ADVENTURE YOSEMITE & BAY AREA WEDDING AND ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Nice to see you! You can call me Wes. You've made it this far, so let's get to learn a bit more about me!

 

Making people smile is not only my passion, but it's my job! I love seeing people smile so much I often think I'm a comedian, which is one reason I love stand-up comedy.

 

Oftentimes, I am my couples first experience with a professional photographer, and I know what it feels like to be in front of the camera, so I understand the hesitation. It can and will be so much fun, that is my promise to you! I am a truly candid photographer, and none of my couples are models. You are in very capable hands, and I will help you and your partner through everything.

As a photographer, it's my job to be your guide, your personal journalist, but most importantly, someone who can make you laugh over just about anything, no matter how small! All you will need to do is show up and be yourselves.

From Yosemite Valley Weddings to the Bay Area, even the moon and back, I am here for you until the very end.


It is always my hope that the memories we create will last a lifetime, and when you look back at your photos, they will put a smile on your face and remind you of how amazing your special day was. Please don't hesitate to send me a quick email with any questions you have!


Best,
Wes

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Meet the Team!

I wish I could say yes to every couple that comes my way, but even if I am personally not available for your date, we can still work together! My trusted team of photographers will do you justice and represent me in producing the quality of work I strive to deliver.

 

Our promise to you is that we will bring your dream wedding or elopement to life.

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Jade Bourdeau-Hernikl

My style is laid back and natural. The little in-between moments make for the best photos, and I'm not about capturing awkward prom poses and forced smiles. I want to document your story, we'll plan your day around your favorite activity to do together whether you want to go one of your favorite hikes, have a picnic, or explore some off-roading trails. Let's capture meaningful moments so you can always remember what the day felt like, what the weather was like, what the wind smelled like, and what the trees sounded like. 

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Jackie Adams

I want you to get butterflies and tingly fingers (maybe even a few tears) because your photos bring you back to the most love-filled day of your life. You CAN do whatever you want on your wedding day. You CAN take the less traditional route and plan the Adventurous Elopement of your dreams. You CAN only invite ten people to hear you and your partner profess your vows to one another.  I want to capture all of the exciting & intimate moments that you won’t want to forget 30+ years from now. 

 

The Right Photographer Makes All the Difference.

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Create memories for YOU.

During our first call, we will discuss what your vision is for your special day. It is ALL about you which is why it is important for me to know what you have planned so I can do you justice on your special day. The day is yours and while it can feel stressful navigating the unfamiliar space of planning, you are not alone! I will be there every step of the way helping problem solve, ease concerns, and most importantly watching your vision come to life while dancing with you all at the end of the night!!

My goal is for when you look back on your elopement photos, you get to experience every single moment all over again, reliving your special day photo by photo, moment by moment, and kiss by kiss.

Here is what we will do together. Step by step.

  • Initial Phone Call: We will schedule a Call/ Facetime/ Skype/ Zoom or whatever you are comfortable with for us to get to know each other and begin the awesome process.

  • Reserve A Date: Once you are ready to book, I will proceed with a contract and a retainer fee so I can save the date for you.

  • Plan Your Elopement Together: My job begins the day you inquire. Photographing your love for one another always comes first, but in order to truly see you and photograph you organically and authentically, I do more than just photography. I explore hiking trails, scout locations, assist in finding vendors, finalize the timeline, prepare resources, and helpful planning tips so you can spend the day being carefree and truly get to live in the moment.

  • Vendor Recommendations: No matter how big or small your elopement is, you’ll probably need more vendors than just a photographer. For smaller adventure elopements, I can provide elopement vendor recommendations. For adventure elopements and intimate weddings that require a bit more coordination + design, I have a list of elopement planners I can recommend.

  • Elopement Day: Adventure, explore, get married, pop champagne, and re-live all those moments over and over again via photographs.

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THE ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE

One of the most important things we do is work closely with our couples on any session to ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible. We are truly candid photographers, and none of our couples are models. We like to make our sessions as enjoyable as possible by prompting you both to do certain things while also saving plenty of time to be yourselves. We find these are the moments that tell who you are together, and we capture those details and share them back with you in photo form!

 

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Yosemite Falls Engagement photos

Shannon & Matthias

My significant other and I were on the hunt to find an amazing photographer in the Yosemite area for an engagement shoot. Wesley totally fit the bill.