FEW LIMITATIONS: Locations, time of
day, order of events, and so many other
elements come into play when shooting
a conventional wedding—but not as
frequently with elopements. We had no
schedule to abide by traveling around
Marrakesh, Morocco, for Kymberlie and
Geoff’s elopement. After hours of touring
and taking photos, we spotted a hill that
overlooked the highest peaks and asked
our driver to pull over. The couple made
their way to the top, read their vows and
exchanged rings. Something so perfect
could have never been planned.
MORE WHIMSY: Almost nothing can go
wrong, as the only people the bride and
groom have to impress are themselves. In
Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, Alessandra
and Andrew (above) started the day with
breakfast and coffee together. They met
with the officiant at Cape Spear and slowly
walked to a side of the cliff overlooking the
ocean for their ceremony. Afterward, with
hours of free time, they shared a picnic and
did some sightseeing, ending at a brewery
kitchen party with hundreds of locals, some
of whom secretly arranged for the band to
bring up the couple for their “first dance.”
They rolled with the punches and made
memories—and as a photographer, it was an
NO DISTRACTIONS: The private and
personal connections we witness while
shooting elopements are enough to win
us over completely. The couples become
this unit, totally into each other without any
distractions from vendors, wedding guests,
or any other elements.
There was a time when elopements were viewed as a taboo type of “downgrade” to a traditional wedding, but not anymore. Couples are now inviting their photographers along to witness and document their secret union together. The wedding is about
them and no one else, and as a photographer, you get to focus on the couple and their
relationship, without any of the distracting elements that a conventional wedding could
provide. Here’s a breakdown of why we (Hugh Whitaker and I) love shooting elopements.
BY JENNIFER MOHER
1. Try not to over-complicate your gear.
I shoot almost exclusively with a 35mm
2. Make sure you have backup
equipment. You don’t want to get stuck
in a foreign country without your gear.
3. Explain the importance of light to
your clients. With no time constraints,
you can maximize the best light.
4. Give yourself some extra time to
explore your location. A 2-minute walk
down the road could end up providing
the most incredible backdrop.
5. Understand how the light works in
your location. Sunsets, for example,
vary in different parts of the world.
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