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!

Louisiana Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Louisiana, United States

New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairie Terrace, Lafayette

Louisiana 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!

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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 Louisiana 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, quick, DIY - do it yourself, 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, modern, boutique, 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 Louisiana Couples

12 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)

I’m a wedding and elopement photographer based in the NYC and NJ metro area specializing in capturing real candid moments and making custom black and white prints. I love classic black tie weddings and equally love a simple affair at City Hall because both tell a story about a family and a couple embarking on a new adventure together. It is an honor to document these days and do all I can to make the day run as smooth as possible. My style is as unobtrusive as can be, save for the portrait session where I will try and make these as quick and painless as possible! I’m based in NJ just outside of NYC and photograph weddings all over the tri-state area and also destinations. [Hoboken Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (USD)
Oaxaca wedding and elopement photography by Nikhol Esteras of Mexico

Hello, I am Nikhol Esteras, a documentary photographer specializing in weddings based out of Oaxaca, and often in California. I have been photographing weddings since 2014. I hold a BA in Psychology and Holistic Health, I am a certified yoga teacher and an obsessive documentarian. Combining my passions of psychology and photography, I use my camera as a tool to explore and understand the human condition while simultaneously challenging myself to create interesting, authentic, and unique imagery within the context of a wedding. I have participated in and given workshops on documentary wedding photography in Mexico and South America, I am an avid street photographer and I always have a personal project going on the side. Along with my husband Roque Reyes, I document around 25 weddings a year and have photographed 100+ weddings since starting out in 2014. I love making pictures, I love my job. [Oaxaca Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)

I fell into wedding photography by accident. I was in school for photojournalism, dreaming of working for a newspaper when a friend asked me to photograph her wedding. From that moment on I was hooked, and I haven’t looked back. I loved that wedding photography merged my photojournalistic eye with my artistic passion. I am not only passionate about photography, but also about my home. I love exploring Portland, Oregon, hiking in the gorge, or going on adventures with couples throughout the Pacific Northwest. There is so much to do and see. The possibilities are endless. We can be inspired together. [Portland-OR Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)

American photographer Bill McCullough is self taught. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, New York Times Lens Blog, Wired , ArtReview, Photonews in Germany, and other publications. In 2008, his wedding work (from the series Technicolor Life) was purchased for the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and in 2011 for the Portland Art Museum. He has been chosen as a 2012 Fotofest discovery. His detailed list of exhibits, awards, and publications can be found on his website. He currently resides and works in Austin, Texas. [Austin Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2550 (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)

"Everybody, everybody wants to love. Everybody, everybody wants to be loved. Everybody knows the love, everybody holds the love, everybody folds for love. Everybody feels the love, everybody steals the love, everybody heals with love." - Ingrid Michaelson To say that I love the words to this song up above is kind of an understatement. Somehow, I have made a career out of chasing love around and trying to capture it. It's really just that simple! I am moved by the beauty of love - and what better place to find love then at a wedding or in the face of a child? I've got a lot of love in my life and it reminds me daily how important my job is. My husband and I have been married for 13 years - it still seems like yesterday though! We have twins that were born in October of 2012 and the world's sweetest dog. They truly are the joys of my life - all 4 of them. But let's be honest, sometimes I need a happy photograph to remind me of that amid all the chaos. I first learned to love photography in college as a newspaper photographer and a lab assistant in the dark room (yup, it was all film back then). I've now been in the business of shooting weddings for 11 years and it's still a job that I would never give up. Learning more and more every year is a job perk that keeps me going! I'm definitely a photojournalist down to my core. Nothing motivates me more then true emotion. People often ask me what my favorite part of a wedding is. While there are so many things to love about a wedding I have to say I think it is the moment right after the ceremony when the bride and groom get to hug and celebrate with their family and bridal party...when the bride watches her mom hug her new husband, when the girls all giggly over the groom's face, when everyone screams with excitement, or when the groom and his dad laugh because the pastor called him the wrong name. I've always loved that the very best photographs are the ones that we could never have planned for. And this got me to thinking - what is it about weddings that cause so much emotion? And in the end I have decided that it is simply because family is important. Relationships are important. Love is important. Memories - life changing, crazy fun, heartfelt memories - they are important! I hope you'll trust me to capture these important memories! [Knoxville Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (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)

My name is Gingi Freeman. I am a photographer, artist, storyteller and mother of two adorable toddlers in Visalia, California. I often shoot alongside my husband Jonathan, where we love to capture real moments and raw emotions. My non-intrusive approach to weddings allows couples to relax and be present in their moments of happiness rather than focusing on posing. That’s what I want to deliver with each assignment, a meaningful and beautiful storyboard. I am a crazy cat person, adventure seeker, Christ follower and overall geek! Some of my hobbies include traveling, gardening, dropping random Mel Brooks movie quotes, going to comic book conventions and making frequent trips to Disneyland. I are located in Visalia, California but travel to many cities and states for wedding photography, my primary passion! [Visalia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (USD)
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I am a Chicago-based photographer living in the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago with my husband, and closest friend, Shawn.  When I was thirteen I picked up my mother's camera and started documenting our lives. The one hour photo lab down the street turned into hours and hours in the b&w darkroom in undergrad, then the color darkroom, then a Masters in photography. Today I still find myself in the darkroom every day with my students at New Trier High School. Photography is more than what I do, it is who I am. I teach so that I may pass that passion onto future generations. I am at home and at ease when I am working with and photographing people; it has always made complete sense to me. I take pride in making my clients feel comfortable during our shoots, even the most camera shy. I have an admiration for beauty, peculiarity, and the everyday stuff of life. I let my intuition lead me and I do not force situations to occur. I allow moments to unfold and adjust myself to the situation.    I am humbled and honored to photograph the memories and milestones in people's lives. I know that I will always do my best to document people as they are, so they will look back on the moments and still feel all the love and warmth that went into creating those memories.   , [Chicago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3400 (USD)

Internationally acclaimed, Houston and Denver based wedding photographers, Morgan Lynn and Amir Razi, are well known for their trendsetting style and warm, caring personalities. Among the most highly sought after photography teams anywhere, they wear their hearts on their sleeves and the cameras around their shoulders as they travel throughout the world shooting weddings for a diverse and discerning clientele. Morgan Lynn Razi was recently recognized by American Photo Magazine as one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world. [Houston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
6500 (USD)

My work as a photographer began back in 2008 as a sports photography intern at Getty Images. As a freelancer, I covered baseball, football, basketball, rowing, tennis, and motorsport. My experience at Getty sharpened my eye for composition, light, and timing. The technical challenges were amazing, but as time passed, the nature of the work became impersonal and systematic. Another touchdown, another home run, another victory lane… I was just one of a gang of photographers trying to capture the same moment. I felt like my life’s work was becoming a commodity. I growingly became frustrated and disillusioned with my professional journey. Something had to change. Then it hit me. How can I be truly passionate about my work when I don’t have any personal connection whatsoever with the people that I'm covering? As a sports photographer, I was always at arm's length from my subjects – leaving me without the ability to truly relate to what they were feeling. At that moment I knew I wanted to work one-on-one with my subjects. There is something so gratifying about capturing two people madly in love, handing them the images and then hearing how their experience brought them even closer in their relationship. This is the joy that wedding photography brings me and it is why I have chosen to dedicate my life to this work. It would be an honor to hear from you! [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (USD)

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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

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