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A couple walking through the desert during their elopement in Arizona

Arizona Elopement Photos

A couple leaning their foreheads together and smiling during their first dance at their 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 cuddling during their Sedona elopement
A couple embracing during their elopement by a lake
A couple kissing by a lake with wildflowers around them during their hiking 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 cuddling and smiling during their sunset elopement

"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 standing underneath the stars for their Arizona elopement
A man crying during their vow reading at their elopement
A couple's shadows on the desert dirt as they walk during their elopement in Arizona
A bride's dirty, muddy dress during her hiking elopement in Mount Rainier National Park
A couple smiling happily during their elopement
A couple hugging in the fog during their elopement day
A couple cuddling and kissing on the shoulder during their elopement
A couple kissing during their Sedona engagement photos
A couple having an intimate hug during their hiking elopement day
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 couple smiling near a canyon overlook at their Arizona elopement
A bride & groom snuggling and watching the sunset
A kid smiling and taking a photo of a couple having their first dance during their Arizona elopement
A groom getting ready for his elopement in Arizona
A couple celebrating they started a fire in a campfire pit during their elopement
A groom holding a brides dress as they hike
A couple writing their vows before going out to hike on their elopement
A couple with lanterns during their nighttime elopement in Moab
A couple exchanging rings during their elopement
A first look during an Arizona elopement
A couple kissing during their adventure elopement
A couple cliffjumping during their Sedona elopement
A couple having a first dance in a cabin during their Sedona 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's hiking boots during their elopement day
A groom smiles as he sees his beautiful bride for the first time during their elopement in Alaska during their first look
A couple hiking through the forest during their elopement

"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 having a private first dance by a lake in the woods
A bride having a first look with the groom's family during their Columbia River Gorge elopement
A couple kissing during their adventure elopement

"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 embracing after saying their vows during their elopement

Your elopement day isn't just about the highlights. It's a whole day of memories. I want to tell a story. Your story. 

Start planning Your Adventure

1. Fill out my contact form

2. Schedule a phone call to chat about your dream wedding day

3. Book your date

4. We'll design your perfect adventure

5. Get married and have the best day EVER!

A couple embracing and kissing during their hiking elopement
A couple hiking in the desert during their Arizona elopement

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