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!

Georgia Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Georgia, United States

Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, Sandy Springs, Roswell

Georgia Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our North America photographers 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. 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!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
August 13th, 2020
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August 12th, 2020
Honeywood Farm - Western Cape Elopement Photography | The officiant gives the groom a hug after a personal joke
August 10th, 2020
Florence, Tuscany Romantic Elopement Photos | This couple chose to have an intimate wedding in the heart of Florence in light of COVID-19

Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Georgia 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 civil ceremony, DIY - do it yourself, themed, 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 non-traditional, outdoor, intimate, 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 Georgia Couples

15 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

An overeducated wedding photojournalist and Atlanta native, Cindy is a recovering chocoholic, adventurous traveler and all around nerd. She loves to hike with her wife and photo partner, Sharon and their beagle/cattle dog Roux, the valedictorian of his puppy school class. After graduating with honors from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Cindy took a job at a small newspaper in South Georgia, where she photographed hospital teas, horse trainers, pecan farmers, basketball coaches and beauty queens. She interned with the Associated Press while finishing her bachelor’s, then worked as a staff photographer for two daily newspapers in Florida. An unexpected life turn took her to Vermont for one incredibly cold winter and on to Indiana, where she worked as a picture editor for a large daily, and completed a master’s and PhD. After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, she returned to Atlanta to earn … you guessed it … yet another degree. Her passion for storytelling with her camera, along with her interest in religious and cultural diversity led her into the field of wedding photojournalism. She has documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding she has photographed took place in Tulum, Mexico and was officiated by a Mayan shaman. She cries during the father-daughter dance, laughs during the toasts and sneaks a piece of wedding cake when no one is looking. On occasion, she has been known to dance while photographing the reception. When she’s not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, she works on personal photo projects, visits her Mom in a memory-care unit, and volunteers at a recovery center. [Atlanta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2700 (USD)

David Murray Weddings is a boutique wedding photojournalism studio serving a sophisticated, discerning clientele. David is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award runner-up, as well as 1st place/Spot News in the POYi. He has travelled the world for news publications including, Agence France-Presse, The New York Times, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Time Magazine and as a picture editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. David has been ranked as one of the top five wedding photojournalists by the WPJA in 2003, 2004 and 2007. David has a BA in French from St. Anselm College in Manchester NH. He spent several semesters abroad at The University of Nice as well as the University of Aix-Marseille. His love of France extends from it's rich philosophy and literary culture, to it's gastronomic palette, and cinematic history. He is an unabashed francophile who keeps up his French language skills with a healthy dose of French films. David initially took his photography inspiration from the Life Magazine images that were part of his childhood. The drama and impressions of daily life captured by such photographers as Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, and Larry Burrows remain with him to this day. He now uses this documentary approach to the very civil ritual of marriage. [Atlanta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)

Hi, I’m Orlando, a wedding photographer from Denver, Colorado, but I currently call Atlanta, Georgia, my home. Along with my wife, Lissette, I run Viridian Images Photography. We shoot mainly for candid moments when our subjects are camera unaware, while lightly blending in natural portraits. For the past ten years, wedding photography has taken us all over the world. From the spraying waterfalls of Iceland to the warm beaches of Mexico and the colorful landscapes of India. Not to mention countless cities here in America. How cool is it that we get to meet new people, document the best day of their lives and gain new friends; all while doing what you truly love in the process? It’s fantastic! We like good music, interesting design, vacation getaways, volunteer work, dining out with friends and all things Italian. Most of all, we love photography as our way to express a sense of what’s happening in the moment. So the feeling comes through even years from now. We don’t take pictures. We make fine art from your memories. [Atlanta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3100 (USD)
Atlanta, Georgia wedding photographer Joshua Grasso

