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 our photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope

Istanbul Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our Europe 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!

Elopement Photographers for Small Turkey Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Istanbul 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 quick, small, civil ceremony, 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 modern, symbolic, 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 Istanbul Couples

9 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Istanbul wedding and elopement photographer Ufuk Sarisen - Turkey photography.

When we ask ourselves “What is the most important moment in my life”, the answer of “my wedding day” is generally early in the list. The trust of a couple in me to photo these moments always excites me. You create the images to stay with you for the next 50-100 years and maybe the images that will pass to your grandchildren. This responsibility brings along the obligation to work hard at wedding day and after and provide wonderful photos to couple. We don’t have the luxury to miss even one single moment. Every month of the day is very precious whether it is important or not. Therefore I always try to shoot memorable portraits for you as well as trying to compose the story of the day. Hello! I am a wedding photographer who lives in Istanbul and Izmir but free to go everywhere in the world for photo shooting. This flexibility to travel stems from also being a travel and documentary photographer I think. I have worked in photography committee of travel, geography and culture magazine Atlas which is published in Turkey and Europe for a long time and I have photographed and written my themes. I was also the photography editor of Skylife magazine for a period of time. I have made editorial shootings for numerous magazines and newspapers. I think these fields that I came to grips with in past enabled me to look at wedding photography from different angles. I try to convey the reflex of story-telling and other disciplines to wedding photography. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)
Serenay Lokcetin is a Turkey documentary wedding and elopement photographer

Hello Everyone! I have been shooting weddings and elopements for 6 years. When I first attended a wedding as a second shooter, I understood that its my dream job. Its always a new adventure and every wedding day is full of surprises. I don't know when is the light come my bride, and make her shine. So I push myself to get different and creative photos every time. I have a documentary style because I want to be the third eye of my bride and groom. My purpose is to give them special moments of their biggest day. There is no chance to go back, so its very important for me to show all the emotions. I really believe that everybody should have meaningful photos of their wedding day to remember even years later. My job is my soul mate. Every morning of a photo shooting, when I wake up to the sun, I am covered with the feeling of joy. I love traveling the world and destination weddings very much. Learning new cultures excites me always. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
Turkey and Istanbul wedding photography by Emre Nesli

Hello, I define myself as a wedding photographer who seeks to capture the key moments of weddings, with a documentary spirit and an artistic perspective. I've been a full-time wedding photographer since 2012. I'm always trying to be an organic part of your wedding. I focus on not only beautiful moments but all strong emotions. Apart from wedding photography, I am working on my master thesis about documentary photography and my personal photography and videography projects. I'm living in İstanbul, Turkey, I am ready to travel all over the world. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
900 (EUR)
Erkin Agsaran is a wedding and elopement photographer in Turkey - Istanbul photography.

I believe that, your wedding photographs should show more than how beautiful you look at your wedding. They should remind you what you live and feel on that day. My mission on each wedding is; - to produce meaningful, evocative photographs that focus on the precious moments - to help your future self remember the true story of your wedding, and possibly tell it to your generations - to make you feel, when you look at the photographs, like you are there and then again With that mission in mind, I have been photographing weddings since 2006. I am usually the closest person to the couple through their wedding day, yet I manage to stay unobtrusive, leading them only when they require me to. Most of my couples seem to forget about my presence as the day unfolds, which yields to those unexpected, relaxed, "in-the-moment" images. Currently I live in Istanbul with my wife, and my son who, after all these years, helped me realize why I love photographing weddings; it is because I am creating images for my couples that they and their grandkids will not just love to look at, but will also find touching and meaningful, even after many years. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
950 (EUR)
Istanbul wedding and elopement photography by Nilufer Nalbantoglu - Turkey WPJA

I was born in 1982, Bursa. Because of my father's interest in photography, I grew up reading photo magazines and playing with twin lens machines. I was interested in photography as a hobby. First I decided to open my own business by saying textiles and then furniture photography. Now I'm one of those lucky people who love to do their job. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
Istanbul wedding photography and elopements by Derya Engin, of Turkey

