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Best of 2018 >> adventure weddings and elopements in Hawaii and the western US

Wow. 2018 was a doozy. I love doing this yearly roundup because it really puts everything into perspective and reminds me how wonderful the past year was! I am feeling so grateful for all of you that trust me and include me on one of the most important days of your lives. What a blessing it is!

In February, I attended an adventure wedding workshop at Yosemite National Park with The Hearnes and Maddie Mae. This experience was a game changer for me and gave me the clarity to focus on my passion for adventure elopements and small weddings.

In May, I flew to San Diego to shoot an intimate backyard wedding. It was such a lovely celebration with their family and close friends. Garret and I rented a campervan (our dream car…currently on the search for one!) and explored Joshua Tree National Park together. Definitely one of my new favorite places in the world. I would love to head back there for an elopement some day! Then we hopped back to Hawaii and I shot their honeymoon adventure session in Waimea Canyon on Kauai.

Spent the next couple months in Hawaii and then flew to Truckee, California to photograph an epic wedding at Sugar Bowl Resort on Lake Mary in August. Their rock climbing day-after session was a HUGE highlight of the year! Came back to Maui and then back to Yosemite National Park in September for an adventure engagement session and celebrated my birthday in the valley with rock climbing lessons. A terrifying and awesome experience!

In November, I photographed an eco-friendly wedding on Maui which was also a favorite. I’ll be sharing more from this wedding in the future and really hope it inspires my future couples to create weddings that are sustainable and care for our earth. Finished off the year on Oahu with an adventure elopement and the sweetest couple from New Zealand. It was such a fulfilling way to end the year. :)

My goals for 2019

Outsource - this year I definitely reached a breaking point with my work load. I’m committing to outsourcing the business tasks that I don’t need to do, so that I can create more time to spend with my loved ones, enjoy personal adventures, and give more of my energy to my clients.

Give back to the land - I love my partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects planting 50 trees for every shoot booked, but I want to do more. Currently looking for new partnerships and projects to be a part of to help educate and preserve the natural areas in our country. If you know of a meaningful project that needs help please contact me!

Travel by campervan - My husband and I would love to travel more on the mainland during the summer and fall months….which means I’m available for adventure elopements in Oregon, Washington, California, and Utah!! We’ve been on the hunt for a campervan, so we have a mainland rig for adventures. I’ll be heading to Bend, Oregon in May for some sessions and would also LOVE to shoot in the Redwood National Forest and the Oregon Coast this year. Utah is another bucket list location I would love to see again. We road tripped there a few years ago, but would be thrilled to explore new areas there and shoot some adventure elopements!

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Phew. What a year. When I look back on the year I feel enormous gratitude for all of the amazing humans I’ve had the honor of connecting with. I wouldn’t have had so many epic experiences if it wasn’t for all of YOU! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)

Rock Climbing Adventure Wedding in Truckee, California

Meghan and John contacted me last year to photograph their wedding on Lake Mary near Truckee, California. When they told me they wanted to incorporate their passion for rock climbing into their couple's photos I knew it was going to be an epic experience and that we were destined to work together. This would definitely be the most adventurous adventure wedding I've ever photographed! I was stoked. I'm not a rock climber but I've always dreamed of trying and the spot they had picked out near Sugar Bowl resort was breathtaking.

Before the shoot I was filled with nervous excitement. My hands were clammy and my heart was thumping. When I stood on the edge of the cliff and they told me to lean back I was a lil nervous, but had to trust and have faith that all would be okay. Huge shout out to Andy Anders for his help and expertise, and Ali for being with me every step of the climb; they definitely helped me capture the adventurous bride and groom in their full glory. I finally leaned into it and immediately felt relaxed and inspired by the views of Donner Lake. For experienced climbers this was an easy climb but for me it was a lifetime accomplishment, and to combine it with my photography career was indescribable. This experience inspired me so much, I took my first rock climbing lesson in Yosemite National Park a few weeks later! I was there for an engagement adventure session, so it was the perfect opportunity to learn how to climb in one of the most amazing climbing destinations in the world.

Sending a huge thanks to the crew that made this shoot possible. It was quite the production and wouldn’t have been the same without the team there to help. You guys made it SO much fun and super special for Meghan and John. I’m beyond grateful to all of you for such an incredible experience.

If you're looking for an adventurous wedding or elopement photographer that will hang on the edge of a cliff to get the shot, I'm yo girl. :)

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808.250.3424

Yosemite National Park Adventure Elopement | Adventurous Destination Wedding Photographer

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In February, I attended an adventure wedding workshop in Yosemite National Park with The Hearnes and Maddie Mae.  Two of my favorite adventure photogs in the industry.  They inspire me daily.  I always enjoy attending workshops during slow season.  It's a nice time to connect with other photographers, stay up to date on the latest business trends, and gain new inspiration.  Garret and I traveled to Yosemite a few years ago while we were road tripping along the west coast and Yosemite was my absolute favorite from the trip.  He literally had to pull me away I loved it there so much.  There's just something about the energy there that mesmerizes me and makes me feel alive.

Megan and Zach drove all the way from Texas to model for us at the Adventurers Workshop.  It was so fun sharing this special place with them and seeing their eyes light up when they first saw the valley.  There are many reasons why I love shooting adventure elopements, but one of my favorites is sharing the experience with my clients.  I love taking people somewhere new and watching their jaws drop at the beauty.  I have a deep passion for the environment and I always hope that my photographs give people the same feeling I have when I'm there.  

Another one of my favorite aspects of shooting adventure elopements is that it's a special time only the two of you share (and me, haha).  No stress about what color napkins you'll have, who to invite, and how much money will be spent in one day.  It's about the two of you, your love for each other, and doing that with nature as your backdrop.

contact me <<here>> to book your yosemite national park adventure elopement!
i love to travel and still have availability for 2018. :)
naomilevitphotography@gmail.com
808.250.3424