Become an elopement photographer and finally make great money doing something really, really cool that you love

What if you could spend your days out in the beautiful nature the Midwest has to offer and make great money doing the coolest job — and finally feel excited and passionate about your work?

…even if you’re brand new to photography, or you’ve never picked up a camera before.

Elevated Midwest Elopements:


An intimate, small-group coaching program for aspiring elopement photographers in the Midwest US:

Wisconsin · Minnesota · Michigan · South Dakota · North Dakota · Iowa · Illinois
and everywhere in between

Elevated Midwest Elopements is your proven roadmap to starting and growing your elopement photography business in just 8 weeks. Learn how to plan, execute, and photograph elopements across the Midwest – even if you’ve never picked up a camera before.

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If you know deep down that there’s more to life for you than your current 9-5 – the one you drag yourself to week in and week out, that doesn’t light you up and barely pays the bills,

And you’d love nothing more than to spend your days adventuring out in nature – lacing up your hiking boots and scouting for locations with breathtaking backdrops, searching for beautiful off-the-beaten-paths that don’t even show up on Google maps, and testing out one-of-a-kind activities (did someone say helicopter rides?)...

If the idea of planning and capturing moments on the most special day of a couple’s lives excites the heck out of you – curating a wedding day that fits them perfectly, filling it with activities they love, and matching it all up with locations that just make sense for them,

And you really, really want to be the photographer that takes stunning photos – photos that make their way up onto walls and into coffee table books, photos that will be passed down for generations to come, that cause goosebumps and tell the story of the day forever began…

If deep down, you want to be one of those people that others look at and think ‘wow, their job is so freaking cool’ – because let’s be honest, what job is cooler than the one that allows you to explore national parks every day, adventure around with the happiest people (and sometimes their dogs), and come out on the other side with EPIC photos to tell the story,

And you want to make a really great living doing it – not just scraping by but bringing in over $100,00 every year… making enough money to pay down your debt, go on dream trips, save up for a downpayment, and finally see the numbers in your chequing account go UP… 

Then keep reading, because

What I’m about to share with you could be just the thing you need to completely change the trajectory of your life.


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You have a job but it’s not a career or anything that excites you – you feel a little directionless and uninspired, you live for the weekends, and you know you want to do something else but you most definitely don’t want to go back to school.

You straight up LOVE the idea of becoming a photographer – you creep on other photographers’ Insta accounts dreaming of being able to take photos like that, and you bought a camera and lens kit from Costco, but you haven’t done much with it yet.

You think elopements are cool AF – working with madly in love couples that want to go against tradition and do things their own way? Yes, please! But… people don’t come to the Midwest to elope, do they? (psst… yes, yes they do)

You’d love nothing more than to get paid to take photos – but the logistics of it all feel too overwhelming. Forget about pricing your services and figuring out how to take payments… how the heck do you even find clients to begin with!? 😅

You’re so new to photography that you don’t think anyone would actually pay you for your services – you’d have to spend months giving away free shoots, get at least a hundred editing hours under your belt, and invest thousands of dollars into gear first, right? (wrong!)

You don’t know anything about starting and running a business – but you’ve heard that it often takes people years to make great money, and it feels like something that’s reserved for people who went to business school… surely running a whole business isn’t something *you* could do, right? 

If you’ve been nodding along and thinking “yes that’s me! 👋” then I want you to know you’re not alone. I was once in your shoes – wanting more out of life, dreaming of having a job that genuinely excited me, but feeling pretty stuck on taking the next step because of all the moving pieces (and a lack of confidence that *I* could pull it all off).

You can become an elopement photographer, get paid really well to do it, and spend your days out in nature with seriously cool humans…

Ready for some seriously great news?

Even if you’re brand new to photography, or you’ve never picked up a camera before.

Imagine waking up, lacing up your hiking boots, grabbing your camera gear, and typing Badlands National Park into your GPS — today, your “office” is made up of jagged rocks, winding roads, and fresh air. 