Even in my early years, photography has always been a passion in my life, started taking photos of almost everything I find worth to see when I was a teenager. I got my post graduate degree in photography in 2008 and I've been shooting weddings and elopements for 11 years by now. I love to capture the love and passion and happiness between the couples and I'm experienced in destination weddings and elopements. I define myself as a wedding photojournalist when it comes to capturing the day. I focus on capturing the most natural and special moments of your special day and I do care about bringing the artistic look in every image. If missed, the moment is lost forever. It is my passion, responsibility, and expertise to capture those moments for you to cherish and remember for years to come. To tell you about myself a little more; I was born in 1982 and I am happily married for 10 years. I am a dreamer, a traveler and my favourite colour is purple! To get to know more about me and my works, you can simply visit my website and drop me a line. Looking forward to meet you! [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
Istanbul wedding photography by Mohamed Mekhamer - Turkey WPJA

Mohamed Mekhamer is my name I'm a freelance photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey .. Weddings, Vacation, Lifestyle, Fashion, Commercial photography also photograph Landscapes, Music Concerts, Events, Conferences and Street Photography. My passion for photography started more than ten years ago when I received my first compact camera to capture my families happy and important moments like vacations and birthdays. However, I didn't stop there I took my camera with me wherever I go and start to capture landscapes of my city and portraits of my friend and of course street photography this made me want to dig deeper in photography and learning basics and even advanced photography techniques. With self-study "thanks to the Internet" and financial support from my family I got my first DSLR Then I decided that I'll not pursue a career with my college degree instead I started working as a photojournalist for a while back in 2011 as the Arab Spring rises in my country "Egypt" and I was there to document the Egyptian revolution through my lens. I start working as a freelance with some advertising and media companies covering events related to Cinema and TV like Movie premieres and Cairo international film festivals until I decided to shoot Weddings and did it for more than five years before moving to Istanbul in 2016. Awards: 2012 - 3rd Place "Bronze" in Jordan 10th International Photography Festival. 2013 - One of the top 10 Finalist in Scott Kelby's Photo Walk "Leader Competition." 2013 - Honorable Mention in Sharjah Award Photo and my photo get printed in the award catalog. 2014 - INDIAFRICA Photography Contest 2014 Top 20 Winners. 2014 - 1st Prize in Nikon MEA #IAMAMOVEMENT Motion Themed Photo Competition. 2016 - First place "Arab Cup Award" in Sharjah Arab Photo Forum "Egyptian Team." [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
450 (USD)
Turkey and Istanbul wedding photography by Salih Ustundag - üstündağ null fotoğraf

“If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough.” Robert Capa One of the most important times of your life is your wedding day. During these miraculous moments, my aim is to accompany you like a close friend and capture natural instances of yours which reflect your true feelings. I believe that you should have a friendly face alongside during the most important day of your life... I was born in Gölcük in 1988. During my education at Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics, I worked as a photography assistant at the Karanlık Oda Photography Center. Along with various documentary photography projects, archeological excavation photography, fashion, product and event shooting works, I chose wedding documentary as my main focus and now I run the Null Fotoğraf brand. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Istanbul Destination wedding photo of a kiss on boat on the Bosphorus

Raz & John

Photo by Derya Engin

Dear Derya, You and your team are amazing, and did an absolute phenomenal job capturing all the special moments we had in our wedding day. Finding a photographer for the destination wedding is tough when you have no idea what to expect until the day of, but we were so lucky to find you and your team. Everything went very smoothly because of your professional and awesome attitude. We are so happy with our wedding pictures and video, and can't stop looking at them. Thanks for making our wedding day even more memorable with your fantastic work. Raz and John

Fethiye Turkey Wedding Photography of the bride and groom at Help Beach

Tala+Ratep

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Ufuk, you got me all teary. A million thank you for the birthday wishes and a million other thank you for these beautiful pictures. This is by far the best birthday gift I have received. We downloaded the file so that we would not lose it but will look at them when I am back from the honeymoon hopefully in a couple of days. However I went through some and THEY WILL MORE THAN AMAZING.

