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. 

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United States 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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Elopement Photographers for Small North America Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small United States 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, quick, 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 intimate, religious, 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 United States Couples

280 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)
Colorado Wedding and Elopement Photographer Lucy Schultz

I don't take myself too seriously - but I do LOVE my job. When I’m shooting I’m a total goof, creating a fun atmosphere where it’s easy for you to feel comfortable being YOURSELF. The word “professional” in front of “photographer” is hard for me to stomach, since I lie in the dirt A LOT and have been known to swear like a sailor. But what I lack in dignity I make up for in sound effects. I have been shooting weddings full time since 2013 though, so I guess I must accept the title. I'm your built-in hype girl. I am also an “adult.” More about me: -I met my husband when I moved to Colorado in 2015 – literally, on my first night here- and now we have two terrible/adorable cats and a forever sleepover. -My favorite food is anything wrapped in more food. Pierogies. Ravioli. Potstickers. Tacos. Samosas. Empanadas. Give it to me. -I’ve danced contra, swing, lindy, blues, and fusion, but off the dancefloor, I’m a total klutz. I once cut myself on a bagel, which is the roundest object known to all mankind. It’s bad, dudes. -Still not over how cute bunnies are. Who is, though? -I’m a Highly Sensitive Person, (HSP) and I have Misophonia (which is, unfortunately, not a soup). -I previously worked in veterinary surgery and volunteered at spay/neuter clinics and a raptor rehab center. My feral cat wrangling skills rarely come into play at weddings, but when they do.. -I’ve traveled to New Zealand, Indonesia, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany & Austria, where I kept cheese in my pockets to lure stray cats into my arms. It was.. occasionally successful. If you have been to New Zealand, we are already friends. [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)

Michelle has been photographing weddings and elopements since 2004. Couples call her a 'wedding ninja' for her ability to capture raw emotion while telling their story in a beautiful, yet comprehensive manner and always with a bit of humor along the way. [New Jersey Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3950 (USD)

I am an East Coast transplant who loves the desert, Boston Terriers and has a serious addiction to bright colorful sneakers. I am married to a fellow photojournalist who shares my passion for photography and adventure. I think about my own wedding as I photograph weddings for other people. I know how magical that day was for my husband and me and how special it was to be surrounded by all of our friends and family. My goal is to capture that feeling for you so you can relive your wedding day years from now as well. I consider myself a storyteller who creates unique, thoughtful, artistic and candid photographs that will last a lifetime. [Phoenix Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (USD)

Chris has had a great love for art since he was a young boy. At age of 15, he earned his first second-hand camera from his father. Since then, he was always “the photographer” among his friends and family. He finally turned this passion into his profession in 2007. Wedding is one of the events Chris loves to shoot. He believes it is one of the most beautiful and joyful event in life, and he understands how every moment, from engagement to the end of the wedding day, means to the couples and their families. Through his artistic eyes and un-obstructive approach, Chris documents these precious moments into elegant, story-telling photographic images that the couples can cherish. Chris is a destination wedding photographer based in San Francisco, California. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)
San Jose Wedding and Elopement Photography by Tyler Vu of Northern California

Equipped with a background in graphics design, the attention to composition is key to my images. I have a very simple philosophy and style: I shoot life, as it happens. I thrive on shooting split-second moments that mark life-altering experiences: an extended gaze, a touch of the hand, a tearful smile. I capture the details that few people notice, the moments everyone wants to remember, and ultimately the feelings that can be relived, over and over, for years and decades to come. [San Jose Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)

I am a Texas Longhorn at heart and a transplant to the South Lake Tahoe area, which I have called home since 2006. Today, I am a destination wedding photographer available for event, portrait, elopement and wedding photography in the Reno Tahoe Area and beyond. I love traveling and one of my former clients tells people that I’m a shutterbug: if I get to travel and take pictures, then even better. Let’s do this! I have a Bachelor of the Sciences in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin but discovered late in that I’m pretty damn talented at combining my education with my love of people into this job. I am a contributing photographer to the Tahoe Mountain News as well as a contributing blogger and photographer for Tahoe South. I am frequently found snapping photos of locals at South Lake Tahoe events. [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (USD)
DC adventure wedding photography by Kathleen Ricker

