A “whole-ass” approach for your intentional and kickass adventure.

Your elopement isn’t a transaction.

To me, this isn’t Just a photography experience.
It’s a human one.

It’s humans connecting to create something magical. And you don’t just want some person to capture your elopement, you’re looking for the right person.

Some of The best moments in life happen when you’re connected to those around you…

…and that includes your elopement photographer.

Wouldn’t it be bitchin’ if your elopement experience went from, “they were professional, had resources and took great images” to experiencing your day with someone who also:

“…allowed us to be spontaneous and adventurous in ways we are rarely able to be in our daily lives

“…is someone who guided us through the process and who became part of the family.”

“…we knew we could trust with our plan. Our calls always helped us refocus and get clarity.”

Nami & Hari – Switzerland

“We felt safe and taken care of”

What we loved most was the connection and experience we had….Even getting on our initial consult was so key; she was intentional in getting to know us and there was no pressure. If you’re wanting an “experience” instead of just a transaction or service, you’ve got to get on a call!


Together, we’re going to frame your wedding day as an adventure first (no fancy dress, no ceremony). Why? Because when you break free of that box of what a “wedding” should be, you realize that on your wedding day, you can…

Travel to a bucket list destination

Travel by dog sled

Go on a horseback ride

Hop in a Helicopter

Hike to a Castle Ruin

Ride in a hot air balloon

Sea kayak


Chase the Aurora Borealis

Go stargazing

Shit’s a little Different here…

Some things that don’t come standard with other elopement specialists…

Intentionality at every step

While most photographers send a gallery link, we’re getting on Zoom and back into the vibes of your day to relive it yet again. We’ll catch up, watch a slideshow of the best highlights, look at your gallery, and view an heirloom album draft. Oh! Which reminds me…


Your adventure is immortalized in print

Sam Starns, taking some executive decision fatigue off couples since 2019. It can be a lot of work to print your images! At the end of this experience, you’ll have a bespoke album delivered to your door. Presents in the mail are the best.


You get your own park ranger

You read that right. I used to work as an interpretive ranger on the Oregon Coast, teaching kids about the local biology and ecology, and also worked as a naturalist on a whale watching vessel, educating the public and helping spot whales (my whale-spotting rate with coastal elopements is around 80%). All of this is perfect if you love interpretive talks and appreciate outdoor safety/terrain reading.

Ready to team up?

Get ready to experience an relive a day that embodies everything the two of you are.

“It almost seems secondary to everything else she did for us, but my gosh, the images! We cried seeing our highlight slides and album draft for the first time!

We felt calm, joyful & at peace with Sam & the experience she helped create.”

YOUR ELOPEMENT Makes a difference.


I’m proud to be an official business partner of Glacier National Park Conservancy and the Redwood Parks Conservancy.


I have couples that book on very short notice, but it’s not necessarily what I would recommend if you’re wanting to make your adventure intentional. That takes time if you don’t want to feel rushed! Because of potential permit deadlines, I recommend booking at least 3 months out, though 9-12 months is ideal!

Based on the location of your elopement, any collections I send you will have my travel included unless it’s a unique situation.

You must have scrolled right past it, there’s a button a few swipes up, just below the list of all the things couples have done during their elopement adventure!

Good question! Consider me your “planning guide/consultant”. I know the permits you need, top locations, the marriage license details, and have top vendor recommendations I can refer to you. All you have to do is make a quick call and tell the vendor what you’d like and pay them, taking the guesswork out of whether they’re reliable or professional. I’ll send you all the permitting info you’ll need so all you have to do is fill it out and send it in. I can even recommend top eats and places to stay!

That’s a good question! Some dates are reserved for personal adventures, but most of my schedule revolves around couples and when their elopements are. So in reality, the sooner you book, the more likely your date is available! See Updated Travel Dates Here.

That I am not! While not always true, I’ve found in that trying to do both photography and videography, one (or both) medium often suffers. I want to make sure you have next-level images, as opposed to just “okay” images and video on professional gear. The only video I do is an optional add-on of a TikTok video capture via phone.

I’m giving away a free copy of “Elope Your Life”

As a thank you to couples like the ones I get to adventure with, here is a free copy of my book that’s helped get couples hyped for an intentional adventure.

This book is full of inspiration, beautiful stories, and ACTIONABLE items to guide you to the inspirational day that’s already inside you.

*BONUS* – You’ll also receive a copy of my elopement planning and packing checklist!


From Glacier National Park to the Scottish Highlands, to the varied landscapes of Oregon and Alaska, your dream is possible.

Breathtaking Northern Lights Elopement that will make you speechless

Romantic Redwoods Horseback and Oregon Coast Elopement

Windswept April Isle of Skye Elopement

Ready to Capture your Adventure?
Let’s connect!