Let’s take a minute and dream about what your life would actually look like…

Imagine waking up, lacing up your hiking boots, grabbing your camera gear, and typing Badlands National Park into your GPS — today, your “office” is made up of jagged rocks, winding roads, and fresh air. 

As the sun starts to peak out over the horizon, your clients vow forever to each other and say “I do” to a chorus of happy tears and champagne mimosa cheers – all while you work your magic capturing every smile, every detail, and all the breathtaking wonder of the park coming alive behind them.

The three of you head back to the couple’s on-park cabin, where they spend the rest of the morning drinking coffee, eating pastries, and celebrating their love – you capture it all, including the Bison grazing in the field out back, before wrapping up and heading home for the day.

Before heading home, you put a few sneak peek photos and behind-the-scenes videos on your Instagram and receive a flurry of heart-eye emoji reactions, and people tagging their partners saying “THIS is who I was talking about!” and “look! this is who I want to use when we elope!! 🥺”

You get home, sit down on the couch, and open up your inbox to 4 emails waiting for you…

2 inquiry emails from couples that want to hire you for their Midwest elopement (a 4-hour $3000 package, and an 8-hour $5000 package!)

You take a moment to soak it all in – this IS your life now; working with and photographing cool couples, going on epic adventures around the Midwest, doing a great freaking job, and getting paid really, really well to do it.

1 testimonial email from your couple last week raving about how much they LOVED their elopement with you, and 

1 booking confirmation email saying the couple you had a call with yesterday officially signed their contract and paid your retainer for the 8-hour, $5000 package.

If you’re like Jessie, you read my mind, that sounds exactly like the life (and business) I want! 🥺 But…

I have some concerns… 

I get it! After being in the elopement industry in the Midwest for over 5 years, there are a few common concerns that pop up time and time again.


Will people actually pay that much for an elopement photographer? Aren’t eloping couples looking for the cheapest option?

While it’s true that some couples are looking for the cheapest option, your dream couples aren’t and that’s who we focus on.

Once I show you how to communicate the value of what exactly it is that you do (the planning, execution, and photographing of the entire day/experience) your dream couples will understand why you charge a premium for your services – and be more than willing to pay that price for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


No one would hire me over *insert insta-famous photog here* because I can’t take pictures like them.

This is a valid concern, but we all start somewhere! That photographer wasn’t always as good as they are now! You’ll continually get better throughout your career as you practice and stick with it; that’s just how photography works! 

Also, your dream couples will be drawn to you for way more reasons than just the photos you take – they’ll come to you because of who YOU are as a person (which I’ll show you how to communicate through your website).


I don’t know if I’m the kind of person who could actually have this cool life.

My friend, you only get one shot at this life – I want to encourage you to take a bet on yourself. The worst thing that can happen is that you give this a shot and you lose out on some time and money. That’s way, way better than never even trying at all out of fear.

Try flipping the script around and asking yourself “what’s the best that can happen?” and hold onto THAT because that CAN be your reality. You just have to commit to making it happen (and I’ll be there to support you along the way)!


There’s nowhere cool to elope in the Midwest – people don’t come here for that.

My friend, you only get one shot at this life – I want to encourage you to take a bet on yourself. The worst thing that can happen is that you give this a shot and you lose out on some time and money. That’s way, way better than never even trying at all out of fear.

Try flipping the script around and asking yourself “what’s the best that can happen?” and hold onto THAT because that CAN be your reality. You just have to commit to making it happen (and I’ll be there to support you along the way)!

So now that we’ve got those concerns out of the way… 

Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll just leave you with these:

Elevated Midwest Elopements:


An intimate, small-group coaching program for aspiring elopement photographers in the Midwest US:

Elevated Midwest Elopements is your proven roadmap to starting and growing your elopement photography business in just 8 weeks. Learn how to plan, execute, and photograph elopements across the Midwest – even if you’re brand new to photography or you’ve never even picked up a camera before.

