Colorado Elopement Photographer based in the Rocky Mountains
An elopement is an experience that’s deeply rooted in your love. It’s a symbol of your relationship and the bonds that hold you together. And gives you a way to celebrate your story in a unique and unforgettably epic way. As a Colorado Elopement Photographer, I believe your moments in the mountains are the most important detail of your day.
I help you create a day that will be a story you tell for ages. I’m a fly on the wall who makes sure you’re in the best light and guides you through the experience so that I can document your genuine moments without overly posing you or taking away from your experience.
I’m a destination and adventurous elopement photographer who specializes in showing off your real moments in the most beautiful places.
For laid-back lovers who want to document those moments in epic landscapes
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“Nat is AMAZING! If you love the outdoors and want someone who can capture an adventure session or an elopement she is the one to go to! She hiked up in freezing temps to captured our sunrise elopement with our dogs in Summit County and it was beyond perfect! She makes you feel no pressure and captures your adventure all the way through beautifully.”
Your love is unique and imaginative.
You deserve a stress-free experience that unforgettably and wholeheartedly celebrates you two!
I’ll help you craft & document an authentic day where you can relax and create memories of a lifetime.
a few types of adventures I specialize in..
Hiking & exploring together is incredibly bonding and such a fun & intimate way to get married. The hiking community is incredibly supportive and all share the same love for the earth. Being surrounded by giant mountains makes you feel so free and small- but in the best possible way. Hiking for your elopement opens up so many more unique and epic locations.
I’ve been snowboarding for over 20 years and it’s by far the coolest thing I know how to do. I skied as a kid before that. I even taught snowboarding for a little while at Loveland Ski Area. Powder-chasing couples who want to shred in their wedding attire are badass. There, I said it.
4x4ing is like going on a really hard hike to a super gorgeous spot, except you don’t have to carry any of the stuff or sweat at all. Taking you to places that are out of this world and rarely reached without a hike. It’s a super fun way to get those epic views and major solitude in nature.
My favorite places to photograph in Colorado
Anywhere in San Juan Mountains
On hikes, even on top of the 13ers and 14ers
Anywhere Skiing & Snowboarding
Up 4×4 roads
Near alpine lakes
Meet Nat, Your Fun, Laid-Back and Candid aF Colorado Elopement Photographer
I want to foster a comfortable and safe environment for people to get to enjoy the natural beauty of the earth and fall more in love with each other through bonding and adventurous experiences. I believe everyone should get outside & love nature so it can love them back. I want to create images and art that bring people right back into each moment when they look back on it. Documenting your moments in a way that is unposed, natural, and candid. Not overly produced and directed shots that feel like a photoshoot. I don’t want any part of working with me to feel like a photoshoot. It should be your authentic elopement day just documented.
My background is in hospitality & customer service sprinkled with adventure and photography. My first real job was at a small fishing lodge on an island in Alaska being a housekeeper, food server, and guest photographer. I graduated high school early from homeschooling and set off to see the world immediately during the summer before starting college. I dabbled in being a “yachtie” for a little while. And I worked in the darkroom and digital printing lab at both my community college and university. Then I worked in luxury hotels as customer service & eventually sales & marketing for events. But one thing that has remained the same is I’ve always taken a camera with me everywhere I go.
I’m a certified Wilderness First Responder because safety is my number one priority when recreating in the outdoors. My favorite adventures are traveling, hiking, snowboarding, camping, road-tripping, and 4x4ing. I could easily sell all our belongings and buy an RV to travel the Americas. I cannot wait for the day we can live as expats all over the world.
I’m here to help you have the ” this is totally us” and “best day ever” elopement and intimate wedding experience.
From simple elopements or out-of-the-box adventurous ones, I love helping to craft them to be authentic and true to you, your love story, and your personalities + life together. I give you custom locations & vendor recommendations, research permitting, and all the adventure logistics like timeline, etc to lessen your stress beforehand. Then I’m with you through thick and thin for your adventures helping every step of the way. I do this for love – yours and mine.
It’s such an honor when I’m chosen to document a couple’s elopement day. They flow so effortlessly, giving way to the natural way things unfold. One of the reasons elopements are so special is because they don’t have any boundaries. You aren’t boxed in by expectations or timelines. The options are endless. With that freedom you are much more open to freely just be yourselves and relax together. That’s when I begin to see and feel your true love story unfolding in front of me. That’s the story I’m here to tell. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that when you’re being true to you, you have fun, and when you have fun the best photographs are made. So be weird, be awkward be whatever, just be you. Fully immerse in these moments in wild places together.
