A couple kisses in front of a vast mountain range covered in snow during their Alaska elopement with nobody else around them

Washington, Alaska, Utah & Arizona Elopements

A couple laughs while cozied up in a blanket, watching the sunrise during their North Cascades elopement

Worried about being in photos?
Don't be.

Seriously! Every single couple I've photographed has expressed concern or been worried about having their photos taken before their elopement day with me.  You're not alone!

Then after their elopement day, couples tell me that it was a lot easier than they expected, they had a lot of fun, and they forgot I was taking photos! (Plus, their photos look amazing!)

Your elopement experience can be this way too.

Less Posing, More You

I'm not here to capture forced emotions, faked moments or the same shots over and over again, I'm here to capture the real you and your real love. No forced poses, no fake smiles, no saying crazy things to get a reaction just for "the shot". In fact, this isn't about me at all. It's all about you. It's all about you having an incredible experience and having the best day imaginable. I truly believe that when you're having the time of your lives, beautiful photos will follow. I'm here to tell the story of your day, to capture images full of real emotion, laughter, adventure, love, and most importantly images that are an authentic representation of you and your relationship. I want you to look back at your photos and think "yes, this is us".

Feeling awkward in front of the camera is a very real fear, one that I understand very personally. I hate being in front of the camera myself, and have had some very uncomfortable times when my husband and I have been photographed. I get it. Which is why I never want you to feel that way. Almost everyone I photograph has this concern, being in front of the camera can be uncomfortable or even scary. Which is why I take a documentary or storytelling approach to photography. Photos don't have to be a stressful thing, they can be so much fun and easier to do than you've ever imagined. I have a very relaxed, natural posing style where my main focus is capturing the real you in the most authentic & fun way possible! My goal is that you get so comfortable, you forget the camera is even there, and feel 100% confident to truly be yourself, be deeply connected with one another and let your personalities shine. Which is why getting to know the real you is so important to me and is why I want to get to know you and connect before we ever meet in person. After all, it's much easier to be photographed by a friend than some random stranger! If you're still worried, check out my reviews to see what couples say about working with me.

What's it like to be photographed by me:

A couple kisses in front of a lake during their Mount Rainier elopement

"The photos were not only gorgeous, but actually looked real and natural, unlike the the overly-posed photos you get from most photographers. She truly puts you at ease and makes the entire process smooth and enjoyable! I cannot recommend her enough!" -Kellian & Luke

A bride and groom are saying their vows by a lake at sunrise during their Washington elopement
A couple kisses among the wildflowers during their rainy North Cascades elopement in Washington

"By the time we got to meet her I felt like we had already known her for awhile - she was a friend - which made it easy to forget she was even taking photos. Looking through the photo gallery brought back all the magic that day held." -Beth & Andrew

A couple laughs together while watching the sunset during their Mount Rainier elopement
A couple holds hands and gazes at a giant mountain peak during their Artist Point engagement photos
A groom is saying his vows during his Washington elopement and is smiling at his new bride
A couple walks on Ruby Beach at sunset during their Olympic National Park elopement
A couple cuddles on the wing of an airplane during sunset at their elopement in Sedona
A bride's dirty, muddy dress during her hiking elopement in Mount Rainier National Park
A couple is cuddling on the beach while having a campfire at the end of their Olympic National Park elopement
A couple is sitting down and cuddling with one another and watching the sunset on Mount Rainier turn purple during their elopement
A couple is cuddling up together and he is hugging her and kissing her forehead gently during their adventure session in Olympic National Park
A couple is kissing in their camper van during their adventure session photos
A couple is kissing at sunset in front of an airplane in Sedona during their elopement
A couple is having their first dance in front of a waterfall in Alaska

"We are thrilled with our pictures and how Kathleen captured so many special moments—the emotions on each of our faces, the little ways my partner and I relate to each other, and the beauty of our chosen locations and activities. We felt safe and comfortable in Kathleen's adaptable, capable, and competent professionalism, and we would recommend her to all of our friends and family." -Chellie & Blake

"She crafted a whole experience- not just putting us in poses for the photos. It was truly a whole experience that was so special and intimate. I don't think anybody else could go as above and beyond as Kathleen! The photoshoot was so intimate and real where Kathleen captured the true us- nothing artificial about it! It was amazing having her guide us through our first professional photoshoot and really made it all about our time and relationship together thus far. She has an amazing eye for art and couples photography. So glad I got a chance to experience a session with her!" -Haley & Hunter

