Your Burning Questions, Answered

Frequently Asked Questions

Hey, Nobody said You Were Supposed to Know Everything About Elopement Photography

There are no dumb questions here

Ok, ok, I know I sound like the teacher in a classroom telling her students that no question is a dumb question. But I mean it. Here’s the thing: there’s a good chance this is your first time getting married (or even having your photo taken!). You shouldn’t be expected to know every little detail on how things work. So we’re answering the top questions we receive from our couples.

Absolutely. Honestly, that’s one of our favorite things about this job. We’re always spending our free weekends getting out to hike and location scout for our couples. We keep a list of some of our favorite places we’ve been to, as well as another list of places we haven’t visited but know would be epic to elope in. Many couples come to us without having specific locations in mind, and we don’t really expect them too either! That’s what we’re here for: to guide you through finding the perfect elopement location.

Whether you’re looking to have a national park elopement or an intimate wedding ceremony on a remote mountain hiking trail, we’re here to help you find the perfect spot. We consider it to be one of the most important parts of what we do as adventure elopement and small wedding photographers.

Absolutely. When you book us, you’re not just booking adventure elopement photographers; you’re booking elopement guides. Having eloped ourselves, we know what a difficult discussion in can be to convince your friends and family that an adventure elopement is what you want. If we’re being honest, it can be a bit of a tough discussion and can definitely take some convincing before people come around to the idea.

But here’s the thing. There are so many reasons why families don’t always get excited about elopements, and they’re usually not the reasons you’d expect. We pride ourselves on guiding our couples through this process if they’re dealing with families who don’t quite understand why they want to elope. We have resources dedicated specifically to this task, and we’ve been there for our past couples to guide them through this process. There are so many awesome reasons why couples choose to elope, and it’s a huge priority for us to help our couples convey that to the people who matter most to them. So don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Before we even pick up our cameras, we make sure we do the legwork to really get to know our clients before we photograph them. We always request a one-on-one client consultation before your engagement shoot, adventure elopement, or intimate/small wedding. During this time we dig deep to get to know the essence of your couples personality, which helps us make sure your photos look uniquely like you both. From there, we go out and scout photoshoot locations that we know will perfectly compliment you.

We will be there to help you select the perfect outfits for your shoot. We provide all of our clients with our style guides, and we provide our phone numbers so you can call or text us if you’re unsure about what to wear. It’s our goal to make sure you show up to your session without a care in the world, because the location and your outfits are put together in advance of a single photo being taken.

During the shoot, elopement, or wedding itself, we always make sure to provide you with plenty of direction in front of the camera. Some couples know exactly how they want to act and pose in front of our camera, while others are completely new to it. We cater our direction to how comfortable you’re feeling, and we never leave you to figure it all out by yourself. During couples shoots and adventure sessions, we’ll get you playing and having fun in a way that is both entertaining for you and also looks great on camera.

Yes! While Colorado is home to us, we are always willing to travel for adventure weddings. All we ask is that our travel costs are covered. We do have reduced travel costs for adventure elopements and intimate weddings in the following states, since we have family and friends in these places: Georgia and southern California.

We agree. There are many talented intimate wedding and elopement photographers out there, several of which are our dear friends. Picking the perfect one for you is no doubt a daunting task, especially when balancing all of the details of an adventure elopement or intimate/small wedding.

That being said, the clients who book us always seem to tell us that they chose us because of our distinct style and client experience. That they just couldn’t imagine anyone else taking their photos. They love the timeless and nostalgic feeling of our photos, because it speaks to them on a basic and emotional level.

They also really appreciate that we help the throughout the elopement or intimate wedding planning process, from helping them select the best outfits for the engagement adventure session to creating a day-of timeline if they aren’t working with a wedding planner. Because we specialize in small weddings and adventure elopements, we make it our business to know all the little details of planning these specific types of weddings, from staying up to date on permit requirements to helping you decide which national parks, hiking trails, and mountain lakes make for the best place to say “I do.”

While there are many photographers out there, there are also many styles. Think of photographers as flavors of ice cream. You’re not just going to walk up to the counter of an ice cream shop and ask for a cone. You’re going to pick the flavor that makes your mouth water (personally, we’re all about anything pistachio or coffee flavored!).

If we don’t make your mouth water, we totally understand. We’d be happy to refer you to one of our photographer friends whose style and client experience may be more in line with yours. But if you find yourself really connecting with our images and the way we see the world through our lens, then we definitely want to hear from you.

