The Best California Photo Locations

The top California locations for Elopements and Engagement Photos

Eloping in California invites couples to weave their love story into the diverse landscapes of Yosemite, Big Sur, and Joshua Tree. Yosemite's towering granite cliffs and cascading waterfalls offer a majestic stage for vows, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada's grandeur. Big Sur's rugged coastline, with its dramatic cliffs and Pacific vistas, creates a cinematic setting for an intimate celebration. Meanwhile, Joshua Tree's surreal desert landscape, dotted with iconic Joshua trees, provides a serene and otherworldly backdrop. California's kaleidoscope of environments ensures a personalized and awe-inspiring elopement, offering couples the chance to embrace the Golden State's natural beauty in their unique journey of love.

Dreamy California Photo Locations


Have you looked over my website and you're liking what you see? Fill out my contact sheet to get in touch!
The form is a little long, but it's how I get to know you and be able to start some research on your ideal day! I'll make sure to get back to you within 24 hours.


Once you submit an inquiry, I'll be in touch about times to get together and talk! This is usually done through zoom, but if you're local to Salt Lake, I would love to take you out to coffee!
I'll make sure I do some research and come in with some ideas based off the questions you answered in your contact form, but this is also the time to ask me all the questions you may have, tell me about all the ideas you have about how you want your day to go, and really just get to know me a bit as well! We spend a lot of time together on this day, so I want to make sure we feel like great friends!


Once you're in my books, I'll be sending over all my location guides, hotel reccomendations, hikes I love, my favorite things to do in the area, and more! I'll be mailing you a 60 plus page guide that covers how to elope A to Z!
I'll also start making a Pinterest board that you can collaborate on! There may be categories about poses, locations, detail shots, etc that you can add to.
I'll also make a timeline and a "must have shots" list that you can edit and view so we are on the same page for your day. I'm always avalibile by text or email if you want to talk more about your elopement!


It's here!!! Your elopement! We're going to celebrate and party wether it's just the three of us, or your closest family and friends. All the prep work is done, and now you just get to enjoy the time with the love of your life.
I'm here to capture all the little details, fix your hair, hike with y'all, pass out some tissues, and be there to witness the love you share.
Your elopement is going to be such a fun, stress free time, and I'm so stoked to be there!


I love sending a sneak gallery within 72 hours so you have 50-100 highlight photos you can share with friends and family almost instantly! Once the highlight gallery is sent, you will get every picture back in 6-10 weeks along with a slideshow set to music and instagram carosuels to share your wedding photos beautifully on social media. 
You can purchase prints through the online gallery and together we can design your album. Your wedding photos are so special and should be printed for loved ones to be able to see and look back on!

Yosemite National Park

Eloping in Yosemite National Park is an ode to love amidst awe-inspiring natural wonders. Towering granite cliffs, majestic waterfalls like Yosemite Falls, and ancient sequoia groves provide a majestic backdrop for vows. The iconic Half Dome and El Capitan create a dramatic and timeless setting for intimate ceremonies. With its meandering rivers and lush meadows, Yosemite offers varied landscapes for personalized celebrations. As the sun sets, casting a warm glow on the granite peaks, the park becomes an enchanting canvas for romance. Yosemite's unrivaled beauty ensures an elopement immersed in the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada, promising couples an unforgettable celebration in nature's embrace.

Mountains, Glaciers, Lakes, meadows

permits required

2 hours from Fresno

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Big Sur 

Eloping in Big Sur, California, promises couples an ethereal union amidst nature's grandeur. The rugged coastline along the Pacific Highway unveils dramatic cliffs, redwood groves, and expansive ocean vistas, creating a cinematic backdrop for vows. Each intimate ceremony can unfold against the rhythmic crashing of waves, while the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge or McWay Falls adds a touch of enchantment. Big Sur's raw, untamed beauty, with its winding coastal trails and panoramic viewpoints, ensures an elopement immersed in the timeless allure of the Central California coast—a breathtaking canvas for love that captures the essence of the wild Pacific landscape in every heartfelt moment.

