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

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - 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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New York - Long Island Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of New York - Long Island, United States

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New York - Long Island Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - 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 because of current covid 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 United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small New York - Long Island 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, DIY - do it yourself, 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 unique, boutique, casual, 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 New York - Long Island Couples

14 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Here is a little bit about me, Denise Chastain. I sold my first photograph when I was fifteen years old to my music teacher. That same year, my first published photograph appeared in 16 magazine. Four years in high school I studied Photography. I went on to further develop my photography skills at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After graduation, I pursued my freelance career, shooting an array of diverse assignments. My first big break was photographing the late great Ronnie Dawson, rockabilly hero, in 1996. The story was published in Option Magazine. Soon after, I photographed personalities such as Marc Anthony, Joan Jett, Missy Elliott, Nas, Ozzy Osbourne and former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. During this time, the late Elyse Weissberg was at first my business consultant and soon after, she became my agent. We had a great friendship and working relationship. With her help and expertise, we branched out into the world of advertising, cultivating AT&T, Chase, North Point Communications, Janssen Products, LP, The United States Postal Service, Ogilvy and Mather NYC, Grey Advertising San Francisco and Foote Cone & Belding as both new and ongoing clients. In 2004, I was approached by NKH Enterprises to be part of their “New York Streets” Magazine Show (Japan’s version of ’60 Minutes’). It was a 20 minute segment about my photography and how I use NYC as a backdrop for my images. They had a hard time finding the right photographer to feature for this segment and it was a great honor to be part of the series. During most of my career, I photographed weddings as well. My client base grew from my connections in the editorial and commercial world. In 2006, I was invited to be a member of the great Wedding Photojournalism Association. [New York - Long Island Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
New York and Long Island wedding and elopement photography by Yun Li

My name is Yun Li. I was born in Wuhan, China. I came to the United States in 2008. I am a wife and a mom of two girls living in Long Island, NY. I take a lot of pictures for my own family especially my own kids. At the end of the day, pictures with authentic moments are always the ones that I look over and over again. I like to document their everyday life just as it is. They don’t have to force a smile or look at the camera. They just need to be who they really are and do what they want to do. I especially love documenting their interaction between each other and our connection to them. I want to be able to show them years later what they were like and how much they were loved at that time. As your photographer, I would like to take pictures of you and your family the same way that I take pictures for my family. I don’t only want to be your photographer, but also be your friend. [New York - Long Island Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (USD)
Boston wedding photography by Alex Gordeev of Massachusetts

My name is Alex. I am a professional photographer in Greater Boston and Cape Cod. Working in New England all over the US. I’ve worked as a professional photographer for more than 15 years. I am passionate about my job and always strive to make my customers happy. One of my top priorities is to make you feel comfortable throughout the session while working on the photos you will love and will keep as beautiful memories forever. Follow my Instagram or visit my web page for more details. Thanks! [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Taiwan and Taipei wedding and elopement photography by Will Tee - Asia WPJA

Will is the co-founders of SW Photo Studio. He is a passionate photographer who has grown up and resided in many different places such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Japan, and China. The rich experiences of traveling and crossing between those different cultures have made him a fully open-minded person. Will has not only appreciated those lessons life had taught him but also tried to get inspired and fulfill them into his photography works. [Taipei Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)

After spending years photographing sports, Denis has developed a keen eye and intuition for capturing natural, emotional, and long lasting moments using a non-intrusive approach to wedding photography. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Manhattan elopements and wedding photography by Tim D. Yun, from New York City

When Tim had his first encounter with a DSLR camera he was so fascinated he couldn’t put it away. He soon understood it was so much more than a toy. Not long after, he decided to make his new passion his profession. During the next few years, he received a great deal of training from top photographers, learning what weddings were all about. During this time his eyes opened up to the real meaning of being a wedding photographer. Tim states, “I wanted to document the tears, laughter, excitement, and love between the couple so that when they look back, they can relive the day. My images will tell a story that words cannot describe. I capture moments that will never come back. I learned how to be a true storyteller.” Since then, he has been working hard to make each and every wedding a sparkling and memorable day for decades to come. As a single man, Tim never thought much about anything related to weddings. His perspective of wedding photography changed entirely as soon as he got married. “I started to see people, hear their stories, feel their wedding jitters.” He wanted to tell the story of the day through his photographs. “I realized what a blessing, challenge, and responsibility it was to be a part of the happiest day of a beautiful couple’s life.” Tim feels happiest when he receives letters from the newlyweds saying that the wedding images he has taken were more than they had expected and that they had already framed and hung some of them around their home. “I take it very personally”, he admits, “I treat every wedding as if it was my own. I want all of them to be perfect!” [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)

