I'm Karissa. I am a California based photographer documenting stories for non-profit organizations and wedding couples. I believe that everyone has a story worth telling and I look for moments, candid or inspired, that honestly and authentically represent the missions and relationships of the people I work with. I absolutely love what I do and love sharing what I have learned along the way with others!
Everything about this styled shoot is why I love elopements. We had Kyle and Michelle model for us as our couple. It was perfect. And I loved that they are engaged in real life.. There is nothing quite like a bit of challenging hike like this one up to Sandstone Peak. This peak is the tallest in the Santa Monica Mountains, and is every bit worth the reward at the top. Nothing beats the feeling of the wind whipping through your hair, not to mention the color palette that fills the sky at sunset. This view for adventurous elopements? It’s absolutely breathtaking.
So why elope? I often have friends ask why I love shooting elopements, because let’s be honest it seems fairly niche to tell people that I focus on elopements and intimate weddings. I feel like I could write a blog post on its own about the pros and cons of eloping. But really it comes down to this: you’re starting one of the greatest adventures of your life. You’re marrying your best friend, just the two of you, with 100% of your focus on each other and your unconditional commitment to each other. What a wonderful way to start a marriage, and I really wanted to capture that essence in this shoot. I wanted to highlight the intimacy, the adventure, and the unconditional support and love.
I have to say our team of vendors pretty much knocked this one out of the park. The dress, styling, florals, and calligraphy were just as beautiful as the couple and landscape behind them. I hope you enjoy this styled shoot as much as I loved shooting it!