I am a no-make-up... t-shirt wearing... animal-loving... travel obsessed, Love is Love Believer, foot in mouth extroverted introverted wedding & wildlife photographer based outside of Washington DC... (that was a mouth-full). I have been shooting weddings around the world for over 10 years. My work mixes all the best parts of wedding photography... intimate little moments, truly epic portraits, and fun family photos that are more than just stand here and smile. I try to work with my couples to create unique pieces of artwork, making their images stand out from anything they have ever seen before. My photographs are Bold, Colorful, and Real. I love emotion and work to incorporate that in all my work. I do this by investing in getting to know my couples. I am not a wham bam thank you photographer. We will be spending way more than just your wedding day together and after your wedding is over I totally expect to be grabbing drinks with you. While I primarily shoot weddings in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, I absolutely love traveling and I love meeting up with couples while I am on an adventure (and it's only partly for hiking buddies) I give my couples affordable opportunities to travel with me anywhere in the world for elopements, mini weddings, and engagement sessions. I especially love traveling to the National Parks here in the US and frequently offer deals for full-day adventures! When I am not shooting weddings I am traveling the world-leading wildlife educational conservation photography tours. I take my clients to mostly East Africa where they have the opportunity to trek with Mountain Gorillas. I am an advocate for Wildlife Conservation around the world and have traveled to all Seven Continents photographing wildlife. Some of my wedding couples have even joined me for their honeymoons! [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
Nantucket Wedding Photographer Katie Kaizer

Hello, I'm Katie! I was born and raised on the island of Nantucket, and for as long as I can remember I've been immersed in and inspired by the natural beauty of my home. I always had a camera in my hand when I was younger, chasing sunsets at the beach, out on my Dad's fishing boat and documenting my adventures with my friends in scrapbooks too numerous to count. I've had a passion for storytelling from an early age. A few years after college, I moved to Boston and enrolled in the New England School of Photography for their two-year professional program and studied photojournalism, wedding and portrait photography. After graduating I started my business on Nantucket. My goal and passion is to document the moments and experiences you’ll cherish forever. I am committed to capturing the human experience from the smallest elopement to the biggest wedding celebration, from everyday life to the family vacation celebrating 60 years of marriage for the grandparents. I also spend lots of time photographing stories and doing work for organizations that are near and dear to my heart; our local animal shelter and a recent project with an equine therapy center. I believe the best part of my job is that each wedding, project, portrait session or engagement is a new artistic endeavor with a story to be told. I live on Nantucket Island with my husband Evan and our rescue pup Ziggy and while I do a lot of work here, I am also happy to travel just about anywhere! I would love to hear more about your upcoming wedding, event or story that needs to be told. [Nantucket Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)

Will is the main photographer of the small husband and wife run company -- Resonance Vision. Will earned his Bachelor's degree in Photography at China Academe of Art and earned 2 Master's degrees in Fine Art in Zhejiang Normal University and State University of New York at Albany. After Will graduated from SUNY Albany in 2014, he moved to NYC and started his Wedding Photography career. Will is now based in New Jersey but available throughout the Northeast and beyond. [New York City - Metro Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Studio portrait of Boston small wedding and elopement photographer Nicole Chan of Massachusetts

My name is Nicole. I'm a Boston wedding photographer and I: can eat more chocolate than you can (Dark and milk. We all know that white doesn't really count), speak quickly (so keep up!) and live to travel, play board games and laugh 'till my cheeks hurt My style is a mix of creative documentary and stunning portraits. I believe that moments trump all - big moments, quiet moments, obnoxious moments and of course, little moments. I strive to create meaningful photographs. Above all, I believe that wedding photography should never be a cookie-cutter experience. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)
Washington DC wedding and elopement photography by Natasha Lamalle

I love candid photos, the small moments between friends or two lovers, the very short instant which nobody will remember if a camera wasn't around to catch it. I have been taking pictures since I was a kid. I have started taking professional pictures ten years ago using my camera to tell stories with a journalism aspect. I now want to use my skills to photograph your wedding with my unique point of view on photography. Your love is a story and my job is to describe it through my photos. As a photojournalist, I have won many international photo competitions, and have been selected for many collective exhibitions in Paris, Great Britain and Finland. My personal work is an important part of my photography skills. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2900 (USD)

Although born in the United States, I spent the first 7 years of my life in the Sultanate of Oman. California was “abroad” and my accent at that age was so thick that I could have passed as British. After moving to California, my older brother and I continued to spend our summers on the Arabian Peninsula. During those formative years, we sought after our own adventures. We built skateboard ramps out of plywood and 2×4’s. We raced one another to the top of sand dunes. I should also mention that we lit things on fire. We engineered and tested homemade rockets and flamethrowers on a regular basis. Beginning in 1994, I studied black and white film. In the darkroom, we developed and printed every photo by hand. At some point between photographing goats in the Himalaya and taking pictures of guanacos in Argentina, I moved from film to digital. I began photographing weddings in 2009. Weddings challenge me to creatively document an incredible range of personalities, places and emotions. No couple’s relationship is the same. No two celebrations are alike. This is surely the best job in the world. I would love to photograph the excitement, joy, and love of your wedding day! [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3850 (USD)

