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Chelsea Stratso  📸Destination weddings, elopements + couples 💁🏻‍♀️Equal parts Leslie Knope + April Ludgate 📍Oahu, Hi + Cali 🏝Surf, dive, cruise

Just a friendly reminder for my fellow photogs: you don't have to do what everyone is doing.
You don't have to go to every workshop.
You don't have to sign up for every newsletter.
You don't have to buy every template.
You don't have to try every preset.
You don't have to do everything educators tell you to do.
You don't have to become an educator yourself.
You don't have to have 10k followers.
You don't have to get the latest camera model.
You don't have to be a destination photographer.
You don't have to go bankrupt to impress your peers.
You don't have to impress your peers. Period.
Did you hear that last one?
You. Don't. Have. To. Impress. Your. Peers.
Impress your clients. Capture real moments, real memories. The rest is just fluff.

Adventurous elopements are my fav!
Head over to my blog to see all my favorites from this beautiful beach elopement followed by a sunset hike! Link in bio or take those lil fingers over to your browser and type in

Just spent the whole morning updating the portfolio on my site, PHEW.
This gorgeous babe had so many good ones it was hard to narrow them down for the gallery on my site. Absolutely love her and her entire wedding party and family!!

More surfy less worky.
But first, wedding gallery deliveries this week!

Surf squad photog: @ashleyjoannaphoto

Simple. Elegant. Tropical. Yas.
Also.. Just realized it's been a while since I've posted detail shots. I love details! I just get so excited to share my couples beautiful faces that I've been lacking on sharing the detail photos on Insta.. but prepare yourself because that is changing!

Right after Sumner proposed to Becca, I went up to congratulate them. Becca told me she knew the proposal was on the way, and had actually picked me out as her favorite photographer in Hawaii so Sumner knew exactly who to call for the big moment -- AHH!!! Talk about day freakin' made for me, on top of getting to actually photograph her saying yes! How am I so lucky??
I have too many good things to say about these two. I adore them! After years of doing long distance, they are finally living in one place and making things official. Head over to my blog to see all my favs from their proposal session! Link in bio or ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I grew up in the small town of Pilot Point, Texas, preeeetty far from the ocean. My fav little beach get away as a kid was Lake Ray Roberts. It’s where I learned how to wakeboard, it’s the first place I ever went camping, and it’s where I became a Snipe hunting expert…only to later find out what that really meant. (Nothing, it meant nothing! Snipes aren’t real and we were all lied to!!!) ANYWAY. When I first got into photography, I made my best friend @chellums_ (bless her soul) model for “senior portrait” examples there. Never in a million years did I think I would be booking sessions there, all the way from Hawaii. Such a fun experience to return to a place that is pretty special to me, and still get to share my love of portrait photography there. @bethrherr looked stunning, and it was so fun catching up!

My fellow Texans.. I have some exciting plans up my sleeve for next year! If you want to be added to my waitlist to be notified for open session during my visits home (hint: I’m planning a summer visit in addition to my holiday visit!), send me a message!

Cruisin’ my fav town with my fav biotch

No words for this session. Finally blogged it (I don't know what took me so long!!) so wait no further and go check them out! (or that fancy link in my bio!)

“In the islands of Waikikiiiiiiiiiiii”

The elopement that almost wasn't... Hurricane Lane was a threat to all of the Hawaiian Islands. As it came toward us, weddings were rescheduled, vendors were scrambling, and honestly the island had a very panicky vibe. Tara and Mike contemplated canceling their trip to Hawaii all together, but decided to chance it for their elopement, and boy am I glad that they did! Oahu ended up being just fine during the hurricane, and they had an awesome beach side elopement. Tara and I still message each other about how much we love their images, they are so full of happiness and love! Go see my latest blog at to see why we are so obsessed!

When you’re just so stoked to be married!

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