I hadn't always planned on photographing "Adventure Weddings". In fact, I photographed weddings early in my photo career, and then stopped altogether to focus on adventure outdoor lifestyle and commercial and editorial photos in that genre. So I've been photographing professionally since 2009, and after my initial foray into weddings I took on wedding clients from time to time, but never pursued building my business in that niche.
Fast forward to 2018 and getting married myself and I realized photographing Adventure Weddings and elopements would be SO MUCH FUN! So I launched this brand, Swell & Stone, and I can't wait to shoot my first Swell & Stone weddings in 2019.
The thing is, if you're going to have an Adventure Wedding, you NEED a photographer who knows how to capture adventures! Head over to www.katcarneyphotography.com for proof of that. I LOVE adventures, and I especially love adventures with friends. And when I shoot your wedding, I hope that's exactly what it feels like.
Head over to the Contact page and let's get started planning your next adventure today!
Choose a place that is meaningful to your relationship
My husband and I met in between years of college working on Lake Powell in Northern Arizona / Southern Utah. We had an amazing summer exploring the lake an the magnificent red rock canyons of the desert southwest. Eight summers later Craig proposed to me while we were back flipping off Lone Rock in Lake Powell. We've laughed and cried at Lake Powell, gotten stuck in the mud, had customers get angry with us when we worked in the restaurant as teenagers. We have so many memories there, and we still return often to explore a place we know so well.
Do you have a place like this? It can be in your back yard or across the country. You don't have to have spent a lot of time in the place. Perhaps you've made some of your best memories there, or maybe it's a place you have both always dreamed of visiting. There is still time, and there are great memories to be made!
Let your favorite activity guide you
Whether you're an avid hiker or climbing rock walls is your style, let what you love doing be your guide. Maybe your adventure session or elopement should take place at the top of your favorite mountain, or perhaps in your favorite backcountry meadow. If you love canyons, we can find a gorgeous, secluded canyon for your to say your vows. Maybe you prefer an epic overlook while the sun is setting? The possibilities are endless for where your dream wedding could take place!
Ask your photographer
After a decade as an outdoor adventure photographer, I've been a few places and know about some back roads with unbelievable and uncrowded views at the end of them. I love helping couples find the perfect spot to create their dream intimate wedding, elopement, or adventure engagement or anniversary session.
And then there is the age old Google consultation. But seriously, I've found some of my favorite locations of all time by Google Image searching, or typing in "waterfalls near me." Or if you know the general are you'd like to go, but want to get off the beaten path a little bit further, Google Earth is your best friend. You can see drop offs and drainages you never knew existed before, and you might even spot a 4x4 road that will help you get there!
I have a long list of adventure locations where I would love to shoot a wedding. Most of these are locations I have already been to that I would love to return to. If you plan on getting married in one of these locations get in touch and make my dreams come true!
1. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT
2. Zion National Park (or surrounding area, I know a ton of lesser known spots here), UT
3. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
4. Canyonlands National Park, UT
5. Arches National Park, UT
6. Indian Creek, UT
7. Valley of the Gods, UT
8. Moab, UT
9. Capital Reef National Park, UT
10. Ok, can you tell I LOVE the Southwest? I've been to all of these places and will go back a million times. I can never get bored of this area. I have spent YEARS roaming the area, getting back into little known canyons. Choose this place and hire me and we are guaranteed to create amazing work together!
11. Joshua Tree National Park, CA
12. Death Valley National Park, CA
13. White Sands National Monument, NM (I haven't been here! Someone get married here, quick!)
14. The San Juan Mountains, CO
15. The San Juan Islands, WA
16. Lassen Volcanic, CA
17. Mt. Shasta area, CA
18. Sequoia National Park/Forest, CA
19. Redwood National Park, CA
20. Umpqua/Willamette National Forests, OR
21. Olympic National Park, WA
22. Mt. Baker National Forest, WA
23. Banff National Park, Canada
24. Jasper National Park, Canada
25. Yoho National Park, Canada
26. Squamish, Canada
27. Every national park in Alaska, but more specifically Denali (I lived there in 2009!)
28. Sawtooth National Forest, ID
29. Grand Teton National Park, WY
30. Apostle Island National Lakeshore
31. Newport, RI
32. Catskills, NY
33. Green Mountains, VT
34. White Mountain National Forest, NH
35. The Adirondacks, NY
36. Baxter State Park, ME
37. Iceland (I haven't been here either!)
38. Patagonia (nor have I been here...life dream!)
Ok, so that's a long list. I've been to every location but three, but trust me, they are so good you have to go back! Obviously I'm open to shooting in a huge variety of other locations, too. Let me know what you are thinking by going to the Contact tab. Talk to you soon!
Kat Carney is a travel photographer who lives on the road half the year. Check here to see what she's up to next and when you can book her for your adventure wedding, engagement, or elopement! See her commercial work at www.katcarneyphotography.com