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 (read more about how I support them), 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