adventure elopement photographer

emma studley

Looking to have an adventurous elopement in the Pacific Northwest? I know a gal! 

Hi, I’m Emma. And I’m not just your elopement photographer. I’m also your confidant, a fierce believer in squeezing the most out of life, your exploration comrade and support system throughout this beautiful experience. I’m a Washington local, and Seattle is my home.

I grew up hiking along the Mountain Loop Highway with a dad that used to mountaineer in the 80's, and would often play in solitude in the yard with my mom’s chunky camcorder - taking photos of the trees, rivers, bird nests, flowers, and of course, our family pets.

In 2016 I studied photojournalism on a study abroad program at the University of Washington, and that’s where things really took off. I loved photographing humans, architecture, nature... all of it threading together in a way that really made sense for me.




Meet Your PNW Elopement Photographer

About emma

When we work together, I carry these promises with me along every step of the way —

• I will be a creative and intentional elopement guide. Asking the right questions. Listening to you. And crafting a tailored experience you'll never forget.

• I will get to know you. Because I care. We just might become best friends after this (like, only if you want to...)

• And you will receive imagery that moves you. That captures you in your most at ease. That journalistically tells the story of this incredible day. Because great photos come from a great experience through and through.

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adventure elopement

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Get to know your

I am a major hobby gal. Climbing, cooking, reading, biking around Seattle, camping, interior decorating... the list goes on! Lately I've been starting seeds and building a garden on my new balcony, and learning to rock climb which has been so empowering!

what do you do for fun?

You bet I do. I have the sweetest black and white tuxedo kitty, named Scout! 🥰 I love her lots. I've recently been trying to harness train her so she can join on more adventures.... stay tuned on that one lol...

do you have any pets?

I'm going to Europe this June! I haven't been since I was studying abroad in Italy in college. I'm SO excited to traipse around Iceland, the South of France, Italy, and Greece 😍 (I'm taking on some elopements, too! Might you be joining?!)

WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

I love me some wheat thins, a squished turkey sandwich, some berries and a big ol' bag of Swedish fish.

go-to trail snacks?

Probably that I'm doing what I love most... getting outside and creating art for rad people. And that I get to be my own boss and create my own schedule and boundaries... I never would have fared well in the corporate world!

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

Got the travel bug? Same. Let's get you eloped in the incredible Patagonia!

How to Elope in Patagonia - The Ultimate Guide

All the intel on eloping amongst some of Washington's most incredible mountains. Climate, accessibility, and so much more!

The Washington Mountain Elopement Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Eloping in Leavenworth, WA

Everything you need to know about this Bavarian town nestled in the Cascade mountains, and why it's a great place to elope!

The complete guide to planning your Mount Rainier adventure elopement. From the permits, to seasons, locations , accommodations and more.

How to Elope at Mount Rainier National Park

The all inclusive guide covering everything you need to know about eloping in the beautiful and diverse Olympic National Park.

How to Elope in Olympic National Park

How to Elope in the North Cascades

The complete guide to eloping in the "American Alps", the North Cascades! And my favorite national park Washington has to offer.

RESOURCES I'VE

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your elopement.

help plan

RESOURCES I'VE CREATED TO

Ashley + Caroline: Luxury Airbnb & Joshua Tree Adventure Elopement

April 5th, 2021

A dreamy desert airbnb, two bride completely in love, and an adventure through the Mojave desert could not have made me a more fulfilled photographer than I am from this experience.

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Carye + Kyle: A Sunrise Hiking Elopement at Mount Rainier

April 16th, 2021

Carye and Kyle started off their day with saying their vows as the sunrise came over Mount Rainier... It was one of the most beautiful things I've seen. This elopement also included a second hike, and lots of yummy snacks along the way!

Christy + Roger: Incredible Hiking Elopement Around Mt. Baker

October 7th, 2022

7 miles, 2000 ft elevation gain, alpine lakes, & wildflowers galore. What could be better than this hiking elopement at Mt. Baker?