Hey, I’m Jessie!

Who am I to show you how to live your dream life and plan, execute, and photograph elopements like a badass?

5 years ago, I was where you are – working in retail full-time and knowing that there was something more out there for me. 

When I had my son, my husband and I sold our house and moved into an airstream so we could travel full-time while I was on maternity leave (as one does, right?). Our goal was to adventure to as many national parks as we could.

While we were in Yosemite, I saw an elopement happen right in front of my eyes. I watched as the photographer was doing her thing and I knew right away, “this is exactly what I need to be doing.” 

So I bought a camera and a lens kit and took a beginner’s elopement photography course. When my maternity leave was up, I went back to retail and spent some time working that job and building my elopement photography business on the side.

I spent 3 YEARS struggling to figure things out on my own –

how to market myself, attract the right clients, run sales calls, price my services, and provide a great customer experience (to name a few things). I knew that I wasn’t going to get where I wanted to be by continuing to spin my wheels and relying on trial and error.

That’s when I decided to work with a coach… and everything changed.

I went from trial and error-ing my way through business to finally having the answers I needed to make MY business work.

I went from charging $600 for 2-hour elopements to charging $3,000 for 4-hour elopements, and my average booking shot up to $7,000 in the following year.

And that’s why I created Elevated Midwest Elopements – so that you don’t have to waste precious years in trial-and-error mode, or wait years to book $3000 elopements and make enough to quit the job you hate.

Let’s get your elopement photography business started on the right foot so you can finally love your life, do something that makes you excited to wake up and get going every single day, and get paid really well to do it.

- Catherine and Colin


“Jessie helped calm our doubts of having an elopement so much. We had so many opinions thrown at us and Jessie really helped us see that this was really what we wanted. The day of our wedding, she understood what we wanted to be captured (even if we hadn't discussed it beforehand). Every photo captured a really special moment from our amazing day, everything from getting ready, to walking down the aisle, to our first dance, she captured the emotions of not just us, but our family as well. If you are looking for an elopement photographer, look no further because Jessie is the photographer for you!”

Using my proven roadmap, I’m going to give you all the business knowledge you need to attract the kind of couples you want to work with, price your services for profit, and make sure everything runs smoothly…

AND show you how to plan, execute, and photograph such amazing elopements that you consistently get rave reviews from your clients, just like these ones:

- Stephanie and Nick


“Absolutely would recommend! Jessie was so great to work with and made us feel so comfortable in all the adventurous photo locations. I cannot believe how beautiful these turned out. She knew the area so well, and was super adaptable to the weather. The day was an absolute dream and she captured every part of it perfectly!”

- Margo and Karl


“Jessie is amazing!! She captured some really beautiful photos of our wedding. She made us feel comfortable and we love how our pictures turned out! If you are looking for an amazing photographer who really captures who you are as a couple, Jessie is your girl!! Thanks Jessie!”

Here’s everything you get when you join Elevated Elopements:


Live weekly lessons & group coaching calls/Q+A – each week, we’ll meet on Zoom where I’ll teach the weekly lessons live. There will be time for you to ask questions and receive personalized feedback on whatever you need help with. If you can’t make it live, all calls are recorded so you can rewatch them or catch up any time! 

1x 1:1 coaching call – at any point throughout our 8 weeks together, you get to book a 60-minute 1:1 coaching call. On this call, I’ll help you with whatever you need personalized support with in your business! We can create your packages, curate your portfolio, edit your website, come up with a marketing plan… the options are endless.

Daily coaching support (Mon - Fri) via Slack – as you implement the work from the weekly lessons, I’ll be inside Slack to answer any questions that come up so you don’t have to wait an entire week (until our next live call) to keep going.

