Arizona Elopement and Intimate Wedding Photographer

Crafting, Capturing & Curating your Adventurous Wedding day

How your marriage begins matters.

If the thought of a big traditional wedding creates images of a stressful, hectic day that you would like to “just get through”, then I’m here to assure you- there is another way. For many couples, planning a large wedding makes them feel like they are being pulled in a million different directions as they navigate their new job as an obligatory party planner extraordinaire. If this sounds like you, good news! You DO have options!

Your marriage deserves to start with a day centered around your connection to each other- free from judgement and outside expectations.

Traditional weddings aren’t for everyone- and that is ok. I was once a bride to be, trying to plan a wedding that fit the expectations and needs of a ton of people I barely saw or spoke to, feeling overwhelmed and unenthusiastic about the whole process. 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!

Your wedding is the start of a new chapter in your lives together. It is a brave choice to start this portion of your journey with a day focused on building a strong foundation, a day designed around choosing each other over everyone else- no matter the social pressure to go the traditional wedding route.

Bride and groom relaxing as the moon rises over Sedona, Arizona on their elopement day

Create a Wedding experience that truly Celebrates your Love!

Ditch the expectations

There are no limits to what your wedding day can look like- Hike a mountain, go sailing, enjoy a picnic on the beach, go on a horseback trail ride, explore a museum, take a helicopter tour, hang out all day in an cabin in the woods, explore downtown- 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.

Save time and stress

Planning a large, extravagant event is an enormous time and energy commitment- struggling to get everything “just right”.  Avoid the stress of trying to live up to expectations and preconceived wedding stereotypes.

Freedom to be yourself

With a just us, or small intimate gathering of your very nearest and dearest, you get the freedom to be who you are, not the polished host or hostess a large gathering forces you to be.

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

Schedule Your Consult

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

Crafting Your Day

We will work together to craft your Best Day Ever!  Location ideas, help with logistics, timelines, etc… I’ve got you covered.

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Capturing Your Moments

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

Curating 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 forest

Hello! I’m Shannon Durazo…

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

I truly care about the success of your marriage and creating experiences 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.  

I call Arizona home, with a second “home base” in Southwestern Colorado.  Available for travel to anywhere my anti-kidnapping specialist husband approves!

Elope /əˈlōp/ verb

  1. to choose a wedding 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.”

What are couple’s saying?

These are freaking incredible!

These are freaking incredible! I love-love-love them! We had such an incredible day exploring with you. Eeek these are amazing!
– Britt

Seeing our pictures made us cry.

Thank you so much. These made us cry. They are so, so beautiful. I can’t even express how much we appreciate how beautiful your work is, or how great you were!!
– Madi & Patrick

I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun!

I honestly wasn’t expecting to have so much fun. I usually hate pictures of myself, but we had such a fun day filled with laughter that I can actually feel the joy in the images and that makes me love them. You are so talented. Thank you!
– Doug

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Elopements & Intimate Weddings in Arizona & Southwest Colorado

As an Arizona Elopement Photographer, I offer local elopement and intimate wedding packages ranging from half days to multi-day adventures.

I live in central Arizona, so any corner of the state is within driving distance. Whether you are interested in having your wedding in the red rocks of Sedona, the mountainy forests of Flagstaff, the towering saguaros of Tucson, the winding sandstones of Page, the tranquility of the White Mountains, the jagged formations of the Superstitions, or overlooking the expanse of the Grand Canyon, I would be thrilled to help you plan your big day!

Added bonus: My “home away from home” is in Lake City, Colorado in the San Juan Mountains. Hinsdale County is the most remote area in the lower 48 states, surrounded by 25 peaks over 13,000ft, alpine lakes, wildlife aplenty, and wildflowers that will take your breath away. There are no added travel fees to locations within 2 hours of Lake City!

Elopement Photography Packages for across the United States- & Worldwide!

Are you planning an elopement outside my home-base? Great news- I travel! I have spent my whole life living and traveling all over the world. Growing up internationally and having a global network gives me a solid understanding of other countries, their customs, and what potential road blocks we may face so we can handle them early on in the process.

Added bonus- I am married to a global security expert who will help make sure your wedding day takes all those outside safety factors you don’t want to think about on your trip into consideration.

Lifestyle Adventure Sessions- Engagements, Anniversaries, Family sessions, & just Because!

Looking for an Arizona adventure photography session that is not based on a wedding or vow renewal? Maybe a mini lifestyle session on your farm or ranch?

I believe 100% that life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Whether you are interested in an adventure session for your engagement, anniversary, or family Christmas cards- or whether you want your backpacking trip from Rim to Rim or the Grand Canyon or to the top of a 14er documented for all time- Let’s Talk!

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