy them as much as Daniel and I do!



couple dancing in the Abu Dhabi desert


couple with a camel in Abu Dhabi


desert engagement photo at sunset


walking down sand dunes in a desert


Abu Dhabi engagement photo in the desert


couple with a group of camels in the UAE


girl smiling in the desert


couple embracing in a desert engagement photo


couple embracing in a desert engagement photo


baby camel


couple embracing among sand dunes


Abu Dhabi engagement photos with camels


couple dancing at sunset in the desert


Don’t you wish that everyday life could be this magical and romantic all the time?

That’s part of why I love travel photography so much because when it’s done so well like these are it captures the daydream, the adventure, the feeling of anticipation that is so unique to exploring somewhere new… even just writing this is making me want to take a trip back there soon!


This article is part of the Dan and Di Series. Read the rest below:

Turning 28: My Year in Review

Looking Back at 2018: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Turning 27: My Year in Review

Lost Creek Memory Barn Wedding Album


I’ve been traveling full-time for three years, these are the resources that make it happen:

➤ I exclusively use Airbnb for savings and security on long-term stays in furnished apartments.

➤ I use for short-term stays in hostels and hotels on weekend trips.

Skyscanner and the Scott's Cheap Flights newsletter help me find and book cheap flights and mistake fares.

Upwork allowed me to take the leap to travel full-time because they make it so easy to find freelance clients in any field. 

➤ The Superstar Blogging Travel Writing Course launched my travel writing career and helped me become a contributor at sites like Cincinnati Refined and International Living, and even get published in the Boston Globe.

➤ Finally, I love hosting my travel blog on SiteGround because they have helpful and responsive customer service and I love MediaVine and CJ for helping me make a living doing what I love!



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