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Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer - 2018 Year in Review

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a year in review…

Welp….this is it, the last day of 2018! I always spend the last few days of the year to review the year and make plans for the new year.

I must say HOLY COW what a year!!!

The first part of the year I prepped for opening business and moving to Arizona. I drove across country with my two cats in my car arriving to my new life on Valentine’s day.

I jumped right in full force, my first week here I photographed an intimate wedding in Northern Phoenix and and in home maternity session. As the year went on I worked on building a portfolio of adventure elopement and anniversary sessions to show clients just some of the amazing options for their wedding day. I met A LOT of new people in the industry and outside of the industry, got to know my new city, did some intense continued education within the industry, determined a style and a brand and traveled a lot. In between it all, I even launched a wedding dress rental program for all of my elopement and intimate wedding brides. The year was BUSY and not at all what I thought it would be, but does anything go as we plan???

If you have ever moved out of state you know that the first year is usually….odd. Lol. It is a year of adjustment, change, learning and reworking relationships. It was not a easy year at all for me emotionally and I must say I am very excited for a new year. I think 2018 was my year of change, growth, grounding and wonder. I am hoping 2019 will be my year of growth, blossoming and success. I am so grateful for the clients I had this year, the new friends I have made here in Arizona, to live somewhere with mountains and for supportive family and friends.

I’m also so blessed to have found the path within photography that I am extremely PASSIONATE about!! Graduating college with a BFA in Photography only 4.5 years ago I had no idea what I was going to do to with it. I knew I liked working with people and helping style photo shoots, but that was it. I went to work for an RV company photographing product to then a studio and golf photography job. While I loved my job and doing the work the all-around passion was missing. I truly think I have found my home in photography and couldn’t be more excited to go into the next year with further knowledge I gained this year to help couples pick a location for the elopement, help them plan, give them tips on awesome local vendors, be able to help them with a wedding dress if they’re eloping on a shorter time frame and document the most special day of their lives.

Cheers, ya’ll to 2019!


2018 Accomplishments:

I consider my first accomplishment of the year to be moving to Phoenix, Arizona. I can tell you first hand it really makes a huge difference to love where you live. Then would come the official launch of my business! I took a leap of faith and went from working at a commercial photography studio that mainly focused on golf to turning my focus to couple’s in the wild and photographing elopements!! I feel so honored to have been featured in my first year of business by Looks Like Film, Wandering Weddings, Tacari Weddings and interviewed by the Phoenix Voyage. I also launched a wedding dress rental program for all of my elopement brides!! I offer designer wedding dresses from size 0-10 that brides can select from without the time lines and stress of shopping at a store, not to mention saving closest space later. Of course, the overall achievement of surviving my first year in business.


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Locations of 2018:

In 2018 I visited, scouted and photographed at the following locations: Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Anacortes, West Palm Beach, Flagstaff, Sedona, Hanging Rock State Park, South Carolina, Louisville, Southern California Sand Dunes, Arizona Rim Country and Coal Mine Canyon.


Upcoming Travel for 2019:

In 2019 I will be traveling to the following locations for elopements and intimate weddings: Lake Powell, Asheville, North Florida, Sedona and the list is growing. Some places on my travel list for the year not yet scheduled would be Smith Rock, Oregon, Grand Tetons National Park, Yosemite National Park, Colorado, Alaska, Mt. Rainer and of course Iceland (it is always on the list!)

I can’t wait to see where all 2019 takes me!


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I am also excited to bring in the new year with a new logo!!

Be on the look out for some big things and new changes on the website. I'm so EXCITED for the new year!

Special thanks to the following folks for helping make 2018 not too shabby for my first year in Arizona: South Mountain Films, AZ Fleuristas, Ruthanne, Lauren Yvonne Design, my PHX ladies hiking group, Ashly, Shane Baker, Everardo, Jen Maclay, I Do Rentals, Platinum Medical Group, the Southwest PGA Section, ALL OF MY AMAZING CLIENTS, all the ladies that modeled my wedding dresses for launch, of course my handsome significant other, Shane Simmons and many more.

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Two am call times and four hour drives are always worth views like this when spending the day with two love birds! I have had my eye on this location for a while for one of my elopement or adventure anniversary couples and I was so stoked when Amanda and Conner decided to have their session here! I love scouting out the best locations and helping couples plan their elopement. This was my first time at this stunning canyon in Northern Arizona and I must say if you're wanting to elope somewhere private this is definitely the place to do it! Exploring along the rim there are so many great places to say your vows, have a private quiet moment, or do a little slow dance.

I got overly excited about the cows roaming nearby, but then again I always do, and so "starstuck" by all of the views. I can never get enough of watching my clients get excited about where they are too. Amanda was most excited by all of the different rocks along the rim. She would pick them up and stuff them in Connor's pockets or come up to me in pure excitement to show me how different one was from the other. It warms my heart knowing that my couples can have their wedding day be completely their way . They get to explore, see, and do on their own time where ever they would like. Arizona never stops amazing me of all the beautiful places there are to elope. Along our drive up from Phoenix I kept staring in awe of the locations we passed some were fields of dew with elk in them, some were dark sand mountains, and others were pine forested areas and mountains.

Adventure eloping is not the pampered life. You're getting married in hiking boots and your hair and makeup won't stay perfect. Eloping is worth so much more because your whole marriage will be essentially just a mirror of what your elopement is, helping each other through life, protecting each other from the fall, experiencing new things together, and exploring all life has to offer. I also have to give Amanda and Connor major props for conquering their fear of heights along the canyon rim for those gorgeous shots all while reading their vows. I know that they will be able to get through so much more together throughout their lives.

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Amanda is wearing the 'Grand Canyon' dress from my designer wedding dress rentals. Check out more here!

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Everyone has a story....


You have read my blogs about Smith Rock, Iceland, California and other travels, but I wanted to share where all this started.


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!

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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.

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There are no Rules in Love...

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Let's get personal for a second! I have always felt with love and in relationships there should be no rules. I have always thought each couple should have their own way of 'coupling' with no outside shoulds and should nots influencing how you love each other. You may have already guessed this from my love of elopements!

This gets me to the topic of couple's photos. If you love someone, why should you wait to take pictures with them until you get engaged??? If you are like me, then you live with your partner, but that does not always mean you're engaged. I personally like to decorate my walls (a lot lol) and I like having great pictures of us to do so. Couples pictures do not always have to be formal either! You can simply call me and say, me and my partner are going on this awesome trip near by and we would love to have a few photos done! This would literally make my day and you two would have lovely images to cherish that moment together for a long time.

Now let's get romantical and book a couples session :)

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With love, there are no rules. The heart decides and what it decides is all that really matters.

— Paulo Coelho