Montana + Wyoming Wedding Photographer
Cody, WY

Kayleigh Rust

desert lover & mountain dweller capturing love all across the rocky mountains & wild west

Well hello there! I’m Kayleigh. A traveling elopement & wedding photographer based out of Cody, Wyoming. I’ve lived all over the west and love getting back out to Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and Montana as much as possible.

My style of photography is based on classic films with my favorites being Afga Vista 100, Kodak Porta 160, and Fiji 160. That doesn’t mean anything to you? No worries! Just know that all my images come with a “looks like film” quality to them and I stay true to colors and tones. In other words, I don’t subscribe to the current trends of overly yellow skin tones and creating un-natural colors. This means that the images you’ll get from me will be in style now, as well as when you’re old and grey.

I first got into photography because I was hiking all over the Rocky Mountains and wanted to take better than iPhone photos of the places I was going. I got my first DSLR and started as a landscape photographer. After a couple of years, I began mixing my love of fashion and nature together to shoot unique portraits and weddings out in the wild – and the rest is history! I strive to tell the story of your day in every shoot that I do. While we will take the “everyone look at the camera and smile” family photos to make your moms happy, my creative style lives for the raw in-between moments: the stolen glances, cheeky smiles, happy tears, and throw your head back laughs.

I’d love to make some memories with you, so please feel free to look through my website and then reach out via my contact form if you think I’m the gal to capture your once in a lifetime day!

Love Notes

“Kayleigh was great! She was helpful along the way with planning and captured our wedding perfectly. She was game to do an early AM (I’m talking 3-4 am) hike to get gorgeous alpine pictures. Our wedding photos came out amazing and I would recommend her to anyone who is searching for a photographer out in Western US! Also as a side note her rental company Wild West Collective has awesome items (plates, flatware, tables/chairs table decor, etc!) she was kind enough to let us use her rental items and let me tell you- they looked amazing!”

– Marissa F.

“Kayleigh truly made our dreams come true when we decided to elope in Grand Tetons National Park in September 2019! We originally approached Kayleigh to take our elopement pictures after seeing her amazing work on her website/instagram. After telling her a bit more about the things my husband and I like to do together, she suggested a sunrise “first look” adventure session with a climb to a lake within the park. We would NEVER have been this creative to think of something like that and that made our entire elopement day that much more special! Kayleigh was such an amazing photographer, made us feel insanely comfortable the entire day, and we both felt we had gained another friend. We constantly hear how amazing and natural our wedding photos look and we owe it all to Kayleigh’s skills and ability to make you feel like you’re the shining star of your big day.”

– Mary B.

“Kayleigh took the most beautiful photos! We had her shoot our engagement and wedding photos and did a super fun adventure session in the mountains. They are all so gorgeous! She helped us relax and be ourselves and captured those elusive intimate gestures and looks that are genuine and emotive. She was super professional throughout our working together and a lot of fun to be around.”

– Michelle K.

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