What can we promise you, though? We’re all about the details. To us, small wedding and elopement photos should do more than just capture a moment; they should speak to what your relationship is truly like. We put so much time and consideration into the way we style and direct our clients and how we select our shoot locations, because we know how important it is to do justice to our amazing clients.

As two people who happen to be very self-conscious around the camera, we understand the fears our clients go through. Because of that, we’re prepared to help you push through the fear, let go, and have an absolutely wonderful time on your adventure elopement or intimate/small wedding day. After all, if the two of us can look good in front of the camera, we know you can too!

We get it. Picking the perfect adventure elopement or intimate/small wedding photographer can be difficult. It’s an investment in yourself, your love, and the memories you plan on reliving as the years go on. We definitely don’t take this job lightly. So if you’re on the fence, definitely schedule a consultation with us. We’ll talk you through the details of what we do and how we can achieve your vision. The best part? It’s complimentary, no strings attached. We’re firm believers in test driving our vibe before you drive it off the lot.

If after speaking with us, you’re still not feeling it, we’ll happily point you in the direction of another intimate/small wedding or elopement photographer who may be better able to achieve what you’re looking for. Seriously, no hard feelings. 

Still on the fence about whether we’re perfect for each other? Take a look at some of our client testimonials to get a feel for what it’s like to work with us.

The first step is filling out our contact form so we can hear all about you and your vision for your adventure elopement or intimate/small wedding. From there, we’ll schedule a time to chat in more detail about your goals and dreams for your day, answer any questions you may have, and review the different packages that might work for your specific elopement or intimate wedding. Afterwards, we’ll send you a recap of our discussion as well as a proposal catered to you.

In order to officially book us, we require a signed contract (which we send to you digitally so you can sign from wherever you might be…yay for the Internet!) and a 50% non-refundable retainer (depending on circumstances, we are also happy to work with you to develop a payment plan). Once the non-refundable retainer is paid, you are officially on our calendar!

After that, we can get to the fun stuff, like helping you find the perfect outfit for your engagement session or locating the best spots for your elopement ceremony. And the final 50% payment will be due 30 days prior to your elopement or intimate wedding date. Boom. Done. Easy peasy.

The Experience

What It's Like To Work With Us

We Believe Your Day Is About More Than Just Pretty Photos

We always make a point to deliver so much more than just awesome elopement and small wedding photos. So when we photograph your intimate wedding or adventure elopement, we’re not only promising you beautiful images that will allow you to relive your wedding day. But we’re also giving you a distinct experience. One that includes a warm hug the moment we see you on your small wedding or elopement morning. One that involves us checking in to make sure you’re not too hungry or thirsty before you hike up a trail to say your “I do’s.” One that is centered on making the small wedding and adventure elopement planning process easy and fun, because we want to be there with you from start to finish.

We Want To make Sure You Have An Elopement Day That Is Customized To You

Our guess is that you’ve probably been doing your research on what small wedding and adventure elopement photographers are out there. And we’d be willing to bet that 99% of them have probably given you some speech about wanting to capture your “special moments” and the “celebration of your love.” And while that’s great and all, it seems like every adventure wedding photographer is saying the same thing, and there’s nothing that makes us more frustrated. Why? Because every couple is different. Every love story is different. And cute little catch phrases and sayings frankly don’t cut it when it comes to documenting your adventure elopement or wedding.

Let's Bring Your Elopement Dreams To Life

You Can (And Should) Have a Day That Feels Like A Dream

We’ll never be the strangers in the corner, quietly lurking around with our cameras while you’re putting on your makeup, adjusting your earrings, lacing up your hiking boots, or tying on your tie. We don’t just silently hang out on your adventure elopement or small wedding day; we get in the thick of it. 

To say we truly feel every small wedding or adventure elopement we photograph would be an understatement. You can usually find us grinning ear to ear during your first dance or shedding a tear as you read your vows to each other by a remote little alpine lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We do this job because we genuinely can’t get enough of our couples. Watching them bring their dream adventure elopements to life is what fuels us.

Sheena Shahangian Photography LLC

Not everyone loves tradition, but that doesn’t make your adventure wedding or elopement any less important.

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Sheena Shahangian is a Colorado elopement photographer + adventure wedding photographer specializing in Rocky Mountain adventure weddings and adventure elopements across the western United States.

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