Photographer, officiant, dress fluffer, dog person, 90’s music enthusiast, tie-dyer, vanlifer, Sierra Nevada Specialist.
Hi, I’m Joleen! I’m an elopement photographer based out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. I live near the border of Yosemite National Park and you can often find me in the Mammoth Lakes region as well. I’ve been photographing weddings for more than ten years. My style is true to life, full of Californian sunshine, and overflowing with joy.
When a friend asked me to photograph her Icelandic elopement I had no idea the impact it would have on my wedding photographer’s perspective.
Over the course of 10 days we drove around the country. My couple experienced so many slow, quiet mornings. They cabin hopped across story book landscapes. There was so much joyful anticipation that lasted days as they visited waterfalls, hot springs and caves. When they officially got married a few days in, their excitement had only grown. And the best part was, the adventure wasn’t even over yet.
This experience put into words what my photographer’s heart had been missing for my big wedding couples:
Time and space to react without an audience, while being in a beautiful location intentionally chosen for themselves.
After returning home I found myself seeking out moments of privacy for my traditional wedding day couples. I realized that a wedding day didn’t have to be fully “traditional” and that my desire was to support and guide those brave enough to depart from tradition and dream up the way they wanted to mark the date.
I am so happy to find you here- somewhere along your elopement planning journey!
If you’re testing the waters…wondering if an elopement or small wedding is right for you, I’m here to help. I’ve been a wedding photographer for 13 years, and I’ve learned there’s no one-size-fits-all.
If you’re in the “still not sure” phase, or the “we’re all in” phase, I can be your sounding board, your encourager, and most importantly: I can help you find a balance between traditional & adventurous, elopement & big event, private or public.
I’ve witnessed over 300 couples say “I do,” and my biggest desire is for your elopement experience to be the biggest blessing, best memory and all about you.
This day is worth celebrating in the way that gives you the most fulfillment & excitement. And for many, it can be a week long adventure or jumping off point to the best honeymoon.