The Runaway Hearts

Elopement Photographer & Videographer

The Runaway Hearts

Based in Sydney, New South Wales


Starting at $2250

Mid-week Elopements

Mid week elopements are available across NSW.

Weekend Elopements

Weekend elopements are available up to 1 year in advance, available across Australia.


No travel fees within 100km of Wollongong, travel fees apply to elopements outside that zone to cover petrol and one night’s accommodation. If I am already shooting in your area around your date, you may be eligible for free travel! Please enquire for travel dates.

About The Runaway Hearts

Let’s runaway together! ♡

I am all for the dreamy couples who don’t want typical, ‘proper’ wedding photos.

My photography is whimsical, nostalgic, colourful, happy, and natural – I love to create photos that tell the story of how you actually FELT.  

It’s always the unposed shots (the giggling and crying between hugs; the warm looks between friends and lovers) that I aim to capture.

All photography packages include a mix of both digital and film photography, and everyone gets a few fun surprises too! Think floral double exposure portraits and a few instant polaroid happy snaps. This unique way of shooting seems to attract couples with a love and appreciation for the creative side of life.

Let’s runaway together! ♡

About Kara

I created The Runaway Hearts after some years working as a fashion photographer – it really bloomed out of my love of capturing real people and their own lives, especially on their wedding days! 

My work is for the dreamers, the non-traditionalists, the couples who aren’t afraid to get messy and live in the moment with the one they love. I am really into capturing your day organically and without pressure.

I  specialise in analogue film photography, and will shoot your wedding using a mix of 35mm film and Super 8mm movies as well as digitally (I still love digital!) 

Kara Riley photographer

Approach to Elopements

I love candid photos, and follow you around capturing them (sometimes without you noticing, because you’re too busy having the best day of your life!) 

I am fun and silly whilst being super relaxed and making you feel surprisingly calm – easing your nerves and being your fan girl!

Fun Facts

I’m Kara – an extroverted introvert, INFP, enneagram 4w5, personality test aficionado, tea drinker and analogue film shooter. I love flowers, books and kind people.  

Photo Gallery



“Beautiful and higher standard!
Kara captured the essence of our special day in the most natural, raw and immaculate detail we could have ever hoped for.
Aside from the high standard of photography,  Kara’s professional, friendly and delightful nature made us feel exceptionally comfortable and we were free to be ourselves throughout the entire day.
I couldn’t recommend The Runaway Hearts more and recommend her to everyone I know getting married. 100/10.”
Favourite photograph’s I’ve ever had taken of me!
“Kara made me feel comfortable throughout my entire portrait session. When I received my photographs I was couldn’t have been more pleased. They are some of my favourite photograph’s I’ve ever had taken of me, and I can’t wait to share them with the world. Thank you again Kara, for the best day and all of the memories!”
WOW she exceeded all our expectations!!!
“Kara’s film photos have the most magical quality, so we asked her to shoot our entire wedding on film. No easy feat, but WOW she exceeded all our expectations!!! The photos are so incredibly beautiful and capture the vibe of our day beyond perfectly. She was an absolute delight to work with from start to finish and brought such a positive chill energy. I couldn’t believe how quickly she delivered our pics as well! If you’re looking to have your day captured in a timeless, vibrant and unique way, you MUST get Kara to shoot your wedding on film!”

Contact The Runaway Hearts

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