We were going to describe this post as Iceland Elopement Photography and then realized there’s only one person in any of the photos. I (Joel) would have been in the shots too but Justyna, normally shooting alongside me, was the only one who remembered to stuff a few photogenic outfits in her suitcase and therefore accepted again the role of my muse – a role she plays wonderfully each time. Undeterred, we’re still calling it Iceland Elopement Photography because we think it captures at least that sentiment; the feeling of an un-inhibited elopement in this wild northern landscape. Despite only one of us acting the role of the photographer or subject, we hope you’ll recognize the common thread that’s woven into the images, possible only when we work (and play) together. The relative position to the camera hopefully will be rendered irrelevant.
Despite there already being a million and one reasons (and photos) to promote Iceland as the perfect elopement destination, we’re going to offer one more. Actually, we’re going to show 44 more (the number of photos included in this post). The reason is that despite Iceland being a very popular tourist, wedding, and elopement destination as of late, there’s really just so much to explore and, from our experience, still a feeling that you’re really the only people there. We didn’t avoid the more popular areas per se – we actually wanted to see Hofskirkja, Búðir, Skógafoss, and Vík – but there was so much beauty and emptiness in within an hour’s drive from our Airbnb in Hvalfjörður that we didn’t bother exploring more of this beautiful Nordic land…this time.
A huge Thank-You first of all goes to my beautiful, patient wife, Justyna who endured some cool temps, strong winds, and perilous cliffsides in order to make these photos possible. The second thank you goes out to Nancy and her brilliant team at Studio This Is in Chicago for flying us to Iceland in the first place so that we could participate in a beautiful photo shoot of their own in which we were both the subjects(!) (that shoot should be published soon, so if you want to see some awesome outfits and a real couple – us – in some wild places, please check out their site/blog for updates). Final thanks go out to Fujifilm who didn’t sponsor this shoot, but as we use their gear, we were extra pleased that the cameras held their own in the conditions and worked flawlessly.