Forest, ocean, cliffs

no permit required

2 hours from San Jose

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Joshua Tree

Eloping in Joshua Tree National Park unfolds a mesmerizing celebration amidst the stark beauty of the California desert. Iconic Joshua trees and colossal rock formations create an otherworldly backdrop for vows, capturing the essence of untamed romance. As the sun sets, painting the landscape in warm hues, the park transforms into a surreal canvas of serenity. Intimate ceremonies amidst twisted Joshua tree groves or beneath star-studded desert skies offer a unique and tranquil escape. Joshua Tree's raw, mystical ambiance ensures an elopement immersed in the quiet majesty of the high desert—a timeless and unforgettable communion of love against a backdrop of arid, natural elegance.

desert, rocks, joshua trees

45min from Palm Springs

Wedding permits required

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California Elopements

starting at $3800

California Engagement Sessions

starting at $2000

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What's Included in Packages?



  • 60 page elopement guide
  • Customized location guide with my favorite airbnbs, activities, specific locations, and vendors
  • Polaroid album at the end of your day
  • Sneak gallery in 72 hours
  • and more!

  • Session prep guide
  • Location guide with specific locations, and cool features
  • Instant polaroids at the end of your session
  • Sneak gallery in 72 hours
  • and more!

Audrianna and Sam

"Meghan is soo so amazing she really does capture the authentic love you have with your partner. I love that she gives you a lot of freedom to do what you’re comfortable with and just be yourself while also incorporating amazing fun poses and prompts!
I had such an amazing experience I can’t wait to book with her again!"

Hi! I'm Meghan

I'm an elopement, wedding, and couples photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I travel all over the western US to photograph love stories!
After growing up in Oregon, I moved to Utah for school and graduated with my BFA in theater in 2023. I now use my art and lighting background to craft photos that last lifetimes.
As your photographer, I love helping you plan your elopement or session! Together, we create a Pinterest board so our. ideas are on the same page! I send a 60 page elopement guide to help you plan your day and spark some ideas. I also love sending you on a coffee date to fill out my longish questionnaire! This really helps me craft a session that reflects you.
During your session, I'll be there to provide umbrellas, and warmers, pick up a bottle of champagne, sew a button back on your dress, or anything else you need! Acts of service is my love language and it totally shows in my job!
After your day, I'll hand you a mini album of all the polaroids I took during your elopement day so you have photos before you even leave the location!  You can expect a full sneak gallery within 72 hours so you can share your day or session with your friends and families almost instantly.   

I'm so excited to meet you in California!

How do you scout locations?

I have such a travel bug, so many of the popular elopement destinations you're thinking of, I've been to! If I haven't, Google Earth is my bestie. I read up on places in websites, and get to the location early to nail down some final spots before your day!

How do we spend 4-6 hours eloping?

Eloping is so much more than a quick ceremony! Many people spend the day together hiking, getting ready, having a ceremony, taking formal portraits, and spending time with your closest family and friends!

How many people can we bring?

This really depends on the place you choose! I define elopements as 10 guests or under, and micro weddings as 40 guests and under. Some locations have designated spots for ceremonies that have a cap on the amount of people you can bring. While outside, we always want to make sure we keep the enviorment healthy!

Can we elope just the two of us?

Totally! Sometimes it's easier to get legally married in a courthouse, then hold your ceremony and festivities at a different time! There are a few places you can self solomize too!

Should we still hire vendors for our elopement?

Yes! I'll send a whole guide on who you should hire to be a vendor at your elopement! Besides a photographer, elopement planners and catereors are awesome to have join you on your day to help everything run smoothly!

Do we have to hike?

Nope! I know sooo many spots that are a short walk, an overlook, or the backyard of a sick AirBnb!

How do we choose where to elope?

This is seriously the hardest part because there are so many stunning places! Think about who you want with you on your day and what the general landscape should be! I have loads of reccomendations if you're not 100% sure of a spot.

Do you charge travel fees?

The price you see is the price you get! I don't tack on any surprise fees. Any travel is included in your final quote.

What if we want to celebrate with even more people?

If you want to keep the party going, having a reception local to you is a great idea! You can use all your photos to decorate as well!

Let the Adventure Begin!