Weekly worksheets/spreadsheets – each week, you’ll get a new worksheet or spreadsheet to use alongside the lesson that may be filled with questions, prompts, calculators, fill-in-the-blanks, or anything else to help you achieve the goal of that week.

Client email templates – communicating with clients can make or break your business, so I’m making this as easy as possible for you with client email templates that you will customize to your voice and business! These took me years to perfect and I’m so excited to share them with you.

Slack community – you’ll connect with your fellow elopement photographers-to-be inside Slack. You can share wins and struggles, cheer each other on, and even make plans to meet up for content shoots if that’s your kinda thing! 

2x BONUS modules – full deets below, but these bonus modules are pre-recorded and will help you continue to build your strength as a photographer and grow your business long after our 8 weeks together are up.

Every week for 8 weeks, I’ll take you step-by-step through my proven roadmap to build your elopement photography business from the ground up.




Building your business on top of a strong foundation is crucial for your success, so we kick things off by doing just that! We get to the root of your why and identify the goals you’re working towards so that you always have that anchor to hold onto throughout this journey.

Together, we’ll:

Get clear on your vision, mission, and values
Pinpoint your why and the reasons you want to build this business and life
Uncover the goals you want to work towards (so we can make them happen!)
Talk all things imposter syndrome and what to do when it inevitably comes for you (it happens to all of us!)

We’ll also spend some time exploring tools that will help build your confidence as a person, photographer, and business owner – so that you always have them handy in your back pocket if you ever start to doubt yourself on this journey.



In order to call in your dream couples, you have to know who they are. What do they like to do? Are they adventurous? Are they locals or are they traveling here? Are they the wild, party-type or are they more laid-back and chill? The answers to these questions (and more) will help you understand how to brand yourself and stand out so they recognize YOU as the elopement photographer for them.

This week, we’ll dive into:

 Identifying your dream couples and getting to know them like you’re BFFs
Ways you can stand out so your dream couples know you’re the one for them
The crucial branding elements you need to get started on the right foot (so you don’t drop thousands on a logo and color palette before you need to)
How to specialize and brand yourself as a Midwest Elopement Photographer

Getting crystal clear on WHO you want to work with will make all the difference between kinda liking what you do and absolutely LOVING what you do – around here, we’re aiming for the latter.



Most photographers check out their competitor’s prices and price themselves a little bit cheaper than that – but you won’t. Your prices will (and should) be based on YOUR cost of doing business and have profits baked right in. We’ll also make sure to talk about the biggest money myths so you can avoid falling victim to them like most other beginner business owners!

In week 3, we’ll go over: 

 Pricing for profit so you can actually pay yourself (accounting for your cost of doing business, taxes, and more) 
The biggest money myths you should let go of as a business owner
How to structure your prices so your clients don’t always go for the cheapest option
All things money mindset so that you can walk away knowing that you deserve to make really, really great money

Thanks to week 3, you’ll start off on the right foot financially in your business and ensure that you can pay yourself after every elopement, and you’ll have a rock-solid money mindset helping you feel confident in the prices you set! You won’t ever burn yourself out on $600, 2-hour elopements (because trust me, it’s not fun).



When you start your business, you don’t need a 15-page website with all the bells and whistles – in fact, you need just a few key pages with enough info to call in your dream couples and make them so excited to submit your inquiry form.

In week 4, I’ll show you: 

The 3 key pages you need on your website to start booking clients
What goes on each page (so you’re not staring at a blank page thinking ‘what the heck do I write?’)
Website builders I recommend (and a few I don’t)

Your website is the “home base” of your business, the place your dream couples will return to time and time again, and it’s important to get it right – after week 4, you’ll feel confident in your ability to create your website and know that it’s doing the job you need it to do!



It won’t be long before dream couples submit your inquiry form and book a call into your calendar – and you’re going to have all the tools you need to run these calls effectively so the couple feels confident in you, and leaves excited, ready to book!

