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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Maine Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Maine, United States

Portland, Bangor, New England

Maine 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 Maine 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, pop-up, 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 religious, 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 Maine Couples

15 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Hi! I'm Kate Crabtree, a wedding photographer who makes joyful and bold documentary wedding photos set against a variety of stunning ME landscapes. By candidly photographing your wedding day, I seek to capture authentic, fleeting moments that will help encapsulate the love you feel for your friends, your family, and of course your fiance. I have been published in Real Maine Weddings, Maine Magazine, Seacoast Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Junebug Weddings, amongst others. No matter whether your wedding is taking place on the coast, in the mountains, at a private estate or a quaint seaside inn, I'm excited to capture the moments and the love that will define your wedding forever. [Maine Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4600 (USD)

I have been in love with photography since I was 9 years old. I used to take the camera out of my parents’ dresser drawer without them knowing and runoff and take photos of my sister and brother, which they would only know about later after they developed the film. In high school, I took a photography class and I was hooked. I spent my junior year as a photographer on the newspaper staff and senior year as a photo editor. In 1999 I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Over the years I gained experience working for the college newspaper and other publications as a photographer. After an internship in New York City at HBO, I spent the next few years living and working on the East Coast before returning to Indiana with my husband. It was there we began to shoot digital and began shooting portraits of models, couples, bands, and children. My love of portraiture grew intensely during this time, and I knew that I wanted to combine my love of telling stories with my camera, with fashion, glamour, and art. In 2006 I re-located to beautiful Portland, Maine with my husband where we started our business, Fidelio Photography. I also began shooting weddings professionally and continued my fashion and commercial work. My background and education in photojournalism are instrumental to my work now as a wedding photojournalist, and I love telling the story of the most important day in someone’s life with my images. I shoot a wedding with a documentary style, shadowing my clients in an unobtrusive way, capturing those candid, unexpected and emotional moments throughout their day. My work has been published in Seacoast Bride Magazine, Portland Style Magazine, Theknot.com, Southern Weddings Magazine, Popular Photography magazine, and Lightleaks magazine. Additionally, I am an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). [Portland-ME Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4800 (USD)

Kim Chapman began her career assisting world-class sports photographers while working for an internationally known filmmaker. Kim credits her love of the arts however to her Dad who was a theater professor at the University of Southern ME where she studied lighting and storytelling by attending every play he ever did. Kim studied Business at USM but instinctively chose the arts as her career. She is an award-winning wedding photojournalist whose work has been seen in various exhibits and numerous publications. Kim has over 14 years of professional photography experience and 7 years as a wedding photojournalist. She routinely attends photography workshops and seminars to stay current. [Portland-ME Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5000 (USD)

Nostalgia drove me into photography at an early age - and lead me into my studies of photojournalism. We know when we're at a critical juncture in our lives. You may even outwardly acknowledge it. For me, being able to authentically capture, to preserve those moments in a photograph is such a privilege. I know how much it means to me to be able to look back and say 'this is how things actually happened.' There is beauty in those truths. The kind of folks I work with share that appreciation. I only take on a couple of weddings and elopements a month. To genuinely tell such an intimate story, I aim to be more than just another vendor at your wedding; I am fortunate enough to be able to book comfortably so that I can be sure the couples I am working with are getting the attention that every couple deserves. Additionally, it allows for me to have a notably expedited turn around time, all at a price that you'll likely find a lot more agreeable than what you're anticipating for a professional photographer. I'd love to hear your story up to now and to be able to tell a paramount piece of it in the future. Let's talk, get coffee or something. [Portland-ME Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
340/hour (USD)
Kittery wedding and elopement photography by Casey Durgin of Maine

