for LOVERS of nature


Seattle Elopement Photographer

The Evergreen State is in my blood and on my skin. I’ve lived my whole life in Washington State and I have tattoos of both the old Seattle Kingdome and Mt. Rainier.  I’ve climbed our mountains, slept under the stars (and in the rain), been chased by the ocean waves and I’m honored to help you make memories in this place that is so dear to me.




Send me a message and let’s start chatting. Let’s make sure dates are available and I want to hear more about your plans for the day



Between booking and the wedding, we’ll check in a few times. There probably will be an engagement session in there!


relive it

I’ll send you a few preview images right after the ceremony and then the full gallery to enjoy about a month after the wedding.

Let’s start chatting

Bison and Mt Rainier logo for Joe Tobiason, photographer


The last few years changed everything, weddings included. While for some, the pandemic introduced innumerable wedding planning pains and challenges. For others it shifted elopements from the thing you did if your parents didn’t approve to a true celebration of what’s truly important when all the extra stuff melts away. It’s a way to create the day you’ve truly dreamed of, and you will cherish those memories forever.


As couples begin to talk through their elopement plan, I like to ask, “What would you do if your day wasn’t being photographed?” I know that’s a strange question from a photographer, but it helps make the story true to you, not anyone else’s expectations.


Whether that day is a sunrise mountaintop elopement in the Cascades, the Olympic Peninsula, your parent’s backayrd or a large ceremony at a venue in Seattle, that guiding light of authenticity will tell your story through photography. I often say that I’m a “people photographer.” While I love the pageantry and beauty of weddings, the story I’m excited to tell is about the humans who inhabit those dresses and suits. I love hearing individual stories and seeking out the depth a sacred day can hold. My job is to capture those memories that people want to remember their whole lives.

Let’s chat about your wedding

Wedding dreams don’t fit in a box. So, I want to hear your dreams for the day. Sometimes, I encourage folks to imagine what would your wedding be like if it wasn’t being photographed. What is the essence of the celebration you’d love to have? From that point, we can work back into creating the day and know I’ll be alongside the whole time to make sure it’s being chronicled along the way.

Packages are offered for either all-day or 3-hour small weddings. I have options for every budget.

What are you most excited about? What is your date? What is your venue? Which image of mine do you connect with most?

Recent reviews

Ciera & John

A high priority of ours was to have unique yet timeless images from our wedding, and Joe exceeded all of our expectations by delivering a phenomenal set of images. Joe has a thoughtful and creative approach to photography that enables him to capture important moments effortlessly. He included creative and artistic prints in addition to the standard photos that we requested.
Joe was a great resource for us throughout the entire wedding planning process, and we are so grateful to have found him to photograph our wedding + engagement! We would highly recommend if you are interested in a photographer with an artistic eye, good communication skills, and great instincts!

David & Michelle

Joe is simply the best!!! We couldn’t have been happier with the services he provided and all the effort he went through to make sure our photos were authentic to us and truly represented our special day.

Not only did Joe get up a 1AM for a sunrise engagement session with us in the North Cascades, he also helped us select a ceremony site in the mountains that made for perfect wedding day photos!

He consistently goes above and beyond and made everyone feel extremely comfortable. He was one of our favorite vendors and we HIGHLY recommend Joe!!



No! I honestly believe that folks are a little obsessed with putting weddings into boxes. Whether you want something with just you and your partner on top of a mountain or with 300 of your best friends in an old church, I’m here to document the day!

As much as my heart resides in the PNW, I love the opportunity to photograph your wedding wherever I go. But, you’ll never take the Northwest out of me, no matter where we go.

I offer 2 main packages, an all-day package that starts at $5000 or a 3-hour coverage that starts at $3000.

For a wedding with a set venue, you should book your photographer right after locking in the date and location. If you’re eloping, it’s a great idea to start chatting with the photographer before getting set on your date and spot because they can help guide you through planning the right time, season, and moment to tie the knot.