I’ll show you exactly how to:

Automate the call booking process
Run a sales call that’s effective – how to start the conversation and build rapport, move into talking about their elopement, segue into packages and pricing, and confidently deliver the next steps
Identify which questions you need to ask
Paint the picture of their dream day using the information from their inquiry form and the info provided on the call
Exactly what to do after the call to seal the deal and officially book the couple in!

After this week, you’ll feel confident and ready to get on calls with dream couples – and start filling up your calendar with epic elopements!



When it comes to marketing, there are about a billion things you can do to get your name out there and start attracting dream clients – but not everything is effective or worth your time.

In week 6, we’ll go over…

The most effective marketing tools for elopement photographers that will actually bring dream couples into your world
The most ineffective marketing tools (so you don’t waste your time)
How to incorporate things like SEO, Google ads, Pinterest, and more into your marketing system

Marketing works harder than Taylor Swift when you have the right tools and use them to their fullest potential, and I’ll show you exactly which ones work best for elopement photographers!



In our second last week together, I show you how to stay organized and make sure you don’t miss a step in your planning process so that you always look professional and keep your clients feeling confident in you.

I’ll show you:

A breakdown of when you should have each major step in the planning process complete, and which tools to use along the journey to make your life easier
How to location scout and present locations to your clients
Which emails to send to keep your clients updated, and when to send them
How to use a CRM (customer relationship management tool) to automate these processes so you don’t have to spend time doing it all manually

Plus, I’ll take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of my personal CRM so that you can see exactly how I have all of this set up! This has taken me years to build and perfect, and you get to take it and use it as you wish!



When getting started, there are some things that are absolutely necessary to put in place to make sure that your business is legit – you want to make sure you’re legally protected from all angles! 

We’ll talk about:

Contracts – which ones you absolutely need, and where to get them
Insurance – what you need to be covered for, and what provider is best
Permits – most national parks require special use permits, and I show you exactly how to navigate this process with as little stress as possible

We’ll wrap up by spending some time covering the Leave No Trace Principles so you can move forward in your business keeping the environment in mind and ensuring that you leave our planet just as (or better than) you found it.


When you join Elevated Midwest Elopements, you also get access to three incredible bonuses that will help you master your photography skills, take your business beyond the Midwest, and save hours communicating with clients!



If you’re in the “I’ve never/hardly picked up a camera” camp, this bonus module will help you feel comfortable and confident with your camera so you can take jaw-dropping photos your dream couples obsess over and hang all over their walls.

I’ll take you step-by-step through:

Your camera settings, and which ones you actually need to pay attention to
All things light, and how to capture stunning photos no matter the time of day or weather
How to use flash without whiting out your clients

Get ready to master your camera and start to build a portfolio full of photographs you can’t wait to show off! 


One of the fun parts about being an elopement photographer is that you can work anywhere in the world – you don’t just have to stay in the Midwest! In this bonus, I show you how to market yourself so that you can book elopements wherever your heart desires – from locations all across the US to Iceland, The UK, and beyond!

We’ll cover:

How to create location-specific landing pages so dream couples looking for an elopement photographer in those places will find YOU
How to use SEO to land on the front page of Google
How to build a portfolio and show off your skills so clients book you ASAP
Proven marketing strategies that don’t involve putting “✈️ will travel!” in your Insta bio

If you dream of traveling to epic locations and getting paid to do it, this bonus module will help make those dreams come true. The only question is – which location will you focus on first!?


Communicating with clients is so important and can make or break your business! I’m making this as easy as possible for you with client email templates that you can customize to your voice and business! Simply fill in the blanks and follow the prompts to customize these templates – saving tons of hours and the headache that comes along with guessing what should (or shouldn’t) come next.

Inquiry to booking sequence
Booking to gallery delivery sequence

Plus I give you my recommendations for exactly when each email should be sent out. These sequences took me years to perfect and I’m so excited to share them with you!

