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!

Texas - Southern Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Texas - Southern, United States

San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Brownsville, McAllen

Texas - Southern 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!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
July 31st, 2020
Fattoria di Corsignano, Siena, Tuscany, Italy Elopement Photo | The view of the ceremony at which only the spouse’s close family members were present because of the COVID
July 30th, 2020
Glentana, Garden Route, South Africa Elopement Ceremony Photo | A young girl voices her dislike during the ceremony
July 29th, 2020
Black Balsam Knob, NC Elopement Photography | The bride, groom, and guests listen while the best man reads a poem

Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Texas - Southern 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, secret, themed, 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 symbolic, religious, romantic, 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 Texas - Southern Couples

16 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Philip Thomas is a British wedding and elopement photographer based out of San Antonio, Texas

British photographer Philip is based out of San Antonio, Texas and is available for local and destination weddings. Philip has been married to Marcie since 2006 and have two beautiful little girls. Photography is Philip's passion and part of his life for over twenty years. Continually honing his skills and craft, Philip Thomas grew up in Chichester, Sussex. In 1991 he had his first step on the ladder as a local news photographer and developing and printing his work. Philip also traveled and worked around the world on luxury cruise lines like the Queen Elizabeth II before settling down in San Antonio, Texas. There he photographed actors and models before pursuing weddings full time. Photographers that have shaped and influenced his life include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Steve McCurry. What motivates Philip is the art of anticipation, capturing those unique and special moments throughout the day. Philip works unobtrusively with a strong emphasis on use of geometry, light and shadow throughout his work.. Most importantly the couple can have FUN! [San Antonio Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
Houston wedding and elopement photography by David Truong of Texas
Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Emily Liang, Houston Texas Wedding Photographer

It all started off with the mesmerizing arts and the people culture of streets and cities. In college Emily picked up the camera and journeyed into the world of street and cultural photography. Even today on her spare time, Emily would take trips around the world, take the local buses, and walk through narrow streets to capture the colorful elements of the city streets. This interest built her affinity for a photojournalistic style, which comes into play in photographing weddings in her years as wedding photographer. Emily has been photographing weddings and engagements since 2007 and she co-started 1314 STUDIO in 2010. She serves the Houston area and her works has been featured in wedding guides & bridal blogs nationwide. [Houston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
san antonio tx wedding photographer Shannon Cain

About Me: I crave adventure. The kind that lets me explore the world. The kind of adventure that when I think back about it even years later, I can still hear the laughter I shared. The kind that nurtures and cultivates relationships. The kind of adventure that changes me…and allows me to change others. I’m spontaneous, a little rebellious, and a little follow-the-rules. I FEEL all of the feels, all of the time. I will sing at your sessions…and likely express my excitement with a happy dance. And I’ll probably tell you too much and make you laugh with me (but probably at me). No matter the adventure we are on, I promise it’s going to be a fun one. Wife Life: I met my husband on my very first day of college at Texas Lutheran University. I talked some major smack while playing a competitive game of poker and he sarcastically talked smack right back. It was love. Really though, it’s important to have a partner who balances you. And Justin is that for me. While I’m spontaneous and often unrealistic, he is a thinker, planner and reels me back in when my ideas are not well planned out. But he also supports me and lets me dream. Mom Life: In my daily grind, you’ll find me raising 3 very independent and spirited GIRLS. The kind that will no doubt be capable of running our country one day. Or a gang. Fingers crossed it’s our country though. You’ll also find me editing photos (or answering emails) while my girls are at gymnastics or in the car line for school pick up. What you should know: Epic. Authentic. Creative. Unique. Emotive. These are the words that I use to tell your story through my camera. Your story is not like everyone else’s- so your wedding photos should not be either. And also, my clients become my family…so you should know that upfront too. [San Antonio Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3900 (USD)
Morgan Lynn Razi is a Houston wedding photographer

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)
Amy DeYoung is a wedding photojournalist from San Antonio, TX.

