Pretty/Bold Photography

Pretty/Bold Photography

Based In: California
Business Attributes: Woman Owned
Photographer: Pretty/Bold Photography

Pretty/Bold Photography

Based In: California
Business Attributes: Woman Owned

My Approach + Style

Like 99% of my clients, I’m horribly awkward in front of the camera. My face immediately contorts into a forced smile… aaaaand for some reason I also make T-Rex arms. So, I fully get it, and because of this, I strive to create a relaxing environment where you can stop worrying about the camera and, instead, focus on enjoying yourself (because nobody wants a wedding album full of weird-ass dinosaur hands). After all, this is YOUR day, and you should be comfortable during every second of it. So, while my photos may look really dramatic, we were probably joking around only seconds prior.

Additionally, I’m ALL about: capturing true love and emotion in epic landscapes, being laidback but also extremely organized, supporting equality + diversity, offering advice/guidance to my couples at every step of the way, worldwide travel, fluffy pets, dry white wine, the oxford comma, and 90’s music.

I’m NOT about: following conventional paths, discrimination because of who you love, forced poses/smiles, empty small talk, and cucumbers.

A few of my favorite places to get married in Northern CA include Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, Point Reyes, and anywhere with mind-blowingly giant trees (the Sequoias and Redwoods take my breath away every time I visit).


Originally from MA, I now live in Southern CA and travel around the US (and internationally) as frequently as possible (much to the chagrin of my jerky rescue pets and excessive plant collection). My husband and I eloped ourselves in Big Sur, CA with just the two of us, a photographer, and an officiant, so I fully understand the process from both sides of the camera lens. I know how it can be challenging to plan your elopement from scratch, so I use my past experiences, as both a bride and vendor, to try and eliminate stress throughout the process for my clients.

I’m a strong advocate for equality and fully support the LGTBQ+ community. Additionally, all of my elopements follow Leave No Trace principles.


My Northern California and Pacific Northwest packages start at $4900 and fully include:

  • My 100+ page elopement planning guide to help you navigate the entire process from start to finish!
  • In-depth location research custom-tailored to what you’re after and any permit application assistance needed
  • Local vendor referrals
  • Elopement day timeline creation
  • Travel fees
  • Sneak Peeks of your images within a week of your elopement
  • An online gallery of your high res, edited images where you can download, share, and print directly from a professional photo lab
  • Tips on where to find the best breakfast burritos or chocolate chip cookies

If this all sounds up your alley, I’d love to chat further and discuss how we can make your dream day a reality!

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Lisa is incredible!! Not only is her photography both pretty and bold, it is also timeless!! The pure and crisp colors are going to be a joy to look at for years to come!!! Lisa even took the time to help me a few extra request and questions about a photo album I was putting together. She was so easy to shoot with and provided very thorough location recommendations. We are looking forward to working with her for years to come! Thank you, Lisa!!

Shelby Zamzow

Lisa took the most beautiful photos of my elopement/intimate wedding. She was absolutely the best vendor choice I made for my entire wedding. She helped us choose an elopement location, shoot locations, and made an entire timeline of the day for us based on when the sun would set in the mountains (and added in buffer times because she knew we would run late- we did). Her experience and talent is truly unmatched. Usually as a bride you are told that you are so beautiful and your dress is gorgeous... but the compliment I receive the most is how gorgeous my photos are. I totally agree. Numerous people have told me that they are the most amazing wedding photos they have ever seen and that they can't stop looking through them. I found Lisa through a chain of photographer referrals because I was getting married in a very short time frame. We got so extremely lucky that she had a cancellation (COVID) for the same day. I cannot say enough good things about her. She was extremely professional, relaxed, knowledgeable, friendly, communicative, and she even was prepared with a piece of gum when I asked her for one right before I walked down the aisle because I was worried about dry mouth during the ceremony. She was able to navigate two moms who love photos and are particular about them, sticky situations with divorced parents, she worked around chaos in the house where we got ready, guided the two of us through the couples shoot with poses (we are awkward in front of the camera and have never had professional photos taken before), and she kept the schedule moving with a calm, kind, and effortless demeanor. Look no further for an elopement photographer. Lisa is your girl.

