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How does COVID change things?
When should I book you?
I've had couples book me anywhere from 3 weeks to 16+ months before their date. However, I don't book more than 24 months in advance. The further you book in advance, the more time you'll have to plan. In my opinion, the sweet spot for booking is anywhere from 9-12 months out; allowing you to stay on track and progress through planning without large gaps.
In the beginning of COVID, everything was unknown and we all kind of evaluated things as they came. Now with the data, science & vaccines, we can make well informed decisions and this includes getting married. Couples that choose to get married or elope during the Pandemic are choosing to do so amidst the risks that COVID has created. I take all necessary precautions with my couples and this includes being vaccinated for both your safety as well as my own.
I understand sometimes things happen that are beyond our control and we may need to reschedule or change plans. With this in mind, there may or may not be a rescheduling fee to move your date and/or change plans.
The process for rescheduling will depend on several factors:
- Is there local/federal restriction prohibiting you from eloping?
- If you're eloping abroad and borders close prohibiting you from entering.
- If you are voluntarily or involuntarily wanting to reschedule.
Of course rescheduling is no fun and the thought of having to pay more $ to change arrangements is irritating, which is why I evaluate the situation as it arises and cannot say you should or shouldn't expect a rescheduling fee.
Do I need to have a date picked out to book?
Surprisingly no! If you have a time of the year you're thinking of eloping or if you are totally flexible. I'm here to help you decide on the best time of year based on location, climate, weather, etc. Many couples choose to elope during a weekday to avoid the weekend crowds when it comes to locations in national parks and popular locations.
Do I have to hike to have an adventure elopement?
Absolutely not! Having an adventure elopement is about celebrating your commitment by forgoing traditional and creating a wedding day that is entirely your own. A day focused on connection, spending the day in an authentic way that reflects your personalities, values and what matters most to you. Whether you want to walk up, hike or drive up to your ceremony location, anything
Can I still add coverage after I've already signed my contract & paid my retainer?
What type of package do I need?
Pricing & Package Questions
I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to elopements. The type of coverage you will need for you day is going to be entirely dependent on your wants & needs for your day and other factors such as desired locations, accessibility, privacy, etc. We'll have the chance to discuss timelines and what your vision for your day exists of and I'll be honest with what I think would best suit your needs.
Absolutely! I will never have two elopements on the same day and am always willing to add more coverage to your day. The cost for adding additional coverage is priced hourly. There may be additional expenses with changing the coverage such as flight changes, accommodations and travel arrangements. To avoid additional fees, I recommend adding coverage as soon as possible so we have enough time to alter our plans accordingly.
Do you charge travel fees?
My packages are constructed in a way that automatically include any and all possible travel I will do in order to document your day.
When will we receive our gallery?
After your elopement, you'll receive a handful of sneak peeks generally within 72 hours of your day. I take my time while I work through your photos in order to provide you with the best of the best from your day and on average spend 30-50 hours editing each elopement. The current turnaround time for galleries is 8-12 weeks during peak seasons (May-Oct) and 6-10 weeks during the off season.
Do you require a retainier?
To get your date on my calendar, for any wedding: a 25% non-refundable retainer is required to make it official! I give my couples the option to pay their retainer in one or two payments. For all other sessions, a 50% non-refundable retainer is required.
I also offer payment plans on all elopement packages to make it as stress-free financially as possible. You have the option to set up a flexible payment plan as well as set up automatic payments towards your invoice.
What is your editing style?
Are you a full service planner?
My editing style is consistent with what you see on my website and instagram. Since every session is different based on location, weather, lighting, etc- I hand edit every image from your day for consistency. If it's a bright and sunny day, you'll see some photos are naturally going to be warmer versus photos from a darker or rainy day may be cooler toned. My inspiration for my work is heavily influenced by film and the nostalgia it embodies.
Part of what I offer in the packages is full planning assistance. This includes helping you create the vision for your day and guiding you on all the moving parts so you can have the experience of a lifetime. As your elopement photographer, I'll be there to help you with everything from A-Z, such as vendors, accommodations and more. The only thing I don't do is maintain the communication on your behalf with outside vendors unless it is required.
When will we get our gallery back?
Are you a certified outdoor guide?
I take my time with every photo from your day, giving you only the best images. On average I spend 18-30 hours editing your gallery. My turn around time is 8-12 weeks for elopements and 6-8 weeks for couples and adventure sessions.
I use the term guide because I am here to guide you throughout the elopement planning process. I'm here help with everything under the sun for making your day go off without a hitch! I am not a certified outdoor guide, however can assist with directing you to professional guides for things you might want to do on your elopement such as skydiving, rafting, climbing and more. I firmly believe that you should only work with a certified professional for these kind of activities as they can be high-risk and well.. nobody wants a trip to the hospital on their wedding day! If you're feeling like being extra free and doing incorporating an activity you love to do in your day or want to try something new and exciting; I'll help you find all the best things to add that extra spark of adventure and provide you with recommendations on ultra professionals to help make these possible for your elopement.
Can you help us find the perfect location to elope?
ABSOL-FREAKING-LUTELY! If you're open to spontaneity and eloping somewhere beyond your dreams, I would love to help you find the perfect location to say "I Do!". Whether you're looking to elope in the States or Europe, we'll start with a questionnaire to help me get a better idea of your vision. Afterwards, I'll craft a list of personalized locations for you to pick from that align with your wants & needs-- giving you a magical experience beyond your wildest dream!
Oshen Davidson Photo
ultimate elopement guides
Adventure Elopement & Intimate Wedding Photographer based in Oregon and Iceland. I guide couples on their own unique wedding celebration through handcrafted one-of-a-kind elopements.