Hotel Les Ottomans, İstanbul Wedding Photos in a Documentary Style

Julia + Can

Photo by Salih Ustundag

You are amazing to work with! So positive! And the photos came out so beautiful and artistic, telling a story, catching so many important moments that not every photographer would catch. Very grateful!

Documentary wedding photography from Kuzguncuk Yanık Mektep, İstanbul

Barbara + Moein

Photo by Salih Ustundag

Our experience with you was wonderful! You are very professional, very experienced, and made us feel so comfortable during our engagement photos and on our wedding day. Our photos are beautiful (we LOVE them!). You captured all of our most important moments, and returned the photos to us within a couple of weeks after the wedding. We are so glad we chose you for our wedding day, and highly recommend to anyone looking for a talented and experienced photographer to capture their special day.

Rose & Miran

Photo by Erkin Agsaran

Dear Erkin, I hope you are doing great. Thank you very much for the nice pictures. They are really amazing :-) Thank you again. We were lucky to find you as a professional photographer to take our special day pictures.

santorini wedding photo - a rocky hill on the island - santorini - greece wedding photographer

Sam + Stephan

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

So it will probably take me a little longer to find my words, but for now I would like you to know that we are in AWE of your talent and ability to capture us so completely!!!! These two videos and the pictures will be my most treasured possessions. We will never be able to repay you for creating such wonderful memories for us. Both with the photos and the amazing spirit you brought with you! We cannot stop talking about how much more special you made the day for us and now we get to re-live it!!! I am working on compiling the pictures that Kels took for us and will send them to you so you can see behind the scenes :) We are so grateful that you are a part of our lives and we are so impressed with your passion and character!!! THANK YOU!!!! Probably a little off, but hopefully it makes sense! Kalbimizin derinliklerinden teşekkür ederiz Love, Sam & Stephen

Fethiye Turkey Wedding Photography from an outdoor, sunset wedding at Help Beach

Beverley+Raymond

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Ufuk, We are incredibly happy with the images, they are definitely helping us relive our wedding day! Thanks you so much Ufuk!

Kuzguncuk Yanık Mektep, İstanbul Wedding Documentary Photography

Gizem + Tolga

Photo by Salih Ustundag

From the first meeting with you until the last day when we received the photos - and even after that- we had very good communication. You understood us very well throughout the process and supported us by doing your job perfectly on the wedding day. We can sincerely say that our wedding photographs which are taken by you are the ones that pleases us the most during our wedding. We vouch for your energy, positive communication, and talent :)

İstanbul Wedding Reception Photography from the dance floor.

Alfred&Hilal

Photo by Emre Nesli

Emre! me and Alfred would like to thank you for providing us lifetime worth of beautiful photos. Since I met you my best friend’ wedding, i was impressed your amazing photos and then I knew who will be the photographer for our wedding day. your positive energy and professional attitude made us feel safe and naturally relax in front of the camera! We had so many positive comments about your amazing shoots from family and friends. you are the photographer of our family now! I have to say also how helpful you were to provide us photos in short time before we moved. We are so appreciate for every single capture you took from our best day! Sending lots of love and huge hug from México!

bodrum turkey wedding photography of the bride under the lights at macakizi

Jaumana+Rani

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

I’m looking through the photos now and they are AMAZING, thank you! Our friends were talking how great of a photographer you guys were that night! Thank you for a great experience Ufuk, keep rocking it!

Kyrenia Cyprus Wedding Photography from the Korineum Hotel - Bride and bridesmaids drinking

Asli+Bilgehan

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Ufuk, there are honestly no words to describe how good you are..The moments you captured at our wedding brought the day back to life. Each and every one is completely stunning. Its not just us, everyone whose, seen the images, have been blown away with the quality and creativity of the photos. Our suggestion to couples looking for a photographer; no need to look further and search on internet – work with Ufuk and enjoy the very special day!

Mersin Martı Hotel Wedding Photojournalism image of bride and groom laughing

Gözde&Süheyl

Photo by Emre Nesli

Hey, Thank you for everything. I mean for every moments you captured in your way and your friendship for whole day. You are not only a photographer but also a consultant, organizer and an artist.