Joe Tobiason

Washington State elopement and wedding photographer based in Seattle

I’m not here to make photos that simply remind you what you did on your wedding day, but rather to make you feel how you felt all over again.


meet JOE

BORN IN THE PNW

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 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.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR WEDDING WASN’T BEING PHOTOGRAPHED?

Bison and Mt Rainier logo for Joe Tobiason, photographer

CELEBRATE YOUR WEDDING LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING

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.

IT’S ONLY YOUR DAY

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.

CELEBRATE EVERYWHERE

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.


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

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