Eloping in California gives you the largest variety of locations. Check out this post for some options in Southern California.
Joshua Tree is a scared place for many. The vast desert is so beautiful and peaceful, can you think of a better place to elope? Even though the park is popular, you’re bound to find a little nook just to yourselves for those vows. Check out Jax and Octavio’s romantic session and learn more about eloping in Joshua Tree National Park.
Yosemite National Park as an Elopement Location - Adventure Elopement Photographer based in Arizona
Yosemite is pure magic.
Yosemite National Park is an absolute dreamy place to elope. We often see the same photos of this park, couples on the edge over looking the sunning El Capitan or Half Dome. Even though these images are amazing there is so much more to this place! Every little nook is a piece of solitude and amazing views. The couple of days I was there the park was mostly submerged in the clouds. I can only imagine Yosemite as the perfect place for private vows and adventure as fantastic no matter what weather condition. There is even the sweetest little church for those couples that want an in between of an intimate ceremony and the private photos after. If you are a couple moved by water falls, look no further than Yosemite! I am telling you each hike I took and drive through the park I almost ran off the road or simply just stood motionless just gawking at the parks beauty.
Let’s take a second and talk about bears…
Please remember when you are visiting the beautiful National Parks you are also visiting the homes of many wildlife. Please remember that any second one of these beautiful animals may cross the road; keep your eyes on the look out and your speed down. Also, I know you may really want that photo of a bear close up, but do not chase the bears to get that photo, observe from afar. Respect the animals and their space. Remember to practice No Trace Behind while visiting the park for the well being of the ecosystem and the animals that live there.
Hey, hey it is me! I hope you enjoyed this blog post on Yosemite National Park. If you have any questions please reach out. If you are thinking of eloping in this stunning National Park please contact me. I would love to help you in your planning and be there to capture your adventure!
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Adventure Photographer - Adventure Session - Imperial Sand Dunes, California Couples Session - Phoenix, Arizona Photographer
My friends, it is important to remember that it does not take an elopement for you to have a professional photographer take beautiful photos of you and your significant other in a stunning location. Couple, proposal, engagement, and maternity sessions can be booked with me as an adventure session. On the other hand, maybe you did get married at a venue and you still want wedding photos in one of these beautiful places! You can book an adventure session as a day after or honey moon session as well. This is also a great gift idea for your partner on your one year wedding anniversary!
North Algodones Dunes Elopement - Adventure Elopement Photographer - Arizona Elopement Photographer
An adventure that starts the rest of your life..
Meet Tori and Matt, a truly adventurous couple. They moved to Phoenix from Pennsylvania several years ago. Together they are a smart power couple and lovers of the great outdoors. I couldn't help but smile behind my camera at their sweet giggles to each other.
The North Algodones Dunes are located in Southern California, and while it is typically being torn apart by off road vehicles, we had an entire day almost to ourselves in its beauty. I absolutely love my elopement couples! The memories, stories and dreams of future adventures are always awe inspiring to me. From the first look to the challenge of conquering the "trail" to breathtaking photos, elopements are like any other day in their lives together. Eloping allows the couple to start the rest of their lives together stress-free and experience a meaningful day completely their way.
When you're planning your elopement, it is important to understand what exactly the day will entail. For example, if you're eloping in the North Algodones Dunes in the summer months, it is very hot. You will need breaks for water and food and the proper shoes for the hot sand. The photos above give you an idea of expectations versus reality. Yes, it is beautiful and you're going to have an amazing day, but it is not easy. If you're thinking of eloping do not hesitate to ask me as your photographer to help you plan the day, it is important to know the location/trails, the limitations on permits, access within the park, the weather conditions, and tips on leaving no trace behind!
You can imagine my excitement as an avid hiker and believer in what REI provides for the outdoor folks when Matt parked on location, opened the trunk and said “So, we brought all of our hiking and camping gear and we would like to take a photo with it.” Matt explained that they were always prepared for an adventure when they were doing road trips, so they threw everything in the car even though they were prepared to spend the next couple of nights in San Diego at a hotel. Even though their packs were filled with books they're reading, rather than things needed for survival on the trail, it just reminds me of how precious it is that adventurous couples have the option to get married in their most natural state together, outdoors exploring. Outside of the experience, it also really warms my heart that couples can leave their wedding day knowing they will receive images that they would be proud to print and have on their walls.
If you are planning to elope I would love to hear from you!
During the Summer of 2016 the MPP team took a trip to Olympic National Park to camp and hike for three days after the Women’s KPMG Championship. During this trip we spent time car camping and hiking in the rainforest, hiking along the coast in La Push to Hole-in-the-Rock and trekking around with deer in the snowy mountains of Hurricane Ridge. We enjoyed local ciders we bought form little local nooks, watched sunsets from the coast, stopped to see the rainbow going across the clear lake and hugged trees larger than you could imagine! I can honestly say that this trip changed my whole life, it was the first tilt to many small shifts to come over the next three years. It sparked this intense desire to spend more time outdoors hiking and camping. It gave me this longing to go see the National Parks and learn more about these places and ther history. Being surrounded by this park’s natural beauty made me feel more at peace than I ever had in my life. It blossomed this wonder I already had for traveling and exploring to a full blown need.
