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Your love story is truly one for the books! Life is an adventure best lived to its full, and having a husband/wife to share it with along the way is truly a gift. I hands down believe in marriage, and encouraging life-long celebration of your commitment through bold, fun, and creatively crafted images. I specialize in smaller, outdoor weddings because I believe some of the best moments in life are those shared with the people closest to us in the great outdoors. I'm SO excited to meet you both and plan an awesome adventure together! 

Your love story is truly one for the books! Whether you envision saying "I do" at the top of the Mt. San Jacinto at sunrise, while sailing across the pristine blue waters of Lake Tahoe, or in that intimate, backcountry church where your grandparents fell in love, the beginning of your sacred marriage journey could not be more special or unique! Life is an adventure best lived to its full, and having a partner to share it with along the way is truly a gift. However you imagine the first day of your grand adventure, I'd be honored to help document it well. Based in Lake Tahoe and Southern California and available for destinations worldwide, I specialize in small, outdoor weddings and adventure elopements because I believe some of the best moments in life are those shared with the people closest to us in the great outdoors (and it combines my passions for nature & making new friends!).  I'm SO excited to meet you both and plan an awesome adventure together! 

Hi there, I'm Clarissa! My passion for photography came from a deep love of the great outdoors. Pine trees, crashing waves, craggily mountains - aw yes! You can imagine my heart skipped a beat when my husband asked me to go hiking on our first date! Since then we've gone on many, many hiking dates - all of them with my trusty camera in hand (and bright orange backpacking camera bag, naturally). And now I'm lucky enough to document your love story adventures and travels in addition to my own! 

About the artist

Well hi there, I'm Clarissa! My passion for photography came from a deep love of the great outdoors. Pine trees, crashing waves, craggily mountains - I'm stoked just talking about it! You can imagine my heart skipped a beat when my husband asked me to go hiking on our first date! (Did I mention the best moments in life are the ones shared in nature?!)

Since then we've gone on many, many hiking dates - all of them with my trusty camera in hand (and bright orange backpacking camera bag, naturally). And now I'm lucky enough to document your love story adventures and travels in addition to my own! 

Outside photography, I'm a ballet dancer and I've recently picked up figure skating, because why not! Go and live your dreams! And you will soon find out I'm a huge Star Wars buff, love tacos with lots of hot sauce, and cannot stop laughing once I start!

I hands down believe in marriage, and think how you get married is important. Many weddings these days are chaotic, stressful, wasteful, and the list goes on... By eliminating the unnecessary aspects and celebrating with just the people who truly matter to you, small weddings or elopements are a way to make your commitment that much more meaningful. At the end of the day there are, in my opinion, only two things that need to be accomplished at your wedding: 1. You get married and have fun! 2. You get awesome, fun, bold, and creative photos of getting married! So if you are outdoor-loving folks who want a super fun, stress-free, and sacred wedding day, let's get in touch! I'm based in Southern California and Lake Tahoe in the USA, and available worldwide! Some of my favorite places in the world have been halfway across the globe, and I would totally love to be your guide to show you these amazing locales as you make your life-long commitment. However you envision the first day of your grand adventure, I would be honored to be there to document it well. Let's plan your awesome wedding together! 

I hands down believe in marriage! In my opinion, there are only two things that need to be accomplished at your wedding: 1. You get married & have fun! 2. You get awesome photos of getting married! Sometimes simple weddings are the most meaningful. So if you are outdoor-loving folks who want a super fun, stress-free, and sacred wedding day, get in touch! I value relationships highly, so in the end you get great photos and we'll probably be good friends! I'm based in Southern California and Lake Tahoe, and am available worldwide. Let's plan your awesome wedding together! 

Information & Pricing

Why small wedding or elopement?

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PRICING

Why have a small wedding or elopement?

Investment

outdoor Adventure weddings
Starting at $2500


•Eight hours coverage with Clarissa

•Unlimited planning guidance including -but not limited to - location scouting, timeline creation, permitting advice, etc.

•High resolution digital images in a personal online gallery with print release

•10" x 10" album (because your commitment deserves be printed)

•Travel fees extra depending on location

Adventure Elopements
Starting at $1800


•Six hours coverage with Clarissa

•Unlimited planning guidance including -but not limited to - location scouting, timeline creation, permitting advice, etc.

•High resolution digital images in a personal online gallery with print release

•10" x 10" album (because your commitment deserves be printed)

•Travel fees extra depending on location

Adventure Sessions
Starting at $800


•Two hours of adventuring and shooting with Clarissa

•Perfect for engagements, anniversaries, or just because! (Can't be used as a 2 hour elopement)

•Unlimited planning guidance including -but not limited to - location scouting, timeline creation, permitting advice, etc.