Photographer and diaper changing ninja. I once had a dream that I got rich and famous for being the guy that took all the cat photos on the internet. I am a dad, husband, and photographer in that order. Those three things make me the happiest, and my favorite new hobby is to use my photography skills to document my daughter growing up and all the fun sweet moments she has with my wife. I cherish every minute with those two and although I have huge goals for success as a photographer, every time I make my wife or baby girl laugh I feel successful enough. Sometimes I feel like becoming a successful photographer is a crazy dream, but I remember I want my daughter to chase hers someday and it makes me not want to give up. My wife and I are high school sweethearts who have been in love ever since we saw each other in the gym at Southgate Anderson High School. She followed me to Michigan State and then all the way to Georgia. No matter where I go or whatever crazy journey I’ve been on, I can always count on her being by my side. There’s nothing better than having that loyal sidekick who always believes in you and is just happy to be in your arms. We’ve been best friends since the day we met and luckily we haven't stopped being as silly as when we were kids. (We may or may not have taken our limo to burger king on our wedding day) I think a part of why I love photographing weddings so much is because I feel joy every time I see couples that just seem to love each other as we do. I grew up in Detroit but I moved to the south as soon as I could (I FREAKIN LOVE IT HERE) I have officially adopted the Falcons (I mean seriously I grew up a Lions fan, that was an easy trade) and the braves, but not sweet tea (gross) But I still love my Spartans (Izzo for President) I once thought of trying to be a stand-up comedian, but I couldn’t come up with any jokes so I got back into photography instead. I was a Science Teacher for 12 years and have been known to randomly get excited about explaining things. I may or may not have spent an entire road trip explaining to my wife about Clouds. Gotta love them beautiful Cumulus Nimbus. [Atlanta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2800 (USD)

Documentary photographer, Manuel Llaneras, has over ten years experience as a Wedding Photojournalist. He's exhibited in galleries and museums, and is a recipient of an artist grant from GA Council for the Arts, and is a photo instructor as well. His work commonly appears in The Knot, Brides, and other magazines. [Atlanta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (USD)
Knoxville wedding elopement photography by Bryan Aleman of Tennessee

I have loved photography since I was young. I have always loved the thought of any emotion being captured naturally, in it's purest form of expression. My passion is born from being a romantic at heart and shooting a wedding like I was shooting my own, without missing a moment. I lived half of my life in Honduras and the most recent half in the USA which is where I have mostly grown as a photographer for weddings, engagements, and elopements. [Knoxville Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
200/hour (USD)

Dan started his photography career at the age of eight, encouraged by his mother's instructions on the workings of the Kodak Brownie II camera. He spent the whole afternoon lying on the grass in the late California summer sun taking pictures of his GI Joe figurines in full battle regalia. Little did he know his love of GI Joe was to be replaced with a love of photography. His formative years are now more affectionately referred to as the Rangefinder, Polaroid and Instamatic years. He majored in journalism in college, beginning his SLR years. He has over 20 years experience in newspapers. He swore he would never shoot weddings but finally caved under the pressure of friends and has now shot more than 730 events in the past 20 years. He has won numerous local, national and international awards. While lying in the grass at a recent wedding capturing the life-changing event before his eyes, he reminisced about an earlier time when he naively discovered his own lifetime passion. [Jacksonville Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
300/hour (USD)
Maryland and Baltimore wedding and elopement photography by Morgan Davis

At 38, Morgan Davis has been documenting weddings since 2014. She remains inspired by the work of Cari Mae Weems, Marilyn Nance, and Gordon Parks. With a passion for international humanitarian photojournalism, she shoots a limited amount of weddings to be available to travel abroad to, in her own words, "tell the stories that often go untold." When Morgan is not shooting weddings or other lifestyle portraiture concepts, she can be found working out at the gym, listening to 40's jazz, by the ocean, or enjoying her family. She has been married to the love of her life Chris for 19 years and together they have 3 children. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3499 (USD)
Mississippi Wedding Photographer Danny Klimetz

I love photographing people's stories! We are all so special and unique, with so much to offer the world in our own little ways. The camera is this magical tool that allows me access into these intimate moments in people's lives. So that's what I like to focus on most...the moments. They can be quite moments, when someone grabs your hand in comfort...or they can be louder when a Dad loses it seeing his daughter in her wedding gown. It's amazing. I've largely had a camera my entire life. It started with an old Nikon film camera my Dad had. Then in college I had the most amazing job, documenting our University's outdoor program. Photographing our trips where we went hiking, climbing, rafting, etc. It truly was a blessing. After college, I started photographing friends' weddings, not thinking much about wedding photography as a career...but as time went on, I realized I really did love the chaos of a wedding day, that one day when all these people of different stages in one's life come together to celebrate love. So I left my career as an Environmental Engineer and haven't looked back. [Mississippi Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2900 (USD)

