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All it takes is finding the right photographer.
Every aspect of your Asheville elopement photographer can impact the success and tone of your wedding experience. From how they choose to capture your day (Do they pose you constantly or let your moments happen naturally?), to how comfortable they are in outdoor settings (Are they wearing the proper shoes or carrying an emergency kit?). You will want to consider their disposition (Are they bossy or carefree?) and the effect they have on your mood (Do they make you feel rushed or calm?).
Your Asheville Elopement Photographer can make or break your elopement experience.
Because your photographer will be with you your entire day and a part of your most intimate moments.
The reality is, that hiring a photographer, especially for an intimate elopement, isn’t just about the photos. It’s about finding the right person to be with you throughout your wedding day.
Finding the right fit for you as a couple isn’t an easy task. A lot of websites can look the same, and everyone’s photos might look similar. Many photographers promise the same level of dedication and experience to your wedding. So this list is here to help you narrow it down (and see if I’m the perfect fit for you!)
Hey Y’all, I’m Kathryn!
An Asheville native who was born and raised here in the Blue Ridge Mountain. Therefore, I know every trail and mountaintop like the back of my hand.
I’m an Asheville elopement photographer and videographer who helps couples have their dream elopement days in the outdoors. Let’s see if I’m a good fit for you with all the tips and info below!
If I do feel like a good fit, reach out on my contact form and we can chat more about your ideal Asheville elopement experience! Let’s dive in!
8 Tips for Picking Your
Asheville Elopement Photographer
Choose a Photographer Local to Asheville
Finding a photographer who is local to the area makes a major difference for elopements. Not only are you supporting the local economy and community by finding a photographer who lives in Asheville, but you are also going to get much more reliable, informed information and insight every step of the way. A local will know the deets. These include the best local vendors and which destinations are best (and least crowded) for your elopement.
Choose a Photographer Who Specializes in Elopements
A traditional wedding is a very different experience from an elopement, and that means the photographers who specialize in these two events have very different skillsets. Hiring someone for your elopement that works solely with couples who are eloping is the best way to make sure your photographer is a skilled professional in the type of experience you want to have.
Photographers who shoot big weddings might not be up-to-date on all the different aspects of elopements, like permit processes, guest count maximums, hike difficulties, elopement vendor recommendations, or even ways to celebrate that are a little outside the box. These photographers have their own specialties — like being able to get a crowd together for photos — but those aren’t necessarily what you need in an elopement photographer.
Plus, it’s just generally true that someone who focuses on one thing is usually the best at that one thing, whereas those who juggle multiple things don’t necessarily develop expertise in any one thing. A photographer who specializes in elopements has the most experience with them and is, therefore, the best option.
Choose A Photographer That Helps Every Step Of The Way
Even though an elopement is a much more relaxed experience than having a big, traditional wedding, that doesn’t mean planning it is an easy task. An elopement provides way more flexibility and choices than a traditional wedding, and with so many options on how to personalize your day, where do you even begin?
Rather than hire a planner who would structure your day, choose a photographer who walks with you through every step of the process. The photographer will already be with you throughout the day, so it makes sense to choose someone who can also help ensure every moment is exactly as planned. That way, when the day arrives, everything is ready to go and you’re able to have the amazing experience of your dreams.
Choose A Photographer Who Values What You Value
You vote with your dollars. That’s why hiring a photographer whose values align with your own is such a powerful act. Not to mention, you have to hang out with this person on one of the most special days of your lives. Finding someone who you want to be around and chat with is such a big factor in your experience! If your photographer doesn’t share what they believe in much at all or have a “why” for what they do, there’s no way for you to know ahead of time if you are going to get along.
Choose An Asheville Elopement Photographer Who Cares
About Your Experience As Much As Your Photos
Sometimes an Asheville Elopement Photographer cares more about the final photos than the actual experience of the day. It makes sense, in a way: Since their job is photography, they don’t want anything to get in the way of capturing the most epic photos. But the reality is, you’re together to get married, not to take photos. You want to enjoy your day! You definitely won’t enjoy photos that remind you of how constantly directed you were by your photographer. Your feelings and desires for how your day feels matter the most. You’re eloping for a reason, and that’s not to be poked and prodded for good photos.
Choose A Photographer Who Can Also Provide Video
So this isn’t a necessity, but personally, I think it is in a way. Having your day captured on video (and especially your vows recorded fully) is incomparable to only have photos from the day. Photos capture a moment, but video captures an entire experience in vivid detail.
Choose A Photographer Who Actually LIVES
an Outdoor Lifestyle
If you’re planning an outdoorsy elopement, you want to choose a photographer who gets it. A lot of people view the outdoor experience as “trendy”. Photographers want to capitalize on this without actually living a life that is outdoor-centered. These photographers probably won’t know how to treat the land respectfully. They don’t know what to pack in your backpacks for a day hike, how to start a fire, what types of permits you need, etc.
So sure, most photographers can follow you down a trail. However, one with an outdoor lifestyle will recognize your passion and capture it with a knowledgeable eye. When you hire a photographer who authentically lives a life that reflects the values you want to embody on your wedding day, you can trust that they know how to make that day happen and capture every moment of it.
Choose A Photographer Who Is Wilderness First Aid Certified
Being with someone who knows their stuff on how to protect you in the outdoors is invaluable. If you’re hiking into the forest where there are bears, snakes, bees, and big rock cliffs, anything can happen. How much safer would you feel if you knew your photographer was Wilderness First Aid Certified? That way they know how to take care of you in most situations that might arise on the trail?
Meet Your Asheville Elopement Photographer
Hey Y’all, I’m Kathryn!
An Asheville native who was born and raised here in the Blue Ridge Mountains and knows every nook and cranny like the back of my hand.
I love helping couples through every step of the elopement process from location scouting, vendor recommendations, timeline creation, and photo and video to re-live the experience forever.
If you’re looking for the perfect adventure elopement photographer around Asheville, I’m your girl.