The Elopement Photographer Mentoring Intensive

A 4-month private mentoring program created for elopement photographers that want to build a thriving, fulfilling business.

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Building an elopement photography business is hard. Trust me, I get it.

I started my business when the market was already saturated, and then a pandemic happened. I never had a huge Instagram following, or ranked at the top of Google for "Adventure Elopement Photographer."

I'm sure you can relate, right?

Despite all of that, I found a way to overcome it. Through lot's of trial and error, I slowly realized I didn't actually need those things to be successful.

It didn’t come easy, but overtime I was able to build something so much more than just a job - a sustainable, long term career that has fulfilled me in ways I never thought possible.

Now 5 years later, I have a calendar full of weddings I absolutely love in the wildest places on earth, with clients that are willing to pay any price to work with me, and a full time income doing it.

I’ve built a travel schedule that I book off of, and get to choose exactly when and where I want to work. I’m not burnt out, and I feel passionate about every single job I book.

I don’t say any of this to brag, but instead to show you what’s truly possible.

I’ve had countless photographers ask me “how did you do it?” and the truth is, there isn’t one quick answer to that question, but rather an accumulation of things that have been imperative to building a successful elopement photography business.

After lots of brainstorming and thought, I’ve created a program that will give you all the tools to do it too.

So here’s how it works...

The Elopement Photographer Mentoring Intensive

A 4-month private mentoring program personalized to you and the dream business you want to create. I'll give you an actionable roadmap to success by deep diving into the 8 key essentials to build a thriving business.

This curriculum is a combination of everything I’ve learned over the past 5 years that has been essential in running a successful business. I believe being an elopement photographer is just as much about the art as it is the business. You need to do both well to be successful, and I’m going to teach you how. From booking destination elopements, to creating compelling imagery - this is everything you need to know wrapped up into a personalized 4 month program.

What's included:

8 lessons that cover everything you need to know to build a successful business - from the art to the business

8x 1.5-hour 1:1 Zoom meetings (2 per month) with me - I will live teach that week's lesson and answer any questions you have

All calls will be recorded so you can stay fully immersed in the lesson and watch them back again later

Strategies and tips that are completely personalized to you and your goals - I'll be giving you feedback on your business, website, marketing strategy, and so much more

Additional resources, checklists and templates from me

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Stefanie's experience working with me -

"When I found Carissa. I was immediately drawn to her work and the unbelievable presence she had on Instagram. It wasn’t overbearing, it wasn’t in your face, but every time I’d come across her image it always stopped me in my scroll. Her demeanor exuded an unwavering and even-keeled presence. I was immediately obsessed and for sure stalked her for quite some time LOL. I loved her editing, her composition, and the way her photos made me feel. I was struggling at this point with all those things in my own work. I was dying inside for that consistency, and I felt it was holding me back. I decided to fill out Carissa’s inquiry form.

We had our first meeting, and I was blown away. My website basically did a 180 overnight and my website was curated and niched to marketing purely elopements. I had inquiries coming in as she helped me refine my galleries and presence. Better than that, the inquiries I was able to get on the phone – I was booking. I was no longer concerned about being ‘ghosted’, or the inquiries that said they found another photographer. Carissa evolved my expectations and how to carefully curate and craft my brand to what I want to be booking which means not every person is for me, and nor am I for them. What blows my mind even more is that I haven’t even implemented everything yet. But smaller, imperfect actions are leading me to success, and I can’t wait for the months ahead where I can go back and refine even more."

"10 months ago, I was shooting friends and family for free, with no direction, and now I’m booking some of my DREAM elopement couples for 2024 at my FULL RATE. I went from building my portfolio to charging $3600 for a Full Day Wedding and $1500 for an Adventure Session and they are being BOOKED. It almost feels unreal to type it or say it out loud. Carissa's mentorship has been invaluable. My ROI with Carissa’s Intensive Mentorship has been recouped ten-fold. She's not just a talented photographer herself, but she's an exceptional teacher. Her patience, knowledge, and willingness to share her expertise have made a world of difference in my work. She has a remarkable ability to break down complex concepts into easy-to-understand lessons, which has greatly accelerated my learning curve.

What truly sets Carissa apart is her commitment to helping me not only as a photographer but also as an entrepreneur. Her program will take you through each step of starting a successful photography business. She has shared insights on marketing, client management, pricing, and other crucial aspects of this business. With her guidance, I've not only become a better photographer but also a more confident and knowledgeable business owner. I can confidently say that without Carissa's support and mentorship, I wouldn't be where I am today. My business has seen remarkable growth, and I owe a significant portion of that success to her. If you're looking for someone who can transform your photography business, I highly recommend working with Carissa. She's a true gem in the world of photography and business coaching."

Over 4 months, we'll be covering the 8 KEY essentials to building an incredible business.

