Leave No Trace Photographer Helping Preserve Our Lands

Certified Leave No Trace Photographer for Adventure Elopements

Adventure elopement photography allows me to fully submerge myself in passions for the great outdoors and powerful human connections. The creative art of being a photographer, holding a piece of time and space, awakens my soul in ways that I am confident this journey is meant for me. Throw in elements of nature, and it’s heaven on earth.⁠

Most of my elopements take place in public lands (learn about how your investment with Magnolia + Ember supports the National Park Foundation and the National Forest Foundation), and it is an honor to be able to work amidst some of the most beautiful landscapes. However, access to these lands are a privilege and can be taken away or limited if people treat these spaces like shit. For a great example, look up the wedding permit restrictions that just went into effect for Rocky Mountain National Park.⁠

Before taking the LNT training course for elopement photographers, I did strive to be an advocate for the outdoors and treated Mother Nature with the utmost respect, yet I wasn’t perfect (nor do I expect to be moving forward). As a result of these thoughtful insights from the fellow photographers who created the course alongside the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, I was able to expand my perspective to ensure that I am doing the best I can to help preserve our lands for many generations to come.⁠

I will continue my efforts to implement LNT ethics throughout my creative practices and to teach my couples the same. I want every couple to be to come back to the space where they said their vows and celebrate 5, 10, 50 years in the future. This isn’t a set of rules to shame or ridicule another’s actions, but rather, guidelines to help us all lessen our environmental impact.⁠

The 7 Principles:
1. Plan Ahead & Prepare
2. Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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