A photo shoot in the desert can happen here in the Phoenix area most times of the year, except when the heat is bad in the summer. My favorite time to do a photo shoot in the desert is spring. The desert is in bloom and provides for some amazing backgrounds. One of my favorite colorful backgrounds during this season is the Arizona Ironwood tree in bloom. The plentiful yellow blooms explode with color when backlit by the sun, as in the image above and immediately below. It creates a unique look. The Ironwood only blooms for a couple of weeks of the year, so timing of the photo shoot is critical.
Another unique feature of our deserts is the saguaro cactus. They only grow in this part of the world, so this is the place to get a portrait in a setting that just can't be done anywhere else!