The Chaffins

The Chaffins

Based In: Central Valley, California
Photographer: The Chaffins

The Chaffins

Based In: Central Valley, California

Your wedding day should feel like the best date ever.

We believe MARRIAGE is life’s greatest adventure.
And we’re here to help make your WEDDING DAY your best adventure yet.

Hi, we’re Micah and Sammie Chaffin – a husband/wife traveling photographer team telling the story of connection worldwide. We’re based in California, specializing in elopements in Yosemite and along the Central Coast, as well as travel elopements worldwide.

We’ll help you dream up your custom adventure wedding, lend you our expertise in recommending locations and building timelines, and bring out your unique personalities and connection while documenting your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

IF YOU DESIRE:

  • a stress-free wedding experience
  • a wedding day that values your marriage above the details
  • a day of romance and adventure in an inspiring destination
  • a deeply meaningful, personalized, and unhurried wedding

… THEN YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. AND WE’RE HERE FOR YOU.

WE ASSIST WITH PLANNING:

You’ll receive our support and guidance through every step of the process. Whether that’s choosing your locations, planning activities, crafting a custom timeline, figuring out all the right permits, or anything else. We are here for you.

We’re more than your elopement photographers, we’re your elopement experts.
So take a deep breath…
You do not have to have it all figured out.

IN EVERY ONE OF OUR ELOPEMENT PACKAGES, YOU WILL RECEIVE:

  • Location Scouting and Custom Recommendations
  • Our “Ultimate Elopement + Adventure Wedding Guide (a 70+ page resource packed with valuable information to help you craft your dream elopement)
  • Assistance with Permitting
  • Your Custom Elopement Timeline
  • Activity Recommendations (tailored to your interests and to your elopement location)
  • Access to Us for Traveling Tips and Help (by the end of everything, we’ll be old friends swapping travel stories!)
  • Complimentary Storytelling Album Design
  • ZERO Extra Travel Fees (all our travel is 100% included!)
  • And OF COURSE, Photography Documenting Your Full Wedding Experience

We photograph your elopement with a candid style, capturing the raw moments of joy and excitement as you experience them. So when you look back on your photos, you remember not just how your wedding looked, but how it felt. We’re all about the authentic, the unposed, the beautifully imperfect moments. You’ll look back at your photos and think “That’s so us.”

We’re here to help create the elopement experience of your dreams with a sentimental, unhurried experience – so you can be yourself on your wedding day, be truly present in every moment, and start off your marriage with your best adventure yet!

Head to our website to learn more. Reach out and let’s start your adventure!

– Sammie and Micah

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What a gift it was to have Sammie and Micah as our adventure guides/photographers for our engagement AND ceremony. As soon as we reached out, they were incredibly excited and supportive of our vision and essential to helping us with our timeline for the big day. Truly went above and beyond any expectation for photographers, as they were actively involved and reassuring with planning and execution. I remember vividly how open and willing they were as we shared our hearts of envisioning our intimate ceremony at the Central Coast and what it would mean to us. I have never experienced such an intentional photo shoot as Sammie and Micah asked questions and prompts that felt very natural and kept us in the present moment. Let alone made us laugh with their fun and energetic personalities.

After reflecting on our photo gallery but more importantly the moments it held, I remember saying out loud “these are the pictures we will show our grandkids one day.” Timeless. When we shared with our family members, they were blown away by how incredible the photos were. More importantly, we gained wonderful friends who made it so easy to be ourselves and helped make this dream a reality for us. They helped to alleviate any unnecessary stress and reassured us leading up and throughout the day, which every couple should experience.

We will look back at our day with a full heart and teary eyes because they set the tone to create a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere.

I don’t say this often but run, don’t walk, to have the opportunity to collaborate with The Chaffins.

Alexis + Sean
California Coast Elopement

Our experience with Sammie and Micah was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We bounced back and forth between the idea of a traditional, medium sized, wedding for a few months. But after meeting with Sammie and Micah for our engagement photos, we got to feel how personal and intimate mine and Brooke’s moments could be with each other.

We decided to ask Sammie and Micah to be our photographers for our wedding which we decided would be an elopement style wedding on the coast. Having a smaller wedding in the way we did really made us feel free of any hassle or stress that comes with trying to plan a larger wedding.

On the actual day of our wedding, Sammie and Micah captured mine and Brooke’s first moments as husband and wife, and choosing the elopement style wedding allowed us to play and laugh and enjoy an entire day of being husband and wife. There were no “traditional” greetings or small talks with what could’ve been 200 guests. Which in all reality, in some ways can take away from enjoying to the fullest the vows and promises your spouse and you have just said to one another. Instead our day was full of personal memories my wife and I got to share in a special way.

