I'm an elopement photographer who's been shooting love stories since 2016. It's been a wild ride!
Yosemite is absolutely my favorite place to be. Having traveled to almost all 50 states, and to places like Iceland, France, Norway, Canada, and more for my photography - Yosemite still blows me away.
I'm based out of California and have grown to love what this state has to offer - including some of the most BEAUTIFUL national parks on the planet - the top being Yosemite.
I like to tell people that my love language is showing Yosemite for the first time - driving through tunnel view, and watching the reaction on people's faces as they see the valley, El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls all at once.
It's truly a magical place that will never get old for me - even after shooting there almost every month!
"Thank you Dani for being a huge part of our elopement to Yosemite! We are so grateful to have found you on Pinterest as you are one of the HUGE reasons why we eloped and chose Yosemite! It has been a pleasure to work with you for both our Palm Springs shoot and our elopement. You are extremely creative and have an eye for what you do. Thank you for giving us a breathtaking gallery that we will forever cherish! We hope that you can be a part of all of our future special events! We appreciate you!! We highly recommend Dani for your engagement and elopement needs!"
You're probably eloping because the big wedding sounds stressful, or too expensive, or honestly all of the above. That's why I want to make this experience for you as easy, intentional, and stress-free as possible.
I PROVIDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING IN ALL MY PACKAGES:
- Location Suggestions
- Vendor Recommendations
- lodging & activity suggestions
- Permit help
- timeline building
- wilderness guide
- officiant services
1. plan ahead to apply for your permit
Yosemite is a popular destination - and is also becoming a popular elopement and wedding location. I recommend deciding when you'd like to elope with flexible dates, and then applying for a permit as soon as possible to ensure you get the location you want for your ceremony on the date you want.
2. sunrise beats the crowds
Yosemite is a known for it's crowds - rightfully so! It's a beautiful destination and people from all over the world come to visit. So my best advice for avoiding the crowds is to have a sunrise ceremony - that way you can have privacy and watch the sun rise together on your wedding day, and have the rest of the day to explore and celebrate!
3. spring and fall are the best time
Summer can be HOT in the Sierra Nevadas. It's also the busiest time for the national park. I recommend eloping sometime in the mid-later Spring, or early-mid Fall. The closer you get to November, the more likelihood for snow storms.
4. Book your lodging asap
Lodging that's convenient and close to the park books quickly - this should be one of the first things you do when looking to elope in Yosemite. Most hotels are easily an hour outside of the valley, and the ones that are close book up quickly.
5. work with an expert (wink wink)
Someone who knows the park really well can give you the in's and out's of the place, but also recommend beautiful locations that might not be as well known!
Need more advice on Yosemite? Check out my free guide below!
"We loved everything about Dani! Dani is beyond talented. Her attention to detail is amazing. Her use of lighting is timeless and her attitude is full of energy. Our friends and family keep speaking about how stunning the photos are from the big day. We loved Dani’s use of non posed photos. They came out more authetic and genuine and we couldn’t be more happier. Everything about these photos speaks fairytale dream come true. Thank you so much."
"Dani is such a people person, I had no hesitation in booking her because she has such a gracious presence about her on all platforms. She does such a good job at giving you direction but not making you feel forced or awkward about it. She's genuinely there to be a friend, she was so kind to both me and my husband and I may be a little bit biased but honestly I don't think I would ever book another photographer besides her if I needed photos taken."
"Dani was more than we expected! She was so happy and very calm on our wedding day. Her passion for photography did not go unnoticed! She even came to the rehearsal to scope it out and stayed longer than she was supposed to take pictures. She got me a few pictures by the next morning which made me even more excited to see all our photos. She was always on time and took all the photos that I wanted to be taken. I highly recommend Dani and will definitely use her in the future!"