The Best Oregon Photo Locations

The top Oregon locations for Elopements and Engagement Photos

Oregon's enchanting landscapes make it a dream locale for elopements and engagement photos. The iconic Columbia River Gorge sets the stage with dramatic waterfalls and lush greenery. Bend's high desert charm offers golden fields and rustic backdrops. The Oregon Coast boasts rugged cliffs and expansive beaches, providing a captivating seaside setting. Majestic Mt. Hood, crowned with snow, offers a breathtaking mountainous backdrop. Each location encapsulates the state's diverse beauty, providing couples with a myriad of options to capture their love amidst nature's wonders. From cascading waterfalls to mountain peaks and coastal shores, Oregon invites couples to embark on a romantic journey through its picturesque scenery.

Dreamy Oregon Photo Locations

1: REACH OUT BY FILLING OUT MY CONTACT FORM

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.

2: I'LL SET UP A PHONE CALL TO TALK DETAILS

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!

3: WE START PLANNING YOUR DREAM DAY

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!

4: CELEBRATE YOU AND YOUR LOVE

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!

5: YOU RECEIVE ALL YOUR PHOTOS!

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!

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge stands as a captivating canvas for intimate elopements. Cascading waterfalls, such as Multnomah Falls, create a mesmerizing backdrop, adding a touch of natural grandeur to vows and photographs. The gorge's lush greenery and towering cliffs offer a secluded, romantic atmosphere, allowing couples to exchange their promises amidst the symphony of rushing waters and rustling leaves. The scenic overlooks provide panoramic views, capturing the essence of love against the majestic Columbia River. With its diverse landscapes and awe-inspiring vistas, the Columbia River Gorge emerges as a timeless and enchanting elopement location, inviting couples to celebrate their union in nature's embrace.

Rivers, Cliffs, Waterfalls, Forest

No permits required

30min from Portland

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Northern Oregon Coast

The Northern Oregon Coast emerges as a spellbinding elopement haven, boasting the iconic Cannon Beach and Cape Kiwanda. Cannon Beach's rugged coastline, framed by the iconic Haystack Rock, offers a picturesque setting for intimate ceremonies with the soothing melody of ocean waves. Cape Kiwanda's golden sands and towering sandstone cliffs create a dramatic backdrop, providing couples with a cinematic seascape for their vows. The coastal winds, the vast Pacific horizon, and the golden hues of sunset collectively craft an unforgettable atmosphere. The Northern Oregon Coast, with its blend of natural wonders, epitomizes romance and offers couples a breathtaking stage for their intimate union.

Ocean, forest, cliffs

no Permits required

2 hours from portland

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Southern Oregon Coast

The charming town of Brookings provides a coastal haven, while the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor unveils majestic cliffs and forested vistas. With its diverse landscapes, the Southern Oregon Coast invites couples to embark on a romantic journey amidst nature's unspoiled beauty, ensuring a unique and memorable elopement experience.

Rock formations, beach, forest  

6 hours from Portland

No permits required

Mt Hood

Eloping at majestic Mt. Hood, Oregon, promises a union surrounded by snow-capped peaks and alpine serenity. This iconic volcanic mountain, adorned with glaciers, serves as a breathtaking backdrop for intimate ceremonies. Couples can exchange vows at Timberline Lodge with panoramic views or find secluded spots along mountain trails. The changing seasons offer diverse settings, from winter wonderlands to wildflower meadows in the summer. Mt. Hood's timeless beauty and natural splendor create an enchanting atmosphere for couples seeking a romantic and adventurous elopement. Whether against the pristine white landscape or vibrant alpine hues, this iconic peak ensures a picturesque celebration of love.

Lakes, mountain views, forest 

Parking permits required

1 hour from portland

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Bend

Eloping in Bend, Oregon, promises a perfect blend of natural charm and urban sophistication. Surrounded by the Cascade Mountains, this high desert oasis offers a breathtaking backdrop for intimate ceremonies. Couples can exchange vows beside the Deschutes River, framed by ponderosa pines, or choose a rustic setting in the nearby Deschutes National Forest. The vibrant downtown area provides a trendy atmosphere for post-ceremony celebrations. From the serene beauty of Mirror Pond to the adventurous spirit of Drake Park, Bend encapsulates the essence of a romantic escape. With its diverse landscapes and laid-back ambiance, Bend ensures a memorable and picturesque elopement experience.

Mountains, Smith Rock State Park, Lakes

State Park Permit Required

2 horus from Portland

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Oregon Elopements

starting at $2900

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starting at $1,100

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What's Included in Packages?

Elopements

Engagements

  • 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!

Taylor and Andrew

"Working with Meghan was such a great experience. She is super personable, and she will make sure she captures you and your partner to match how you really feel about each other! My partner and I had never done professional photos together, and Meghan made it such a fun experience with all of her unique prompts. She spends her time picking the most perfect locations"

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 Oregon!!

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!