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!

Ottawa Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our Canada 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!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
July 14th, 2020
Malcesine Castle, Italy Elopement Photography | The wonderful view of the wedding ceremony, a few guests, and the lake
July 13th, 2020
Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco Elopement Couple Portrait | The couple chose to have a small wedding ceremony
July 13th, 2020
Napoli Italy Elopement Photography | The couple is Kneeling at the church altar together

Elopement Photographers for Small Ontario Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Ottawa 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 town hall, justice of the peace, courthouse, 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 outdoor, religious, 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 Ottawa Couples

5 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Canada and Ottawa based wedding photographer Kathi Robertson.

A fashion and commercial photographer by profession, Kathi brings a unique and modern approach to wedding photography. Her fresh, original style perfectly captures the beauty of the day, the individual personality of the bride, groom and guests, and the spirit of the celebration. Her personable manner and unobtrusive shooting style puts guests at ease and helps turn the photographic experience from a chore into a joyful experience and integral element of the wedding celebration. [Ottawa Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (CAD)
Portrait of Ottawa Wedding Reportage Photographer Colleen Johnson

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Colleen Anne Johnson creates wedding photos that convey emotion and capture the moments between the couple and with their family and friends on the wedding day. While her focus is primarily on reportage, Colleen also supports these images with natural portraits and thoughtful images of wedding details. Her quiet and calm demeanour help put her clients at ease during their big day. She approaches each wedding with a profound respect for the cultural traditions both new and old that are a part of this special day as well as for the emotional significance the event holds not just for the couple but for all the family and guests in attendance. Colleen Anne Johnson is the lead photographer and owner of Colleen Anne Photography. She began photographing weddings professionally in 2005 and is an active member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association. Her photographs have been published in the Globe and Mail, BeerAdvocate magazine, and in Photo Life Magazine. Her wedding work has been featured on Offbeat Bride. Colleen's artwork has been exhibited at the Canada Council Art Bank; The G2 Gallery in Venice, California; the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Ottawa City Hall. Colleen studied black and white fine art photography at the Ottawa School of Art and, in 2005, she earned a Photography Diploma from Algonquin College, graduating with honours. Colleen has also earned an Honours Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Carleton University, where she studied art history and film, which continue to inform her photographic works today. [Ottawa Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2190 (CAD)
Avant Garde Studio owner Adeline Leonti is a Montreal wedding photographer.

My career as a working photographer began when I was a journalist. It often occurred that I would abandon the pen in favour of the camera, in order to adequately express my need to tell stories through images. In fact, this approach led me to focus on the subject of photo reporting as I completed specialized studies in photojournalism. Avant Garde Studio came into existence as a natural result of my learning process. I love doing weddings. I love working with couples in love!!!! I actually feel very privileged to capture all those precious moments during a wedding day, while enjoying the freedom of expression and creativity that I experience through photography. [Montreal Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (CAD)
Kingston wedding photographer Viara Mileva, of Ontario, Canada

If you told me ten years ago that I'd be a wedding photographer today, I would have drawn a blank face. You see, ten years ago, I was knee-deep in academia. I was a researcher, studying parenting. I was having babies (three). I was moving from Toronto to Kingston then to the Netherlands to pursue said studies... All my life I've loved to draw, to write fiction, and to make music. But I tried to put those things aside when I turned 18 because it was the 'sensible' thing to do. I got a BSc and an MSc and a PhD. With every extra letter, my soul died a little bit more. That all changed in late 2015 when I photographed my friend's baby being born. For money. The same amount of money I had to pay the university monthly just so I could use their crappy little office space and feel alone. It was the birth of an idea. Five years later, I'm happily knee-deep in photography (sometimes literally wading through water or mud to do the stuff I do). My kids are older now, which means I can take more time away from home, to develop my career, attend workshops, retreats, and faraway weddings. Without trying to be cliche, wedding photography energizes me. I look forward to Saturdays and Sundays because I know that I'll be dead the next day, but in a good way. Because I give it my ALL. I relish the 'wedding hangover'. Crazy? I dunno. I take inspiration in photography, not from other wedding photographers. While there are a lot of brilliant photographers in this field, it's also full of trends and fads. It's nothing I want to be involved in. My favourite photographers of all time include Storm Thorgerson, Max Pinckers, Alain Laboile, Richard Billingham, and Elinor Carucci (whom I've been mentored by). Next year, I hope to be mentored by David Allan Harvey, who is another idol of mine. I believe that all people are beautiful and have become a sap in my older years (I'm 38). Maybe I've always been a sap. I get super emo while photographing weddings, and not always at the parts that you might expect. I love to see families rallying around the couple, helping them, sharing tenderness and love. This is why I love to photograph the getting ready & the dance party. I feel people are at their most genuine and care-free state during those parts of the day. [Kingston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
500/hour (CAD)
Canada photographer Scott Williams, loves Ontario wedding couples.

I sometimes joke that I'm a full time stay at home dad and a part time photographer, but that's actually probably pretty accurate. My world revolves around my wife and our 4 kids. Family is everything to me and I try to show that in my wedding photography. I'm probably one of the few photographers who actually enjoys taking the family formals since I know how important those pictures will be in years to come. I wasn't the kid who got a camera at age 5 or shot for the school newspaper. But I've made up for it by studying at some of the best photography workshops in the world. And something in those workshops must have clicked since my images have won numerous awards and I've been published in magazines like Wedding Bells. [Toronto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (CAD)

1 more photographers available for your wedding...

2300 Canadian Dollar

Wedding Photographer: W. Mike Lucy

Ottawa in Ontario, Canada

Mike has been working as a documentary photographer since his university days as the University Press Photo Editor, He has had a Leica in his hand since he first discovered photography at the age of 12. Prior to shooting weddings, Mike split his...

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