Lantern Fest In Queen Creek, Arizona


When I bought my camera I decided to go to events that would be perfect for different pictures. The first was Lantern Fest at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek.  When I first came across it I thought that it had to be a sign. My favorite Disney Princess is Rapunzel, I needed to practice my night time photography, and it was during prime AZ weather season. Also, it involved my favorite desert... SMORES!

So here's a little bit about Lantern Fest.

There was a downside to this event though.Very few of my friends were going to make the hour and a half drive to Queen Creek.  So I decided that I was okay with going solo. After all my main goal was to try and take some cool pictures. Little did I know that they would have a plethora of food trucks AND a beer and wine garden at Lantern Fest! After All, you do need subsistence during such an exciting event. So I grabbed a Peach Ale (before I realized you couldn’t leave the specific area) and some AH-MAZING Carne Asada Tacos.


Once I was done I found my perfect spot and started to set everything up. I wasn’t ready for the mass wave of emotion I had when it was time to start lighting the lanterns.

Like Rapunzel, I had a dream to see the floating lights.

And  then someone almost caught me on fire with their lantern because they were being too hasty with releasing it. Let me tell you, flames hurtling at you from every direction is a little unnerving.


I started snapping pictures as all of the lanterns started floating up in the air. Trying to catch pictures of people lighting them and even helping a few ladies next to me light theirs. I was snapping away when I heard it, I heard lantern lighting moment playing over the stereo system.

And atlast I see the light, and it’s like the fog has lifted. And atlast I see the light and it’s like the sky is new.

My song! The song I had written on my lantern, the whole reason I was there. So I quickly lit my lantern, and the kind lady next to me sent it off so that I could take a picture of it floating away.


I felt like a goddamn Disney Princess.

I can’t wait to go again next year. Hopefully I can improve my photography skills before then.