How does it work?
A Tailored Elopement Experience
You both deserve to have an experience tailored to your personality, lifestyle, and love story. I send a “get to know you” questionnaire so I can give you custom location and local activity ideas that fit your interests and abilities. I also send you personalized vendor recommendations and a hand-crafted timeline. No way you can be stressed when you have a new bestie who specializes in all things intimate weddings and Colorado adventures.
Laid back, Candid and Fun Photography
Your elopement day isn’t meant to be a boring all-day photoshoot. Let me rephrase; it should not be an all-day photoshoot. You elope to escape the stress, anxiety, and pressure of a big wedding. That’s exactly how your photo experience will be. Laid back, fun, and candid. My aim is to help you craft a day you’re excited & prepared for so that no matter what happens it’s an amazing experience where you two can focus on each other.
I’ve photographed over 200 weddings and elopements in Colorado since 2014. I’ve hiked over 300 miles and 70,000 feet of gain in Colorado + hundreds of adventures. And I’m Wilderness First Responder certified. I’m here to help you every step of the way. You have my wealth of knowledge and experience at your fingertips for whatever kind of elopement day you’re dreaming of.
Colorado Elopement Photographer Pricing
+ Wyoming, Utah, Arizona & New Mexico (travel is included)
All Elopement Collections Include:
- an exclusive elopement planning guide only for NMP clients
- a mini gallery of sneak peeks that tell your story within 24 hours
- all outdoor activities- you just cover the cost to include me in whatever it is you’re doing – I’ll hike, snowboard, paddleboard, 4×4, or whatever I have to do to chase you around on your elopement day. I will cover the cost of my lift ticket at any Epic Pass or Ikon Pass resort though! 🙂
- custom timeline creation
- location inspiration & custom location suggestions based on the day you’re dreaming of
- local vendor recommendations
- gear recommendations for your specific activities
- local activity & unique lodging ideas to customize your experience
- logistical planning assistance
- local permit research & marriage license info
- all the final edited full-resolution digital images with unlimited downloads- are delivered via an online gallery with access for a year
- All travel within Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, South Dakota, New Mexico & Florida (I love to document travel experiences – Inquire for a quote to bring me anywhere with you!)
- personal print release & 20% off in your gallery print store from my trusted professional printing companies
- a 3% discount for all active military, first responders & nurses – including our local Search and Rescue volunteers
- every couple eloping further than 1 mile into the backcountry also receives a Colorado SAR card for 1 year to help support local Search and Rescue operations
Two full days of elopement and adventure coverage with one photographer and planning assistance.
The multi-day collection is wonderful for all the epic moments you’ll share with your favorite person (or people). You really cherish photography & documenting your moments. You have fun & unique things planned for your experience and you want to tell the full story. You’re thinking of your elopement as your wedding & honeymoon combined and you want to remember it for as special as it is.
All-day comprehensive elopement coverage with one photographer and planning assistance.
This comprehensive all-day elopement package will cover anything you have going on. No timeline to worry about at all.
Want to enjoy both sunrise and sunset on your elopement day with all kinds of adventures and events in between? No problem. Want to take a break in the middle of the day for a nap? Perfect. I work with whatever unique timeline you are thinking.
Half Day Elopement
Half-day elopement coverage of up to 5 hours with one photographer and planning assistance.
This collection is perfect for couples wanting to stick to one area. Maybe you get ready together before heading off to your ceremony & explore for some fun romantic portraits.
Includes hikes up to 4 miles round trip.
*Mini Elopement – 1.5 Hours
This is a special elopement package and does not include everything that the above collections include.
The mini elopement is for “just us” elopements with little to no guests at one location.
This can only be booked within 4 weeks of the date and is only available on weekdays (Monday – Thursday)
It includes the following:
A list of locations to choose from within 100 miles of Denver
Colorado Elopement Collection Add-Ons
An Adventure Session
Does another adventure call for you? Maybe you want to horseback ride, paddleboard, hike, hit the slopes, snowmobile, go tubing, or hit up some hot springs. I’m game for whatever kind of adventure you’re dreaming of.