As a wedding photojournalist, I create vibrant, playful, engaging imagery that evokes the emotion of your wedding day. Based in Birmingham, AL with a second home base in New Orleans, I especially love photographing weddings that have a little flair, be that in the form of a backyard reception, a second line or a crazy dance party. No matter how you choose to celebrate, the truth is I will probably cry at your wedding. My art form is capturing people’s emotions. When photographing you, I try to feel what you are feeling and translate that into moving imagery. The magic of weddings moves me. As a photographer, I am interested in creating beautiful images, particularly images involving people. I consider myself a highly empathetic person, so while beautiful pictures are part of the deal, I am most interested in learning about you through your emotions, actions, and reactions, capturing those real moments that happen during and in between the planned portions of the day. [Birmingham Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)

Hey there, I'm Carrie Pratt, the owner and principal photographer of Simply Blue Studios. I work out of both Tampa Bay, Florida, as well as Bowling Green, Kentucky. My specialty is creative documentary photography, weaving moments into my images that are iconic symbols of the day. With a background in photojournalism, I am a storyteller at heart and have been recognized internationally for my work. I am dedicated to giving couples the best experience, pleasing their loved ones, and bringing a smile to their faces throughout the day. From large country club celebrations to intimate back yard ceremonies, I love telling stories. [Tampa Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (USD)

Michelle Robinson worked for a newspaper as reporter/photographer. While there she earned a North Carolina Press Association award for her photography. She has since taken her love of photojournalism and has been a full time photographer for several years. Using a journalistic approach, her photographs capture the spontaneity and romantic moments of love and marriage. She is a proud winner of two Wedding Photojournalist Associations awards. [Greensboro Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)

Douglas style is relaxed and casual and his typical clientele is couples who want a photographer to unobtrusively capture all the special moments of their wedding day or elopement ceremony. For over 15 years Doug has photographed weddings and worked as a professional photographer. He has been a photographer/photo editor for SFGate.com, a staff photographer for the San Francisco Business Times and Los Angeles Times Community Newspapers. His freelance photography work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times Digital, the San Francisco Chronicle, ESPN The magazine, Reuters, and Men's Health magazine. His interest in photography began as a high school student when he started shooting for the school newspaper. Doug found that photojournalism was the best way for him to explore the world around him, meeting new people and exploring different cultures and traditions. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (USD)

Three time Pulitzer Prize nominee Eva Russo is the owner and main photographer for Photo Lady Love, Inc. She was born in Chicago, raised in Italy, moved to France and then settled back in the United States. A graduate in photojournalism from the prestigious Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Eva uses still photography, video and audio in her photographic storytelling on both short and long-term projects. Eva received two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize for her two-year-long project documenting living and working conditions in the Richmond City Jail. Her work focused on the daily life and struggles of the inmates as well as mental health and recidivism issues. Her third Pulitzer Prize nomination was for her work documenting a Vietnamese community in New Orleans East as it recovered from Hurricane Katrina. As a staff photographer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia, Eva covered daily assignments ranging from little league games to political campaigns to the Queen of England’s visit to Virginia. However, her passion for social documentary projects has always been what makes her tick. Her accolades and award-winning coverage for the Richmond Times-Dispatch include coverage of the Winter Olympics, the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In 2010 Eva decided to embrace an exciting new adventure in her life and she founded Photo Lady Love, Inc. Applying the same storytelling concepts to a wedding day as she would to a newspaper story, Eva has devoted increasingly more time over the past few years to documenting joyful, tearful, momentous and exciting occasions in people’s lives. From wedding days to first babies, engagements to anniversaries, documenting love and joy has contributed a refreshing balance to Eva’s career and the stories she loves to tell. This new chapter in Eva’s career became an opportunity for further growth when, in the summer of 2012, Eva left her staff position at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, married her love and moved to the Washington, DC area. Eva now divides her time between documentary wedding and lifestyle coverage, freelancing for newspapers such as The Washington Post and The Washington Times, mentoring and teaching photography workshops with Momenta Workshops, documenting the work of local nonprofits and pursuing her love of food and food photography. Never letting the grass grow under her well-manicured photographer’s feet, but always stopping to smell the roses, Eva considers herself one of the lucky people who loves her job. [Alexandria Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3400 (USD)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Kate & Kyle

Photo by Cindy Brown

Cindy, Thank you SO MUCH. This is amazing and we couldn't be happier. We're so grateful for the way you captured our special day. With abundant gratitude, Kate and Kyle

Maggie & Tim

Photo by Cindy Brown

Cindy, greetings from St. Kitts! Tim and I just watched the slideshow a couple times, and the pictures are FAN-TAS-TIC! Love love love them. Kudos to you and Sharon, and we can't wait to see more. Hope you guys are doing well. Maggie