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

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - 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. 

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Ain, Allier, Ardeche, Cantal, Drome, Haute-Loire, Haute-Savoie, Isere, Puy-de-Dome, Rhone, Savoie

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Europe photographer vendors have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.

Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event because of current wedding size restrictions, social distancing, and mask requirements. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!

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Elopement Photographers for Small France Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes wedding event is a wedding photojournalist’s dream: a fairly open schedule with lots of breathing space for creativity – it’s just the photographer, the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a few select companions.

Members are ready to document any courthouse, fast, secret, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your boutique, intimate, romantic, small wedding from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other event that we have covered. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, telling your real love story, as well as creating artistic portraits and details.

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Couples

15 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Jonathan Sylvoz, wedding photographer for Savoie, France

Wedding documentary photographer, Storyteller. I have always lived in the heart of Savoie, in the Alps between lake and mountain. I love living here, but the trip is for me an artistic outlet, as soon as I can, alone or with my family, I wander in various adventures around the planet nearby or very far from home. I already had several lives of a photographer: in the specialized press, companies, events, dynamic local advertising. All these experiences gained and success allows me today to be responsive and creative with a global vision of the scenes taking shape in front of me. Photography allows me to have this freedom, to work where I ask, without constraint. 33 years old, a small family that was built around me in my photographic adventures started in 2003 while the film was still a standard and the digital a novelty. Passionate about photography since I was young, the first camera I held was my father's. Being a photographer is, for me, obvious every day, for more than 10 years as a professional. [Savoie Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (EUR)
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Lyon wedding photography by Coralie Castillo of France

Photographer in Lyon for more than 10 years with, to my credit, nearly 200 wedding reports, from the most traditional to the most whimsical, from the most intimate to the most grandiose, I realize for you with enthusiasm the best shots of this great day. I attach great importance to the transmission of memories and family heritage. This beautiful day you are preparing is a major piece of the puzzle of your life. My mission is to transcribe this special day the best I can, for you to remember with happiness and share with pride. Let me show you little details you have not seen during d-day and that will make the difference. [Lyon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)
Lyon Wedding and Elopement Photographer Sylvain Bouzat of Italy

I started shooting weddings in 2010, it was the beginning of my new documentary vision and wedding's reportages. It was for me as a revelation! Indeed, we can shoot weddings and document what's really happening during the whole day from the preparation to the dance floor. I love traveling and discovering different places. I shoot all around the world for my personal work with a medium format film camera (Bhutan, Oman, Nepal, Guatemala, Morocco, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and many other countries in Europe). Creating, discovering and meeting new people is very important to me. My approach is humanistic and passionate, that's why wedding documentary makes sense for me. [Lyon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2900 (EUR)

Hello I'm from the region of Lyon in France. I work both in France and abroad. I'm married and the proud father of two little girls, Louise and Lilou. A photograph as the expression of more than a moment, but of an emotion, be it your own, that of your family, friends, your child… Allowing you to experience, even years later, the power and the magic of a fleeting instant. Looking at a photo and feeling like you’re there… These are my promises. A photographer from Lyon, limited only by the four corners of the earth. With a lust for life and spontaneity, I bring a sense of humour, simplicity and a self-confessed touch of the unexpected, I’ll always be with you when it counts. The sole focus of my work is to making you look incredible. Because my only signature is what will become yours, after all everything is the story of an encounter between the two of us. For me it's above all the story of an encounter … So let’s meet up. [Lyon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1900 (EUR)
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes elopement and wedding photography by Guillaume Tranquard, from the Lyon area of France

Professional photographer based in Lyon, France, I specialize in wedding reports with a documentary and journalistic approach. Lifestyle, spontaneous and dynamic, my vision of Wedding photography is focused on strong, spontaneous, graphic and full of life shots. I capture connections, emotions and everything that makes up the salt of Life. [Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)
Lyon wedding photography and elopement coverage by Castille Alma of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

As a child, I can see myself leafing through the photo albums of my parents, my grandparents, with this recurring question: “Who’s that?” Then came: “Where was it?” “What were you doing?” … And very often the answer was vague, crowded out, for lack of time, of memory perhaps. This situation was super frustrating for the child I was, I wanted to know the story of this photo, of this moment. Later, but long before it became my job, that I didn’t even know it was a job, I documented, with my Minolta, my vacations and family reunions, the weddings of my cousins ​​… Already as a teenager, I understood that it was more important for me to remember all these shared moments, to tell the story of these moments, more than to have a nice group photo posed. This photo says nothing. Which years after brings us only the memory of the people present that day. To see how much we have changed and by the way that fashion has damn evolved! I wanted to print the memories that I had in my memory. Like my grandmother’s smile when she saw us coming from behind the kitchen window. We were covered in mud and hungry, after a beautiful afternoon playing in the puddles. At those times, my grandmother’s smile was very different from the portraits of her that I found in her photo album. It was during this period that I started painting, to add to the portraits I painted the expressions of my memories. Finally, I studied communication. For a few years, I managed the communication department of a large community until this meeting that would change everything. That of a photographer I had hired to create the visuals for a campaign. I found in his images, his approach, everything that I had been looking for for years. Very quickly, I accompanied him on his wedding reports. It was almost a renaissance for me. I finally found my way. I discovered a job that had obsessed me all my youth, without ever having imagined that it really existed. For two years he taught me photography. The technique, no question of using the fully automatic mode of my new reflex. Understand the light. Manage the composition and wait for the moment. AND ME HERE! WEDDING, ELOPEMENT AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER IN LYON Today, I have two children, 5 and 11 years old, with “this beautiful encounter” (and yes, it’s not just work that counts). I love to travel, to escape alone for a few days to discover new countries, but especially populations, their lifestyle, their customs … I hate people in such a hurry that they forget the essentials: Living. It is for this reason that I do not limit myself to Lyon to photograph you. To carry out your photo sessions and your wedding reports. You make me travel, I discover new landscapes, different lights and above all great people! [Lyon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1700 (EUR)
Savoie wedding photography by Nadine Court of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes France

