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

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - 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!

New Zealand Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of New Zealand, Oceania

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Manukau, Waitakere, Hamilton, Tauranga, Lower Hutt, Napier-Hastings, Dunedin

New Zealand Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our photographer vendors 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 wedding size 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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April 19th, 2021
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April 14th, 2021
Wedding Photography in Brescia, Italy | The bride and groom seal their new marriage with a celebratory kiss after leaving the Castegnato City Hall

Elopement Photographers for Small Oceania Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small New Zealand 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 pop-up, civil ceremony, quick, 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 boutique, outdoor, 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 Zealand Couples

8 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Christchurch wedding and elopement photography by Liz Robson of New Zealand

Kia Ora - hello! I'm Liz, a documentary wedding and family photographer based in beautiful Christchurch, New Zealand. I grew up in sunny Sydney, Australia, and all of my extended family are there, but my husband and I, along with our four kids, have called New Zealand home for the past decade. I have loved photography for as long as I can remember; receiving my first film camera as an 8-year-old, I grew up behind the lens. But my greatest love is people - they're simply fascinating! Being a sociology student also helped to foster my love for the uniqueness of the human spirit and to hone my observation skills. I am passionate about telling personal stories through photography as a medium - there is so much depth that can be seen and felt through a simple gesture or a facial expression that words alone could never express. We had a photograph of my great-grandparents' wedding on the wall in our house and, as a child, I found it mesmerising. It always made me wonder about the tales they could have told and what their lives had been like when they were younger. Wedding documentary photography fosters this love of storytelling for me, especially because I know these images from your wedding will be cherished and passed on through generations, weaving together your family's legacy. No two stories are ever the same. In 2019 I was showcased at the Elevate and Grow photography exhibition in Austin, Texas. I am constantly refining my craft and honing my skills so that I can continue to provide you with the highest-quality product and experience to help make your wedding day truly memorable. I only shoot a limited number of weddings each year because I want to give my clients the time and attention they deserve. I love to travel so please get in touch even if your wedding is outside New Zealand. I also visit Australia frequently. I'm so looking forward to connecting with you, so let's grab a virtual (or real) coffee and chat. English is my primary language, however, I can also communicate with you in French or in New Zealand Sign Language (similar to BSL/Auslan). If you are deaf and would like me to photograph your wedding, I can chat with you via Glide or FaceTime/Skype. N.B. Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions in New Zealand at this time, I may be unable to travel to your location until restrictions are lifted. Please do get in touch and we can look at your options. [Christchurch Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1990 (NZD)
Auckland wedding and elopement photography by Ankita Bhullar of New Zealand

Born in India, brought up in New Zealand - exploring and experiencing the best of both worlds. I'm a sucker for South Asian weddings and nothing gets me more excited than capturing the diverse beauty of South Asian traditions, here in New Zealand. ​​ Capturing details at a wedding, especially an Indian wedding is crucial. But it doesn't need to be visually presented in a drawn-down repetitive manner. 60 weddings, 4 countries and 3 years - Over this time I've seen many nervous brides, overwhelmed parents, exhausted friends, and family who've been working hard to put on a beautiful wedding for their loved one. All those laughs, tears, and dancing are truly a sight to see; and encapsulating them on the photo is a privilege for me. ​ I constantly explore new ideas and techniques that help us capture those authentic moments. I work intimately with all my couples and provide them with planning tools, creative advice, and anything they may need to make their big day, and my photography all the more memorable. [Auckland Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (NZD)
Manawatu-Wanganui wedding and elopement photography by Rainer Macalister of New Zealand

Kia ora, I'm Rainer. I'm a wedding photojournalist/documentary wedding photographer based just out of Wellington, New Zealand. After dabbling in photography for many years, I took the plunge and started photographing weddings professionally in 2016. I started out shooting weddings how I thought I 'had' to - directing couples where to stand throughout the day, constant formal posing and trying to create a story rather than capture it. I soon found that I wasn't fulfilling my creative calling working this way, and what was actually giving me and my clients joy was the candid moments I was capturing in between poses. I wondered if I could go through a wedding capturing only those moments, and after a bit of research discovered that what I was being drawn to had a name - 'documentary wedding photography' or 'wedding photojournalism'. I'm now about to hit a total of 100 weddings photographed, and am totally focused on capturing real moments. I also take pride in producing beautiful wedding portraits in a candid style that really captures who the couple is. I've always made travel a big part of my wedding photography, and shoot nearly half my weddings outside Wellington/Mānawatu where I'm based. I've enjoyed photographing a number of weddings around Australia, and look forward to starting this again once the current Covid-19 restrictions are eased! [Manawatu-Wanganui Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1990 (NZD)
Ho Chi Minh wedding photography by Vu Nguyen, of Vietnam

I'm Vu Nguyen, founder, and photographer at Emo Wedding Studio. I love photography and design as well. Wedding photography is one of my passion and my job in life. I was born in Sai Gon - Vietnam, but I have influence in wedding photography of foreign countries very much. It happened in the period of my working time in New Zealand. That had been a great time in my life and it informs my style in wedding photography. Emo Wedding is an idea when I had lived in New Zealand. It kind of my child that I have spent a lot of time to build it up. It takes a long time to inform and grow up until now. Fine Art, Hipster, Boho in engagement and mix of modern in wedding journalism are things I am following in photography. I photograph emotion and natural moments. I'm searching, observing, predicting to capture a unique moment in every photoshoot. To me, each couple will have different stories and emotions. My role is to capture all moments happens and to be a storyteller. [Ho Chi Minh Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1000 (USD)
Perth wedding photography by Jacob Gordon of Western Australia

My name is Jacob Gordon, I am a wedding photographer based in Perth, Western Australia. I am available throughout Western Australia including Fremantle, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Yallingup, as well as being able to travel worldwide. I have strong family links and an interest in travel. I feel that both of these help to influence my work. They allow me to tell a story, of which the family is ever so important. I work with the utmost professionalism and take great pride in my work. I enjoy meeting each and every couple and telling the story of their special day. [Perth Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (AUD)

Jiake Yang, a father of two boys, a full-time husband, a lifetime photographer. I founded my own photography studio in 2013 in Melbourne, we proudly service the entire Australia and internationally. I've always loved photography, I've always loved to capture natural and candid photos. I believe people will be relaxed with me around, I don't have to tell them what to do, where to look. I watch the story unveil and try to capture every bit of it. Please let me know if I could help. I'd love to be your storyteller. [Melbourne Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1699 (AUD)

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)

Knottin' Visuals is a brainchild of Singapore-born and self-taught photographer, Ryan Ng whose melodiously crafted images speaks of two elements he believes is key to his works - emotions and light. With eight (8) years of local and international experience under his belt, Ryan strives to capture the moments and emotions that will sing music to your ears. [Singapore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
300/hour (SGD)

Wedding Engagement Diamond Awards - New Zealand

Are you ready to find your New Zealand engagement / pre-wedding photographer for a portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own pre-wed shoot? Pro members from the New Zealand Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

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