Hey there! I’m Casey, photographer, designer & lover of nature. My most important roles are Momma to two beautiful little girls (Keira & Kyleigh) and wife to my hubby of 15 years. We live in Kittery, Maine, and enjoy spending our free time at our camp snowmobiling, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying time by the lake as a family. My home is filled with photographs that tell very important stories of love & life. I often find myself looking at these photos and feeling so grateful to tell the stories of my clients through beautiful imagery. I have been documenting love stories for 13 years and adore my job. I love seeing the beauty in life’s special moments and turning it into art. I love the amazing energy of a wedding day and playing a special role in documenting forever memories. My style is natural, timeless and it conjures up feelings of joy and beauty. I draw my inspiration from light, color, nature and most importantly you. I bring my experience, gentle guidance and thoughtful style to one of the most important days of your life. It is always a huge honor to see our amazing couples featured in some of the most accredited print publications & inspirational wedding blogs. I have been featured in magazines such as Real Maine Weddings, Seacoast Weddings Magazine, New Hampshire Bride, Click Magazine, Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine, The Green Parent Magazine & DYI Magazine and numerous inspirational blogs including Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Wedding Boston, Cake & Lace, Beyond the Wanderlust, Something Turquoise, Love & Lavender and many more. If you feel a connection with my images I’d love to chat and learn more about you. [Maine Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3900 (USD)

Originally from Belarus – a small country between Poland and Russia – it was in 2006, and inspired by my own wedding, that I attended the Minsk School of Photography. Following two years intense study and two more years shadowing a renowned wedding photographer, I launched as a full-time professional wedding photographer in 2011. Since then I’ve notched-up extensive experience as a destination wedding photographer, shooting over 250 destination weddings in far away locations such as Italy, Switzerland, Motenegro, Thailand, Hungary, Czech Republic and Russia. We moved to the US in 2016. Located on Cape Cod, one of our favorite pastimes is exploring New England’s vivid landscape and sleepy coastal towns. As well as being ready to hop on a plane to shoot international weddings at a moment’s notice, I now cover engagements and weddings throughout Cape Cod, Boston and NYC, all New England and the surrounding area. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)

I may be a little bit geeky, and my wife describes me as an "infuriatingly positive person". I am smitten with rock climbing, science fiction, surfing, travel, and being invited into the inner circle of a family on a wedding day. I am one of the only wedding photographers in the world shooting entirely on the highest end camera system and lenses in the world, the Leica. I am a hopeless romantic and thrive on the intricacies of a wedding day. My own wedding was the most overwhelming (fun!) experience of my life, and I treat every celebration with that gravity. I will tell the story of your day with sensitivity, artfulness, and attention to every detail. I work in a photojournalistic, candid and unobtrusive style throughout the day (apart of when we are making portraits or family formals). [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)

Hi! I’m always ready for an adventure and I love running around in the wild with my couples, dresses that aren't always perfect, and giving couples the space to take in as many moments of their wedding as possible. My photography background takes me from starting out as a photojournalist for a newspaper in Ohio, to being the second photographer to an incredible wedding team in San Diego, all the way to starting my own photography business here in New Hampshire. I’ve driven all across the US many times, calling a bunch of those spots home and combined with my life experiences, my work is heavily influenced by the person that I’ve become out of it. In addition to the celebrations in life, it’s also the heartaches that helped me realize just how important capturing how a moment feels will impact your appreciation of the images delivered. Therefore, I work to get to know you two and use my years of experience to anticipate and embolden moments so I can capture all those genuine smiles, tears, and healthy doses of nervous anticipation. Professionally I’ve had wedding features published in print magazines like Seacoast Weddings, Southern New England Weddings – Destination Edition, and New Hampshire Bride along with a wide variety of blogs and online publications, I've been featured as the resident artist at a local art show, a finalist in a worldwide photography competition, chosen as the third-ranked photographer in my state, as well as being chosen as a top photographer in NH to watch in a nationwide report. [New Hampshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4275 (USD)
Vermont documentary wedding and elopement photography by Josh Kuckens, of Burlington

I grew up in Long Island and central Connecticut before going to school for Photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology. There, I learned the value and application of narrative, documentary photography. I've since held photography positions at newspapers, high-end event companies, commercial outlets, and educational institutions. I employ these narrative skills in all of my work, but weddings are a natural fit. My goal is to tell the story of your day, as inconspicuously as possible. I find that weddings present some of the best opportunities for intimate, storytelling photography. in 2018 I became an Associate Photographer with Jacob & Megan Hannah of Hannah Photography in Lincoln, VT. When not shooting weddings, I work as a staff photographer at Vermont's Capital City newspaper, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. [Burlington Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2900 (USD)