Here's a breakdown of the curriculum:

Lesson 1

Building your brand

During our first week together we'll identify your target market, so you can learn how to speak directly to them. We'll also build a magnetizing, unique brand that communicates your value. This will be the foundation of everything we do going forward over the next weeks.

Lesson 2

booking destination elopements

This lesson is dedicated to marketing strategies and getting your business in front of potential clients. We'll be diving into the power of niching, and how to book elopements in destinations all over the world. I'll also teach you how to get consistent inquiries using an SEO strategy that works.

Lesson 3

Website ins & outs

Your website is one of the most crucial parts of your business - this is where couples fall in love with you and your prices become irrelevant. I'm going to teach you how to design a high converting site that communicates your unique value, and turns website visitors into leads.

Lesson 4

Inquiry to booking Workflow

A.K.A. - how not to get ghosted. I'll teach you all of my strategies for connecting with couples once they reach out, getting them on the phone, nailing the call, and streamlining them straight to a full day booking.

Lesson 5

Pricing & Value perception

In this lesson we will dive into pricing, and how it is actually deeply intertwined with your brand. We are gonna talk about your target market's buying habits. value perception, and how to consistently book full day, $6500+ packages.

Lesson 6

Client experience & Workflow

This lesson is a behind the scenes look at my entire workflow from start to finish. I'll teach you how to plan intentional elopement days, scout locations your clients love, craft full day timelines, and give an incredible, 5-star experience.

Lesson 7

The Art

Being an elopement photographer is just as much about the art as it is the business. I'm going to teach you how to find your creative voice, the art of storytelling, composing couples in wild landscapes and creating compelling imagery in any lighting situation.

Lesson 8

Editing Deep dive

Lastly, we'll be talking all about editing. I'll teach you how to find your style, and edit with consistency in any lighting situation. I'll show you how I edit in both Lightroom and Photoshop and teach on color theory, creative crops, controlled contrast and so much.

Hannah's experience working with me -

"I don’t know where to begin. I’m not through all of the lessons with Carissa but each lesson keeps blowing me away. Honestly just one of these incredible lessons would have been worth the money, let alone 8! I’m still pretty new in my business so I haven’t had a chance to implement everything she has taught me, but I will definitely be watching and rewatching our lessons forever. So much value, so many resources, so many intentional answers to the questions and problems I have in my business. This is THE MOST influential and best thing I could have ever done! So so glad I stumbled on her page a few months ago. Carissa 100% cares about her students and has put so much work and energy to make this the best experience and investment EVER."

Investment Details

This is a 1:1 program where students receive a high level of support and personalized attention, so spots are limited.

Payment plans available:

4 payments of $900

2 payments of $1,700

$3200

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Frequently asked questions VIEW MORE
How long until we start seeing results?
I want to make it clear that building a business is hard, and it's not something that happens over night. It takes hard work, hustle, failure, and imperfect actions that eventually lead to success. I never want to make false promises, or set unrealistic expectations, just to get you to sign up for my program. That being said, I've had photographers who saw their business practically change overnight. Stefanie went from portfolio building, to seeing a huge uptick in inquiries within 2 months of joining the program. After 4 months, her calendar was almost entirely booked out for the following year. I've also had photographers who were in the earlier stages of their career, so implementation has taken them longer. When you'll start seeing results depends on a variety of factors, such as what time of year you join the program, how much portfolio building you'll need to do, and how quickly you implement everything. I can guarantee though that if you hustle hard and do the work, within a year you will have made back your investment, and will be well on your way to a 6-figure business.
How does the scheduling work for each call?
I'll send you a booking link to schedule each lesson with me! I have plenty of flexibility so we will make sure that we can always find a day and time that works with your schedule!
Is this only for elopement photographers?
This program is designed specifically for aspiring and current elopement photographers! While a lot of this information is applicable across all different fields, we are going to be deep diving into niching your business, and becoming a specialized elopement expert. If you aren't an elopement photographer (or aspiring to be one) then this probably isn't the best fit for you.
What is the time commitment for this?
We will be meeting twice monthly, for about 1-2 hours each time, so this won't require a huge time commitment! I'll also be giving optional homework + feedback you can implement into your business, but everything can be done at your own pace. This format is designed to feel actionable and not overwhelming, which is why we will be doing everything over the course of 4 months.
How far along do I need to be in my business?
This program is designed for photographers of any level! Since this is a 1:1 mentoring program, everything will be designed to best serve you. We will be covering everything from the basic foundations of your business, to the big picture stuff, so no matter where you are at this will be tailored to your business and goals. That being said, we will be deep diving into technicalities of editing and shooting, so I do recommend coming in with a basic understanding of your camera settings and Lightroom so you can get the most out of each lesson.
When does the program start?
Once you enroll in the mentoring intensive, we will get started right away! As soon as you are officially booked, I'll send you the booking link to schedule your first call with me!

Let's build a thriving business that fulfills you, makes you money, and takes you to the wildest places on earth.