MeliRae Photography

MeliRae Photography

Based In: Humboldt County, Northern California
Business Attributes: Woman Owned
Photographer: MeliRae Photography

MeliRae Photography

Based In: Humboldt County, Northern California
Business Attributes: Woman Owned

My name’s Melissa, and I’m an outdoor elopement photographer, here to cheer you on with your decision to elope in the Redwoods (or anywhere outdoors, really!) and to celebrate your true love and adventurous spirits.

I spent my childhood summers growing up amongst the giant sequoias and now, for nearly 15 years, I have called the dreamy landscapes of Northern California my home. So if you’re looking into epic elopements in the California Redwoods, I’m your girl.

As a devoted elopement photographer, I specialize in helping you find some of the best Redwood elopement spots, that aren’t swarmed with tons of tourists. Having intimately explored this area for over a decade, I’ve “discovered” loads of gems that would be perfect for you!

I’m passionate about documenting elopements in the Redwoods specifically because my sweet husband Zach and I eloped barefoot in the Redwoods in 2016. Call me a sap, but there’s something so raw and magical about pledging your undying love to your forever person under the canopies of some of the tallest and oldest trees on the planet. It’s so primal and natural and beautiful. Everything about it just felt so right for us, and I love being able to now document those special moments for others.

Having been in your shoes, I also grasp how crucial it is to have a genuine connection with your photographer, a relationship more akin to a trusted friend than a hired professional. I’m here to artfully document your intimate elopement in the Redwoods in a style that stands the test of time, and in a style that is true to YOU!

When I’m not behind the lens, you can find me agate or mushroom hunting, practicing yoga, kayaking on the lagoon, or spending time with my husband and our two young adventurers, Jax and Goldie.

Your intimate outdoor wedding deserves to be documented, and by someone you know and trust. With that said, I would love to get to know you more to see if we’re a good fit for each other.

Thank you for even considering me as your elopement photographer. It would truly be an honor to document your wedding day.

Happy eloping!


Working with Melissa as our photographer was such an amazing experience! She was professional, kind, and has an incredible creative eye. She made me feel beautiful in every photo and my husband and I will cherish each special moment she captured for the rest of our lives.

Emily A.

If you want lasting memories caught on film, Melissa is your girl! She is an amazing photographer who makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera! I usually feel very awkward having my photo taken, but with her I did not!

Celeste B.

MeliRae Photography is truly extraordinary! Melissa was able to capture my husband and I and everything that we cherish in our relationship. She made us feel so comfortable and it felt natural taking pictures with her. Melissa goes the extra mile and I would 100% recommend her anytime! She is kind, has a wonderful intuition with her art and makes you feel at home. We will forever cherish our pictures! Thank you for telling our story!

The Duerrs
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