Hey, Dakota Chasity here!
I’m an adventurous elopement & wedding photographer currently based out of Birmingham, Alabama. I’m a follower of Jesus, wife, & fur-baby mom. l love watching sunsets, plants (if I can keep them alive), road trips, and all things boho. I watch way too much Gilmore Girls (because those small town vibes remind me of my roots) & Friends (because, “how you doin”). I have a bit of a gypsy soul & I'm cool with that. I am married to my best friend, Jake, who has a rockin' beard & likes building things. We live in a busy little town on the outskirts of the city with our orange tabby cat (Apple Jack) & our beagador pup (Dottie). And I think that telling stories is a pretty big deal.
Let's be real. There are a lot of amazing photographers out there. It's important to you that you choose someone that inspires you and that you feel connected with. You want someone to capture all of the stuff that makes you, you. That's why I'm here.
People are seriously so important to me and I honestly believe that’s what makes a good storyteller. My shoots typically hinge off conversations about first dates, embarrassing moments, favorite things about each other, tickle fights, piggy-back rides, and talking about how anxious you and your babe are to be together forever. I get to know your hearts, walk traveled & not-so traveled places with you, & be your friend. I just happen to be taking your pictures too.
Let's plan something wonderfully & daringly adventurous.
The Fun Stuff
“Dakota” means “friend.”
“Chasity” is actually my middle name.
I got my nose pierced on a trip to India.
My family & friends call me KoKo.
The first time I met Jake, we were 6. We started dating when we were 15 and got married when we were 24.
My favorite color is yellow. Like the gold, mustard-y kind.
Jake (and his entire family) & I are huge hockey fans.
The Paper Kites are my favorite band.
I was in school to be a nurse when I first contemplated starting a photography business.
My favorite kind of food is Italian. All the pasta, you guys.
I was Miss Congeniality in 8th grade. You were always my inspiration, Sandra Bullock.
I love GIFS. I love to make them of course, but I also love sending them to people when I text. There is literally a perfect GIF for everything. GIF queen, yo.
What I’m All About
Telling stories means so much to me. I mean in the kind of way that it’s somehow engrained in who I am. It feels like I’m putting words to paper when I pick up a camera.
Connection is the glue of relationships. You know…like we just make sense to each other. I know that sounds kinda weird, but I just mean that even though we’re different in a million little ways, there’s just this common ground where it feels like we are old friends. That’s the place where I get to capture those honest moments that reflect who you are & what you love the most. Honest moments like the weird and slightly inappropriate jokes you guys laugh at, how your eyes get lost in your smile (hey, mine do too), the way you two dance to your favorite song, and even the teary-eyed stuff that reminds you of all the reasons why this is your person. That’s the good stuff - the real nitty-gritty.
My deepest truth has always been that home is not about places; home is about people. Maybe you want to elope in Iceland or have an intimate wedding in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe you want to tie the knot in your grandma’s backyard. Or maybe you have some other important milestones happening in your life right now. No matter where you are or where you go, all that really matters is who you are with. When you are with your person/your people, home is anywhere. So go somewhere wild. Do that thing. Make those memories. Do something that says, “Yeah, that’s us.”
So, what’s the deal with intimate weddings & elopements?
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