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Top 17 Wedding Photographers For Destination Couples | Southwest

Top 17 Wedding Photographers For Destination Couples | Southwest
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Who are the top wedding photographers in the Southwest?  With so many photographers to choose from in place like Utah, (especially Zion National Park), Nevada, Arizona, and California-- it's easy for couples (both local and destination) to feel overwhelmed with whom they should pick for their big day! 

Searching for the right style, feel, and overall experience can be difficult as most couples are doing this all for the first time.  Some brides and grooms aren't entirely sure what they're looking for in a photographer until they see it

We've included in this list some of the top wedding photographers who serve local and destination couples getting married in the Southwest.  We've included example photos, reviews, services, and even style choices that can help you select just the right photographer for your big day!  For our list of wedding videographers, click here.

Forevermore Films

Google Rating:  (107 reviews)

Summary: Widely reviewed, Forevermore is an award-winning and well traveled choice; perfect for couples blending large venues with some outdoor time...  (More)

Style: Dramatic, Moody, Vibrant (Style options available)

Services: Full Wedding Day, Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals, Video

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What Couples Are Saying...

My fiancé and I chose to work with Brad and Forevermore films because we loved their content and they had done work for her brothers wedding. BEST. DECISION. EVER. We have absolutely loved working with Brad and his team. The content is unlike anything out there and it always captures the real beauty in the moments.

- Jaxon M.
Check out Forevermore Films


Summary: Amazing for adventure couples who don't mind a little hiking-- ShutterFreek is perfect for intimate weddings and elopements in grand places...  (More)

Style: Dramatic, Moody, Warm

Services: Full Wedding Day, Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals, Video

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What Couples Are Saying...

Paul & Katie at Shutterfreek are truly the greatest and their work is unmatched. Their gift for capturing our memories exactly as we experienced them was something we never could have imagined. We couldn't have asked for anything more and can't wait to work with them again - vow renewal anyone?

- Devin V.
Check out ShutterFreek

Kindred & Co. Weddings

Summary: Gorgeous photos combined with their attentive, customer-centric approach, Olivia & Bryan know how to capture both the small moments, as well as the epic views... (More)

Style: Warm, Desaturated, Fun

Services: Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals, Video add-ons, Officiating

What Couples Are Saying...

Olivia and Bryan were absolutely amazing to work with both for our engagement photos and for our wedding day. Communication was extremely timely and Olivia was very helpful in preparing for our wedding day. They are such a great duo, capturing so many precious moments throughout the day. Both are easy-going and pleasant to be around, while also helping to direct in getting the best shots. We are so pleased with the photos as they really captured our authenticity and joy during the day. Their photography is truly stunning! We cannot recommend them enough.
- Anika
Check out Kindred & Co

Casandrah Jensen Photography

Summary: Planning to elope or have an intimate wedding with plenty of outdoor time?  Perhaps your vision involves rock climbing, boating or hiking?  You'll love Casandrah...   (More)

Style: Warm, Natural, Light

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...

We had the best experience with Casandrah. Very personable and sweet! She made the whole experience so fun and never felt awkward once!! I would recommend her to anyone. Our pictures are perfectly edited even my HUBBY LOVES THEM!
- Hope J.
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JoAnn's Photography

Summary: Wedding and elopement photographer ready for any adventure you can throw.  JoAnn specializes in a personalized experience while delivering her signature style...  (More)

Style: Natural, Fun, Warm

Services: Full Wedding Day, Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...


JoAnn’s work is PHENOMENAL!! She took our wedding photos months ago, and I am STILL completely obsessed with them. She captured our day in such a special way. She didn’t miss a single laugh, smile, or joyful tear. My husband is not super comfortable in front of the camera, but she made both of us feel so natural! Plus, she let us be our goofy selves and got pictures of each little silly moment and laugh. JoAnn somehow seemed to be everywhere at once capturing the best images possible. She is like a quiet photography ninja! She has the ability to capture special moments without you knowing that she’s there! I would recommend JoAnn over and over and over again!! Y’all, go book this lady to capture your special day!! 

- Morgan H.
Check out Joann's Photography

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Lindsay Brunson Photography

Summary: A refreshing style that combines the editorial moody look with playful poses, Lindsay is a great choice for couples wanting a modern look while keeping the fun...  (More)

Style: Slight Moody, Warm, Fun

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...

I couldn't be happier with not only Lindsay's Photography skills, but I was equally happy with her personality, punctuality, and her turn around time. She was exactly what we wanted for our destination wedding! Couldn't recommend more!
- Mathias S.
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Amber Garrett Photography

Summary: Amazingly talented and noted for her ability to connect with clients quickly, Amber is a spectacular choice for the laid back couple...  (More)

Style: Vibrant, Fun, Natural

Services: Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals, Boudoir

What Couples Are Saying...

We wanted a fun, relaxed wedding to match us and our relationship, and Amber 100% delivered. By the time we were done she felt like an old friend! The day of was seamless and Amber had the best poses and location ideas, and we couldn’t be happier with how our pictures turned out. If you’re looking for a photographer to make your day as easy as possible so you can focus on what the day is really about, book Amber!
- Alexis A.
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Desert Paintbrush Photography

Summary: Gorgeous photos, quick turnaround time, and a customer-centric experience, Jaymie at Desert Paintbrush is a vendor you'll be glad you brought aboard...  (More)

Style: Fun, Natural, Warm

Services: Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals


What Couples Are Saying...

