Welcome back to the Ready to Wander Podcast; I’m your host, Sydney Breann. If you’re new around here, I am a full-time elopement and intimate wedding photographer (based out of Montana). So today’s episode is a freaking good one; the Photographer’s Guide to Preparing for an Elopement. Having photographed over 100 weddings and elopements, I decided it was about time to share my knowledge.
While there aren’t very many jobs that allow you to hike and adventure with couples outdoors, there are responsibilities that come with the excitement. There is tons of unseen preparation that goes into ensuring that everything goes off without a hitch. From creating backup plans, being prepared for emergencies, tricky weather situations, and being capable of carrying all the gear needed to take care of your cameras and shoot the wedding while also keeping yourself safe.
When browsing the web, I’ve come across many articles preparing couples for their elopement. Don’t get me wrong – I definitely agree that that is a necessary resource, I haven’t found a ton to help photographers prepare! (PS- I actually have that resource for couples HERE.) As a photographer, 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 needed as you get closer to the elopement, there are a few things you can as soon as you book an elopement. 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, even if that means I put together more resources or hop on more calls to help co-create their day.
So after the onboarding and planning workflow is complete, that is when I get into the nitty gritty of preparing for the elopement.
Honestly, when it comes to preparing for an elopement, you can never be “too prepared”. While it’s important to keep in mind that you’re responsible for carrying everything you pack, I’d rather have more than enough resources than not enough. Nobody anticipates an emergency, but you should always plan for one. I want to make sure that not only I am taken care of, but also my couples.
I know I don’t need to tell you that alllll of that was a lot. There really is a ton that goes into preparing for an elopement as a photographer. It isn’t about just taking epic photos. You are playing a part in creating an experience for your couple. You need to have backup plans and be prepared for nasty weather or last minute changes. A big plus-side of an elopement is the flexibility that comes with it. Know that plans may change and you just need to adapt and work with it. Your couple will still have the best day ever, even if it wasn’t the original plan.
Now that I’ve walked you through preparing for an elopement as a photographer, are you ready to wander? You can keep up with me over on Instagram (@sydneybreannphoto) and come back to the Pod every other Thursday for new episodes HERE!