/// LET'S ADVENTURE IN THE SOUTHWEST ///
UTAH • new mexico • Colorado • Arizona

photo+video duo
specializing in planning • coordinating • documenting adventure elopements in southern utah & new Mexico.

& INTIMATE WEDDINGS

ELOPEMENTS

ADVENTURE

 extreme

We're Katie & Paul McPherson, a hybrid photo + video duo for 14 years based in the southwest. 

We plan, craft, guide & document other worldly adventure elopements & intimate weddings in the Four Corners with an emphasis on Southern Utah & New Mexico.
(UT, NM, AZ, CO & beyond)

M.A.Y.T.
(Make Adventure Your Tradition®)
We trademarked this because within our own family it defines the way we live for. We believe that epic adventures materialize into eternal memories. Step outside of cliche wedding traditions and you'll discover Wedding experience that is truly an epic one-of-kind adventure!

We use the phrase "Extreme" Adventure Elopements because we're constantly pushing the boundaries & adventure opportunity in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado & Arizona.  We do still shoot weddings but our passion is in our signature, one-of-a-kind epic adventure elopement stories.

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Taking couples ON BUCKET LIST ADVENTURES for over a decade.

Get off the beaten path like this Horseshoe Bend, Buckskin Gulch, Lake Powell Adventure Elopement!

Check something off your bucket list on your wedding day.

Adventure Elopement turned Micro Wedding in the winter in Albuquerque, New Mexico

One of the great perks with Eloping in Albuquerque, NM is the opportunity to kick off the day with a hot air balloon ride! 

This real elopement turned micro wedding is a great example of something possible in New Mexico.  We shot this in February! 

DAY-OF OUTLINE:
1) Sunrise Balloon ride with catered breakfast and hot coco.
2) Back to Kata's Casitas for chill time, charcuterie, hair & mu, getting ready.
3) Head to Sand Dunes for insanely gorgeous desert ceremony 
4) ATV adventures on the Dunes post ceremony
5) Back to Casitas for catered dinner, cake cutting, first dance, party!


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Must see Horseshoe Bend Adventure Elopement with Tanasha & Percy!

We were so grateful to be referred by the one and only Elizabeth Wells to come and document this gorgeous Adventure Elopement held at Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ.  This was such a special, surreal experience. For Tanasha & Percy it was their first time so see this awe inspiring view and their minds were blown.  They found a rad little VRBO near Lake Powell.  We met there and the rest is history.  Just an epic afternoon in the sun with nothing but the most positive vibes.  LOVED THIS DAY! 

WE ARE ABSOLUTE PHOTO & VIDEO FREEKS!!  Best friends, married for 14 years, have 3 kids, 1 golden doodle and have been shooting weddings & adventure elopements together throughout our marriage.

 Because we are so seasoned in our craft we are able to pull off productions that would normally take 2 teams of shooters to accomplish. If we feel like we're the right fit, we're happy to share full galleries to help you get an idea of what we can produce. 


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Of course we love to travel but our home is tucked in the epicenter of adventure here in the Four Corners in New Mexico. 

We're  ALWAYS down to travel to epic locations to create the Wedding or ADVENTURE Elopement experience of your dreams. Learn more about or packages & pricing below.

we're 
PAUL &
KATIE




WE LIKE TO GET DOWN

Check out this Silverton, CO Adventure Elopement Film

CLICK TO WATCH THIS ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT FILM

click to watch this CABO SAN LUCAS ADVENTURE WEDDING

Nicole & Cody DM'd and said, "We're thinking about getting married in Silverton, CO."

In a few weeks we assembled vendors, created a plan & the rest is history. 

Watch the video!

The OG Shutterfreeks®

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Katie and Paul brought such a calming presence that we felt at complete peace even when things didn’t go as planned. They made it even better than the original plan! They were way more than just photographers, they were my counselor and now forever friends!

