When browsing the web, I’ve come across many articles preparing couples for their elopement. While I definitely agree that that is a necessary resource, I haven’t found a ton to help photographers prepare! (Have no fear, elopement couples… there’s a resource coming for you soon! Stay tuned). If you’ve never shot an elopement before (or even if you’ve done 135), it can be overwhelming to plan. As a full-time elopement and intimate wedding photographer, I’ve had the honor of not only assisting my couples with their elopement, but I’m currently planning my own! So take it from me, and let’s dive into a photographer’s guide on how to prepare for an elopement.
Whether you’ve photographed an endless number of elopements, or this is your first one, knowing how to prepare for an elopement will ensure that the day goes off without a hitch. While I’m going to take you through preparations closer to the elopement, there are a few things you can do once you have an elopement on your calendar. This might look different for each photographer, but I like to walk alongside my couples through the process. My biggest goal as an elopement photographer is to ensure my couples have the most magical, stress-free day.
If you have a current workflow for your traditional wedding couples, I encourage you to create one for your elopement clients. Pour as much as you do into them as you do your traditional wedding couples.
Alright, fellow photographer, now that you know how to prepare for an elopement… it’s go-time. There is nothing more heartwarming than finally seeing all the months of preparation come to fruition. It can be such an anxious time to capture an elopement if it is your first one (or even first 10). But you’ve got this. You’re the expert – your couples have put their trust in you. Now, go crush it!!