How to pick your elopement photographer

Making the leap to get married is an incredibly important decision that’s both deeply personal and sentimental, so make sure your day is a reflection of you! If you’re a fan of nature and hiking, then Story Maker Photo’s elopement photography might be for you—but how do you decide?

Colorado elopement photographer captures couple on top of a mountain

How to decide if an elopement photographer is for you

You’ve picked your location, you’ve decided an elopement is the right choice for you, and you’ve found a few Colorado elopement photographers that you’re really excited about. What do you do next? The best place to start is with a conversation.

Talking with an elopement photographer

Once you have shortlisted a few potential photographers, schedule a consultation (usually via video chat or phone call) to discuss you and your fiance’s vision and get to know the photographer better. And to talk through nitty gritty details like pricing.

Experience with RMNP photography

Ask them about their approach to elopement photography, whether they have previously shot elopements in Rocky Mountain National Park, and how they handle various lighting or weather conditions (especially snow or rain). Also make sure they have the correct photography permits and permission to be working in RMNP.

Bride and groom getting married in the National Park

Details of photo prices and upcharges

While standard wedding photography packages tend to already vary greatly in cost, elopement photography in Rocky Mountain and Estes Park are even more nuanced. Make sure you ask questions and fully understand what exactly comes with each package and its cost, of course, but don’t forget:

  • Number of hours of coverage
  • Edited photo totals 
  • Additional services (like planning resources and additional vendor recommendations)

Make sure you have no remaining pricing or package questions by the end of your consultation.

Do I like hanging out with this photographer?

Elopements naturally involve far fewer people than traditional weddings, but elopements are even more intimate, so it’s important to make sure everyone by your side is only making the day better—especially your photographer! If you just don’t like the person, that’s worth paying attention to! 

A photographer who understands your love story and values your input is just as important as making you feel at ease so they can capture the most authentic moments from your special, adventurous day. 

Your elopement day is a deeply personal and intimate experience, so it’s especially important for your Rocky Mountain elopement to choose a photographer you trust to capture your day in a way that’s truly yours!

bride and groom under starry night sky during their Colorado elopement

Do other people like this photographer?

There truly is no better recommendation than that of a previous customer. Make sure to check their social media and Google for client reviews so you can get a feel for what it’s like to work with this specific elopement photographer. If you notice a pattern of unprofessionalism or being unreliable, then it’s time to rethink!

Couple getting married in a meadow in Colorado

How do I start working with an elopement photographer?

But what if all signs point to yes? You love the photographer’s style, they’re super experienced with the area you want to get married in, you totally vibe, and they’re in your price range? 

Then it’s time to get the ball rolling! Your photographer should reach out to you to follow up on your consultation, but don’t be shy—if you’re sure, send that email and get the party started!

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