-Sydney

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Paul and Katie of Shutterfreek are my go-to photographers and at the top of my recommended photographer list! They're a creative force and not only understand how a wedding day unfolds and stacks up with all key elements and moments to cover, but can read a client's personality adjusting to their needs and desires. Accolades are high with Shutterfreek and I can always trust and depend on them to do an amazing job with both photography coverage - both as artists and methodical planners and editors. Always looking forward to more creative endeavors and celebrations with this duo!

- Elsa | Heirloom Design

Having a destination wedding can be nerve-wrecking with picking vendors, but when I saw ShutterFreek’s photo in the Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine during the planning, I knew I had to reach out. Paul and Katie make you feel so comfortable as the bride and groom, but also do an incredible job making everyone in the wedding party feel inclusive and natural as well. Our wedding party had people of all races & sizes and they were able to capture everyone at their best. If you're looking for a couple who are genuinely nice people and who are super talented in what they do, then ShutterFreek is the photo/video partner you should hire for your wedding day. 5-stars and would highly recommend ShutterFreek!

-Jennifer & Skyler | Woodlands

PERFECTIONISTS IN OUR CRAFT

We wish we had the luxury for anything to be “good enough.” But we don’t. We're driven to continue in growth and development. We truly want to be the most competent love storyteller's we can possibly be.


WE LOVE CAPTURING THE LANDSCAPE ON THE JOURNEY

Our fondest memories are rooted in our mostepic experiences. Capturing the process, the relationship & the surroundings these experiences take place in bring to life our sole expression... "Make Adventure Your Tradition."

MAKE SURE ADVENTURE IS ON THE MENU

Whether your considering an Adventure Elopement or you can't imagine your Wedding Day without all your closest loved ones, we want to make this process as turn-key and stress free as possible.


2 IS BETTER THAN 1

Working with a husband / wife duo with as much experience as we have is priceless.  At this point in our career we've shot close to 1000 events. We  generally have more experience building & coordinating timelines than most planners. And because Katie & I both shoot photo AND video, we can do things that most duos can't.  Having us cover both camps during the getting ready, and seamlessly shoot photo & video the entire day, gives you a final product that would normally take a team of shooters to produce.  It is possible to hire just one of us, but 2 will always be better than 1.

ADVENTURE IS THE STORY

It doesn't matter if you're having a traditional Wedding or an Adventure Elopement, figuring out a creative way to have a real adventure on your wedding day is the experience that you will remember most. One of our main goals outside of helping you connect all the vendor dots, is to figure out how we can infuse some epic adventure into your day.  Could be a morning hike, a soak in a hot springs, an ATV ride, horse ride, balloon ride, motorcycle ride, canoeing, rafting, WHATEVER IT IS....have some adventure on your Wedding Day!  It will make for the best photos and the best memories.

MAKE THIS DAY ABOUT YOU

YOU'RE GETTING MARRIED!  This day should set the precedent for the rest of your lives!  We have seen so many Weddings where the actual Wedding Day was more about the food and the drinks than it was about the couple.  And couples leave Big Wedding experiences usually wondering what happened, contacting us right away to see the photos  because it's all kind of a blur.  Adventure together force you to center experiences on this special day solely around you. Bigger Weddings you'll have to work hard to make that happen. It's ok though.  We can help.

EPIC ADVENTURE STORIES BEGIN & END WITH EPIC LOCATIONS & THOUGHTFUL PLANNING.

Where will your story take place?  The location or venue you are choosing becomes the canvas for your story. We recommmend thinking more about the landscape vs. the specific location. Do you want mountains, desert, water, a combination, etc. 

We love helping couples figure out the perfect place to tie the knot! LET'S CHAT!

Click to watch this recent St. George, UT - Snow Canyon Adventure Micro Wedding we did with Poppy Lane Events & Jeff Crosland. 

"A successful life can be measured by ones ability to make and keep commitments."

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We can't wait to go on an adventure with you!

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