"I cannot gush enough about Kathleen or our incredible photos. Even from the beginning she exceeded every expectation. John and I aren't natural models, but Kathleen made things so fun and we felt relaxed & comfortable in front of the camera. It was incredible to have her as a part of our little adventure. She allowed us to focus on each other and just enjoy the moment, capturing us at our absolute happiest. I felt like a princess and my husband, who usually hates pictures, was having the time of his life. Kathleen directed us just enough so it didn't feel awkward, but kept things natural and candid. She knew all the best spots and took the time to make sure every shot was flattering on us & featured the lovely red rock landscape. 
I've never experienced anything so personal and I've never been so happy with photos before. Our gallery came quick and the pictures were beyond what I could've hoped for. There wasn't a single one I wasn't in total awe of. We are so grateful Kathleen was with us for this moment of ours and hope to book her for any future adventures life may bring 💕" -Aubrey & John

"She took the time to really understand who we were as a couple and our story. Day of, she started us off with a grounding mindfulness exercise that wasn’t too “woo-hoo” and set the tone for me and my spouse to really connect and it shows in our pictures. Our pictures came out gorgeous! Especially since I have body image issues and typically hate seeing pictures of myself, these pictures are beautiful and I love them." -Sarah & Crystal

A bride is laughing and smiling while being carried during their Mount Rainier elopement
A couple is kissing in at Artist Point at sunset during their engagement photos
A couple is cuddling together in front of the ocean and having a quiet moment during their Ruby Beach elopement
A couple walks on the shore of a lake  with their two dogs on their North Cascades elopement day after getting married
A couple hiking in the mountains at sunset during their Mount Rainier elopement
A couple is snowshoeing at Hurricane Ridge in front of a bunch of mountains for their engagement photos
A couple enjoying the view at a lake at sunrise during their Mount Rainier elopement
A couple laughing and cuddling on their elopement day in the North Cascades
A couple is running down an empty road during their adventure session in the Olympic National Park
A couple is kissing one another and smiling in front of a lake during their adventure session in Washington
A couple hugging and sharing an intimate moment during their North Cascades elopement
A couple cuddles and leans into one another at sunset during their Sedona elopement with an airplane
A couple kisses in the rainforest underneath a mossy tree in the Olympic National park during their elopement

"Kathleen is a photographer who is passionate and who enjoys her job. She knows how to capture emotions and how to make your day special. I was concerned that my husband and I are not good at posing but Kathleen gave us so many ideas, so that pictures came out breathtaking. In addition, her style is different from others and somehow magical." -Kristina

A couple kisses during their snowshoeing elopement in Washington
A groom smiles as he sees his beautiful bride for the first time during their elopement in Alaska during their first look
A couple leans against a rock on the beach during their Ruby Beach engagement photos

"Kathleen was a dream to work with! She had so many fantastic ideas for our shoot. She made us feel comfortable and relaxed which resulted in amazing photos!" -Leah & Hunter

"We loved her laid back style and it never felt like she was trying to create any staged moments. She just let us be us. Our pictures are absolutely incredible we will truly cherish them forever." -Kaitlin & Derek

A couple is hugging and laughing during their elopement in Mount Rainier
A couple is hiking in the vast mountain ranges of Alaska during their adventure elopement
A couple kisses during their sweet elopement in the rainforest

"My significant other and I have never done an actual photoshoot and my forced fake smile is sooo obvious. I was super worried about the session being awkward, but Kathleen did such an amazing job helping us feel comfortable and made the experience TONS of fun!" -Kalaena

A couple shares their first kiss on an overlook of Lake Powell for their elopement

"We felt so at ease and comfortable during the photoshoot. Kathleen did a phenomenal job of giving us a few cues for different poses but also just let us be ourselves and captured some amazing moments. She took a few moments before the shoot to really set the mood and allowed us to just be together and hug for a few minutes which was nice. Overall, it was a wonderful experience!" -Cori & Jess

A couple shares an intimate moment during their Sedona elopement day

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4. We'll design your perfect adventure

5. Get married and have the best day EVER!

A couple hugging in front of a beautiful mountain and valley during their Alaska elopement in the fall

Elopement Packages & Pricing

A couple enjoying the sunrise during their Lake Powell elopement in Utah

Elopement Resources & Stories

January 

Washington

February

Washington

March *limited*

Washington

April

Washington & Oregon Coast

May

Washington & Moab

June

Washington

July- Mid August

Washington

Late August- Early September

Alaska

Late September

Washington

October *limited*

Moab & Northern Arizona

November 

Northern Arizona &  Sedona

December

Northern Arizona &  Sedona

If you want to elope or have an adventure session in one of these places, reach out to me today and we can chat about your dream day. By working around my travel schedule, you will receive my local Washington pricing. I'm also available to add other destinations if there's somewhere else you want to elope that is not on this list, or if you want to elope in one of these locations on a different date. Reach out to me today and we can get started planning your ultimate adventure!

2022 Travel Schedule 

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