As a documentary photographer of weddings, I create strong images that will tell your wedding in detail. As a documentary photographer for families with daily reports, I offer you images so that you always remember all these little things that made up your everyday life. Lifestyle photographer also for natural portraits. [Savoie Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1850 (EUR)
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Wedding Photographer David Pommier for Lyon France

David Pommier is a wedding photographer since 2012. His photojournalistic style will tell the story of your beautiful day. His approach is both artistic and authentic. He likes to tell the emotions of the day of the bride and groom but not only. Everything around the couple. His method is discretion, human and beautiful moments. He likes to tell the story of the pretty days because he thinks that the photo is a piece of family patrimony. Passionate about photography since always but it is quickly the family that was the center. [Lyon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1700 (EUR)
Drôme wedding photographer Lucie Mahé of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Beaux-Arts training with specialty academic drawing, my artistic approach, whatever the field, has always been in curiosity and meeting. After many professional years as a freelance graphic artist-photographer for the cultural and institutional sector, a couple confidently entrusted me to shoot their wedding, and it is after this union that the real click for the wedding photography is born! Weddings offer me an immense possibility of creation, everything is movement, everything is about to tell a story and to capture the moment that will not happen again. It's a photography of shared emotions, authentic moments and that's what I've always been looking for ... Professional since 2009, the conception of my work and the human dimension of weddings, led me to specialize in the photography of this unique event. [Drôme Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)
Haute-Savoie wedding photography by Karine Smadja of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes France
Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)
Haute-Savoie wedding and elopement photography by Vanessa Amiot Coutouly of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes France

Photographer based in Thonon les Bains in Haute Savoie, I travel everywhere in France and Switzerland. My wedding reports are very marked by the street photography that I particularly like. In marriage I like to capture emotions, raw moments and without false pretenses. I also love to follow you through the night, when everyone gets loose! [Haute-Savoie Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1600 (EUR)
Drôme wedding photography by Aurelie Lamour of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - France

Outside of addictive kissing and baking workshops with my daughters. I made the choice to place photography at the center of my daily life, with the annoying habit of capturing under my lens my family that I love so much. Eloise and Adèle, my small primitive beings often lend themselves to the game, thus helping me to perfect my vision of (extra) ordinary everyday life while retaining my qualities of discretion. Need connection with nature and time in love, I spend hours soaking up it during wild hikes during which I try to capture light, a perfume, a universe, with all my senses, this time without a camera. Handball player, between two gourmet breaks, I invest myself in life and like to show it as it is, in its essence, its truth, without detours or artifices. My sensitivity as a professional photographer finds as much meaning and pleasure in doing a family photo shoot or a wedding report as in creating a gourmet environment for a culinary photo shoot or sculpting the light in the studio. All these photographic fields are inspiring and so enriching for me. [Drôme Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
220 (EUR)
Occitanie elopement and wedding photography by Ludovic Lieffrig, of France

I am a photographer since 2016, the photography is a professional reconversion, before that I worked in the automobile. A few days after buying my first SLR camera, I announced to my wife that I was going to change my life and become a photographer! This choice might seem a little crazy, but I knew deep down that it was my way, I was made for that! I worked very hard, I followed several pieces of training, I read a lot to reach the level of knowledge necessary in this job. Today, I still participate regularly in training and I like meeting and interacting with other photographers, it helps me to try to do better. Why did you choose to be a wedding photographer? Simply because this passion job is all that I love! Being able to be with you to live all these moments during your wedding day, is just exceptional! The eye in the viewfinder, ready to capture and immortalize all your emotions, my pleasure is to succeed in capturing the smallest details of your day. To offer you an authentic and timeless wedding report is my main source of motivation. [Occitanie Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1600 (EUR)
Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Charente-Maritime wedding photography by Audrey Morisson of France

38 years old, 21 years in love with David, the man of my life. Together we designed Lina 11 years ago an adorable girl. The three of us love nature, travel, our cat and life. As a child, I wanted to be a ballet dancer; well yes with a tutu and a bun without a rebellious wick. A few years later, I realized that "little rat" was not for me (despite the passion). Rigor, discipline, and uniformity did not match my character. I am rather free, an anarchist and I like the difference. Thanks to the travels and the arrival of my daughter, photography was more and more present in our family. The device always to carry hands ready to immortalize our memories but also those of our friends. Finally testifying by the image of all these moments of everyday life, joy, love, friendship led me to social photography. (wedding report, family documentary ...) Passionate about adventure and discovery, the day of your wedding I would be for you an adventurer of strong emotions. Your life is an adventure. Let me freeze a fragment of it forever. No lies. No perfection. [Charente-Maritime Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (EUR)
Kathleen Viron-Dunn is a Burgundy wedding photographer from France
Starting Price:
1700 (EUR)

2 more photographers available for your wedding...

1500 Euro

Jerome Villard

Gras, France
1600 Euro

Ludovic Lieffrig 4L Photographe: Ludovic Lieffrig

Saint-Mathieu-de-Tréviers, France

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