Destination Wedding & Portrait Photography For The Down-To-Earth and In Love

Timeless | Natural | Artistic

Destination Wedding & Portrait Photography For The Down-To-Earth and In Love

Timeless | Natural | Artistic

If you’re like me, then you want your day to reflect how your wedding experience felt.

You want natural, true-to-life color photos that reflect the love and personality of the two of you.

You’re probably down for chasing light through the desert, through the forest, through the sand, the rivers and streams.

You probably love home-spun details showcased in your friend’s backyard, string-lights hung in a country barn, hiking up to an epic coastal cliffside elopement, the silhouette of Smith Rock as the backdrop of your portraits, saying your hand-written vows on a beautiful Oregon golf course, and hearing the waves crash during your special day at the coast.

You probably love candid photos of you and your loved ones, being outside, and feeling golden light create a warm glow in your portraits.  And you most likely want all the belly laughs and happy tears in the world!

If any of this describes you and your love, then I think we’re going to be buds.

No matter your vision for your wedding or elopement, my focus is to document your special day in a timeless, artistic, and natural way, while creating a fun, stress-free environment where you can confidently look back and say “We loved this day, and we love looking at our photos.”

Thank you for stopping by to take a peek at my work. Let’s be friends!

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Featured Weddings

(to give you an idea of how I roll, my style, approach and general vibe)

Nate & Bree

Nate & Bree

“ Sydney, we are so very happy with how beautiful the photos turned out. I was moved to tears after seeing the very first one. You did an amazing job of capturing the joy of our wedding day. Neither of us are very comfortable having our photos taken. But you...

Matt & Alyssa

Matt & Alyssa

"I am NOT comfortable in photos. Sydney was incredible at making suggestions, putting us both at ease, and then capturing the most special moment between the two of us. These photos will be images we cherish forever and I'm so grateful to have Sydney's eye and talent...

Hannah & Jason

Hannah & Jason

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sydney-swarthout

Hey! I’m Syd

I am a travelling wedding, elopement and portrait photographer, based in Bend, Oregon and on occasion, Todos Santos, Baja California Sur. I specialize in documenting fun, timeless destination weddings for people who want to celebrate their love in a beautiful place!

I capture love all across the state of Oregon, but I love chasing light with my husband all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond – Reach out to me if you’re out of state! We love to travel!

Having been in the photography and wedding game for almost 8 years, I’m a huge design nerd, and color enthusiast!

An Oregon native by birth, I spent the last 21 years living and working in the Los Cabos area in Baja California Sur, Mexico and recently moved back to beautiful Bend. Living all along the west coast in this way has allowed me to meet and work with so many rad people from all over. I think that’s why I was so drawn to portrait photography in the first pace – I love people!

My photos are centered around your story, and your connection. Sweet humans, chasing interesting light, and capturing the real stuff: That’s what I’m about.

Let me just start by saying I absolutely hate having my picture taken, BUT Sydney makes the experience feel so easy, natural and fun. It’s not just pictures that Sydney captures, it’s the moments. She has an amazing eye. Sydney will always be our first choice for pictures!

Drew and Shelby Kangiser - Oregon, USA

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