I have had a camera in my hand since I was about 7 years old. Photography is truly a passion for me and I am fortunate enough to mix my work with my passion. I attended Hope College in Holland, MI and graduated with a degree in Art focusing in Photography and Ceramics, and a degree in Psychology. I currently reside in San Antonio, Texas with my husband and son. We are expecting our second child this spring. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. I would be honored if you would allow me the privilege of sharing your moments and helping tell your story. [San Antonio Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
Houston wedding photography by Jill Goehring of Texas

I graduated from the University of Houston with my Master’s Degree in Accountancy and started a career as an auditor in 2015. Only a few months after I started, I felt out of place. Photography has always been my passion growing up. When I was little, I would borrow a camera phone from one of my cousins and start taking photos of things around me. In my senior year of high school when one of my good friends got this very awesome Sony camera phone (it was not a smartphone yet), she would let me use it an document our memories of senior years, per my request of course :). I used the paychecks from my very first part-time job to buy myself a DSLR and start taking photos for friends and family. So yes, it would be so much fun and exciting to start a photography business. While people spend 4 years of college trying to learn to do a job, I spent my 4 years to learn how to do a different job, not photography. I started doing wedding photography and fell in love. I fell in love with the exciting and upbeat environment of a wedding, I fell in love with the emotions that a bride goes through on her wedding date, I fell in love with how the guests dance the night away and how the wedding cakes taste just so indulging, and I fell in love with being the one to document all of that. So that was how Half A Rice Studios was born. [Houston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
Houston wedding photography by Si Vo of Texas
Starting Price:
2450 (USD)
DFW Wedding and Elopement Photographer Jared Lindsay

Born and raised in Texas but addicted to travel and shooting small-ish, untraditional weddings all over. Husband. Father. Coffee snob. And I dig all things Seinfield related. I started working as a freelance photographer in 2002 for 2 local news papers and 1 local magazine in my hometown. That time working for those publications helped me learn how to watch and wait for moments to unfold. I approach each wedding as its own unique and original event. No preconceived plans. No cookie-cutter ideas for your wedding day. Just honest moments being photographed undisturbed. My 3 children give me lots of practice photographing life as it unfolds before me in unpredictable fashion. I believe it is in those moments that true beauty is found. That's why I don't believe that I need to try and control your wedding day, but rather let the day unfold without interruption. It's the honest moments you are going to reflect on with true emotion, not the staged and posed. Be real, because life is too short not to be. [Dallas-Fort Worth Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2100 (USD)
Bill McCullough is a Texas based wedding and elopement photographer

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)
Oklahoma City wedding photographer Alexandra Dugan

Hi! I’m Alex, a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Oklahoma City. I accidentally stumbled into photography while in college... You see, I was taking an intro class simply out of necessity as an elective for my declared PR major. At the end of the semester, we were assigned to document something and tell its story with a photo essay. I redid this assignment 3 times before landing on one I liked, which was completely out of my comfort zone. I eventually received my graded project with a handwritten note that read: “I hope you continue to keep telling stories." Well, I did -- and here I am. I would later graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Photographic Arts, under the tutelage of two renown, innovative, and incredibly inspiring professors. Along with shooting weddings, I continue to refine my skills and knowledge by pursuing further education via conferences, lectures, and books from the greatest photography minds past and present. And although this was never my plan, I have now officially stepped into the role of educator myself. From guest teaching in a classroom setting at UCO, to demonstrating on-location posing, to speaking at conferences such as PhotoCon and Photo Expo. Let me tell you, it's probably a relief to all my friends and family that I now have an actual outlet to talk about anything photography/LR related. (I really love talking shop.) Photography is my life, and I'm continually in awe that it's also my career. Everyone wants their dream job, and I can truly say I have mine. [Oklahoma Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (USD)
Sacramento Wedding Photographer Raymond Nguyen - CA

I have had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember. Since a child, I was delighted in how a moment can be captured through the lens of a camera, and how time stands still within the frame of a photograph. I approach every project with professionalism and a will to deliver quality and value to my clients. I believe that exceptional photographs can only be taken in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, and so I make every effort to make sessions as enjoyable as possible and to put clients at ease. ​When I first used a camera, several years ago, I would never have imagined I could become a wedding photographer. Bang and I opened our first studio in Elk Grove, near Sacramento, experimenting in different styles and adapting to the needs of the local clientele. Little by little, we realized what we were looking for in our photos was emotion, which still life or classical studio photography could not offer. Real people, their expressions, their emotions, this is what we wanted to capture. Choosing wedding photography was a natural consequence, as it offers the unique opportunity to capture human emotions in all their shades ​I believe it is in the nature of humankind to be attracted, and sometimes, upset, by what is different from us, as in a way it represents our opposite, our contrasting personality. I never found it easy to show my emotions and my sensitivity, to express my real self and let go completely, displaying my vulnerability. I guess this is why what attracts me most in weddings: the ability to capture the emotions expressed without filters, with no fear of showing what you really are and what you are feeling. A smile, a hearty laugh, tears you’d like to hide, an emotional hug, these intimate moments fascinate and seduce me, and this is what I base my photography on. Static poses created with affected emotions are not my cup of tea; I want true spontaneity. [Sacramento Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5500 (USD)
Dallas, Texas wedding photojournalist Robert Walker will capture your wedding moments.