You’ll get access to the two most important client-facing email sequences:

In Elevated Midwest Elopements, you will receive individualized support, but that means spots are limited…

Limiting the number of students in the program means that you get:

A coach that knows you and your goals personally – so you get feedback that makes sense for YOU and is tailored to your dreams,

But this also means that once all 8 spots are filled, enrollment will be closed!

There are only 8 spots available!

I want to ensure that you feel as supported as possible throughout our 8 weeks together.

Personalized attention and direct feedback on your work – get my expert eyes on your business and answers/advice tailored to you,

Time and space to ask questions on group calls and in Slack – no stress of asking a question in front of hundreds of people or screaming into the void of a jam-packed Facebook group,

A 1:1 call at any point during the program – so we can work together on any hurdles or roadblocks you’re experiencing so you can keep moving forward toward your dream!

Unlike most other coaching programs that take an endless amount of students, my aim is to make sure you get the individualized support and attention you and your dream deserve.



Claim your spot in Elevated Midwest Elopements!


Are you ready to become an elopement photographer and finally make great money doing something really, really cool that you love?

Take the first step toward your dream life and job by choosing the payment option that works best for you, clicking the button below it, and enrolling in Elevated Midwest Elopements!







Elevated Midwest Elopements is your ticket to a job and a life that you’re excited to wake up to every single day.

When you secure your spot in the program, you’re not just joining a group coaching program…

You’re saying to yourself that you believe that there’s more for you than the 9-5 that doesn’t light you up. 

You’re proving to yourself that you believe in your ability to make the most of your one life. 

You’re signaling to yourself that you are someone who goes out and makes your dreams happen even when those dreams go against what’s traditional.

I’m ready to give you my proven roadmap that shows you how to build an elopement photography business, bring in dream clients, and give them a stellar experience that they rave about.

But it’s up to YOU to make the decision to bet on yourself.

I’m here, ready to hold up my end of the deal – how about you? 


Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What exactly is group coaching? Is it different than taking a course?

A: Group coaching is just as the name suggests – a group environment where you learn and receive personalized guidance and feedback from your coach (that’s me)! Courses don’t offer anything personalized to you and don’t include access to a coach.

Unlike taking a passive course, group coaching programs have elements of accountability that help ensure you actually achieve the goals you set out to achieve when you joined: peer support (which is proven to help motivation), regular live meetings (so you actually sit down and learn the material), and an emphasis on taking action and celebrating your wins (so you actually implement what you learn and get stuff done).

If you’re someone who thrives on accountability, group coaching programs are built for you!!

Q: I don’t have a portfolio/I’m brand-spankin’ new to photography. Is Elevated Midwest Elopements for me?

A: Yes! The bonus module, The Beginner’s Guide To Elopement Photography – How to master your camera and take frame-worthy photos, will show you everything you need so you can start building your portfolio! And thanks to everything you’ll learn in the core modules, you’ll get paid to improve your skills as you work with dream couples and photograph their elopements.

Q: What days/times are the calls? What if I can’t make it live?

A: The calls will be held a varying times on Mondays and Tuesdays – that way, people with different schedules will be able to attend the calls. If you can’t make it live, you’ll be able to watch the recording of all calls and submit your questions at any point through Slack.

Q: When does enrollment close?

A: Enrollment closes on [date here] or when all 8 spots are filled – whichever comes first!

Q: I’m busy – how much time is required on my end?

A: I hear you! Each week there will be a [time length] call and I’d recommend setting aside another 2-3 hours for implementation. Building a business and making your dream a reality won’t happen passively, and it will take work, but I promise you, it’s absolutely worth it.

Q: I have a question for you. Can I DM/email you?

A: Yes absolutely! You can DM me @jessieschira or send me an email at and I’d be happy to answer whatever questions you have!

Now the only thing standing between you and your dream life and business?

 Clicking here to secure your spot in Elevated Midwest Elopements!

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