With a love of documentary photography that touches everything I do, I have had the privilege of photographing hundred of weddings throughout New England since 1994. I approach my work with respect for the subject, gentle humor and letting events play out naturally in time. I began photography at 13 years old, growing up in South Dakota. After studying photojournalism at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, I have been a part of the Valley News in Lebanon, N.H., since 1989. I am now the photo editor in a newsroom full of talented and funny journalists. I have done photography for a dozen books, including The Joy of Keeping Chickens and Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm. My photographs have also been exhibited throughout Vermont, including a one-person show at the Agency of Agriculture in Montpelier, Vermont. [Tunbridge Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (USD)
Worcester, Massachusetts wedding photography by Joe Brier

Joe Brier earned an MS degree in Photojournalism from Syracuse University in 2004. Since that time, Joe has worked as a staff photographer for a daily newspaper in Northern Virginia and produced content for various publications throughout the country. [Worcester Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
Boston wedding and elopement photography by Kevin Wright of the Massachusetts WPJA

As long as I can remember, I've been using cameras creatively. When I was in elementary school, my brother and I used the home video camera to make sketch videos, and as I grew older, the improvements in the video recording and playback world fascinated me. When I was 14 I took my first photography class. I went to an NHL game with 2 rolls of black and white film, and a Minolta my mom bought in 1976 and developing that film I fell in love with capturing a moment, a real moment. I transitioned into the video program and later enrolled in a trade school for video production and broadcast television. I went to film school at the University of Colorado, and after realizing I no longer dreamed of working on a major motion picture, I moved to Boston with a friend and moved on creatively. Years later, my wife encouraged me to pursue my passion one more time. Together, we built a company on family and event photography before jumping into weddings. We booked 25 weddings in our first year, and have fallen in love with engagement and wedding photography. I shoot as though I'm filming a scene. My "poses" are cinematic, shot in motion, candid, and as though the couple is walking through a scene. When I shoot a wedding, I prefer to blend into the sea of guests and take moody, candid photos when people have forgotten I am there. I developed most of my habits through cinematography, but I have been inspired and found new motivations in the entire wedding process, from Engagement shoot through the delivery of a final wedding gallery. We shoot anywhere from 25-35 weddings per year and enjoy doing engagement shoots for our wedding clients as well as clients not ready to book yet, but with a need for beautiful couples photos. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
550/hour (USD)
Wedding and Elopement Photographer for Vermont, Andy Madea

After growing up in coastal New Hampshire, I moved into the bed of a Toyota Tacoma and headed west. I called Bend, OR home for a while, enjoying everything the high desert has to offer. After that, I chased snow around Lake Tahoe and Montana for more than a couple of years. I have a healthy addiction to deep snow and frozen nose hairs. Most think I'm crazy, but on those truly frosty mornings, the mountains are a magical place to be. During the warmer months, when I'm not behind the lens, you can usually find me hiking in the mountains or fishing in the salty waters of Maine and New Hampshire. These days I call the Mad River Valley of Vermont home. My wife and I, along with our furball pup have a little cliffside home overlooking a waterfall (dubbed 'The Waterfall House'). [Vermont Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4800 (USD)
Cape Cod wedding and elopement photography by Christine Hochkeppel of Massachusetts

Christine has over a decade of experience shooting weddings and has worked for publications such as the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Cape Cod Times, and the Boston Globe. She approaches each wedding with her creative eye and down-to-earth spirit and enjoys connecting with her couples and their families. Salty Broad Studios is built on quality pictures delivered in a reasonable time frame—1 month from your wedding date. Many clients compliment Christine's easy-going personality and exceptional communication skills. With Salty Broad Studios, formal wedding portraits are fun and efficient so you can get back to your party. For the rest of the day, Christine blends in and captures you and your partner in the moment. [Cape Cod Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3675 (USD)
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