Adventure Elopement Photographer
Hey Friends,My name is Janel and I am so glad that you have made it to this page. Let's start off with a little about me. The most important part of picking your elopement/wedding photographer is finding someone you can vibe with. Here we go! I am a huge advocate for all-day coffee. Yassss! If I can get away with wearing pajamas believe I am going to do it. My best friend is my dog, yeah he is a little spoiled. I love eating potatoes any kind of way you could imagine, Being outdoors in nature surrounded by wilderness is my favorite thing. I have never felt more at peace than I do when I am by myself in nature, exploring new areas. It is truly my happiest place. I am a huge introvert and need time by myself to reset. I am such a nerd and love laying around reading a good book. I love watching funny TV sitcoms like Friends, New Girl, and Schitt's Creek. Well enough about me, let's get to the part that is all about you. I can't wait to get to know you!
"Calling all Adventure seekers, lust followers, heart listeners, stargazers, life dreamers, you are a true inspiration. Those with the courage to live their lives are truly magical."
"They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered."
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
So the thought of eloping sometime in the near future has crossed your mind, that is just so exciting. I know planning something as different as an elopement can be pretty scary and intimidating. You aren't really sure where to begin or what to do. That is the coolest thing about eloping, there are no right or wrong answers. You can literally make the whole day tailor suited to your dreams. You can plan every single detail and not compromise on anything at all. You can still have that intimate ceremony. You can invite family and your closest friends. It could be just the two of you standing under a waterfall or you could bring your kids and pets too. It is ultimately about just the two of you which is exactly what your wedding day should be. The saying goes "it's your special day", why not really make it your day? Try closing your eyes and just imagine what your perfect day would look like. You can plan a mix of ceremony and wedding activities that relate only to the two of you. If you want an unforgettable experience then let's get started planning your greatest adventure.
What is Eloping?
"The only magic I still believe in is love."
A very intimate ceremony that is intricately designed for the bride and groom to have everything they want on their special day and nothing that they don’t. This can take any form they want it to with a specific set of activities and locations. They can include a small number of family members at the ceremony or it can be just them on a cliffside. The possibilities are beautiful and endless. It throws away all the rules, gets rid of any production or performance. Literally the epitome of not being stressed. Simply the beautiful connecting of two souls with no fuss. More flexibility with dates and times because you don’t have to book a venue, plus your photographer literally becomes your wedding planner. Just a custom fit experience to last a lifetime's worth of memories. Isn’t that what it’s all about, It is your day after all.
Intimacy. Authenticity. “Just us” Experience. Intention. Less Drama. Value Experience. Less stress and anxiety.
Who is Eloping For?
Elopements are for anyone who has second thoughts on some of the outdated traditions surrounding weddings. For couples who are wild and free and like to throw caution to the wind. People who live with one toe on the line even thinking about crossing it. For anyone who has dared to dream bigger and better for themselves. Those who know that the day they decided to intertwine their soul with another should be just about the two of them and not about what others think. Basically, in a nutshell, Elopements are for YOU!
When and Where should you Elope?
This is one of the most epic things about elopements, you can literally elope Anywhere and Anytime you could possibly imagine!
The beauty of eloping is that you are not tied down to a specific type of venue or just weekend dates. You have full flexibility to pick a dream location like for instance Redwood National Forest. This is a pretty popular destination for weekend travelers but you could go in the middle of the week when National Parks are 75% less busy. This is just one for instance... The possibilities are infinitely endless. Another bonus is that you don't have to be tied to a date in the middle of a busy wedding season. Say you want to elope on January 16 because that day has significant meaning for you, but you don't want to elope in the cold. You can simply pick a warmer location for the date that you want.
Elopements are the ultimate in customizable features. When I say you can literally pick all the things that you want and leave out all the ones that you don't, I couldn't mean it more.
What is an all day Elopement?
Here is an example of a 15 hour day elopement.