I don't like having my picture taken. So, if you feel a bit awkward having your photo taken, I feel your pain. I have been photographing weddings and events for nearly 20 years, and I always aim to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible throughout the process (before, during, and after the wedding day). My vision is influenced by my background in the performing arts (music and theater), and my photography career sprang from that background (photographing live music/band and theatrical performances). After snapping pictures at the weddings of some friends in the late 1990s, I developed a true passion for wedding photography. Now I shoot between 25-30 weddings per year, and my work has been featured in The Knot Magazine as well blogs like Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Snippet & Ink, Brooklyn Bride, and Rock & Roll Bride. My non-wedding work has been shown in galleries and shows as well as being featured in international art publications. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
400/hour (USD)

My name is David Butler II and I work as a documentary style wedding photographer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. I specialize in photojournalistic wedding photography, portraiture, news and sports photography. My work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world including Sports Illustrated Magazine & Web, ESPN The Magazine & Web, The Sporting News, USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Hartford Courant and others. My work has also appeared on the walls of many wonderful clients who I thank so much for letting me into their world and giving me a front row seat to some of the most important and beautiful moments of their lives. [Hartford Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2800 (USD)

Jorge Garcia Photography has been capturing wedding day and elopement memories for over 9 years. His assignments have taken him from local venues to cross country events. His approach to each and every wedding is fun and relaxed, yet still professional which results in candid and natural looking photos. He has been published in magazines such as The Knot, Bride's NJ and Martha Stewart Weddings. I would love for yours to be next! [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (USD)
New York City and Manhattan wedding photography by Edward Dye

Edward Dye Photography is a wedding photography company based in New York, New York. Owner and photographer Edward has over 12 years of professional photography experience. With a background in photojournalism, he is skilled in capturing the best memories without disturbing the moments. Using lighting, texture, composition, and love, he creates inspiring and timeless images that tell your true love story. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Philadelphia wedding photography by Katie Baab of Pennsylvania

I cannot think of any other medium that so greatly encompasses preservation, appreciation, gratitude, and documentation the way that photography does. Photographs have power. They can transport you to another time, they can conjure a once vivid memory after it fades, they can show you what love looks like and at the very least, they can record a moment or an image of something you never want to forget. The magnitude of family photography is what interests me. Whether an engagement, a proposal, a wedding, a new baby, an immediate or extended family, what is happening right now is important and I want to record it for you. I strive to make images that are real, raw, emotive, artistic, classic and genuine and in a few years, or in many years, my hope is that they will be waiting for you when you want to recall the memories that you are making right now. I earned my BFA in photography from the University of Delaware and I have been photographing weddings and families professionally for over 13 years in Philadelphia, New York, and surrounding areas. I've learned that it's not about being in the right place at the right time, it's about being open to everything that is happening around me. The magic is always in the details and in the small moments that could get overlooked. My work has been recognized by Philadelphia Wedding Magazine, The Knot magazine, Lehigh Valley Style magazine, Style Me Pretty, and multiple online wedding resources. I am passionate about photographing your love story for you, for your family and for future generations to appreciate, and in doing it in such a way that the energy and love within your images can be felt for the rest of time. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)

1 more photographers available for your wedding...

6000 US Dollar

Brad Landon Walters Photography: Brad Landon Walters

Greenville in South Carolina, United States

Brad Walters is an internationally acclaimed wedding photographer and fine art oil painter who fuses his photography with oil painting, creating a truly unique genre in wedding art. Brad's painting style is heavily influenced by Edwardian-...

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Arati & Adam

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, You and your assistant did a fantastic job with our wedding photography! We did not want conventional ”posed” photos and you completely understood our vision. You really captured the moment and we can feel the energy of the day when looking through the photos. You have a great photo journalistic approach and were so professional. We're really pleased with the photos and can't recommend you enough! Thank you again for capturing our day and understanding our vision!

Anjali & Neal

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Ed, Choosing you as our photographer was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. The level of dedication and precision you exhibits when taking pictures is unparalleled. During our engagement shoot, you were upbeat and excited the whole day, even when we became tired (it's a long day!). You knew the best places to take pictures and exactly how to catch the light to make each shot perfect. As we were walking through Central Park, you would stop us randomly because you were ALWAYS looking for a great picture. You brings a lot of joy to your work, which is inspiring. Leading up to the wedding, You were incredibly professional and always made yourself available, whether for a venue walk-through or just a call to figure out details. We had two days of wedding events and you was so excited to be part of both - you was literally everywhere taking pictures and documenting our wedding weekend, but without us even noticing you being there. You were also full of great ideas for where to stand to get the best view of our venues. You also gives a lot - you doesn't care how long the day takes, you are there the entire time. Our wedding day was incredibly long, but you was happy and energetic all day long - you made our families smile and worked to get the best out of each of our family members. And when we received the pictures, we were blown away. They are all so incredibly beautiful. You really captured the best moments of our day without us looking posed. You took so many great shots, it's hard to choose which ones we want to include in our album. We are so grateful for your amazing services and will highly recommend you for any event. Your energy and sheer passion for your work was evident throughout our wedding. Thank you, Edward!!

