Kick-Ass Elopements & Adventure weddings

Available in Southern California, Las Vegas, & across the U.S.!

For the couples who want to get married their way!


Your wedding day is going to be different. No big, stressful production. No crazy drama or trying to make everyone else happy on YOUR day. No same old wedding for you. YOUR wedding day will be something that Pinterest has never seen before because you're choosing to get married YOUR way and in a way that is true to who YOU are.

Just imagine…

You’re on a gorgeous mountain top surrounded by epic views, in front of a cascading waterfall, in the middle of a beautiful forest, on the beach with sky high cliffs all around you, or walking through the desert hand in hand. Just you two, maybe a handful of your closest family + friends, and of course, your adorable fur babies! You’re saying your handwritten vows to each other with tears in your eyes, huge smiles on your faces, and your hearts are bursting with love because you're getting married in a way that is meaningful to YOU! Afterwards you pop open a couple of beers to make a toast to the start of an epic, new journey together as life partners and you get to dance like nobody else is watching, because let’s be real, it’s just you two in the middle of the great outdoors! Just the way you want it and it’s perfect in every single way!

Your elopement or intimate wedding can be as fun, adventurous, or as laid back as YOU want it to be! Whatever you choose for your day, whether it's a beautiful mountain top or at your favorite spot where you watched your first sunset together, it will be BREATHTAKING and it will be 100% your own! As an elopement photographer it's my passion to help you bring your vision to life (along with our two amazing elopement planners, Stacy and Lauren!) and to make sure that you have STUNNING photos to remember this incredible day by for the rest of your lives!

So are you ready to have a fun, kick-ass elopement or adventure wedding that is 100% YOU?!



Kayla Illies Photography | Southern California and Destination Wedding Photographer

Hey! I'm Kayla!


I'm the super bubbly, totally dorky, travel obsessed elopement photographer here behind KIP. I'm a true believer in: love at first sight, building a marriage more beautiful than a wedding day, and filling our homes with the memories that mean the absolute most to us!

When I'm not busy photographing awesome couples - just like you - you can often find me off on a fun adventure with my husband, catching up on the latest episodes of Greys Anatomy, This Is Us, or the Walking Dead, or out enjoying a craft beer (or two! Let's be honest!) with our friends at a local brewery!

get to know more about me!  


Dustin + Paig

“I can’t say enough good things about the shoot my husband and I did with Kayla. She was personable, funny, and professional. Even my husband was at ease with her.” – Dustin and Paig.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Ryan + Sam

“My experience working with Kayla was great and not just because she’s great at what she does but because she’s a real person and you’ll have a great time with her.” – Ryan + Sam.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Chris + Escely

“Every time I look at my photos, it reminds me of the way I felt in that moment. It was an amazing pleasure working with Kayla and I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who wants a professional and personable photographer.” – Chris and Escely.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Jeremy + Eddie

“Kayla was very easy to talk to and not just on a professional level but personal. She made sure that we got the best spot to get the best quality pictures. Overall rating of her and her work is 6 out of 5!” – Jeremy and Eddie.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Dylan + Maggie

“Kayla is AMAZING! Not only did she take breathtaking photos, but she helped me navigate the entire day!” – Dylan and Maggie.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Alex + Tori

“Kayla is wonderful! She helped us pose and was SO easy to work with.” – Alex and Tori.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Ben + Emily

“Kayla had a wonderful way of making me feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. Her smile + giggles are contagious!” – Ben and Emily.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Nick + Lauren

“My fiancé and I had the BEST time shooting our engagements with Kayla! She is super energetic and has an amazing eye! I would recommend Kayla to anyone!” – Nick and Lauren.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Madison + Claudia

“10/10 would recommend Kayla to anyone looking for a photographer! Kayla is super flexible with her availability and travel to best fit your needs.” – Madison and Claudia.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.

Ken + Chante

“Kayla is the sweetest! I am so shy in front of the camera, but she made me feel at ease and the pictures came out flawless! I cannot thank her enough!” – Ken and Chante.

Kayla Illies Photography - Intimate Wedding Photographer, Elopement Photographer, and Fun Adventure Session Photographer. | Based in Southern California and available across the U.S.