Includes up to one-hour weekday session and all the final edited images with personal print release
within 100 miles of Denver $750
Basic Ceremony Video Coverage
Your ceremony will be documented from a single angle on an iPhone 15 Pro Max with a tripod and a Bluetooth lapel mic for better audio. I’ll carry the tripod, camera, mount, and a Bluetooth lapel wherever we go for your ceremony.
You receive the raw, unedited footage of your full ceremony.
Looking for additional unedited footage of your day, like the first dances, speeches or more? Inquire for a quote!
Elopement Content Creation
Behind-the-scenes & cinematic moments documented on an iPhone 15 Pro Max. You receive all the short raw clips so you can put them together in whatever ways you can imagine. A way to have video moments from your day without having an additional person.
This way you don’t have to deal with having to hire another vendor or have to have another person tagging along on your intimate elopement day.
Perfect for sharing highlights from your day in video form or in combination with your images. Perfect for creating IG reels, TikTok, and YouTube shorts, or putting together a short highlight video from your day.
Half Day- $350 – 2+ minutes of raw 10-20 second clips
Full Day $650 – 4+ minutes of raw 10-20 second clips
10×10 20-Page Album
I will hand-design your album so you can have the beauty of your images in a gorgeous book without any of the work to design your album! Just favorite 30-35 images in your gallery and I will handle the rest.
Looking for an elopement photographer to travel with you?
My Travel Rates
Taking off on a jet plane to find your magical place that isn’t in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, South Dakota, Florida, or New Mexico? No problem! Just add the necessary travel fee below to any of the above packages!
US Lower 48: $1500 – $2000
Alaska and Hawaii: $3500 – $5000
Anywhere else in the world: $5000 +
Set Up A call
Set up a free, no-obligation call with me so I can learn all about your vision and your dream elopement details.
Get on the Books
Once you’ve reviewed my elopement packages and we’ve had a call I will send you a quote and contract for you to complete your booking. Just follow the steps to be able to fill out, sign, and pay online through your client portal. A $1500 non-refundable retainer is due to book your date. The remaining balance is split up into increment payments every 3 months to cover the pre-planning. The final balance is due 30 days prior to the date.
Choose Your Ws
Who, what, when & where? Who do you see around you when you dream of your elopement day? What are you doing together? What season do you see? What time of day is it? What kind of surroundings do you see when you envision the most epic day of your life?
Plan the Details
Once you choose your location and date, and if you’re having any guests then you can start to book your accommodations, other vendors, travel, etc. This is when you can start to think about what you’re going to do to celebrate. Like activities, hobbies, or special elements that you may want to include. Maybe a nice chef dinner or boat ride.
Have the Most Epic Elopement Day Ever
The day is here! It’s time to celebrate your love. This day will be the best of your lives.
You deserve to celebrate your love in your ways.
Nope, hiking time is included in your coverage time so we just have to pick a hike that works within your collection. I’ll send you a list of hikes I recommend that fit your vision and capabilities if you’re thinking of a hiking elopement!
Nope! Even my lift ticket for whatever ski resort you choose in Colorado is covered in your collection!
I can shred most black and double black diamonds on good powder days. My favorite terrains are the bowls and tree runs with deep powder.
Booking your vendors, travel, lodging, and activities in a local area is something you have to do on your own. But I do recommend vetted local vendors, unique lodging, and local activity ideas.
No. If you have special decor you’d like to use for your intimate ceremony, dinner, picnic, etc, I suggest you hire a day of coordinator to set those things up for you while you enjoy your elopement day.
I provide 10-20 sneak peeks within 72 hours.
Yes, for an additional $1000 you can receive your full gallery within 3 weeks of your elopement day.
Yes. My travel and lodging costs for Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, South Dakota, & Montana are included in the above-listed package prices. If you are traveling out of Colorado, just add the appropriate travel fee to your package for your total.
Do you get our wedding permit for us? necessary wedding permits required to get married on the land.
My Colorado Elopement Photographer Style
How I edit your photos…
My editing style is clean, true to life, colorful, and bold. I love showing off the beauty of Colorado so I keep the natural vibe of the environment. I want each image to make you feel something. To bring you back into that moment or place. I want you to feel the magic when you look at them.
I choose several photos that are best in black and white. My black and white style is clean & contrasty with no muddy tones.
