oregon elopement photographer

unleash your elopement

adventure & pet-friendly elopements

Elopements allow you to create an authentic wedding day that will be your once in a lifetime adventure!

Your elopement should be about creating meaningful memories, epic experiences, and unique adventures that reflect who you are as a couple and not ones that you were pressured into. 

I know letting go of the expectation and pressure that comes with traditional weddings can be scary, but I’m here to help guide you to your authentic adventure, together.


adventure looks differently for everyone – so don’t feel pressured about just hiking. There are so many fun ways to explore on your wedding day!

Your personality, relationship, and life is wildly from anyone else’s and so is how you adventure. Just because you don’t want to hike on your wedding day doesn’t mean you can’t have an adventure elopement!

There’s about a hundred different elopement activities you can incorporate into your wedding day – kayaking, tidepooling, sharing a picnic…just to name a few.

So, don’t sell yourself short because you don’t feel “adventurous enough”. Make your elopement activities authentic to you and your wedding day will be the journey you’ve been dreaming of.

let go of the traditional leash and create your own meaningful wedding day

Eloping the best way get married and I’m totally stoked to show you how to do it!

If you want to escape the pressures and big performances of a traditional wedding, then eloping might be for you. Not only can your elopement day be stress-free, meaningful, and authentic – but you can even enjoy the wanderlust of planning it.


You deserve a wedding experience that allows you to be completely yourself

Elopements provide you with the ultimate freedom to choose every aspect of your wedding day and that’s pretty damn special. but my favorite part is that elopements are centered on the couple, not the guests.

it’s your one fucking day to be completely “selfish” by doing anything and everything you two want to do to celebrate the start of your marriage. Why would you want to make that mundane and traditional?

I’ll help you feel empowered to let go of the fears of outside pressures that force you into a box and help you create a real wedding that’s made for you!

How I photograph your elopement day candidly

i take a “backseat” approach to documenting your wedding day and encourage you to make memories together

Although capturing your elopement love story through images is extremely important because your memories will fade – making memories is what makes an elopement different from a big wedding!

if you are doing activities and actually having fun together, it won’t feel like an exhausting photoshoot – it will be real. this allows me to capture you authentically and create candid photos for you to cherish for a lifetime.


Your elopement is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so hire an elopement expert who will help you through the entire process.

Documenting your love story is so much more than just showing up on your wedding day with a camera. I believe the best way to have an amazing elopement experience is to hire an experienced photographer who will also help make your vision come to life by guiding you through the entire process so you two can enjoy the wanderlust!

so, this is how i can help you:

  • access to my 100+ page “how to plan your elopement” guide
  • location, vendor, lodging & activity recommendations
  • tips, tricks & checklists
  • help with permits & marriage license
  • officiate your wedding
  • make you feel comfortable in front of the camera
  • celebrate with you + be your biggest wedding fan!

meet sharlee –


hey there! I’m so glad you are here. I am an Oregon elopement photographer based in Portland living life with my husband, dog, and cat. I grew up in idaho near the grand tetons and have always been immersed in the outdoors.

not only do I love being outside – but I am a huge pet lover and travel addict. my photography career started as a landscape photographer and soon found my passion of capturing badass couples like yourselves on their elopement day.

I started photographing elopements because i regretted having a big wedding. I want to show you how memorable & authentic your wedding day can be and can’t wait to help bring your vision to life!

I’m extremely knowledgeable in :

  • oregon, washington, california, idaho and utah locations
  • pet friendly elopement days (certified vet tech for 6 years)
  • adventure elopements – I’m always up for outdoor activities
  • traveling to new places to capture your wedding

“Our experience with Sharlee was everything we could have hoped it to be, if not so much more”

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“We absolutely made the right choice on who to hire for our big day and will be greatly appreciative of what she did for us for our the rest of our lives. I cannot recommend her highly enough for your big day.”
A + M

“She was incredibly respectful and a blast to be around”

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“She made hiking so much fun and she was so prepared with everything whether we need it a mat to go underneath us so we could sit on wet things, or the candy bars she brought and shared, to the time she let her dog drink from her water bottle cap.”
J + J

“We cried, laughed, and enjoyed every single moment that she captured!”

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“My husband and I are both somewhat introverted people, however, Sharlee made us feel comfortable the moment we met her and it truly felt like we were best friends! She was able to capture the best day of our lives.”
M + Z

“Remembering each photo elicits an emotional memory”

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“She Turned our bad weather wedding photos to an amazing unique weather wedding photo experience. Additionally, her communication was excellent. Texting and calling back and replying promptly was exquisite. Very cheerful, optimistic and easy-going despite the gloomy weather.”
C + S

Unleashed Elopement Values

authenticity & connection

Your elopement process will always be customized to who you are as a couple and your elopement day will be focused on connecting with each other, not the camera.

love is love

Your relationship should never be turned away. I will always stand with you and who you are no matter your gender, race, or sexuality.

respect for all life

From the great black bears to the fragile moss, we will treat our precious World with respect while enjoying the outdoors on your wedding day.

Your Next Steps to Elope



Once you’ve filled out my contact form here, we’ll set up a consult call to make sure we are a good fit and I’ll answer any questions you have.



Once we’ve nailed down a general location and date, you’ll be officially booked.



Then, you two will start dreaming up your favorite day and I’ll get planning!

check out these helpful elopement RESOURCES

How to Elope at A Fire Lookout

If you haven’t ever heard of a fire lookout or a fire tower before, you NEED to consider these epic locations for your elopement. Because you can avoid heavy crowds, see amazing 360 degree views, capture dreamy images, make it an overnight adventure, and even bring your dogs – you won’t want to toss this elopement option out the window.
Read More How to Elope at A Fire Lookout

Not sure where to elope at?

Check out my 2023 travel dates here for a discounted rate up to $1000 off if you book for then!

Alaska: august 4-10

Lake tahoe: September 10-15

North Cascades: october 7-9

arizona: october 12-14

death valley: november 9-15

Want to include your pets on your elopement?

I’ve been a nationally certified vet tech for 6 years

I understand that our pets are so much more than animals – they’re our best friends.

Growing up, my childhood always included animals. Whether that was obsessing over wildlife, or sneaking in pets to my home – animals have brought such a special joy to my life. I know your pet means the same to you!

With a strong background in pet experience, as I still serve as a Certified Veterinary Technician – your pets are always welcome for your elopement day if you so choose.

There’s so many options that pets can fit perfectly into your elopement day (or even if they need to stay home). Just let me know if you want them to tag along and we’ll create the funnest & safest experience for you all.

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