Mary + Brett
Julie + Michael

Ann Arbor, Detroit, Michigan & Midwest boutique wedding photographer.
Traveling worldwide for adventurous weddings & intimate elopements.



 2020  ©Yana Benjamin | Boutique Weddings + Adventure Elopements | All Rights Reserved

Ann Arbor Wedding photographer





Are you daydreaming about a hiking adventure wedding in Yosemite, but you can't completely imagine getting married without your loved ones? Or maybe you found a beautiful quaint venue somewhere in the middle of Michigan and you can't wait to walk down the pine needle layered isle, lit with candles, witnessed by the closest circle of the most important people in your lives. But maybe you are totally ready to go full elopement mode! Having photographed over two hundred weddings in the last seven years, I understand that every wedding is different. But, one of my main goals as a documentary wedding photographer of boutique weddings, intimate elopements and adventure couples sessions worldwide, is to guide you through this processes and empower you to follow your vision for your day.



Your day should be exciting & unforgettable

You most likely adventure off the beaten path and take the road less traveled in life.

You are down to earth, but you don't settle for mediocre.

You adore breathtaking beauty found in nature and in romantic love stories. 

You think that meeting the one you can be vulnerable with, your true best friend you can reveal all of your quirks to and feel at peace in their embrace, is pretty exhilarating.

Because you set the world alight together.

You wandered, took the roads unknown, found each other and then said "no one else but you".

Take a deep breath and enjoy every moment.

This is crazy powerful and it deserves a celebration, that honors your values and aspirations.

You two are intentionally choosing to celebrate your nuptials in a way that is your own &

I will walk/dance/run/crawl with you to help you experience your dreamy vision of the day. 


You deserve a wedding day true to your values, representative of who you are as a couple. SO, embrace the unique vibe of your  wedding, instead of settling for the societal expectations.

Pinky swear, this isn’t going to be a day filled with unnatural poses and forced smiles. I only have two tasks for you: to feel relaxed and free to frolic in front of the camera. My documentary style focuses on capturing you having the time of your life, rather than filling your day with tight timelines of mandatory photos. You two will be able to enjoy the present moment, deepen your connection and simply celebrate your wedding without unwanted distractions. 


What I do

I am a storyteller and I document love all over the world since 2012 by creating moody images of a film-like quality.

Did you know that photographing intimate boutique weddings and adventure elopements is my specialty?

I focus on a personalized approach tailored to your vision for the day, guiding you through building a comfortable timeline step by step and helping you select epic locations for your unposed wedding shoot.

More importantly, I want to become friends with you two to create a meaningful connection before your day and tell your story with sensitivity and insight.

Because, I strive to capture candid images full of raw affection, quirky details and authentic moments nestled in unforgettable sceneries. 

You might have noticed, that I adore free spirited couples that are stoked to share their adventures together, because exploring new landscapes in hiking boots, on skis or in a wet suit is my jam.

 & What inspires me

I find beauty in simple words that exude certain moods: "hygge" - a feeling of warmth and coziness in a company of loved ones, or "petrichor" - the comforting smell of dry soil after a long awaited rain. These expressive inspirations help me create complex visuals that interpret sceneries with deep emotion. 


But, at your wedding, YOU TWO are the most powerful inspiration, so it means the world to me to connect with you on a deeper level and to be able to capture your story, your joy, your tears and goosebumps.


Before starting the search, I had to work around two of my husband's requests: 1. No second-shooters and 2. "No crazy filters or poses". I ultimately interpreted this as: someone who is confident, capable of putting awkward people at ease, has a photo journalistic style, and excels working with both natural and artificial light. This last part was key, as our wedding venue featured both indoor and outdoor spaces. Lastly, it wouldn't hurt if said photographer could also add a splash of glamour / a "wow factor" here and there. With all of that in mind, I have to say that stumbling upon Yana's website was a serendipitous moment. 

~ Teresa and Tiago wed at Wellers Carriage House in Saline, Michigan


Get in touch

or Fill out this form, so we can get you on your journey to an unforgettable WEDDING experience.

2020 & 2021: Currently booking for select dates anywhere in the world

Phone: +1 734.355.3387 ​​

Based in: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo credit: Gina Walkowiak Photographie

So, what's next?


4 easy steps TO START planning your EPIC wedding:

  1. Fill out the form

  2. Let's hop on a call or grab coffee to discuss your vision for the day

  3. Book your date

  4. Let's start planning!

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