bride and groom kiss at sunset under larch trees during sunset elopement

Elopement photography for your adventure

Photos that don’t just make you remember what you did, but make you feel your emotions all over again.


I’ve been photographing weddings and elopements since 2011. This work has taken me around the country, but always brings me back home to Seattle.

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), and been chased by the ocean waves. I started making photos on a Minolta film camera in Peru and that thing still sits on my desk today.

I love what I do because I get to see the moments of an elopement and hand back the memories so you can feel the joys of the day all over again.



Jackie & Tyler

We cannot recommend JTobiason Photography enough! My husband and I traveled from Florida out to Washington to get married at Artist Point and when we were researching photographers Joe stood out to us. We were able to get on a Zoom call with him prior to hiring him and make sure everyone was on the same page expectation-wise and that our personalities all aligned.

When we actually got to wedding day Joe made everything so easy and made us feel extremely comfortable even though we’d never had professional photos taken before. We had planned on doing a pretty long hike and ended up changing plans on our way up the hike, Joe was still able to find us a beautiful location and make beautiful photos even though we’d deviated from the plan on him.

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!!

Alec & Kim

Working with Joe for pictures of our wedding was an absolute pleasure. Joe was extremely responsive when planning and flexible with our plans when the weather didn’t fully cooperate. The energy he has for his work truly shows through the beauty of his photos. Simultaneously making us feel comfortable in front of the camera and finding truly amazing shots that captured the happiness during the day. We highly recommend Joe to anyone!



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 $4500 or a 3-hour coverage that starts at $2500.

After we’ve chatted, I charge a $500 deposit (+tax) to lock in your elopement date. We will also sign a contract at that point. The remaining fee will be due on the wedding day.

In general, you don’t need a permit to elope in Washington. Aside from private property, you usually only need a permit if you’re planning to get married within a National Park (that would be Rainier, Olympic or North Cascades). But, I can help you with that.

Also, you probably want a marriage license. That’s kinda important.

The PNW is special

Why I became an elopement photographer in Washington State

YOu can elope anywhere

There are few places wilder than the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re considering eloping on top of a mountain in the North Cascades or on the beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, your elopement options abound. There are so many beautiful options within just a few hours of Seattle that can create the wedding of your dreams. Here is a list of some of my favorite spots in the Evergreen State.

PNW elopement guide

If you want to dive into more details about location ideas or permits you might need for an elopement, I wrote a PNW elopement guide to help!

Plan it well

As we get into the planning details, I have a guide that is very helpful to walk you through all the considerations you’ll need for your elopement in Washington State.

Get in Touch

If you’re looking for a photographer for your elopement, let’s chat.

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

All-day weddings start at $4500, 3-hour elopements start at $2500.