Arizona Elopement Photographer

Elopement & Wedding photography for Free Spirited Couples in Arizona & across the southwest

How your marriage begins matters.

Whether you are choosing an elopement or a larger free spirited wedding, the day you say your vows to your partner is a step that deserves to reflect you, and your unique relationship. The commercialized wedding industry has spent millions of dollars trying to convince couples of what “the perfect wedding” looks like. The truth is, YOUR perfect wedding is going to look completely different than anyone else’s, and I seriously can’t wait to see what you dream up!

Forget what you’ve been told your wedding Should look like… Instead, imagine what your wedding Could look like!

Close your eyes and visualize what you would do on your very favorite day with your very favorite human… Now envision building your wedding experience around THAT perfect day or days- what does it look like?

As an Arizona Elopement Photographer who specializes in photographing elopements and free-spirited weddings throughout AZ and across the southwest, I help couples create and capture non-traditional wedding experiences true to them!

A dramatic kiss at the peak of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona by a sweet elopement couple taken by Arizona Elopement Photographer Shannon Durazo who hikes with couples to take epic photographs

Create a Wedding experience that truly Celebrates your Love!

Ditch the expectations

There are no limits to what your wedding day can look like- Add something adventurous like hiking a mountain, going on a horseback trail ride, or taking a helicopter tour. Or keep things more calm while enjoying a picnic on the beach, hanging out all day in an cabin in the woods, exploring downtown, having a bonfire cookout at your ranch, or picking peaches at your favorite orchard. Still want a larger guest list? Choose a venue that allows your outdoorsy side to shine through while surrounded by your loved ones- seriously… anything goes.  Include what you want, ditch the rest!

Strengthen your connection

Positive shared experiences are known to strengthen emotional bonds.  Your marriage deserves to begin in a way that will help your love withstand the chaos life throws at you. If you are more private, design a wedding where you get to spend time together as just the two of you. If getting all your friends and family together for a giant party lights your soul on fire, then bring on the festivities! Do what you LOVE!

Freedom to be yourself

Once you embrace not trying to meet the expectations of everyone else, you give yourself the freedom to be yourself! You are no longer trying to fit into a mold, and letting your adventurous spirit celebrate your way!

What’s in a name… why Stratus Adventure Photography?

Have you ever laid in the grass looking up at the sky, imagining a whole other world in the clouds overhead? From dragons in far off castles, to bunnies hopping through fields of flowers, the possibilities of what you dream up are limited only by your imagination! Creating mythical worlds and adventures in the sky has been a favorite pastime of mine for as long as I can remember. The name reminds me to always keep this limitless, free spirited way of looking at the world at the forefront while capturing my couples moments.

This sounds exactly like what I’m looking for for my wedding!
Now what?….

Schedule Your Consult

Schedule your FREE Consultation Call.  We will brainstorm your perfect wedding experience- the possibilities are endless!

Craft Your Day

Once you choose your location, we can work to make sure there is enough time scheduled to capture all the important moments.

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Capture Your Moments

I will be your photographer, hype woman,  stalker-azee and personal problem solver so you can feel free to live in the moment.

Curate Your Memories

Sit back and enjoy epic photographs of your one of a kind wedding experience while you begin the next chapter of your lives together!

Arizona elopement photographer Shannon Durazo from Stratus Adventure Photography with her dogs in the forests of Norther AZ

Hello! I’m Shannon Durazo…

and I want to be your Arizona Elopement photographer & Adventure curator!

I call the Grand Canyon state home… but I will follow you wherever you roam!

I truly care about the success of your marriage and capture the moments that help you celebrate your love, strengthen your relationship, and head into the next chapter of your lives together feeling excited and full of joy.  Whether that is through an elopement or a larger wedding that embraces the wild and free spirit- let’s talk!

If you are wanting an Arizona elopement photographer who will not only take epic portraits, but also hike a mountain with headlamps before sunrise, drive up a 4×4 road to get you to that remote overlook you’ve been dreaming of, or wading through freezing water to get “the shot”, I’m your gal!

I’ve called Arizona home for over 20 years, with a second home base in the San Juan mountains of Southwestern Colorado. As an Arizona Elopement Photographer, I specialize in AZ Adventure elopements in Sedona and across the Grand Canyon State, but I am also available for travel to anywhere my anti-kidnapping specialist husband approves!

