Visual stories for the authentic & artistic

Hey there, I’m Riya Kataria, an international adventure elopement and wedding photographer based in California and London. 

Stories aren't romantic despite their so-called 'flaws', but because of them. There is nothing more romantic than remaining authentic. As a photographer, I'm not in the business of hiding any part of you in the shadows. I'm here to show who you are in your best light with a documentary and editorial style, adding a cinematic touch.

Luxury shouldn't come at the price of personality. Authenticity shouldn't sacrifice artistry. My photography centers you, while still capturing the extra details of your special day. 
 
Whether you're eloping on the movie-like cliffsides of Big Sur or renewing your vows in front of family in front of the silhouette of Mount Rainier...

I can't wait to capture your story.

Visual stories for the authentic & artistic

Hey there, I’m Riya Kataria, an international adventure elopement and wedding photographer based in California and London. 

Stories aren't romantic despite their so-called 'flaws', but because of them. There is nothing more romantic than remaining authentic. As a photographer, I'm not in the business of hiding any part of you in the shadows. I'm here to show who you are in your best light with a documentary and editorial style, adding a cinematic touch.

Luxury shouldn't come at the price of personality. Authenticity shouldn't sacrifice artistry. My photography centers you, while still capturing the extra details of your special day. 
 
Whether you're eloping on the movie-like cliffsides of Big Sur or renewing your vows in front of family in front of the silhouette of Mount Rainier...

I can't wait to capture your story.

BIPOC Photographer & lgbtq+ affirming

Destination adventure elopement & wedding photographer based in California & London
Destination adventure elopement & wedding photographer based in California & London
Destination adventure elopement & wedding photographer based in California & London
Destination adventure elopement & wedding photographer based in California & London
Destination adventure elopement & wedding photographer based in California & London
Destination adventure elopement & wedding photographer based in California & London
Destination adventure elopement & wedding photographer based in California & London
Destination adventure elopement & wedding photographer based in California & London

When I was nine years old, my parents told my kid brother, "wow, you might be better than your sister at photography." I decided to take that personally.

Twelve years later, I'm still taking photos-less out of spite, and more out of a genuine passion for capturing moments that you never realized you'll miss until they're gone. 


Learn more about the girl behind the lens →

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If you're looking for a photographer who...

LOVES WORKING WITH COUPLES FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS

is ALWAYS READY FOR AN ADVENTURE, WHEREVER AND WHENEVER

CHOOSES AUTHENTIC MOMENTS OVER ARTIFICIAL POSES

knows how to bring luxury without losing personality

will make your stories look as great as they feel 

CHECK OUT MY WORK →

When I was nine years old, my parents told my kid brother, "wow, you might be better than your sister at photography." I decided to take that personally.

Twelve years later, I'm still taking photos-less out of spite, and more out of a genuine passion for capturing moments that you never realized you'll miss until they're gone. 


Learn more about the girl behind the lens →

Real memories for real people

If you're looking for someone who...

LOVES WORKING WITH COUPLES FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS

CHECK OUT MY WORK →

IS ALWAYS READY FOR ADVENTUREs, WHEREVER & WHENEVER

chooses authentic moments over artificial poses

KNOWS HOW TO BRING LUXURY WITHOUT LOSING PERSONALITY

will make your stories look as great as they feel

- Salwa & CJ, CALIFORNIA

Riya took our SF City Hall photos and we couldn’t be more in love with them! She captured the beauty of the building and all the love we wanted to portray – all while staying sweet and making us laugh. They turned out so beautiful and we can't stopped recommending her. Thank you Riya!! 

- Erna & John, CALIFORNIA

The photos look so good! We loved working with Riya. The photos are lovely, and we can't wait to share them with friends and family. We love them so much! Thank you Riya!

- ANNA & RYAN, WASHINGTON D.C.

Riya was very personable and took some time to get to know us too. The photos look amazing! They are exactly the style we were looking for. We loved her enthusiasm and creative vision. Riya is great!"

- Eliza & patrick, CALIFORNIA

Riya's photos are absolutely AMAZING!!! We had so much fun working with her! And we’re obsessed with how the photos came out! We definitely recommend her if anyone needs a photographer.

- Margaret & Nick, CALIFORNIA

We couldn't be happier! Riya made us feel incredibly comfortable – it was like we weren't in front of the camera at all. The photos turned out even better than we could have imagined! We're so excited to have her shoot our wedding.

- Sonia & zach, virginia

We really enjoyed the shoot a lot and loved working with Riya. I've never done photos with a photographer like this before, so I was worried it would be awkward. But Riya really made it feel so easy and comfortable."

- AMBER & SADIE, Maryland

Riya is a natural and has a true gift! The way she made us feel was priceless in itself. She made us so comfortable, laugh and smile so hard, and we will forever remember that photoshoot!

- Rubi & Martha, Maryland

We want to take the time to personally thank Riya for such great work. It is very obvious to both Rubi and I that she put a lot of effort and we feel honored.  We would love if our paths cross again in the future.

- EBONEY & JASON, CALIFORNIA

I can’t thank Riya enough for the opportunity to work with her on our engagement shoot and our first EVER photoshoot. We absolutely our photos and love Riya's work even more.

PASSING ALONG SOME LOVE NOTES

- Salwa & CJ, california

Riya took our SF City Hall photos and we couldn’t be more in love with them! She captured the beauty of the building and all the love we wanted to portray – all while staying sweet and making us laugh. They turned out so beautiful and we can't stopped recommending her. Thank you Riya!! 

- Margaret & nick, california

We couldn't be happier! Riya made us feel incredibly comfortable – it was like we weren't in front of the camera at all. The photos turned out even better than we could have imagined! We're so excited to have her shoot our wedding.

- SONIA & ZACH, VIRGINIA.

We really enjoyed the shoot a lot and loved working with Riya. I've never done photos with a photographer like this before, so I was worried it would be awkward. But Riya really made it feel so easy and comfortable."

- Amber & sadie, maryland

Riya is a natural and has a true gift! The way she made us feel was priceless in itself. She made us so comfortable, laugh and smile so hard, and we will forever remember that photoshoot!

- ANNA & RYAN, WASHINGTON D.C.

Riya was very personable and took some time to get to know us too. The photos look amazing! They are exactly the style we were looking for. We loved her enthusiasm and creative vision. Riya is great!"

DON'T JUST TAKE IT FROM ME...

7 Dec 2022

Big Sur Adventure Elopement on Pfeiffer Beach at sunset | Bree & Levi

Big Sur is one of my favorite places in the world – and not just for photography, making this shoot all the more special for me. With the sunset behind them as they took their vows, Pfeiffer Beach took our breath away. Ending it with a champagne toast, Bree and Levi's shoot was a magical one – and a moment I'm unlikely to forget anytime soon.

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Are we meant to be?

Are you a fan of my candid and cinematic photo style that shoots for romantic and authentic? Looking forward to the adventures and the photos to prove it? If you're down to capture a visual story unique to your love, then I'm down.

Lots of laughs. Unforgettable moments. Forever memories. Let's do this.

i was born ready →