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.
Joe Tobiason

What would you do if your wedding wasn’t being photographed?

The last year 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.

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.

Bride and groom run into the ocean during oregon sunset ocean elopement
Brides pose together during north cascades lgbtq elopement in washington state

Wedding And Elopement Photography That Tells Your Story

couple poses in mountain fog during sunrise elopement in north cascades
Bride looks over shoulder during snowy elopement
Groom and bride laugh while orange wedding dress is whipped in waterfall during washington state elopement
groom kisses other groom during wintery snowy elopement
bride and groom run off into sunset during seattle wedding
Brides laugh during elopement engagement portraits in the cascade mountains of washington state
couple looks at the rocks and larch trees at sunset during north cascades elopement

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Groom poses in family cabin during washington state elopement near seattle
double exposure of bride and groom on black and white film during backyard elopement at sunset