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ADVENTURES 

Of this PNW elopement photographer

"Emma made all of our elopement dreams come true!!!! My husband and I both agree that our elopement was the best day of our lives for several reasons, and Emma was certainly one of them. From the moment we met Emma, it was clear that she was not only going to help us create a memorable day, but she was going to make sure she captured our authentic and private exchange with the utmost care, respect, and celebration. We had SO MUCH FUN and her photos are truly stunning! Emma is a good soul who knows how to capture the gorgeous forests of the PNW as well as the important humans in frame. Our photos are not only a perfect reminder of the best day, but are simultaneously beautiful portraits of the lush Olympic forest, rivers, and mountains that we love so much and call home. We can't thank Emma enough for giving us everything we authentically wanted in an elopement - we really could not have asked for anything more!!" - Krista and Glenn

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"From the very beginning, Emma was absolutely amazing to communicate with. The biggest challenge was trying to plan this while being in a different state, but she made everything so smooth and simple. She was able to calm my nerves and answer all of my questions. Emma and I had never met in person, but that morning that we met it was like we had known her forever. We had some hiccups the evening before, but she assured me she could do wonders and, WOAH she was not kidding!! She has such a calming energy and made us feel so special throughout the entire day spent with her. When we received our full gallery we were blown away by how amazing it was! As someone who struggles with self-confidence, she made me feel so beautiful! My husband and I have looked through our gallery at least once a day since receiving them! I don’t even know how to thank her and if we were to do this whole experience over we would have no questions or doubts and would choose Emma, again and again, each time! This was an incredible experience and we are so honored to have had her as our photographer!" - Melanie and Ranilo 

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"If you're on the fence and looking for a photographer ... and trying to decide between Emma and one of the many other talented photographers in the area - PICK EMMA.

She made us feel SO comfortable, especially as she captured the most intimate of moments. Like the special moment when my mom dressed my now wife in our traditional Korean clothing.. and when I burst into tears seeing my wife during the first look.

She's also just a wonderful, kind human to work with. She makes you feel so comfortable.... this may seem odd, but like a long-lost friend who you have never met before." - Katie + Sarah

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"So, how long have you known Emma?" Several people asked us this during our wedding weekend thinking Emma was just another friend — one of the crew. And that's exactly what she feels like. Emma is so natural and easy to be around that she put us at ease too which is exactly how I wanted to feel on our wedding day. No contrived poses, no stressful timelines. Just us, experiencing our day, trusting that she was working her magic behind the scenes capturing it all. It was a fantastic feeling." - Sarah + Wyllie

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"Emma helped us choose our elopement hike by scouting out locations and providing feedback from a photographer's point of view. We met Emma in person for the very first time on the day of the ceremony. Despite it being pitch black outside, she was so bubbly, friendly, and excited to be there! It really felt like we had known her forever and that she was just one of our closest friends accompanying us on our hike."
- Patrick & Oli

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"I would highly recommend Emma if you are looking for a wonderful photographer for an intimate wedding/elopement. She was incredibly helpful and communicative the entire planning process and the photos turned out beautifully! She gave us a sneak peek of some finished photos almost immediately after the wedding and delivered the rest a few weeks later! She also brought us a small gift the day of our wedding, which was so surprising and thoughtful! She fit right in with our family and felt like an old friend! Can't recommend her enough, thanks Emma!"- Lindsay and Mason

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Washington State (home)
Patagonia
Peru
Alaska
Iceland
The Dolomites, Italy
Greece
Joshua Tree
Whistler, BC
Utah

upcoming travel

I promise to give every single client an experience that was worthy of their investment. Listening well, giving expert elopement consulting, and creating imagery that you will cherish forever are values that I do not go back on.

Respect the outdoors so that others and ourselves can enjoy outdoor recreation for the years to come. I ask all clients to sign on Leave No Trace principles in our contract together.

All are welcomed, celebrated, and repected here. I believe that the outdoors is for everybody regardless of race, orientation, gender expression or physical ability. And that everyone deserves a beautiful wedding experience.

you can count on.

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