Yana & Aleksey

Photo by Edward Dye

Dear Ed, Your photos are incredible!! Thank You so much for turning our special day into a beautiful memory! As we are looking at your shots, we are reliving all the nuances of our Wedding Day as if we are still present at last Saturday's celebration. Your pictures are that good! We shared these photos with our friends and family and they all love them so much! Please thank Larry, your 2nd photographer, as well as your assistant for helping you capture our Wedding Day in such an unforgettable way!

Emily & Moti

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, I can't say enough about you. you are so passionate and, frankly, just incredibly talented. Every moment of my big day was captured beautifully. Not only did you do wonders in my dark wedding venue, but has an uncanny ability to capture every precious moment in breathtaking ways. You are incredibly easy to work with, and boy does you deliver! From your promptness and flexibility to your work ethic and incredible ability to capture every moment, I would highly recommend you to anyone looking for BEAUTIFUL photo's from their wedding day. As a woman, it is hard to find someone who's photo's will flatter. I love every one, and I mean every single one, from you!

Alina & William

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Ed, From start to finish, our experience with you for our wedding photography was incredibly pleasant and easy! You are so great to work; you have great professionalism and skills. We are so pleased we chose you as the photographer for our big day–we’ve heard nothing but rave reviews of our photos since. You captured our magical weekend beautifully and our only regret is that we didn’t hire you for our rehearsal dinner as well! We want to thank you for capturing our wedding day and night so beautifully and allowing us to relive it over & over again through photos!

New York wedding photographer at Duck Walk Vineyard, Long Island

Suzanne and Ilya

Photo by Casey Fatchett

You and your entire crew were so phenomenal yesterday. Thank you so much for all your help and being so dedicated and helpful and cheerful and energetic. When the weather opened up out of nowhere, it was a shock and I didn't see how the day was going to turn around. But you guys made it so nice and put so much effort into getting us the shots we were hoping for despite the curveball. I just wanted to extend a big thank you and let you know how much we appreciated it.

Stephanie & Shawn

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, Having you as our wedding photographer was one of the best choices we made for our wedding day! You are not only professional, reliable, and prompt in your correspondence, you creates absolutely stunning photographic compositions. You captured the natural beauty of the moments on our special day. You artistically crafted the lighting and contrast to make each photo exude magic, in your unique style. You captured each shot that we desired. You will get the right angle AT ALL COSTS! And this means that he will jump, step, climb- even dash into the street… whatever you needs to do to get the right shot! All my wedding guests were captured in the shots, and this was quite a feat, considering how many people attended! Also, trust in your artistic vision, as you can make the most cluttered of backgrounds into something absolutely spectacular! You are so talented with your craft, and knowledgeable about your equipment and matches the photographic environment with the required lens and lighting. We were given quite a few preview photos a day or two after the wedding, and the rest of the shots came in a few weeks later. Overall, we were beyond satisfied to have you to photograph our wedding!

Eve & Daniel

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, You are great to work with. You captured really amazing moments throughout the wedding, and one of the best qualities of your work was your ability to use natural light to make everything look romantic and outstandingly beautiful. You always responded promptly to all emails and arrived early to the wedding; overall, very reliable, reasonable, and extremely talented!

Arianne & Leon

Photo by Edward Dye

Thank You from the bottom of our hearts Edward! You knew exactly what to do and where to go to capture background pictures of the Brooklyn bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge park. You captured our romance and all excitement of the day easily! You are a true professional with true Artistic talent. you were wonderful to work with. What we loved the most, the very next day you posted a 50 picture sneak peak of our day on Facebook. every bride wants to relive the day and to see those pictures ,the very next day, was a perfect gift to me, the bride. i have to say if i only had those 50 pictures I'd be completely happy and content, truly! But you then sent us a custom made cd and case with our photos on the cover. Very nice surprise! All the pictures from the day, start to finish and fabulous! we both feel very blessed to have found you and were able to get a booking with you! Thank you Edward!!! Love, Leon and Ari P.