What I’m like on your day…
I don’t think your elopement day should be about photography at all. You’ll know I’m there when I place you for moments. But otherwise, I want you to be so completely in each moment that you forget I’m there. All you need to think about is why you’re doing whatever it is your doing. And I promise you it isn’t for me. I never want to take away from the natural moments because I believe your elopement day is meant to celebrate your unique love and who you truly are. Being able to relax and be yourselves with me is the most important part. So I foster a comfortable and carefree environment. I’m here to make sure you get epic photos and have an awesome experience.
The Getting Ready Part
Location scouting & vendor recs
I want to learn all the things about you! What makes you tick, what you love, what you hate, all the things. I learn your visions for your day as well as your capabilities in the outdoors. We don’t want to do anything you’re uncomfortable with or that won’t be totally fun and epic for you.
After booking, I’ll send my adventure & location questionnaire before diving into my end of the planning. I’ll also send all my vendor and local activity recommendations so you can get started booking everything.
Getting your marriage license
Colorado is awesome because you can self-solemnize. This means you don’t have to have witnesses to get married because you sign as your own witness. Also meaning, your pet can sign your marriage license!
If you want to apply for your marriage license in Colorado, I can send you a list of local county clerk’s offices issuing them. It varies from county to county and is always changing due.
A lot of couples coming from out of state choose to do the legal part in their home state ahead of time and come to Colorado for their ceremony and celebration.
Logistics, gear packing lists & safety
Being prepared for anything (any kind of weather and emergency) is the rule of thumb in the mountains. The weather fluctuates and can change in an instant with no warning. Layers are everything here.
I help you with logistics for mountain travel and safety. I send gear packing lists along with logistical info and guidance to ensure you have everything you might need. Being prepared and ready to roll with the punches is integral to the good times!
Elopement photography permits
I research the proper wedding and photography permits that we might need for the location you choose. You just have to apply and pay for any permits required by the couple. Some places have designated wedding ceremony sites that must be reserved for a specific date and time. Every park, county, and forest district has different rules. But don’t worry, I’ll help you navigate those!
How do you receive your photos?
You will receive your full-resolution, edited digital image files in a beautiful online gallery with all the rights to print them for personal reasons. When you click the gallery link in the delivery email it will prompt you to create a password. Just be sure to write this password down and store it for safekeeping so you can continue to access your gallery.
From there you can download and purchase prints from a professional printing company with a 15% discount. You’ll see your discount code displayed in your gallery!
How long do you have access to your wedding gallery?
You have access to your gallery for as long as I’m in business, and hopefully, that is forever. I pay for unlimited gallery storage so I never delete your online gallery. Meaning you can download, purchase prints and share them forever. But I HIGHLY recommend that you immediately download all of your full-resolution images and back them up to two places just in case. You never know if technology will fail us or what will happen. I can’t legally contract with you that I store your edited images forever even though I technically will. Better safe than sorry. Plus if you pay for Amazon Prime you have free unlimited full res photo storage. 😉
Can you share your gallery?
Yes! You can share your gallery with friends and family. You can hide any photos that you might not want people to see as well. At the bottom of the gallery delivery email is a link to the visitor gallery that you must copy and paste to share with family and friends. Don’t share your personal gallery link.
How should you back up your wedding photos?
You will have the option to pay for cloud backup through your gallery. If I ever go out of business, Pic-Time will keep your images stored and you will continue to have access forever.
If you are paying for Amazon Prime you are already paying for unlimited photo storage of full-resolution images. All you have to do is log in to Amazon Prime Photos and drag and drop in your digital wedding photo album that you downloaded to your computer. Extra tip* Amazon Prime Photos also has an app that will automatically back up all your images on your phone. You also get 5 GB of video storage for free as well.
Colorado Elopement Photographer | Outdoors Charity Initiative
The outdoors are an important place for everyone to get to enjoy. Get outside and be active to celebrate your health. I believe in giving back to the lands that we use and love. And helping others to get outside and recreate in beautiful places & healthy ways. That’s why at the end of the year, I give 1% of each booking back to the outdoors by donating to one of these organizations at the end of each year.
for a good cause…
let’s keep Colorado wild.
A community of volunteers committed to keeping Colorado healthy and sustainable, for today and future generations. They enable and motivate people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.
Conservation Colorado works throughout the state to protect our air, land, water, and people.
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