Chelsea Ritter

Where do I even begin?! Our large wedding was cancelled due to covid and there were many rescheduling attempts before we finally landed our mini wedding date. Lisa was there for us from start to finish and every day in between! She is super friendly, insanely organized, and of course crazy talented! We did not have a wedding coordinator so when Lisa offered to help with some general scheduling and timeline advice, I was super appreciative and stoked!! With her help we had an itinerary that got us through the day at every turn. We made Lisa and the second shooter (yes with a small wedding we had a second shooter, and I don’t regret it one bit!!) show up to a venue they had never been to before. Without skipping a beat they both handled it like true masters of their craft and worked together so well! My husband and I were instantly put at ease with the very helpful coaching we got throughout the day. There was no stressing about what to do with our hands, where to look, or how to stand! Lisa’s eye for color, light, and backdrop scenery is superb and a true gift. The results, hundreds of stunningly beautiful photos that brought us to tears! Seriously, my husband and I, and everyone who views them, are utterly blown away! Lisa is the real deal and the whole package - pro and fun, all rolled into one! So glad we found you Lisa, THANK YOU!!! :)

Erica Mehallo

What you want in a wedding photographer: 1) Amazing photos to commemorate the day. 2) Someone who will just tell you things to do so you don't have to think about it. 3) Cool person you actually enjoy being around. Lisa nails all three! Our wedding got pushed back due to COVID but we still wanted to do something to celebrate our original wedding day, and Lisa came through in the clutch for our "faux elopement" on Catalina Island. She was super helpful when we asked her for guidance coordinating, since she knows Catalina better than we did; she was on time; she was responsive to last minute changes; she was fun to have around! You can't go wrong hiring Lisa.

Scott Swedberg

Lisa was an amazing photographer! We had a last minute change of plans and she gave us so much flexibility. She also helped us with planning our elopement and made us feel very comfortable posing for our photos. They were stunning pictures. I HIGHLY recommend using her.

Katherine Henrick

My husband and I chose Lisa to work with for our elopement after our good friends had used her for their elopement and had so many great things to say. Let me tell you, all those great things were not only true, but Lisa exceeded our expectations. From the first call with her, all the way to getting our gallery back after the elopement, Lisa was there every step of the way to help answer questions and guide us through the process. The day of the elopement, Lisa made our first look pictures feel so comfortable and easy. She was able to capture the beauty of the landscape and the special moments between my husband and me so well and the pictures are absolutely stunning! The ceremony and group pictures with our family was an ease, all to the help and support of her guidance and eye for capturing those perfect moments in pictures. My husband and I would highly recommend Lisa for anyone thinking of eloping. She was a joy to work with and the pictures you’ll have to look back on are simply the best of the best.

Jessie Bushman

My husband Brandon and I booked Pretty/Bold Photography for our elopement/intimate wedding ceremony in September 2023 at Yosemite National Park. We had the BEST day, all thanks to Lisa. She helped us plan the day down to the minute, while still making sure to build in flexibility to keep everything relaxed and fun. Even when I was feeling anxious in the planning stages about all the "what ifs", Lisa expertly listened to my fears and then put them to rest.

She is a consummate professional -- prepared for any scenario, able to bring out natural smiles and poses, and, truly, a lot of fun to work with. Our ceremony was at sunrise, and Lisa was up at the ceremony site before us, ready for the day even though she was extremely jet lagged. And she’s just so kind and thoughtful; she had sunscreen for Brandon and I at mid-morning because we hadn’t applied any, and she was joking around with our guests when we had cake at the picnic area. And the photos!! Oh my goodness, they are insanely beautiful. Lisa perfectly captured mine and Brandon’s silliness while making sure we looked dang good. I think that’s what I love most about Lisa’s photography style — the photos are BOLD and dynamic, capturing the scale of the scenery, yet still calm and collected enough to capture the smaller, intimate moments between the couple. Lisa is your gal if you’re looking for true professionalism and gorgeous photos.

Adri Funke
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