Stratus Adventure Stories- Photography for dreamers

Shannon Durazo- owner of Stratus Adventure Photography with her 3 rescue dogs in the forest

Hello! I’m

Shannon Durazo

A storm-chasing, cloud loving, trail-racing, adventure-seeking, mountain-collecting, butterfly-stalking, dog-rescuing, world-travelling, boy-mom-ing, wife to a real life ninja…

and I want to be YOUR Wedding Photographer!

Stratus Adventure Photography is an unusual name for a wedding photographer, where does it come from?


Have you ever laid on your back, facing up at the clouds in the sky, imagining a whole other world full of adventure? From dragons in far off castles, to bunnies hopping through fields of flowers, the possibilities of what you see are limited only by your imagination! Dreaming up mythical worlds and epic adventures in the sky has been a favorite pastime of mine for as long as I can remember. When it came time to name my photography business, incorporating this limitless, free spirited way of looking at the world helps serve as a daily reminder that anything is possible. This is the same philosophy I encourage my couples to have for their wedding day- dream big, embrace the freedom to be yourself, and always remember- the sky is the limit!

Why I specialize in elopements & Intimate Weddings

As a little girl my imaginary dream wedding was running barefoot through wildflowers under a giant willow tree, the long, green strands swaying back and forth in the breeze.

Fast forward to….

…adult me attempting to plan a wedding that still felt true to me, but add in all the social pressure to include “all the things” your family and friends expect in a more traditional wedding. From the 1,001 decoration and wasteful trinket “musts”, to easily accessed locations for everyone, to the “have to invite” guest list of people I barely spoke to and hadn’t seen since the last obligatory wedding guest list… it’s exhausting just writing about it! I stopped and restarted the planning process at least five times out of sheer frustration. I was so turned off by the entire process that I put off marrying my best friend, my partner in life, the man I would face a literal apocalypse side by side with for over 7 years! The pressure is real, ya’ll!

Wild bouquet and picnic chartreuse board to watch the sunset over Sedona

Once I was finally able to let go of all the outside expectations, it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I was completely FREE to be ME!

I knew that if my dreams of a windswept, free-spirited wedding could be drowned out by the noise of the people pleaser side of me, it could happen to anyone. I knew immediately that if I could help even one couple who was struggling to find that feeling, that it was a mission worth pursuing.

So, with the support of my amazing husband- I channeled my love and knowledge of the outdoors, my professional problem solving skills, together with my years of experience in nature and event photography, and set out on a quest to help change the social expectations of what a wedding “should” look like by showing what it “could” look like, one happy couple at a time!

Visual Storyteller, Professional problem solver, & Believer that Strong Marriages are built through shared experiences

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