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I’m here to help capture your adventurous love story surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Arizona and across the Southwestern United States

Elopement Photography Packages

Whether you are eloping with just the two of you, or inviting a few of your closest family and friends, an elopement package should be just what you need! As an Arizona Elopement Photographer, I specialize in helping couples elope in Sedona, Arizona (Check out my Eloping in Sedona- A Step by Step Sedona Guide for planning help) . I also offer packages with *travel included* anywhere throughout the state of Arizona, and stretching up into the canyons of Southern Utah and over into the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Destination elopements available worldwide!

A dramatic kiss at Merry go Round Rock in Sedona, Arizona by a sweet elopement couple taken by Arizona Elopement Photographer Shannon Durazo who hikes with couples to take epic photographs
Bride and Groom nestled by a giant fence at their free-spirited, outdoor wedding in Arizona.

Wedding photography Packages

Are you having a larger wedding, but still going with a more free spirited vibe? Then a check out my Wedding Photography Packages page! I love documenting everything from your moments with family, to details and decorations, and all the action in the middle of the dance floor once the party gets going! No travel fees in all of Arizona!

Adventure Sessions

Interested in epic photographs, but not getting married? Adventure Sessions can be used for anything from Engagements, Anniversary sessions, Family sessions, or added on to your wedding package as Day after portraits or Bridal sessions!

Couple running down sand bank by Arizona Elopement Photographer Shannon Durazo.

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Elope /əˈlōp/ verb

  1. to choose a wedding experience laser focused on you as a couple, your relationship, and your commitment to each other. Can be with or without close friends and family who are integral parties to the success of your marriage. “They chose to elope and begin their marriage intentionally strengthening their bond by doing something special together.”

More reviews from past couples…

Shannon was our life line when planning our elopement in Sedona, AZ. Not only was she supportive and informative in advance she made the day of feel truly special. The photos were gorgeous and perfectly captured our day!

Don’t hesitate to work with Shannon if you’re seeking an adventure photographer.

~ Gabrielle R.

I cannot say enough great things about Shannon! My husband and I had never been to Arizona before our elopement. It was nerve-wracking, to say the least, to choose to elope somewhere that you knew nothing about. Shannon assured us she would take care of absolutely everything and made our whole journey essentially stress free! Her elopement guide was so detailed and ensured you wouldn’t forget a single detail on your big day. My husband and I knew we wanted to hike to our vows spot, so Shannon sent us a comprehensive guide of multiple locations, which included details for the hike itself, how busy they would be at what times, pictures, video guides of the hikes and the views, parking situations, and so so much more. Literally all we had to do was pick our spot and show up on time. AND THE PICTURES! OMG! We have the absolute most breathtaking wedding photos ever. She was so kind and thoughtful. I knew I wanted pictures of the starry sky and to get the perfect shot she let us climb on top of her nice SUV and stand on it!! She literally makes the day all about you (as it should be!) and makes sure you’re comfortable and having a great time. I cannot recommend her enough! Amazing work and she’s an amazing person!

~ Brooke S.

Shannon’s level of communication and professionalism made her the obvious choice for our adventure elopement from the very start, and her work speaks for itself. Her talent is positively unmatched, you can tell that she is deeply passionate and truly cares about the couples she photographs. We can’t imagine having shared this day with anyone else. She laughed with us, cried with us, and stood by us in the harrowing hours when my family heirloom ring was lost to a monsoon. Her positivity and warmth carried us through, and she was kind enough to continue our session the following morning – giving us the opportunity to collect ourselves and regroup.

Shannon gave us the wedding of our dreams. An unforgettable adventure in locations we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to access, and DANG does this woman come prepared. We are eternally grateful.

~ Olivia M.

Embrace the Freedom to have the wedding that fits you!

Traditional weddings aren’t for everyone- and that’s ok. I was once a bride to be, trying to plan a wedding that fit the ideas we were told was “the way” to get married, feeling overwhelmed and unenthusiastic about the whole process. I was torn between LOVING the big party weddings that friends and family had to celebrate their marriage, and finding something that fit my husband and my more private personalities. Our lives were centered around experiences over things, so everything about a more traditional wedding route just felt “not us”. My own 7+ year struggle planning a wedding was actually where my journey as an Arizona elopement photographer began. Once I embraced a non-traditional wedding myself, I wanted to help other couples embrace the freedom to do the same! (spoiler alert- we eloped!) I believe your wedding should reflect you, and all the things that bring you joy. Whether that means eloping, having an intimate wedding at a unique venue, or planning a massive party with 200 of your closest friends and family- whatever makes your soul sing! I love all the ways to celebrate, and will help you capture every moment that matters to you.

Sound like what you are looking for? Let’s talk!

Couple with their dogs during their Arizona elopement

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Elopement Couple standing by giant saguaro in the Arizona desert during their elopement

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