Arizona Elopement Photographer

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

How your marriage begins matters.

Does wedding planning have you feeling stressed out? Does the idea of a super traditional wedding seem like something so “not you” that you find yourself dreading a day that is supposed to bring you overwhelming joy?

You are not alone. Many couples are finding freedom in choosing a more non-traditional wedding experience. Keeping the traditions that speak to them, while filling the rest of the day with activities that speak to who they are as a couple.

Forget what you think a 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 and intimate wedding photographer, I specialize in helping couples who choose a more non-traditional wedding experience that is true to them!

Adventurous couple in a slot canyon by Arizona Elopement Photographer Shannon Durazo from Stratus Adventure Photography

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 sailing, going on a horseback trail ride, or taking a helicopter tour. Or keep things more calm while enjoying a picnic on the beach, exploring a museum, 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. Design a wedding where you actually get to spend time together, rather than entertaining everyone else. A day that speaks to you as a couple. Do what you LOVE!


Save time and stress

Trying to guess and meet everyone else’s needs is an enormous time and energy commitment- struggling to get everything “just right”.  Let go of the stress of trying to live up to expectations and preconceived wedding stereotypes.


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 the day that you never really wanted in the first place.

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 guiding my couples.

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

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

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Capture 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.

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 & 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.  Whether that is through an elopement, or a larger wedding that embraces the wild and free spirit- let’s talk!

I’ve called Arizona home for over 19 years, 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 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.”

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Elopement and Intimate Wedding Packages

Whether you are eloping with just the two of you, or inviting a few of your closest family and friends (usually under 20ish), an elopement package should be just what you need! As an Arizona Elopement Photographer I offer packages with travel *included* anywhere in Arizona, and stretching up into Southern Utah and Southwest Colorado. Destination elopements available worldwide!

A dramatic kiss at the peak of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona by a sweet elopement couple
Bride and Groom nestled by a giant fence at their free-spirited, outdoor wedding in Arizona.

Free Spirited Wedding Packages

Are you having a larger wedding, but still going with a more wild and eccentric vibe? Then a Free Spirited Wedding package is more your style! Still want those epic scenery shots as well? Choose a package with an Adventure Session and we can make that happen! 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.

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 expectations and needs of a ton of people I barely saw or spoke to, feeling overwhelmed and unenthusiastic about the whole process. Our lives were centered around experiences over things, so everything about a the more traditional wedding route just felt wrong. 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 even planning a themed wedding- whatever makes your soul sing!

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

Bride and groom relaxing as the moon rises over Sedona, Arizona on their elopement day taken by Arizona Elopement Photographer Shannon Durazo from Stratus Adventure Photography

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Ready to begin planning your Elopement adventure?

I would LOVE to hear what you are dreaming up!

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