With its stunning desert backdrops and beguiling light, Palm Springs is one of the most inspiring destinations in the United States for landscape photography. Nestled in the Coachella Valley, it’s long lured creatives wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Southern California’s big cities for a life connected to nature.

Landscape photographers in Palm Springs often work in a variety of genres, ranging from real estate to portrait photography, while drawing on the city’s spectacular surroundings. Here are 10 of the best landscape photographers in Palm Springs, whether you’re seeking to document architecture, people or events.

Daniel Ryan

A family portrait backed by the towering palms of the Sonoran Desert [Daniel Ryan]

Daniel James Ryan has over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry, including the role of manager for one of the largest photography companies in west Hawaii. He relocated to Palm Springs in 2004 where he works as an aerial, portrait and real estate photographer, as well as offering 360-virtual tours and staging. He’s traveled around the world documenting landscapes that inspire him and is driven by the goal of telling stories that provoke a response in the viewer.

Monocle Project

A romantic couple portrait session in Palm Springs [Monocle Project]

The Monocle Project is a husband and wife photography team who specialize in weddings, engagement sessions, and lifestyle portraiture. Their images regularly incorporate the majestic landscapes of the Coachella Valley and the light that lures families to live in the Palm Springs area. Jasmin and Ryan take a collaborative approach with all of their clients and aim to capture glorious moments and outstanding images that will surpass your expectations.

Kyle Christensen Photography

A family portrait in a rocky riverbed [Kyle Christensen]

Kyle Christensen’s photographic journey began more than 25 years ago while he was living in the Texas Hill Country. Inspired by the magnificent natural beauty around him, he borrowed his parents’ camera and would head out to document the wilderness for days on end. In recent years, he’s turned his attention to wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photography but hasn’t lost his passion for the great outdoors. He loves collaborating with people and is always excited about new challenges.

Matthew David Studio

A couple walk hand-in-hand through a desert landscape [Matthew David Studio]

Matthew David Studio is led by Matthew and Christina, two Palm Springs-based photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers. They love the ability that photography has to capture fleeting moments and the raw power of real life. They escape the heat of the desert each summer to head off traveling and capture destination weddings around the United States. When they’re not busy shooting, they’re hiking in the great outdoors, relaxing around a campfire, and sharing a bottle of wine with friends.

Tadd Dorazio

A spectacular sunset with silhouetted palms [Tadd Dorazio Photography]

From weddings to real estate photography, portraits, and music events, Tadd Dorazio Photography has more than 15 years of experience working in a variety of genres. Their landscape photography is boldly colored and richly textured (with their aerial photos and videos a highlight) while the company’s lifestyle shots regularly incorporate quintessential Palm Springs scenes. Tadd Dorazio Photography uses all of the latest gear and technology to ensure outstanding quality and provides fully-edited ultra-high-resolution 4k photos to their clients.

Kaminsky Productions

A drone photograph of a jeep driving through the desert [Kaminsky Productions]

Founded by Ethan Kaminsky, Kaminsky Productions offers photography, video production, and drone pilot services that capture the people, events, and landscapes of Palm Springs. As the former president of the American Advertising Federation’s Palm Springs/Desert Cities chapter, Ethan is one of the city’s leading photographers and has a keen eye for aesthetics across a diversity of storytelling platforms. Ethan is assisted by the master technician Dan Eslinger and sound engineer Diego Elias who both have extensive experience in the industry.

Stephen Baumbach

A quintessential desert scene by Stephen Baumbach [Stephan Baumbach]

With around 45 years of photography experience under his belt, Stephen Baumbach now focuses his attention on capturing the enigmatic desert landscapes of Palm Springs. He regularly heads out to explore Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the Algodones Dunes, and Slab City, as well as teaching photography classes and workshops. His work has been featured in numerous shows around the United States and on the cover of “Distinctive Homes of New England”, with Stephen also an accomplished portrait and real estate photographer.

David A. Lee Photography

Looking down a desert highway [David A. Lee Photography]

Hailing from Rochester in New York, David A. Lee has called Palm Springs “home” since 2007. He was introduced to photography by his father who worked for Eastman Kodak and had his first solo exhibition at Philadelphia’s Provident National Bank soon after graduating from college. His portfolio of over 100,000 images is a testament to his talents in a diverse range of genres. Not only is he the official photographer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Modernism Week, and Cinema Diverse but his work has been published in “Architectural Digest”, “The New York Times” and “The Miami Herald”.

Lance Gerber Studio

The desert from above [Lance Gerber]

With his images featured in “Western Living Magazine”, “California Home and Design” and “Architectural Digest”, Lance Gerber is an acclaimed photographer who resides in the Coachella Valley. He specializes in architectural and fine art landscape photography, drawing on his background in art direction and graphic design. To share his knowledge with others, he regularly leads field photography workshops throughout the Palm Springs area to help both beginners and seasoned photographers artfully capture the natural environment.

Michael Gerry

A black and white landscape shot by Michael Gerry [Michael Gerry]

Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Los Angeles area, Michael Gerry is a retired veterinarian who became a full-time Palm Springs resident around a decade ago. It was in the surrounding desert that he was inspired to pursue his photography career and hone his digital skills. Speaking of his photographic approach, he says “I am not a purist” and prefers to seek out engaging compositions while utilizing a variety of post-production techniques to achieve the desired result.

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