Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

For Photographers

The WPJA recognizes that the current economic climate is challenging for many photographers and we are encouraging members to shift their sights temporarily from traditional weddings to small-group weddings, elopements, and short-notice marriages. The association will do its part by sustaining its online push to help recruit couples who are interested in going the nontraditional route.

Come rain or come shine, our 2020 wedding photography contest season will be launching soon. Join now and your WPJA membership will include 80 FREE submissions to the 2020 contests.

PLUS your membership includes, FOR NO EXTRA FEES:

• 120 entries annually for the 12 monthly Diamond Awards for engagement portraits.
• 80 entries annually for the Artistic Guild competitions for your Portraits and Details shots.
• FREE submissions into the WPJA WedElope Multiple Picture Stories for Elopements and Small Weddings.
• Up to 5 additional regional listings.

• FREE membership in the Family Photojournalist Association.
• FREE membership in the Lifestyle Photographers Association.

...as well as the promotional and marketing benefits of having your profile in our member directory, a showcase gallery of your contest-winning images on your profile page, additional promotion of some contest winners on social media, and the imprimatur of membership in the leading association of wedding photographers who deploy a documentary, reportage-style to their work for marrying couples.

Submit your application now and take full advantage of a year chock-full of opportunities to have your best work promoted to your prospective clients!

Our Work Demonstrates True Love

As members of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, we take pleasure in documenting the joy of others. And we take pride in our dedication to the integrity of photojournalism in the business of wedding photography. In a cynical age, when even art can become a commodity, couples making a loving commitment to one another deserve our originality, our resourcefulness and our professionalism in telling the story of their day rather than dictating it and staging it for them.

Since 2002, the WPJA has provided accreditation and assurance for couples with the sophistication and taste to seek out talent for on-location photography to document their wedding. Our photography competitions — judged by recognized leaders, including Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers — reveal some of the most beautiful and emotionally honest “found” moments in wedding photography.

Join the WPJA

By joining the WPJA, you make a public commitment to the ideals of photographic realism in capturing a couple’s commitment to marriage, delivering pictures worthy of a day worth remembering.

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