•High resolution digital images in a personal online gallery with print release

~ for under 25 guests ~

I travel for more than half of the weddings I photograph and love exploring new places! With my very reasonable travel fees, your port of call is closer than you think. Destination weddings or elopements also offer the flexibility to have unlimited full-day coverage as well as a day-after shoot. 

Elopements are unique to each couple and can range from a couple hours to full day coverage. We can spend the day hiking up a mountain, exploring a secluded beach, or enjoying a simple, private ceremony on the lake front or in your own backyard.

As an outdoors enthusiast, traveler, and California-based photographer, I can offer unique location suggestions if you need ideas!  There are endless stunning spots to marry or elope all over the world. Where are some of my favorites you might ask? New Zealand & Ireland! Let's go explore! 

Destination Weddings & Elopements

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I travel for more than half of the weddings and elopements I photograph and love exploring new places! With my very reasonable travel fees, your port of call is closer than you think. Destination weddings or elopements also offer the flexibility to have unlimited full-day coverage as well as a day-after shoot. 

As an outdoors enthusiast, traveler, and California-based photographer, I can offer unique location suggestions if you need ideas! There are endless stunning spots to marry or elope all over the world. Where are some of my favorites you might ask? New Zealand & Ireland! Let's go explore! 

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED AND WHERE DO YOU TRAVEL?
I'm based out of Lake Tahoe and Southern California, USA and travel worldwide to wherever your wedding/elopement will be! I am passport ready, and you better believe my camera bag is a bright orange backpacking pack. 

WHAT ARE YOUR STARTING RATES?
To keep things simple, my starting rate for intimate weddings is $2500, $1800 for elopements, and $800 for adventure sessions. I offer very reasonable travel rates to destinations worldwide. Send over a message and I'll get you more detailed information!

WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE?
I'm a fine art photographer who infuses creativity, boldness, and fun into all my work. As such you'll probably laugh a lot, have a great time, and possibly see me taking film, IR (infrared), and digital images on your special day. I blend photojournalistic style with minimal styling when needed. It's all about the fun and adventure of your love story! 

WE WANT TO ELOPE! WILL YOU HELP US PICK THE PERFECT SPOT!
Ab-so-lute-ly! I include custom location suggestions and planning tools for all my sessions.

WILL YOU BE THE ONE SHOWING UP TO MY SESSION?
Heck yes! I never book more than one adventure per day so your wedding/elopement/portraits will have my complete focus, attention, love, and ridiculous jokes! 

WE WANT YOU TO BE OUR PHOTOGRAPHER! WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?
Awesome! Let’s set up a meeting to chat where we can go over all of the details! To retain my services, I do require a signed contract and non-refundable deposit.  

Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE'S HOME & DO YOU TRAVEL?
I'm based out of SoCal & Lake Tahoe, CA and travel worldwide!

WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE?
I'm a fine art photographer who infuses creativity, boldness, and fun into all my work. It's all about the fun and adventure of your love story! 

CAN YOU SUGGEST A PLACE TO ELOPE?
Ab-so-lute-ly! I include custom location suggestions and planning tools for all my sessions. 

ARE YOU COMING TO MY EVENT?
Heck yes! I never book more than one adventure/day so your session will have my complete focus and ridiculous jokes! 

HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
Let’s set up a meeting to chat where we can go over all of the details! 

The Reviews

"Clarissa did an outstanding job with our wedding photos. Not only did she capture everything we requested, she went over and beyond! She provided us with a wonderful album of photos that we will forever be grateful!"

Carly & Kevin

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"Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for all that Clarissa did to make our wedding pictures perfect. She made the bride/groom shoots a blast and had us laughing the whole time. We without a doubt would have asked her to be our wedding photographer again!"

"Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for all that Clarissa did to make our wedding pictures perfect. She made the bride/groom shoots a blast and had us laughing the whole time. She was constantly on the go and capturing every fun moment. We without a doubt would have asked her to be our wedding photographer again and have already recommended her to others. Thank you Clarissa!!!"

Abby & Justin

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"Clarissa was a joy to work with! She brought a calm, artistic, and fun presence to the wedding. Her photos captured so many unique & beautiful memories. We highly recommend her for your most precious day!

Anne & Steve

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"Clarissa is PHENOMENAL 
and so talented!"

Liz & Luke

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