Today’s post is about one of our brand new sponsors: Patrick Pike Photography. Patrick is based in Yosemite CA, has been shooting weddings for a long time, and takes exquisite pictures. But none of that is why I’m writing this post. I’m writing this post for a far cooler reason….. Patrick specializes in honest to God elopements, and he LOVES it (and I love it).
The story goes like this – because Patrick is located in Yosemite he kept getting asked if he would shoot elopements, because Yosemite is beautiful and semi-remote in a reachable way, and romantic, and people are always eloping there. Well, as time went on he realized he loved shooting elopements.
I had a chat with Patrick on the phone before he came on as a sponsor (and I like him y’all), and he described elopements as, “every single thing I love about my job, with none of the annoying bits.*” He gets to be in on a pure hit of wedding joy, he gets to photograph intimate ceremonies and transformational moments, he got to wander around with a couple – all blissed out – and take arty pictures of them.
I mean, seriously, how do I make that MY job?
So because he loves elopements so much, he does them at a steep discount to his regular rate. When he told me that, I guessed a number in my head, calculating in the fact that he was a super experience and talented photographer, and really how good is it gonna get? And then he told me the real number and my jaw literally dropped.
So, because he adores elopements, his prices start at $1,200. The deal is that they need to be on a weekday unless they are booked less than six weeks in advance, they can include whatever crazy joyful madness and joyful people you want to include, and you get him for 3-4 hours. They drive all over California, and best, they are used to the idea that elopements are last minute things, and are used to getting those, “I’m getting married next WEEK and I’m so excited, and can you shoot my wedding at Tuesday at 3?” Not only are they used to it, they get excited about it. And that’s awesome.
The other thing that I want to tell you about Patrick, other than I like him, and I get him, and I think he really gets you guys and loves what’s going on here. The other thing? Is that he loves his job. Talking to him it was so clear to me how much he adored shooting elopements, and I am in awe of that. I think there is nothing better than hiring artists work your wedding to love what they are doing and are totally vibing off you guys and what YOU’RE doing.
Oh, and there is this one other thing – Patrick Pike Photography found out about APW through a Team Practical couple (of course).
So go play around on the super cool Patrick Pike Photography website, and then send me pictures of your elopement, yes? We are seriously lacking in the elopement department at APW.
*I’m sure he said something much kinder than annoying bits, but I’m sort of translating here, because you know… weddings DO have annoying bits.