We couldn’t believe what a fantastic job Jaymie did capturing the story of our wedding! The photos highlight so many amazing moments from our day and I find myself looking through them over and over. Jaymie’s attention to detail, playful spirit, and unassuming presence helped us to feel at ease the entire time. Thanks Jaymie!
- Whit T.
Check out Desert Paintbrush

Mattie Rose Photography

Summary: Mattie Rose is not only great behind the lens but may end up becoming your best friend through the process.  She brings both personality and grand shots to each session...  (More)

Style: Natural, Fun, Romantic

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...

MATTIE IS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL AT WHAT SHE DOES.  She not only has an eye for photography but she goes above and beyond when it comes to the final touches. She's the best!   
- Love Notes
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J. Willis Photography

Summary: Gorgeous ability to capture photos in a moody and beautiful way, Jessica wows her clients time and time again with her consistent ability to deliver a high quality experience!  (More)

Style: Moody, Dramatic, Stylish

Services: Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

What Couples Are Saying...

Jessica is absolutely fantastic! She did our engagement photos as well as our wedding photos and everything turned out amazing! She was awesome on the wedding day with getting the pictures done before the ceremony but didn't feel like she was stressed or bossy. I am overjoyed to call her our photographer for life and we will recommend her everytime!
- Katrina Z.
Check out J. Willis

Julia Goldberg Photography

Summary: With the ability to provide a world-class experience to any and all adventure couples, Julia knows how to keep it fun while having a keen eye for the most epic locations and shots... (More)

Style: Moody, Dramatic, Stylish

Services: Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

What Couples Are Saying...

Julia is such a talented photographer (in more ways than one). Not only does she have a keen eye for beautiful locations and creative composition of photos, she really knows how to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera (which is a huge feat). Julia will give you as much or as little direction as you need and she was such a joy to work with. I hope I get the opportunity to shoot with her again because it was so much fun and such a delight. Thanks Julia!!
- Briana L.
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Kalena Photography

Summary: Kalena's photos and philosophy reflect the genuine love and special nature of the couple.  She's all about capturing best-friends-in-love and letting their love shine in every photo...  (More)

Style: Natural, Vibrant, Warm

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...

Kalena is the BEST photographer. We will for sure be using her again in the future! I’ve gotten so many compliments on my wedding photos, with many saying they are the best wedding pictures they have ever seen!
- Marina P.
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Nicole Aston Photography

Summary: Personable, responsive, highly detailed, and up for anything, Nicole helps couples (who often feel uncomfortable in front of the camera) have the best session with her easy and beautiful style...  (More)

Style: Vibrant, Airy, Natural, Slightly Moody

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...

Working with Nicole as our photographer was the best decision we made for our wedding day. From before we ever met in person, Nicole eased all of our anxieties about what it would be like in front of the camera. She is incredibly personable, and we knew from the get-go that we were in such good hands with her to capture our big day. She is super responsive and organized and went above and beyond to [meet our needs]!
- Nina R.
Check out Nicole Aston

Maye.Be Take a Photo

  1. Summary: Great with communication, professional to work with, and phenomenal in her craft, Sam of Maye.Be Take a Photo is tough to beat for a well-rounded experience...  (More)

Style: Vibrant, Natural, Fun

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...

Samantha is amazing, amazing, AMAZING! She was so easy to work with and made the entire process enjoyable. She was easy to communicate with, and made the sessions go so smoothly. She was professional and kind throughout. The resulting photo album speaks for itself! Sam- you are in the right business! Thank you a million times over for being part of our day!
- Logan C.
Check out Maye.Be Take a Photo

Mountain Made Photography

Summary: Super easy to work with and full of great location ideas, Brittany not only can help you organize your elopement, but will deliver amazing shots every time...  (More)

Style: Vibrant, Romantic, Slightly Moody

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...

Brittany is a joy to work with. She found the best locations for my photos and they turned out amazing. She also kept her word with getting the pictures back to me in a timely manner. 10/10 recommend her if you're looking for a photographer.
- Haley H.
Check out Mountain Made Photography

Niki Baldwin Photography

Summary: Fun, friendly and ready behind the camera, Niki is a blast for couples wanting to highlight their love, as well as the venues and scenery around them...  (More)

Style: Bright, Airy, Natural

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals

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What Couples Are Saying...

Niki is amazing!! She is the most personable photographer you can ask for. If you’re like me and you hate taking pictures cuz it’s so long and boring to stand there and smile, Niki is your girl. She makes getting your picture taken fun and enjoyable.
- Keyan B.
Check out Niki Baldwin
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Unleashed Elopements

Summary: Like a few photographers listed above, you can take your wedding to the next level with both stunning photos and video all in one vendor...  (More)

Style: Moody, Warm, Glowy

Services: Intimate Weddings, Adventure Elopements, Engagements, Bridals/Formals, Video

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What Couples Are Saying...

Sharlee was so much fun to work with! Our session was seriously like hanging out with a best friend and also getting absolutely STUNNING images at the end of it! My wife and I cried while looking through our gallery because the photos were so full of the joy and silliness that we love in our relationship. Words can't describe how perfect the whole experience was. Thank you so much Sharlee!!
- Toni S.
Check out Unleashed Elopements

If you're planning a destination wedding to Southern Utah like Moab and Zion National Park (or even similar venues like Sedona and Grand Canyon), Nevada, Arizona, or California, you'd be hard-pressed to find better than these top-notch picks.  There are very few things on your wedding day as important as your photographer!  They provide the photos and will likely be the one you spend the most time with-- so make sure the one you select has the style, experience, and vision to match your expectations!

Want more useful tips for your upcoming wedding/elopement to the Southwest?  Get instant access to our free guide below!

The vendors mentioned above are Zion Bride vendors and are featured on our ZB Vendor page. While ZB may receive ad compensation from certain companies, we only accept and feature vendors we feel exhibit high standards of professionalism and reliability to their clients.
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