Travel-friendly Photography

Yana Benjamin | Boutique Weddings + Adventure Elopements

location: Metro Detroit and Marquette, MI

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phone: (734) 355-3387

willing to travel: Yes

about us
I am a Michigan wedding and elopement photographer obsessed with mountains, hiking and road-trips. Photographing weddings for the past 8 years has been a rewarding and wonderful experience! Fusing my love for providing services of a boutique photography studio and my passion for the outdoors, I craft unique experiences for my couples that go beyond standard traditions and societal ideas of how a wedding should look. I want to empower you to follow your own path, be true to yourself and celebrate your love in a way that reflects you. If you are game to choose less of a traditional approach to your wedding day, I am not just a wedding photographer, who shows up with a set of standard poses. I will adventure with you, I will help you craft a day that feels authentic to your relationship and I will guide you on this immersive experience. I will share jokes and stories and most importantly document your epic wedding day. I will remember your wedding celebration as a unique experience, because you allowed me to witness your authentic connection through raw moments. Your day really matters to me!

our approach / working with us
Before finding my niche in wedding photography, I studied extensively in the classical street photography style, which provides the foundation of my approach: capturing "the moment" and telling visual stories. When photographing weddings, I work in a documentary style, focusing on capturing unposed, candid, authentic moments, the split second, when you forget someone is watching, the uninhibited laugh you share with your partner. It is my mission to make you relaxed in front of the camera and to guide you through the day without feeling stressed out and having the time of your life instead! I want you two will be able to enjoy the present moment, deepen your connection and simply celebrate your love. My editing style is inspired by film, focusing on true colors, accurate skin tones, and warm, glowing, airy tones. I pride myself in producing images that are timeless. I am not a fan of heavy filters or major color changes, because I strive to create airy and warm images for you to view throughout the decades.

why we love weddings
I adore small intimate venues, quirky details and free spirited couples that are stoked to share their adventures together. I believe, that you two have the absolute right to celebrate your nuptials in a way that is your own and I will walk along with you to help you experience your dreamy vision of the day. Your love is the most powerful inspiration, so it means the world to me to connect with you on a deeper level and to be able to capture your story, your joy, your tears and goosebumps.

our travel policy
My travel often includes but is not limited to: Michigan locations: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, Silver Lake Sand Dunes; California locations: Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, San Francisco, Napa Valley; Oregon, Washington, PNW. If I am already planning to travel to a location posted on my schedule within certain dates, my travel fee will be waived for your shoot and you will pay for your session as if it was done locally. AND I occasionally waive travel fees for locations that I feel passionate about. If you see yourself surrounded by a circle of your favorite people somewhere in the Mojave desert, watching the stars at night by a campfire and dancing to melancholic melodies, that’s crazy amazing! Or maybe you envision yourself overlooking the rugged cliffs of Pictured Rocks coastline while the wind carries your vows towards the vast lake. My job as adventure wedding and elopement photographer is to help you find that epic venue or landscape anywhere in the world and document your wedding day in an authentic way. Whatever that looks like, I am here to capture it for you and always ready to travel worldwide for an additional fee.

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