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. 

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

Canterbury Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Canterbury, New Zealand

Christchurch, Timaru

Canterbury Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Oceania 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 New Zealand Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Canterbury 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 secret, quick, mini, 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 romantic, casual, non-traditional, 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 Canterbury Couples

2 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Christchurch wedding and elopement photography by Liz Robson of New Zealand

Kia Ora - hello! I'm Liz, a documentary wedding and family photographer based in beautiful Christchurch, New Zealand. I grew up in sunny Sydney, Australia, and all of my extended family are there, but my husband and I, along with our four kids, have called New Zealand home for the past decade. I have loved photography for as long as I can remember; receiving my first film camera as an 8-year-old, I grew up behind the lens. But my greatest love is people - they're simply fascinating! Being a sociology student also helped to foster my love for the uniqueness of the human spirit and to hone my observation skills. I am passionate about telling personal stories through photography as a medium - there is so much depth that can be seen and felt through a simple gesture or a facial expression that words alone could never express. We had a photograph of my great-grandparents' wedding on the wall in our house and, as a child, I found it mesmerising. It always made me wonder about the tales they could have told and what their lives had been like when they were younger. Wedding documentary photography fosters this love of storytelling for me, especially because I know these images from your wedding will be cherished and passed on through generations, weaving together your family's legacy. No two stories are ever the same. In 2019 I was showcased at the Elevate and Grow photography exhibition in Austin, Texas. I am constantly refining my craft and honing my skills so that I can continue to provide you with the highest-quality product and experience to help make your wedding day truly memorable. I only shoot a limited number of weddings each year because I want to give my clients the time and attention they deserve. I love to travel so please get in touch even if your wedding is outside New Zealand. I also visit Australia frequently. I'm so looking forward to connecting with you, so let's grab a virtual (or real) coffee and chat. English is my primary language, however, I can also communicate with you in French or in New Zealand Sign Language (similar to BSL/Auslan). If you are deaf and would like me to photograph your wedding, I can chat with you via Glide or FaceTime/Skype. N.B. Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions in New Zealand at this time, I may be unable to travel to your location until restrictions are lifted. Please do get in touch and we can look at your options. [Christchurch Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1990 (NZD)
Manawatu-Wanganui wedding and elopement photography by Rainer Macalister of New Zealand

Kia ora, I'm Rainer. I'm a wedding photojournalist/documentary wedding photographer based just out of Wellington, New Zealand. After dabbling in photography for many years, I took the plunge and started photographing weddings professionally in 2016. I started out shooting weddings how I thought I 'had' to - directing couples where to stand throughout the day, constant formal posing and trying to create a story rather than capture it. I soon found that I wasn't fulfilling my creative calling working this way, and what was actually giving me and my clients joy was the candid moments I was capturing in between poses. I wondered if I could go through a wedding capturing only those moments, and after a bit of research discovered that what I was being drawn to had a name - 'documentary wedding photography' or 'wedding photojournalism'. I'm now about to hit a total of 100 weddings photographed, and am totally focused on capturing real moments. I also take pride in producing beautiful wedding portraits in a candid style that really captures who the couple is. I've always made travel a big part of my wedding photography, and shoot nearly half my weddings outside Wellington/Mānawatu where I'm based. I've enjoyed photographing a number of weddings around Australia, and look forward to starting this again once the current Covid-19 restrictions are eased! [Manawatu-Wanganui Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1990 (NZD)

Wedding Engagement Diamond Awards - Canterbury

Are you ready to find your Canterbury engagement / pre-wedding photographer for a portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own pre-wed shoot? Pro members from the Canterbury Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

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