Sammie and Micah as a team of photographers isn’t intimidating, intrusive or overbearing. They’re patient and opportunistic and extremely skilled in the way that they can gently encourage spouses to play and be joyful and forget everything else in the world, like it is just the two of you. Their skill with capturing beautiful and sweet moments that’ll last forever is truly unparalleled.

Brooke + Aaron
Ocean Cliff Elopement

Have you ever met people that you just know are genuinely good hearted people with the best intentions and their presence puts you at complete ease? That’s Sammie and Micah. We’ve worked with other good photographers before but truly, working with Sammie and Micah is incomparable.

From the communication before, during, and after the shoot to the direction and encouragement the day of, 10 out of 10. And the turnaround time in which our gallery was delivered is a true testament to their work ethic and their accountability.

I recommend them to anyone and everyone. They are professional, kind, personable and simply lovely people to work with.

Adriana + Koen
Point Reyes Adventure Session

After my husband and I got engaged, we decided we were going to elope. Trust me when I said I had NO PLAN or even an idea of what type of photographs we wanted, let alone, where we wanted to even elope!

I reached out to Sammie and Micah to see if they would be able to help us...they were truly amazing! The amount of resources, research, and patience they had to navigate our likes and dislikes to find the perfect location and photography style. Sammie even went as far as sending me links to wedding dresses to help me search for an elopement dress and confirming our elopement location!!

They went above and beyond, and we are forever grateful. Not only with how the photos came out (which were gorgeous!), but making the whole experience memorable (and honestly, fun! and this is coming from two people who don't take pictures and are very unphotogenic). Sammie and Micah are two of the most genuine people you will ever meet, who also are incredibly talented.

Kristian + Josiah
Morro Bay Elopement

Let me say, Sammie and Micah make THE BEST team. They work together SO WELL. They made us feel so comfortable! Sammie and Micah hyped us up and made taking photos fun and most importantly - stress free.

Because Sammie communicates so well beforehand and is organized, it allowed for everything to go smoothly! Needless to say, the photos from our wedding day did not disappoint. Not only did Sammie and Micah meet our expectations, we were completely blown away with how our photos turned out!

Recently, I took Sammie and Micah up on the offer of bringing our photos to life by creating a photo album of our wedding. Had I attempted to do this on my own, I would have been completely overwhelmed.. But Sammie and Micah sent me a proof they created and they continued to work on it with me until it was PERFECT. All that to say, Sammie and Micah dedicated a lot of their time to really deliver the highest quality on our photos and our wedding album.

I’m so thankful we had them with us capturing the best day of our life! So if you’re looking for the best photographer for you wedding, you can trust Sammie and Micah to truly deliver above and beyond your expectations 💕

Marissa + Adrian
Central California Intimate Wedding

My husband and I had a much shorter timeline for getting married than most, and we thought that finding a great photographer that we loved would be a challenge. As soon as we saw Sammie and Micah's aesthetic, we KNEW they were the ones! Their work was exactly what we were looking for, and working with them was THE BEST experience. Finding them was truly a blessing from God.

Sammie and Micah are extremely talented photographers (their work speaks for itself!) but they also make sure to go out of their way to make the process comfortable and so fun! They met us for coffee as we discussed our vision, and they think of every detail.

We booked our engagement session with them at Taft Point and had an incredible experience. They handled all the details like permits and passes. We enjoyed every bit of riding into the park with them, hiking up the trail, and could not get over our golden hour photos taken at Taft Point. They made us feel like models (my jaw dropped when I got the sneak peaks 😍 I couldn’t believe that was us!)

They are professional beyond words, and go above and beyond. They are incredibly thorough on your wedding day and in the planning beforehand. On our wedding day, they captured all of our special moments in gorgeous photos, and even fanned down guests to make sure they were cool in the heat! We cannot recommend a more talented, fun, and hard-working duo to capture such important memories. They put so many special touches into the work they do, which really adds to the whole experience. We can truly say that through working with them we made two new friends, and have already recommended them to other friends who are getting married. They are the best!

Heather + Ben
Sequoia Forest Elopement

On mine and my husbands' wedding day, when we were in front of the cameras, we were able to really slow down and be present. Not only were our photos gorgeous, but they were truly a reflection of who we are and how we felt on that special day.

I think you won't find anyone else who will be able to make you feel comfortable by just being yourself on the other side of a camera like Sammie and Micah. They want what you want out of your adventure in this life. And I think considering how unique a wedding day will be forever etched into your memory, why not have photographers who love people, marriage, and capturing everything it represents on a day when all you want is to live it out with those you care about most.

Sammie and Micah will take care of you in ways you wouldn't think a photographer would, but they will. They love what they do, but they love those who they do it for even more so.

Alejandra + Elijah
Central Valley Wedding
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Because you deserve a wedding you will REMEMBER.

Visit our website, inquire through the contact form, and let's start your adventure. We can't wait to help you craft your dream elopement experience!

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