Soon after, I learned about modern day elopements and boom another small shift! I saw a these stunning photos of couples in these massive mountains, along beautiful beaches and having these beautiful emotional ceremonies together. I enjoyed my job with the MPP team, but I was missing connection and working with couples. I decided to check this out and found a couple still looking for a photographer for their elopement during my time in Iceland. I photographed a couple from London’s intimate elopement on my first day in Iceland was hooked! I absolutely love elopements; not only because they are often in stunning places in the world like the Olympic National Park, but also to give couples a chance to have a wedding that is just what they want, stress free and a space to really share a special day together.
I hope you enjoy these images from what started it all for me!
General places I am available for hire for elopements: Arizona, California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Iceland, etc.
Specific places I a available for hire for elopements: Sedona, Grand Canyon, Horse Shoe bend, Smith Rock, Vik, Olympic National Park, Joshua Tree, Sand dunes in southern Cali, Torrey pines, etc.
I decided to go to California for a week alone to hike, explore and photograph for my Natural Coexistence series after a major change in my life. This shift in my life made me realize how important it is to spend time with yourself so that you can learn more about who you are. When I decided I wanted to go somewhere for a week to take some time alone the goal was to push myself in photography, push my body and mind. I wanted to go somewhere where I could be outdoors, see unique cities and somewhere that had different landscapes for my series. As one can imagine it would take months to see all that California has to offer and based on some of my previous favorite trips there, I wanted to see more!
A year prior to my trip I flew into SFO airport, touching down in California for the first time while on a work trip in Monterey. I started my adventure with only 48 hours to spend in the city of San Francisco. For me the most important part of being there was the photo shoot that I showcased in the first blog. I still took time to be a tourist seeing the Camera Obscura at Cliff House restaurant, the seals at Pier 39 and hike to Point Bonita Lighthouse. Then I headed down to Carmel, CA to camp at Saddle Mountain Ranch among the Monterey Pines. While this stop was more so a pit stop on my long drive to San Diego, it was also about seeing a town I fell in love with during my previous work trip. There is something so simplistic about pitching a tent then heading out to the west coast sunset with no one and no plans. After a solo quaint dinner in the town it is back to the tent for a bit of reading and writing in the dark of the night. The following morning I took a short detour to take in the views of Big Sur and wave hello to the hundreds of seals and a whale in distance while on a hike.
After many hours of driving, my next stop was a camp site outside of San Clemente. Once I arrived and my tent was up and ready, I was able to enjoy yet another beautiful sunset and dinner in a new place. While on my trip I ate at all local restaurants and enjoyed local coffee shops, rather than the mainstream options. I had the best cup of coffee in San Clemente, Caramel Lavender at Bear Coast Coffee. I had one stop to make in Valley Center for a photo shoot before going into my final route for San Diego. Once I arrived in the city and had explored a bit (yes, this also included a sunset) I sat down to relax at the Adventure Hostel in San Diego. The time difference, many hours of driving, hiking and exerting a ton of energy during the shoots had finally caught up with me. I had no time to rest for the next day was going to be one of the biggest days on my trip! I set out at 5am for Joshua Tree! A place I never thought I would go; I was there and I was hiking, but also photographing. I spent one day there partly by myself hiking and reflecting. The other part with a model photographing for my series. The following day I explored La Jolla and prepared for another day of photographing in Torrey Pines. After a hike down the majestic cliffs I quickly realized this shoot, my simplest one on the trip, was quickly going to become my favorite just by the views and color palette in the images. I had saved the best meal for last, Kettner Exchange. I have had the privilege to travel to a lot of states and eat at a lot of restaurants, but for some reason (it could be all because of the duck meatball) Kettner Exchange is by far my favorite. The following morning I packed my bags and drove another scenic few hours to the airport to head home.
I could tell you ALL the details about my trip, but that is better for a chat over coffee I believe. What I can tell you is that if you ever get the chance to go somewhere alone to explore and spend time self reflecting it will change you. Being in another culture eating different food, seeing the way new people react to you, the quiet moments in a tent alone for a night, a sunset by yourself or just taking a drive for hours in views you've never seen are experiencing you will never forget. It teaches you about yourself and takes you out of your everyday life to reflect on it all the while learning about a new place. There is something about the unknown that makes creativity spark and something about the new and unusual to your eye makes you look at things around you and wonder, rather than take things for granted.
Below are some images from my photo shoots while on my trip. If you would like to see images from my series please check out my Natural Coexistence page and if you would like to know more about my trip or have questions do not hesitate to contact me!