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California based Elopement + Wedding Photographer, Serving the West Coast


Northern California elopement and wedding photographer—documenting the journey of rad humans in love.

California Elopement Photographer - Jess Rankin - Santa Cruz Photography - Big Sur Wedding

These photos are our collaboration together. I’m here to work with you and for you, delivering images that represent your day, beat by beat.  








While you soak in every moment and celebrate, I keep focused on the details that make your wedding unforgettable. It’s your day to be surrounded by friends and family and begin your greatest adventure together. Your photos will bring you back to how you felt in those moments: the bear hugs, the tears, and all the in-betweens that fly by too fast.


Jess Rankin - Adventure Photographer - Northern California Wedding Photographer - Mammoth Lakes - June Lake - Alabama Hills - Eastern Sierras


I’m Jess, a down-to-earth human who’d rather be outdoors all hours of the day. I’m an adventurous old soul, a dog mama, and photography is my lifelong journey.


Elopements, Weddings + Rad Couples in Love


Documenting the BEGINNING of your greatest adventure together




Working with Jess was a breeze - she is extremely organized, communicates very clearly, and more than once proved her dependability. She was on time every time, and delivered our files way faster than we expected.  She also captured way more of the day than we thought possible, I'm still not sure how she had time to photograph everything on her own.  The thing that really sticks out is that Jess has an incredible ability to be everywhere and nowhere all at once.  Never obtrusive, she's mastered how to disappear so you don't even know she's around, yet she somehow manages to not miss a moment. 

Jess is genuine, kind, easy to work with, and the quality of her work is phenomenal. Seeing as you'll spend almost as much time with your photographer as you do with your partner on wedding day, you'll want to choose someone you really like.  It was an absolute joy having Jess alongside us on our wedding day, and the images she captured were pure perfection.

-Sarah + Sam