Adventure Elopement Photographer

As someone who loves to seek out new experiences, cultures and lifestyles, traveling is a huge part of my life and my business.

 

Here is some helpful info about how the booking process works,
what to expect when you work with me,
and why I love adventure + destination elopements and weddings.

 
 
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WHY DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN ELOPEMENTS?
I want to preface with - I LOVE WEDDINGS. I love all weddings - and attending them or shooting them, I am filled with joy at all of them. However, I personally chose to elope when my husband and I decided to get married. There were a lot of deciding factors, but at the end of it all - eloping just felt right. And, I can confidently say after the fact: it was everything I never knew I wanted. I love the freedom of expression with elopements. I love not having a hard schedule to follow, or being required to adhere to traditional shot lists. I'm not a rigid person. If you meet me, you'll see that I'm very energetic, spunky, expressive and totally and completely obsessed with love stories. Traditional weddings often come with a lot of stress, agendas, and I don't always feel that who I am as a creative fits into that box. I feel that elopements allow my couples to truly get the best side of me for their image creation, and to be honest - I wouldn't have it any other way. I do want to clarify, though - that I take on a few "traditional" weddings every year, with couples who I just totally jive with. So, if you feel like you'd like to have me at your not-so-small wedding, too, don't hesitate to reach out. 

WHAT DO I WANT AND WHAT IS POSSIBLE?
You're probably so overwhelmed just thinking about what will make this elopement/wedding thing work. Most couples I encounter, aren't even sure if they want to elope until they get engaged and start planning - and that's when they go NOPE! Planning a big wedding is overwhelming because of all the details, and the boxes that your'e confined to - but planning an intimate wedding or elopement can be overwhelming because there are no limits. Chances are, if you're on this page, you're looking for insight as to how you can accomplish everything you're dreaming of for your day, your way - or you might not even know everything you want yet, but you know you need help. Before you go any further, I want to answer some questions you may have about what it is that I do, to help determine if we'd be a good fit or not. I believe every couple deserves an incredible experience and an incredible photographer to go with it - and I have no shame in acknowledging that I might not be that person for everyone. 

WHAT IS YOUR NICHE?
I specialize in adventurous elopements and intimate weddings - some of which are destination, or require me to travel. Every now and then, I step outside of my niche for a rad couple who's just doing it a bit differently than my usual couples, but I feel like I give the best experience when I stay within what I'm best at: adventure. Adventurous elopements aren't always in the woods or mountains, and they're not only in desolate locations. While I have my own way of defining what adventure means to me, I also know that everyone I encounter experiences things differently, and their definition of adventure may look different than mine, due to life experiences and location, so I want you to know: if you're not into hiking, that's okay. What matters to me, is that my couples understand what my vibe is within my work, my goals in working together, and the joy I hope to communicate in your imagery. I want our time together to be fun, energetic, and a little bit loud. I want to get to know you, run around, be silly, and help you feel comfortable, all while in a beautiful place that inspires you to see more of the world with the person you love.

YOU MIGHT BE MY COUPLE IF:
- you love seeking out new and exciting experiences
- you're not afraid to be silly, sometimes
- you're crazy in love with each other
- you're always down to try something new
- you like making new friends
- you value preserving your memories

 
 
 
 
 

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OK, WE'RE IN. WE WANT YOU. HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?
This question gets me jazzed - because for me, there is no limit. Want to climb Mt. Whitney together? Cool - lets do it. (I first summitted in October 2017!) Want to fly to Switzerland? Greece? Japan? Rad, lets go. As long as I'm available, I'm there. 

WHAT SHOULD WE ANTICIPATE SPENDING?
On average, couples spend $3000 on elopements locally, $4000 on elopements within the United States, and $6000 on elopements anywhere outside of the US. Travel elopements are all-day only - so we get to spend a lot of quality time together. It's a blast. Elopements are capped at 15 people total (the officiant, you two, plus 12 guests) Intimate weddings are capped at 50 people total. Most couples average spending $5000 for their intimate weddings with 8 hours of coverage.

WE WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
So, you want to work with me, but want something a little bit more unconventional than you see. RAD! Send me a detailed email at info@ruthannez.com and we'll start dreaming!

 
 
 
 
 

 

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WILL YOU PLAN OUR ELOPEMENT?
HECK YEAH I WILL! I plan 2-3 elopements a year, and goodness gracious they are the most fun. Send me an email with some details of what you envision, and I'll do the rest.  

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO?
I don't personally, but I work often with a killer videographer who is also a dear friend. If you'd like to know more about her, her pricing, and what working with both of us looks like, please mention it in your initial email. 

WHAT DOES THE BOOKING PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

  • once you decide I'm a good fit, you send an email.
  • I get really excited!!!!
  • we set up a call
  • we totally jive - you're awesome, and I can't wait to work with you
  • you pick a package that best suits your needs. 50% is due upon booking to retain me for your date
  • I send over a contract and invoice portal for you. This is where all documents throughout the course of working together will live.
  • you sign, and we party! YAY! It's official!
  • if I'm traveling, this is when I book my accommodations. 
  • we share ideas in a text thread, pinterest board, or emails. 
  • your day gets closer, we get more excited!
  • it's your wedding day! I show up to wherever you are, and we do the damn thing.
  • we part ways, you celebrate the best day of your life 
  • I send a few previews within 24 hours - because DUH I'm excited too!
  • you receive your images! Within 2-3 weeks for elopements, 3-6 for intimate weddings
  • we're now friends for life, and you're stuck with me forever.