hi im lauren

heres a little piece of my world

elopement & wedding photographer team lauren allen love & elopement photography salt bed las vegas nevada
credit: allthingswild photography

no story here starts without this man by my side. i love this man more than anything i ever have in my life. allen is my husband, my partner in crime, my vice, my weakness, part of my legacy and the whiskey to my sage. he’s my favorite person to celebrate life with.  always there to take the edge off. always supporting my shenanigans. the best company to have around a campfire. we’ve been together for 7 years; filled with memories that have given me both all the grey hairs i own and the laugh lines on my face.  

elopement & wedding photographer team lauren allen love & elopement photography salt bed anza borrego desert
stephanie rapp - all things wild photography

life is so damn short. years go by and we look back and just can’t believe it. together allen and i have lived in over 4 states, in 6 zipcodes and lived in a camper for 2 years exploring the west. we’ve lived through what seems like a million lifetimes that have gone by in a blink of an eye. we’ve share days where we felt like we lost it all –  to feeling on top of the world and everything in between. pictures are the only thing we have that transports us back to all of our most pivotal and meaningful moments. when i’m looking back years form now, i’m not gonna care about the grey hairs and wrinkles– i’m going to care about the memoirs of the emotions and experiences i had that made me feel alive. 

this is olga. or helga. our whale of a little camper that’s our home on wheels. behind her is part of the mojave desert, at a free camping area between cali and vegas, and also one of my favoite spots for dark sky viewing. we lived in here for 2 years traveling full-time on the road around the western u.s. a part of my soul is right here in this moment; allen unhitching, me too excited to adventure that i jump out of the car and leave the door open, climbing to the nearest high point to take it all in before the sun goes down. nothing obviously special is happening here, it’s not perfectly set up, but it’s real and it’s my home. it’s my soul. and it just feels good.

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these are my potatos. potato 1 is our cat, fifi. her name is fiona – we call her fifi for short.  i’ve had her since allen and i got together 7 years ago, so she is one with us and even adventures with us in the camper. this is our current studio space in downtown abq new mexico, our new break from the road when we’re not traveling in the camper. i absolutely love the contrast of living in the middle of the city vs  roadside america.

i’m a lot of things — a wife, sister, aunt, cat mom. i’m passionate, goofy, sensitive, wild, potty mouth, astrology / astronomy nerd. like every other human, there’s a lot of things i wish i were better at– cooking, not caring as much about my jeans fitting after quarantine, being more go with the flow all the time, not just when i have free time. 

i love hard and i take capturing your moments to heart. photography is my soul work and about remembering how it felt. i value time, energy and embracing the moment more than anything– so when you put your trust and faith in me, my whole heart goes in to giving it back to you. 

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so why am i an elopement and intimate wedding photographer?

*before reading this — i need you to know that some people thrive on planning their wedding day and some simply don’t. i don’t care how big, small, diy or fancy your day is — what’s important to me is that you two fucking get the chance to feel alive in your moments and celebrate your total blissful hearts out. big weddings simply aren’t for everyone. and most of the time they’re for everyone else. i very much have seen more people regret having a big wedding than people that have thrived from it. so when i say this– this is for the folks that don’t jive with the big wedding vibes, not those that do*

i honestly just got so tired of hearing people on their wedding day say, “we should have just eloped.” we’re talking about the most pivotal day of your life and you’re already regretting it before going down the isle? that breaks my god damn heart. but i was almost that person. allen and i come from pretty traditional upbringings, so naturally when we first got engaged, we went through the motions. pinterest, venue, guest list breakdowns, the whole thing. my nerves were shot. i was outside of my body watching this person make calls and decisions that was for everyone but myself. we called it off. lost our deposits, whole shebang. so worth it. because in this mess of nerves and cancelling our day, we made an extremely hard call, but i found out who the fuck i actually was as a person. 

 

so after years of tossing around wedding plans, allen and I came to the realization that what we wanted was right in front of us the whole time. his words to me two weeks before we got married last april were…

“what are we waiting for? we don’t need it to be perfect, we just need to make it about us.”

that’s my husband ya’ll. this man. he brings me to my knees. so we did. we eloped. we said our vows at our campsite in sedona’s back country, hiked to a beautiful sunset and had our first dance around a campfire under the stars where loads of tequila, tacos and whiskey were involved. a crazy series of events fell in line –taking an entirely imperfect and spontaneous idea to fall together in the best way possible. a lot of our favorite life events have happened by chance– so it made complete sense why we were both so in love with eloping spontaneously. 

i don’t care when, where or how you celebrate – just promise me to make it about you two,  make time to embrace all the emotions and moments, forget perfection and celebrate your fucking hearts out. 

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i was one of those kids that would sneak on top of the roof and lay there for hours starring at the night sky. maybe to escape reality or simply because i knew there are so many more questions than answers about this universe.  I never saw skies like this growing up. the day i got to actually see what a real dark sky looked like, gave me chills down my spine i’ll never forget. now i get camp under moonlight and walk out the camper door to a blanket of a whole different world. it’s surreal. 

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there are not words to describe just how deeply i feel about this man, our elopement or the generous souls that dropped everything to help give us an elopement celebration in the desert with less than 2 weeks notice. i love you.

Ali & Mike – the creators behind our film, and brother/sister-in-law, this film is everything to us. our day would not have been what it was without you there. i am so fucking lucky to call you family. 

mike – not just our officiant, but good friend and family. somehow you sensed this moment happening before we did? and stopped your life to fly out to be here.  you are the best friend anyone could ever ask for. 

megan – our photographer and now friend. you drove how many miles on short notice to capture our spontaneous day in the middle of sedona’s forest road? it’s crazy that a year later we’re neighbors in abq. thank you for capturing our bliss.