When you close your eyes to picture your big day, I’ll bet you see lush untouched nature. The one you love by your side, with an adventurous twinkle in their eye. Both of you so relaxed and present, it’s clear you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be: a laid back, soulful experience that makes you two come alive.

Your trailhead starts here. Which way lovers?

You heard me. It’s your day, so it’s YOUR call on how to spend it. Maybe you’ll swap your veil for a headlamp as you whisper your vows at dawn, the sun rising over a majestic mountain peak behind you. Maybe exploring a secret waterfall, dancing under your favorite constellations by firelight, or a cozy party at a craft brewery is more your thing (IPAs and breathtaking nature are my two love languages, so I feel you on all counts!).

Whatever elopement or intimate wedding adventure you’re dreaming up, you can count on me for a lot of heart and a whole lot of soul in our journey together – not to mention expertise on navigating the great outdoors with awe and care, thanks to my 7 years in the US Forest Service. Documenting your day unfolding in a pure, unrushed and authentic way is why I’m here. Let’s do this!



8 Years

Woman-Owned Business

Erica Swantek Photography
Erica Swantek Photography
Erica Swantek Photography
Erica Swantek Photography


I can’t tell you how thankful I am we decided on Erica for our elopement in Bend. Before our big day, she asked all the right questions and made me feel 100% secure that all our photo needs would be met, all over email! On our wedding day, she was everywhere! Getting the perfect shots and giving us feedback. She was easy to trust and we were so happy to try all her fun photo ideas! After our big day, she was so quick with first looks and the whole set of hundreds of photos came within weeks of our day! I have so many favorite images from our day thanks to Erica!

Lindsey + Ian

Not only is Erica amazingly talented she has such a great personality that makes you feel at ease. I knew Erica was the perfect photographer for us from the moment I read her bio! She was so much fun to work with and made my husband and I feel so comfortable! I’m so grateful to have met Erica and I highly recommend her! Thank you Erica for giving us more than we ever expected and for the awesome experience of hiking around after our ceremony to get some incredible photos
Michelle & Tim

We absolutely loved working with Erica for our wedding and engagement shoots!We had so much FUN with Erica throughout the whole process – she brought such a relaxed, can-do energy to all our interactions and never once made us feel silly for any of our questions or requests. If you’re planning a PNW wedding (especially an elopement or intimate wedding), I’d recommend Erica in a heartbeat! She is an artist and a true professional, and we feel so lucky to have found her.
Emily + Jack


Whether you choose to elope or have an intimate wedding day surrounded by your closest family and friends, I will be more than just your wedding photographer. I am there with you throughout the planning process to ensure you have the freaking best day ever! We will work together to develop activities and a timeline that makes sense for you long before your big day, so that it’s a totally stress-free and you can enjoy!


Erica Swantek Photography

The start to something beautiful

All Engagement Sessions come with digital files with printing rights, and private online gallery within a 60 mile radius of Bend. Any travel beyond that, please inquire for a custom quote.

All packages include, but are not limited to:

  • 1.5 – 3 hours of coverage (depending on your needs)
  • 50 – 150 edited photos (depending on your package)
  • Online gallery with digital rights


$600 – $1,200


Erica Swantek Photography

Ready for a magical adventure?

Each package includes, but is not limited to:

  • 4-14 hours of coverage depending on your needs
  • Planning + location scouting. I know all the best places!
  • 400-800 photos depending on your package details
  • Online gallery with digital rights


$2,500 – $6,000 Depending on package selected.


Erica Swantek Photography

Share the joy with friends & family

Each package includes, but is not limited to:

  • 6-10 hours of coverage depending on your needs
  • Engagement session
  • 300-600 photos depending on your package details
  • Online gallery with digital rights


$3,000 – $6,000 Depending on package selected.

Meet Erica

Erica Swantek Photography

Your down-for-pretty-much-anything elopement guide and photographer.
I’ve always had a love and appreciation for the outdoors. I grew up camping, hiking and fishing in Colorado. We would take family trips to the mountains or lake every chance we could get. When I decided to go to college at Colorado State University, I majored in Forestry and spent the first six years after I graduated working for the Forest Service. My husband and I met in college, and we backpacked and mountain biked all over Colorado and Utah. Navigating with a map and compass was something that was so easy for me. So, as I began taking on more adventurous clients, I realized that my knack for finding cool, off the beaten path locations, is ingrained in me. I don’t spend many days backpacking anymore, but I still love a great adventure! I want to help make your day incredibly special, and for me, that starts off with finding the perfect spot to marry!

My Values

  • Human Rights – I truly believe that every person matters and that we all have the right to love who we want without any judgement or question. You are important to me and telling your story in an authentic way is my goal.
  • Diversity + Inclusion – Representation matters to me. Humans come in all shapes, sizes, colors, nationalities and sexual orientations, and all are welcome here. I treasure and celebration diversity in my life and my business!
  • Joyous Experiences – Your wedding day should be something that you can’t wait to celebrate! I want to create an experience that is true to who you are, and brings you so much happiness, free of stress and things that don’t serve your most authentic self.