BEST SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHERS

These Southern California elopement photographers have the professional resources and the experience you need to kick off your wedding adventure. Check out their portfolios and contact them directly through the links below. They can’t wait to connect with you!

Southern California is known for its perfect weather, breezy beaches, and desert landscapes. Whether you’re planning an intimate city wedding in Los Angeles, San Diego, or Long Beach or an adventure elopement at Joshua Tree National Park, Big Bear Lake, or Sunset Cliffs, these talented California wedding photographers are ready to capture your big day. All Wandering Weddings photographers are available for both in-state nuptials or destination weddings across the globe.

Note: The following photographers are based in California state or work in California state full-time. To search our complete directory and view the best elopement photographers around the world, check out our Elopement Photographers By Location page.



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Hi, I’m Dani! I’m a lover of grilled cheese sandwiches, coffee enthusiast, SoCal native, and a sincere Jesus freak. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, James, for a year and a half now, and I’m absolutely IN LOVE with him and all things weddings. Like seriously, they pump me up. Expect me to be dancing all day at your wedding. With me, you won’t just get awesome photos. You’ll get adventure, crazy fun times, and a new friend! Because I believe in chasing dreams, exploring until you get lost, and finding adventures in the little things, even new friendships. Let’s talk!

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Hi my name is Sara, Iv been living in San Diego CA for the last 12 years, however, my soul still resided in the red dirt mountains of Utah where I’m from. I Love everything about Love no matter what it looks like! I have been married for 5 years to an amazing dude named Cliff He scooped me up at a time in my life I didn’t quite believe in love.
I Started photography 7 years ago (Whoa time flies) as a hobby and came to really love everything about it. Being able to save a moment, one of hundreds of thousands of moments in time is an incredible passion for me.
When Im shooting, my goal is to create a romantic piece of art. my love of nature really comes into play and I like to try to blend the romantic couples shots with amazing landscapes. I think there is something so incredibly magical about the nature and landscapes we have on this earth and so to be able to work that in to my photos is always a dream come true. Posed Photos aren’t really my jam. I want the real stuff, that yummy warm real life kind of love. A couple nerdy things about me, I am obsessed with Classic rock and roll, give me some Janis Joplin over Rihanna any day! My love of Sandwiches makes my families life very difficult come dinner time. Some days I wish I was a dolphin. My biggest goal in life is to keep doing what I’m doing and be able to travel the world with my adorable 6 year old Adalay and My husband Cliff.

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I'm guessing, you're someone who isn't looking for a traditional wedding experience. You're looking for adventure, saying your vows in a national park or somewhere even more sacred and not afraid of getting your dress dirty. You might be wearing hiking boots instead of high heels or going barefoot because you're that free spirited. You're not afraid of breaking traditions and creating new ones because the experience your looking for isn't for everyone, but it's EXACTLY for you. If this sounds like your kind of wedding or elopement experience, let's chat! I'd love to get to know who you are and how we can make your adventurous day come true.

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Heck YESSSS. We're SO glad you are here right now. We love that you’re on a path to celebrate your love in a wild & wanderlust way-- and we're HERE for it. Congrats, mates!!

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Planning and celebrating your elopement or wedding is an adventure in itself. And your day goes beyond beautiful photos – it’s an experience you’ll be talking about and looking back on for the rest of your life. We’re here to make sure your day is filled with gorgeous moments that are meaningful, kick-ass, and a true reflection of this massive milestone you’re celebrating. It helps to start by choosing a wedding adventure that feels good to you both. More and more couples are skipping the bigger, more traditional and costly celebrations and turning their wedding day into an unforgettable adventure to kick-off their marriage. This is one of the biggest days of your life and it’s going to go by so fast. Screw the stress, forget what pinterest suggests-- just grab your boots, grab your dress and let’s wander, baby!

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We're Lauren & Allen, traveling husband + wife photographer team for smaller celebrations of love in wild places. We specialize in outdoor adventures in National Parks and Public Lands for mico-weddings and elopements internationally, with focus in the southwestern U.S. With our base in Joshua Tree, we primarily travel around the SoCal areas in our camper and 4x4 truck, exploring off-the-beaten path landscapes and capturing couples like you, choosing an adventurous route for your elopement or wedding.

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If a wildly hand-crafted & fun adventure elopement/wedding experience sounds like something you want for your day-- reach out. We’d love to see if we’re available and/or a good fit. We’re stoked to get know you both and your adventure in mind!

