commonly asked questions
how far in advance should we book a photographer and/or videographer?
The best time to book our team for your big day is as soon as you have a date or general timeframe in mind. We often get booked anywhere between 3-12 months out, especially for popular dates during summer and fall.
And for elopements, we are also often the first vendor (or only vendor!) couples reach out to, since we guide them with location options, vendor recommendations, and a whole lot more.
why do you recommend a second photographer / videographer?
Typically, a second shooter is helpful for at least a few hours during the day to assist in getting extra coverage of you two getting ready, the ceremony itself, and into the reception (if you plan on having one). This allows us to ensure we don’t miss any important moments, and you get to have extra images or videos from a variety of angles!
how do we reserve you for our big day?
Once you’re ready to secure a date, we can send you an easy to use online quote, with an agreement to sign and an invoice for a non-refundable retainer. We typically do 50% down to secure your date, with the remaining balance due 30 days from your wedding, but can also create a custom payment plan option upon request.
do you work with lgbtq+ couples?
YES, YES, YES! All of our team members are 100% supportive of any and all LGBTQ+ couples. We’ve also been published in Equally Wed, and wholeheartedly believe love is love is love.
can we elope without hiking somewhere?
Absolutely. While many of the more secluded locations offer privacy for those willing to hike a few miles or more, there are dozens of easy-to-access locations across the U.S. that still make for fantastic backdrops. However, the easier spot it is to access, the more crowded it is likely to be. This is why we highly recommend that most of our couples elope on weekdays and/or early mornings if possible.
what is a "first look" and do we need one?
A first look is great for couples who prefer to spend a little extra time prior to the ceremony taking photographs that focus just on the two of them. Portraits after a ceremony (especially with other guests present) can often feel rushed and less personal. First looks are pretty common for our eloping couples, since they’re doing away with most other traditions anyway!
If you’re bringing guests along, sometimes it can also be fun to do a first look with your parents or wedding party!
do we really need more than an hour or two of coverage for our elopement?
Most of our couples end up with 4-6 hours of coverage, and for a few great reasons. First, we believe that every couple deserves to celebrate their wedding day without feeling stressed, rushed, or as if they’re “on the clock.” We want you to look back on this day for years to come and remember how amazing, fun, and easy going it was from start to finish.
Second, many of the locations our couples choose for their elopement have so many great spots in close proximity, with short drives in between. This allows us plenty of time to drive (or hike) to more than one location and make the most out of your experience, especially if your destination is not your home state.
Last but definitely not least: our sessions are not just an all-day “photoshoot” with dozens of boring, posed moments. Nothing is off-limits, including prepping for the day at a cute cabin or beach house, exploring some trails, having a picnic, saying your personal vows, watching the sun go down, or dancing by a campfire!
are you insured and have permits?
We are fully insured and can provide a copy of our declarations page to wedding venues, national and state parks, or other locations should they require it.
We also have a few annual permits for locations we commonly visit throughout the year, and can easily obtain a photo/video permit for your individual date and location if need be.