And you need a Joshua Tree wedding photographer that fits the same excited and mellow vibe as you.
I’m here to help you plan and document your amazing, non-traditional desert wedding.
You want to get married in a way that doesn’t look or feel like a normal wedding.
You do most things in your own way and you’re happiest when you’re able to have close, meaningful connections.
So let’s not start bogging down your wedding day with all these rules and restrictions and things you don’t normally enjoy, yeah?
No drama. No stress. No awkwardness.
You don’t have to worry about spending time and money to please everyone else (table numbers, seating charts, sooo many little decorations…), and instead experience the full magic of your wedding day.
You’re weirded out by awkwardly forced and overly posed photographs.
Yep, me too. How you feel on your wedding day is 100% the most important thing to me.
Almost every couple I work with generally feels awkward in front of a camera, and I can guarantee that won’t be a problem. We’re not just taking photos; you’re actually having fun and living the moment together.
Your wedding is not a photo shoot!
When you focus on just your experience with each other, your wedding can be:
eloping is A more meaningful way to
You get all that and more when you elope
What might your elopement
Imagine having the most relaxing & fun day, and it's all about the two of you.
"She’s professional and warm and easy to have a rapport with, which is important on your wedding day!"
Julie went above and beyond a typical photographer. Not only was she amazing on our wedding day, but also leading up to it she was very helpful. We had lots of questions about how it all works and she answered quickly and thoroughly. She’s professional and warm and easy to have a rapport with, which is important on your wedding day! She made us very comfortable and had some great ideas for unique shots. Would definitely recommend Julie Laflamme!
Cari & Mario
All photography packages are for up to 25 guests & include:
2 Days of Elopement Celebrations
Starting at $5800
1 Full Day Elopement
Starting at $4800
2 to 4 Hour Elopement
Starting at $3800
"My partner and I (and the rest of our families!) are very camera shy and Julie made us feel very comfortable and special throughout the day."
“I highly recommend Julie! She made all the planning very easy and was in fast-communication all the way up to the day of the event. I appreciated that she checked-in to make sure all our photography requests were honored. My partner and I (and the rest of our families!) are very camera shy and Julie made us feel very comfortable and special throughout the day. She was detailed oriented and so thoughtful in the directions she gave us. Julie has a lovely presence and vibe and we felt so honored she was there to capture our wedding moments. ”
Maegan & ROy
Ready to start planning + Booking your photographer?
here's what we'll do.
A. LET’S TALK
1. Tell me a little about yourself right on my contact page.
2. You’ll get a personal e-mail reply within 24 hours, including a link to schedule a phone call with me.
B. let's work
3. We’ll talk, get to know each other a little bit, and start dreaming up your elopement.
4. Sign your online contract, pay the retainer, and it’s official: I’m all yours!
c. all ABOUT YOU
5. Fill in my online questionnaire about all the things you and your fiancé(e) most enjoy.
6. From this, we will create & plan your perfect elopement day.
D. THE PLAN
7. Your elopement day timeline will have the plan and all the details for your most perfect, laid-back, awesome ceremony + celebration.
I have answers.
This isn’t just a desert; it’s the HIGH desert, so there’s also a chance of very strong winds during any season. They can be biting cold or hot as the summer day, but are epic in their own right… just be prepared and ok with this. Don’t worry, I’ll help with that too.
FALL & WINTER
This time of year is always beautiful and somewhat unpredictable. There’s the chance for extra cold mornings and nights, and a light rain to a heavy downpour (it’s not often, but it certainly happens).
The coldest temperatures seem to happen in late winter between January and February; the luckiest of winter explorations will include some snow in Joshua Tree.
Spring is when the desert is most lush and you can find green grasses and the most beautiful blooms. Again, there’s chances of rains, storms, and all the wind. But there’s no denying the extra beauty that’s brought to the desert between about March and May each year.
I think I might be one of few, if any that say you CAN get married out here in the summer; we’re just going to plan it completely differently than if you elope at any other time of the year.
It’s hot. Yep, it really is. 105-110F is typical. 114 is when it gets extreme. But! It’s a dry heat, and it really does make a difference. I’d take 100+ degree dry heat over 80 degree humid heat any day.
Evenings can be HOT, but a warm, early morning ceremony right at sunrise is something you’ll never forget. Then you’ll want to be mostly indoors** for the rest of the day, which is perfect for lounging around in a desert airbnb. AC is a must; pool a bonus. And sunrise is when you might just be able to take a dip in that hot tub.
**Summer weddings ain’t no thang if you’ve spent some time at Burning Man.
Pretty much. Joshua Tree is a small town nestled between Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. I live on 3.5 acres in a remote area of Twentynine Palms. The east (and less busy) entrance to JTNP is here and just 25 minutes from my front door.
Yes, for every single image I deliver to you, you get a naturally edited, vibrant photograph that is true to color, with good contrast and no trendy filters.
When a specific photo calls for it, I will convert it to a beautifully toned black and white.
Occasionally I will bring an image into Photoshop for head swaps (like, if someone is blinking, I will essentially copy and paste their head from a similar photo).
For my fellow photo nerds that are wondering, I do all of my editing in Lightroom besides the Photoshopping mentioned above.
You will receive 30-50 edited photos per hour of coverage, and usually more than that.
All of your photos will beautifully tell the story of the day you got married, including scenic photos of the desert and flora and whatever magic the sun and/or clouds were up to that day.
In photos of you, if I can’t discern the absolute best expression, I will include a variety so you can pick which photo of yourself that you love most.
For sure. I have an ever-evolving, updated list of local businesses and vendors, and especially how they are operating under the current local COVID regulations.
Once we’ve agreed to work together with a signed contract and paid retainer, my research and knowledge will be all yours!