An Experience Like No Other
If you crave a unique, nature-centered experience for your wedding, you've found it. Designed for couples who love being immersed in the outdoors, each elopement or tiny wedding adventure is completely customized to what matters most to you. The Pacific Northwest is a wild, magical place, with endless choices for lovers of thundering waterfalls, rocky beaches, deep forests, sweeping vistas, craggy cliffs, and snowy mountains. No day is the same; no story alike. In this unpredictable and dynamic landscape, we follow what the weather and light and conditions tell us. After photographing both landscapes and weddings here for many years, I can help you find the perfect spot for your vows, then take you on an adventure for portraits in surroundings you’ll never forget.
If your favorite landscape is outside the Pacific Northwest, I will cheerfully join you almost anywhere in the world.
If you already have a place chosen for your elopement or tiny wedding:
Be assured the beauty of your special spot will be reflected in your photographs. I'm always happy to assist with logistics or planning your wedding-day schedule.
If you're looking for the ideal waterfall, mountain, lake, bit of ocean, etc.:
Armed with an extensive list of locations throughout Oregon, Washington, and elsewhere, I will help you find the perfect place for your ceremony and photographs. Whether you're completely new to the Pacific Northwest, or a frequent visitor, we'll create an exciting, custom itinerary for you.
Once we set a date and determine a genre for you, get ready for fun homework! I'll send you a list of options and areas, complete with links and maps. Once you and your fiance have a chance to explore the options, either in person or over the internet, we'll finalize your schedule and details. You also have access to my list of local professionals, should you be in search of flowers, cake, a veil, or even just a place to stay.
Where are you available?
I am local to Portland, Oregon, and regularly travel both domestically and internationally. I will very likely be happy to join you in your favorite landscape. I'm also a rock climber, so if you're getting married on a crag, count me in.
What is your style?
I blend photojournalism (candid photos) with artistic portraiture. I will quietly document your journey and important moments, and guide you as we create portraits in the wilds of nature. Expect an enthusastic, zen, positive companion for your adventure.
What is your reservation process?
To hold your date and provide planning assistance, I require a 50% retainer with your contract. Your balance is due two weeks prior to your wedding date. I do offer payment plans for certain packages.
What about weather?
The Pacific Northwest occasionally offers weather challenges in the form of rain, snow, and wind, which is part of why this area is so beautiful and dynamic. I'm equipped with GoreTex, dry bags, and weather-resistant gear. If the weather is being especially ornery on the day of your wedding, we can discuss options including changing locations, time of day, etc. Very seldom will I recommend rescheduling, and if I do, you'll know it's because I feel the conditions are too severe to be safe, or for my gear to perform as needed.
How dirty will we get?
That's entirely up to you! Most sessions result in some slight dampness, mud, sand, or greenery (we will be outside, after all), but I will almost never recommend a location or pose that will fully soak, dirty, or destroy your clothing unless you encourage it. If you want to fully trash your outfit, please let me know.
Will we be safe on our adventures?
While being outdoors is inherently risky, safety during photography sessions is my primary concern. I will do my very best to keep you away from uncertain situations, and warn you about any potential issues I'm aware of. Expect to hear me warn you about strong currents, turning your back on the ocean, etc.
How do you feel about same-sex weddings?
I enthusiastically support marriage equality.
We aren't inviting anyone to our elopement--is that okay?
In Oregon, you need a licensed officiant and two witnesses for a legal ceremony. I am happy to be one of your witnesses, and can bring an assistant if you need two. I have a list of officiants on my resources page, some who are willing to hike. I also recommend a solo musician if you are so inclined, to add to the romantic atmosphere (and be an extra witness if needed!).
I'm eloping this week. Are you free?
I highly recommend you call me if you're only a few days out, and we can discuss schedules quickly.