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Cheers!
Lauren & Allen

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Hi there! I’m Karissa, a lover of all things exploring and nature. My husband, Mike and I spend most of our free time hiking, camping, and falling more in love with each excursion. Travel has been a huge part of our story, and if you’ve found your way to this corner of the internet, it’s probably a huge part of yours, too. Over the course of my wedding photography journey, I have fallen in love again and again with couples’ stories, sense of adventure, free spirits, and their unconditional commitment to each other. I feel like the luckiest person in the world each time a couple asks me to help capture a special moment in time for them. For you, it’s less about the lens and more about the two of you in your best moments of togetherness. For me, it’s about being there to support you and catch gorgeous moments along the way. I am the lead photographer, editor, head of social media, bringer of weird dance moves and made up words. Mike is the second shooter, production manager, location master, driver, and provides A+ dad jokes. We live in a quaint neighborhood in Los Angeles. We are lovers of Harry Potter, space, time, and all things fantastical. We love what we do and we can’t wait to join you on your best adventure yet.

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Thanks so much for stopping in!

You must be engaged!! Ekkk!! How exciting! Congratulations to the both of you. I hope we are able to capture some epic moments together for you!!

If you are looking for an adventurous, fun and creative photographer in Orange County, LA or anywhere world wide, you have landed in the right place!

My name is Kay, and I have been in the wedding industry exclusively photographing engagements and weddings for over 8 years, photographing 400+ weddings in California, and around the country. I specialize in adventurous, fun and photojournalistic photography, perfect for the creative soul, and wild hearts!

Shoot me a message! I would love to hear from you!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kay McCoy

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I’ve been dreaming of being a photographer for National Geographic since I was a kid. Obviously, I haven’t become one, and I don’t want to be one anymore (hey, National Geographic editors, don’t take it seriously, just shoot me an email, ok?). But I’m still obsessed with nature. I mean, what can be more beautiful, right?
Though there’s another piece in this puzzle. I’m a wedding photographer, and I love taking pictures of loving couples! Unfortunately, combining beautiful nature with a wedding isn’t always possible, so I after 7 years of doing wedding photography I decided to focus more on destination and elopement photography. I believe that a person needs to be inspired to create something beautiful. For me the recipe of my inspiration is quite simple: a loving couple and magnificent nature. Let’s create together!

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Hey there, beautiful human!! I’m Maia.

Also, ASHKJGFLJHALLLK, YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!!! Congrats x a million and I hope I get to meet you and celebrate with you!

So, who am I, right?? I am a dog mom, wanderer, and iced tea addict and obviously an adventurous elopement + wedding + couples photographer. I’m a creative soul who craves authenticity in EVERYTHANNGG, who feels most at home in golden sunsets and sunrises, and who eternally itches to discover and explore. I’m happiest, most myself, and full-hearted when I’m covered in dirt and sweaty and tired from climbing mountains and running in waves and taking in a leaves-me-speechless kind of view. And the best feeling in the world, to me, is meeting two people in love and having them become FRIENDS, not just clients.

So here’s the thing— growing up, I was addicted to love stories in books. I just couldn’t get enough of the epic, star-crossed, gentle, all-consuming love stories that I read about and dreamed about. BUT, as I joined the world of the adults, I realized that we are actually surrounded by ground-shaking and tear-jerking and heartwarming love stories no matter where you look, even in the real world!!

SO, I fell head over heels in love with capturing these stories and sharing them through photography, the same way a younger me got lost in the words and the magical worlds and the fiction. I’m all about capturing the most real, raw, genuine, and slippery moments that you want to remember forever. The kind of love that is endless and powerful and kind and electric. The real YOU, just as you are, together. Your story, through all it’s ups and downs and challenges and victories; all of it from start to finish.

If this sounds like your vibe, LET’S CHAT!! Like right now!! Can’t wait to meet you :))

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Hi!! We are Sara + Scott… Aka DC Photography Studios!

We specialize in fun and adventurous couples photography, and when we have time, we love taking on a few commercial commissions per year. Our main studio is located at 1901 Fulton #109, Fresno Ca 93721, and is by appointment only since we primarily travel for a lot of our work, and we are rarely actually IN studio. For about half of the year we are kind of nomads, and have been know to go from one end of California to the other in a weekend. Needless to say, we love to travel and have become experts when it comes to finding epic locations for our couples to explore for their adventure.

When it comes to our style, we have a fun light hearted approach. It is pretty fast paced, with no strict posing. We believe it’s better to get to know each of our couples personally, and get you doing something that really shows off your unique love.

When you hire DC Photography you’re not just getting two awesome photographers. Depending on your needs we are your wedding coordinators and timeline creators, tour guides, personal wardrobe assistants, and much much more! Ps. We also do Video!

So if you’re looking for a couple of crazy fun adventurers to capture your love story, shoot a message and let’s get to know each other!

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Hi I’m McKenna! I love Disneyland, my husband, my dog, and capturing people’s love! Still in shock that this is what I get to do every day and I just love it so much!



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