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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT & Wedding PHOTOGRAPHER

Based in Sedona, Arizona, living a somewhat nomadic life in my RV

I'm

Hillary Joy

Photography is more than an art form to me. It’s my introverted heart’s love language. My fondest memories as a child involve sifting through piles of polaroids, and fuzzy film photos, listening to my "Grandma Flash", the OG photographer in my family, tell stories about each and every one. She was never a professional, but she was passionate and proud of every story she froze in time. This is what sparked my passion for capturing real connection and joy so that it may be passed on through the years. Getting to photograph in amazing locations is an added bonus! Nature is my happy place; it sparks my best creativity. Elopements and their simplicity are also easier on the planet than big events, which is something I am quite passionate about as an official Leave No Trace aware photographer!

Let's Connect

Im a bit of a Nomad!

I am currently traveling the western US with my Jeep, travel trailer, and pup Vinnie!

I have been a photographer for about 11 years!

This is Vinnie!!

My partner in crime and adventure buddy! He is a rescue Dachshund and a bit unsure of strangers. I always wish I could bring him along on Elopements but that probably wouldn't turn out great for anyone haha! He is the sweetest boy despite his insecurities. I love him to the moon and back, and am an all around big time dog lover!!

I grew up in Minnesota and then lived in Georgia for 7 years. After photographing big weddings and portraits for so many years, I decided it was time for a change! There were so many places I wanted to see and photographing big weddings just didn't feel fulfilling to me anymore, so I needed to find a way to combine my desire to travel along with my desire to capture more intimate and meaningful small weddings.

Hence Adventure Elopements! A perfect combination of wanderlust, love for nature, and true connection.

A few things

about me

Current Base

I have a College degree

Mostly split between MN & AZ, but I can go anywhere living in my travel trailer!

Bachelor of Fine Arts- with a focus in Photography of course!

Favorite music

My Top Bucket List Elopement

I love 80's music, but listen to all kinds!

A Lord of the rings themed elopement in New Zealand

zodiac

I've Been a PRO Photographer

Since 2010

aquarius

I spend my free time

Personality

Hiking/Jeeping ✌🏻

4w5 / INFP-T

I am Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certified

Safety is super important to me while we are out adventuring!! I wanted to make sure I at least had some basic skills to be able to use in any sort of emergency. I really hope I never have to use them, but am glad to have the knowledge in my arsenal!

Kind Words

“Hillary was very professional, patient, flexible, and incredibly creative in taking photos that embraced the uniqueness of our wedding.”

"She captured shots that showed real emotions of the day, so much so that every time I look back at them I am brought right back to the moments I was part of and even those that I missed. Until seeing Hillary’s finished products I never knew pictures could tell the story of a day so well but Hillary did that and more!"

-Tiffany & Rob