About Me & Why I Believe Elopements are the Best Way to Get Married…
Whether you want to hike to a remote location at sunrise or drive to an overlook in a Jeep at sunset, adventurous elopements can be anything you want them to be. Witnessing you both commit your lives to each other is such a huge privilege for me. Adventurous elopements aren’t something I just do, my life is an adventure.
You can find me hiking mountain passes, rock climbing, planning another trip to Mexico, nose buried in some travel guides, looking up cheap flights to Australia, or off on some crazy 3 week long road trip to the Canadian Rockies with my cousins. I will help guide you through the entire process of planning an amazing experience. You can trust me with your wedding day dreams & will give you my all in planning out every little detail for your elopement.
What I’m All About
My name is Malachi Lewis & I’m an adventurous wedding & elopement photographer currently living right along the border of western Colorado & eastern Utah. I love traveling, birds, dogs, & pretty much anything adventurous that gets me outside!
I grew up outside around nature, & the natural world definitely inspires me. My style could be said to be nature-based. I love the warm, bright light of the sun & the vibrant colors of birds and flowers. The natural world around us is so beautiful, that’s why I have a natural & colorful style of photography.
Nature has always been a huge part of my life, & I currently share my space with my dog Bunji, my cat Asher, a handful of parrots, & 200+ plants!
AM I THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU?
If you love an in-your-face & energetic photographer, I’m gonna be honest & say I’m not the right fit. But if you want someone with a documentary style & a chill, go with the flow attitude, I just might be the perfect fit for you!
Some of My Skills & What I Will Help You With…
Location & Timeline Planning for Elopements
Helping you find the best locations, times of year, & times of day for your adventure elopement to make your elopement experience amazing!
Not Just a Photographer, I’m an Avid Outdoorsman
Photography is the easy part for me! I grew up with a camera in my hands but also grew up with a lot of outdoor experience & skills. I’m here to help with what to wear, how to prepare, & other helpful tips.
Getting Permits for Various Locations
Permits can be confusing if you don’t know what you’re doing or what kinds of questions to ask. I can help fill out the forms & guide you.
Wilderness First Aid & Outdoor Experience
Adventure elopements are a whole lot different than a wedding! I am NOT a paramedic but have some basic training & carry various equipment & supplies in case of an emergency while we are adventuring outdoors.
Marriage Licenses & Knowing Local Laws
If you need help with marriage licenses or how to get legally married, I’m here to help you navigate the process & answer your questions.
Outdoor, Landscape, Nature, & Wildlife Photography
Adventure elopement photography is more than just photographing a couple out in nature. Landscape photography taught me different photography skills from weddings that I apply to elopements.
IN A DIFFERENT LIFE I WOULD HAVE BEEN A PARK RANGER OR ADVENTURE GUIDE…
I’m Always Down for A Little or A Lot of Adventuring!
I LOVE a good adventure & I’m not afraid of getting my feet wet or hands dirty. I’m ready for the heat or the cold. Whatever Mother Nature throws at me, I’m here for it!
Think of me as your personal park ranger or adventure guide on the day of your elopement. I know not everyone has had the opportunities to get the same outdoor experience that I do, so I’m here to help you along the way however you need.
An adventure elopement is quite different than a traditional wedding, let me guide you so you can have an incredible experience in the outdoors together!
A Few Fun Things About Me…
MEET MY BEST BUD, TRAVEL PARTNER, & “COWORKER”
About Bunji the Basenji
Bunji is both super chill but also so full of energy! With all the traveling I do, Bunji comes with me almost everywhere. He gets to come to elopements every once in awhile & is one of the most well traveled dogs you’ll ever meet!
His name “Bunji” is taken from an Australian Aboriginal word that means mate or friend.
As an adventure dog, he’s done hundreds of miles of hikes, has summited multiple 14ers, & has even done some canyoneering & rapelling!
Upcoming Travel Dates & Locations
I travel A LOT! In just the past 5 years, I’ve traveled over 250,000 miles by driving all across the country & even out of the country. I mainly travel to different parts of the western U.S. but am available for other areas as well. If you don’t see an ideal time or location on my travel schedule, always feel free to reach out! If you would like to book me for one of the below locations at the listed times, there are no additional costs associated with travel & you get my rates that are usually reserved for local only bookings.
“Where Do You Travel?”
I travel anywhere you want to elope!
But my base packages do include all of my travel so I “ship for free” to Colorado, Utah, & parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, & Wyoming!
If you want to elope outside these areas, I have other packages that include my travel to other parts of the U.S. or even other countries. There are no extra fees & you just have to get yourselves there, no need for you to worry about me!
Before I started photographing people, I was learning light, color, composition, & more by going out & photographing nature. Check out my print shop for a wide variety of my work with landscapes & nature!