I capture love of all kinds in the Pacific Northwest, and wherever in the world those stories take me. I love spending my time in the outdoors hiking and exploring, sipping on a cold beer by campfires, and my dream is to own a flower farm on the San Juan Islands one day. Oh, and yes, my last name really is Studley.
Gone are the days where you feel like you have to do something that just isn't quite you. If there's anything the past year or so has taught us, it's that life is short, experiences matter, and there is no time to waste when it comes to filling your life with the things that matter most to you.
As an adventurous elopement photographer based out of Washington state, I help guide couples through the process of making their elopement a unique one. From getting ready and first looks at a cozy cabin in the woods, to shuttling off to a trailhead full of wild and rugged views to hike through, to campfire receptions and first dances with headlamps on, your PNW elopement can be any adventure you choose.
Washington state has the most diverse and awe-inspiring places to elope in; the North Cascades, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, the Washington Coast, the San Juan Islands and more are all at our fingertips to design an adventure that is intimate, unique, and as wild as your love.
"We absolutely loved working with Emma for our last minute Summer elopement! With just 3 or 4 months notice, she answered our inquiry within a day, scheduled a phone consultation promptly, and created a customized proposal for the photography services for our adventure elopement. Emma helped us choose our elopement hike where we wanted to have our ceremony by scouting out locations and providing feedback from a photographer's point of view. Emma was extremely responsive, easy to work with, and a joy to have with us at our ceremony. We met Emma for the very first time on the day of our ceremony. Despite it being pitch black outside, well before sunrise in the middle of nowhere, she was so bubbly, energetic, friendly, and very excited to be there with us! It really felt like we had known her forever and that she was just one of our closest friends accompanying us on our hike. She really set the tone for the whole experience to be positive and exciting. Not only is Emma an amazing photographer, but we feel like she captured the moments and memories as they happened candidly instead of creating artificial moments. Emma didn't dictate the pace of the ceremony, she worked with it allowing us to have our perfect day. On top of that, she sent us a sneak peek of the photos the very next day and it was so exciting to be able to see them and share them with our friends and family, as if they were there celebrating with us.
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As an elopement photographer who guides my couples through backcountry sceneries and breathtaking natural life, it is extremely important that we practice Leave No Trace principles - and I've taken the LNT course and test to ensure we are respecting the environment we love and leaving it beautiful.
Elopements in and of themselves are a wonderfully sustainable option as opposed to large weddings which can produce a lot of waste. The last thing we want to do is take disrespect the ecosystem and wildlife that contribute to our wonderful natural world.
As an LNT aware elopement photographer, I will make sure to inform you of all the ins and outs of respecting our trails, and cannot wait to adventure with you!! In a responsible way of course ;)
Olympic National Park: one of the most absolutely stunning places in the Pacific Northwest. Getting to bring couples to this park is one of the biggest honors I get to have, and it’s truly a dream location for an outdoor elopement. So today I’m giving you all the resources you’ll need about how to elope […]
Is the travel bug hitting anyone else EXTRA hard after this past year and a half of COVID?? Because personally, I’m dying to get on a plane and travel to another country right about now. I’m also dying to photograph an international elopement and take a couple on an amazing adventure experience! Which is why […]
Get excited – today we’re talkin’ monayyyy. Because let’s be real: finances are one of the parts of weddings & elopements that often causes the most stress. AND it’s talked about the least. I’m a big believer in money transparency, and that includes me helping my couples with their elopement budget as much as possible! […]
Washington is chock-full of incredible locations with epic scenery, one of the most popular being Mount Rainier National Park. This is why it’s become a common spot to tie the knot (rhyme intended) – can you imagine having a Mount Rainier elopement & celebrating inside the park?! But it can be difficult to navigate all […]
Washington Elopement Photographer One of the best things about eloping is that you are able to stay in some epic destinations because it’s likely just you and your soon-to-be spouse, so you aren’t worrying about crazy accommodations. Washington State is home to some beautiful cabins, and as an adventure elopement photographer, it’s important to […]
Considering eloping? Here’s how to plan your elopement timeline: You’ve found your forever person. AND you’ve decided to forego a traditional wedding. Your venue? The great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. So… now what? You start planning your elopement timeline! While part of the fun of elopements is that they tend to be a bit […]
In my work and life, I truly believe that collaborating with others works best when our values align.
Myself and my business firmly stand by values. Some of those being that Love is Love, Black lives matter, there is no room for sexism in marriage, and COVID is a real thing that we need to be mindful of in our event planning.
If you feel like the culture of your celebration or attitude of those in attendance may not reflect those values, I kindly ask that you inquire with another photographer. The wedding industry needs to grow in all of those areas, and those are not issues I am willing to glamorize through my lens.