With more than 17 years behind the camera, Robert approaches each and every wedding he photographs with a distinctive, fine art, photo-journalistic style. Fun, Relaxed, Discreet, and Professional are how client's describe their experience working with award-winning and published photographer Robert Walker. Happily married for over 20 years, Robert and his wife share their home in Dallas with their son, and their ever-playful Golden Retriever. [Dallas-Fort Worth Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2400 (USD)
Steven Young shoots weddings for engaged couples in New York City

When I obsessively started taking tons of photos back in high-school, I never imagined that years later I would have hundreds of amazing weddings in my portfolio. I've always followed my passions, and after spending many years DJing around the world, I wanted to create art that was more original. And I fell in love with photography. Choosing to shoot such glamorous and tear-jerking weddings (no, I am not immune, either) came naturally, partly because I am a bit of a romantic myself, and because I was always drawn to people’s real emotions. I love what I do so much that sometimes I forget it's work, because it’s different every time – no two weddings, locations or couples are the same, and this makes things incredibly exciting for me. Wedding photography has taken me all around the world. I've shot in about a dozen different countries on 4 different continents and had some unforgettable experiences in remote places like Mongolia, Phuket, India, and Belgium. So no matter where your wedding is, whether it's in a village on the other side of the world, an exotic beach, or an intimate backyard wedding in NYC, I'll be there with you. Memorable Images that Will Stay with You Forever I enjoy everything about weddings, but my favorite moments to document are when couples get ready, showing genuine, real emotions. The morning always feels unlike any other part of the day. And portrait sessions, when we can get creative, possibly take an adventurous pursuit to find a unique location, and make photos that can also standalone as works of art. Despite Personal Victories I Never Cease to Strive for Perfection I feel really proud of all the awards I have won over the years for my wedding work, and the shots that have been published in national wedding magazines, but I'm most proud when I can cook a tasty dinner for friends and family without the smoke alarm going off! My Aim - Creating Outstanding Lifetime Memories Feel free to explore STAK Studios, a kaleidoscope of smiles, tears of joy, and people dressed to the nines! If you are getting married, I would be truly honored to capture your big day, so get in touch and share your vision with me. We’ll make a great team and turn your wedding into a work of art. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4800 (USD)
Dallas-Fort Worth wedding photography by David Loi of Northern Texas

I am a Dallas based photographer that has been trusted by grooms and brides across the United States, flying me to unique and exotic locations to shoot around the world including Scotland, Thailand and the Virgin Islands. I look forward to doing more of the same so that I can take the creative journalistic style wedding pictures that will make your friends jealous, families envious and blow your minds away. I will be on my feet, cameras to my eyes capturing every special moment of you from the time you're getting your hair ready, right on through until you say your "I Do's!" And it's not over yet...I'll be there for your first dance until the last song where you'll have to be carried out from all of the fun. Whatever happens, I'll be there to marry artful photojournalism with life, love, and laughter. My mission is to bring focused passion in photography through elegant service. [Dallas-Fort Worth Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)

Wedding Venues from Texas - Southern

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Tim + Kristin

Photo by Jared Lindsay

“Holy cow Jared! I want to cry I love them so much! Our trust was very well founded. Thank you. You captured our moments and more. I’m so happy”. – Kristin.

Britney and Chase

Britney and Chase

Photo by Philip Thomas

I just wanted to give you a Huge THANK YOU!! It has been a pleasure working with you along this wonderful journey. I couldn't be happier with the way everything has turned out! Your talent is truly amazing.

Marcela & Rishi

Photo by Philip Thomas

What can we say...thank you so very much for sharing your art and your passion with us during our wedding weekend! Your photos capture the essence of the weekend-the joy, the fun, the passion, the love-you got it all. We can't wait to see "the book" and we can't want to work with you again. Thanks again!