All Day Elopement
Experience 1: Landscape
Getting ready Location: Tent Mountaintop at Sunrise
Ceremony Location: Flattop Mountain at Grayson Highlands
Additional Portrait Location: Waterfall
Meal/Celebration Location: Meal at the campsite by fire
6:00- Wake up and pack up the tent, get dressed, and prepared
7:00- Take photos of all the preparation and details
8:00- Do first look and some more formal shots
9:00- Prepare to hike out and find the wild ponies
10:00- Stopping along the way for beautiful photo ops and sweet moments
11:00- Stopping for a packed lunch and snacks along the way (wine & cheese)
12:00- Finally making it to the flat top, doing the ceremony
1:00- Some seriously mushy photos
2:00- Hiking out to the waterfall
3:00- Getting set up at the waterfall and taking pictures
4:00- Hiking to the overnight camping spot
5:00- Setting up camp before it gets dark
6:00- Eating a specially prepared meal by the fire
7:00- Watching the sunset over the mountains
8:00- Taking some shots by the fire with nightclothes and smores
What would we even do during an all-day elopement
You’ll smile. A lot. You’ll laugh, maybe cry (I usually do). You’ll have a whole adventure together that you enjoy every minute of.
"You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought". —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Why an all day Elopement?
This is "YOUR DAY" that's how the saying goes. Why not make it really all about you. You will only get married once so it should be memorable. You deserve the day of your dreams, even bigger than you thought you could dream.. Don't sell yourself short and don't buy into traditions that don't serve anyone. You can break the mold, throw all the rules out of the window. A few myths that people have created surrounding elopements. They are no longer a shameful marriage because you're parents don't agree. Now elopements are about the unique relationship the couple shares. They are not an all-day photoshoot. It is an all-day celebration of your love while I lurk in the background capturing that connection. It is not just a cheaper version of a wedding for people on a budget. An elopement is really just catering to the wants and desires of the bride and groom. There are really a million different ways to customize this day to truly be the most meaningful day of your lives. I would love to help you plan the adventure of your life! Capturing true love stories really sets my soul on fire and I will be the biggest advocate for your wants, dreams, and desires. That way nobody can make you do anything you don't want to do on your wedding day. It can truly be "YOUR DAY"!
Let's get down to what you really want to know...
What do the packages look like?
You are probably thinking that sounds way too good to be true. There must be super strict pakages like with weddings. I prefer to believe that just like no two people are the same, neither are elopement packages. I want to help you specialize your package to include all the things you want and none of the things that you don't. You desreve a completely catered experience. That is why I offer a luxury of features with every elopement no matter how big or small.
Let me help you create the most epic, fun, stress-free adventure experience while I document the story of your day.
Personalized Location Guide
Included in every elopement session is a very detailed, thoroughly researched location guide to help you pick the very best diamond in the rough. You want your destination to be personal and epic just like your love story. Along with this comes permit guidance to help you know which locations will require permits, can have dogs, where to camp and so much more.
Local Vendor Suggestion List
When I say I want to take away the stress, I really mean it. I will create a local vendor list that covers everything you could possibly want on your day. Covering all the basics like hair, makeup, flowers, and cakes. I also include a list of vendors that could help to elevate your elopement experience. Things like hot air balloon, off road vehicle, private chef, pilot, or any other local experience that I think you should know about, just in case.
Hand crated Timeline for your day with a list of fun activities
Once we have the basics of when and where down, then we get to the fun stuff. Planning the little details in between that will truly make your day the most memorable, unique experience ever.
Customized client portal
Your client portal will hold all the information regarding your elopement in one organized place. The contract, date, vendors, locations, timeline, location guide, all the researched info. It's kind of like a Wedding Binder that you can carry everywhere you go on your phone for quick reference. It's super convenient when you have that many flowing details. The best part is I will put it all together for you.
Nothing will ever go exactly as planned and things will arise that will make us need to go in a new direction. That is why I will be here for you every step of the way. I will have backup plans for all the worst case scenarios so you don't have to worry.