My name is Penny! I am a traveling wedding photographer living in Minnesota. I was born and raised in the south so you will hear me say the word y'all along with other combination made up words. I love to travel all over this world to take photos of amazing people and places. I have one husband, and three of the best dogs ever. I married my high school sweetheart and so I really enjoy this love and marriage stuff! I want to get to know you and the love of your life and tell your story through beautiful photographs if you'll let me. My goal is to capture the real moments of your wedding day and deliver keep-sakes that will allow you to relive those beautiful moments for all years to come. [Minneapolis Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3700 (USD)

Joyce Perlman lives in San Francisco and Mendocino, California, where she is best known for her images of fine art wedding photography. Her particular style utilizes a blend of documentary photography with contemporary portraiture; stylish and sophisticated. She has a sophisticated style that transcends trends. Associated with The Saret Gallery, formerly The Photographers Gallery of Palo Alto, she contributed to the education of the public in the aesthetic and technical aspects of photography for many years. Joyce's work experience includes directing design for visual communication media in the consumer, business and education markets for Apple Computer, Adobe Systems , Amazon and Electronic Arts. She is a well-known professional resource to the creative community for high-quality design and photography. Joyce studied fine art history and advertising at Syracuse University in New York, London, England and Florence, Italy. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (USD)
Los Angeles wedding photography by Darren Hendry of Southern California

Howdy, I'm Darren, one half of The Hendrys! I am not a typical wedding photographer, that is for certain! You could say my style is very non-traditional and pretty offbeat. My approach to shooting is simple; I’ll keep it mostly documentary (you can’t beat a good caught-off-guard expression), capture the action as it unfolds throughout the day, avoid cheesy clichés and let everyone have good old knees up without any interference from me. I’m constantly pushing myself creatively and I am incredibly passionate about telling unique stories for each couple, so I aim to go into each wedding with a clear mind and eyes wide open. If I could describe my work in four words they would be the following: Natural. Emotive. Creative. Honest. I am also a sucker for some awesome light. My journey into the world of wedding photography started back in 2011. Prior to that, I was shooting portraits, gigs and architectural stuff (I have a degree in Architecture) and was starting to get slightly bored, not to mention, my lack of creativity was failing me. I randomly put a wedding photography advert on Gumtree and secured my first booking after a few weeks! Since then I have never looked back and have been doing wedding photography full-time for almost 7 years. It sounds slightly clichéd but getting to travel the world and meet loads of new people along the way has been totally inspiring. I have also stepped out of my creative boundaries and change it up at every wedding I capture, which always helps in keeping things fresh. It’s been an awesome experience so far! [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Boulder adventure wedding and elopement photography by Jesse La Plante of Colorado

I’ve worked as a professional photographer for 15 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in photojournalism and started out in the newspaper industry. During that time, I shot everything from criminal court trials to Detroit Pistons games (I’m originally from Michigan); structure fires to beauty pageants; congressional debates to high school football games on Friday nights. Every day was a new challenge; every assignment a new learning opportunity. My time as a photojournalist taught me to be resourceful and to think on my feet, which has proven invaluable for wedding photography. In the summer of 2008, I started shooting weddings on the side and absolutely loved it. I was able to visit new places, meet new people, and was granted a very important and personal role in what was arguably the most joyful day of their lives. Plus, I started getting a ton of compliments on my work and how it was different from typical wedding photography. People would tell me that they could spot one of my photos from a mile away without having to be told who the photographer was – that I was beginning to cultivate a very specific style. So when my wife, Moira, and I moved to Colorado that fall, I decided to make wedding photography my full-time career; we started J. La Plante Photo and never looked back. When I’m not behind the lens, you can probably find me on the slopes. Skiing is one of the main reasons I moved west. I’m also obsessed with the music scene out here. Red Rocks is by far the coolest venue I’ve ever been to. I’m a craft beer nerd, a movie buff, an amateur screenwriter and an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction alike. And I love to travel. I’ve been to 18 foreign countries and all 50 United States. I drove all over the American West before deciding to settle in Colorado, where I immediately fell in love with the state’s blend of urban and outdoor lifestyles. The proximity of Denver to the mountains felt too good to be true and now, eight years later, it still feels that way. I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding photographer. [Boulder Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5500 (USD)

Hi! I'm a wedding photographer living in Southern New Jersey and covering the greater Philadelphia area as well as all of New Jersey. I've been photographing weddings professionally since 2012. While photography has always been a passion of mine, I didn't start photographing weddings until I realized just how posey and fake most weddings were when it came to photography! I decided then that I would start photographing weddings as a storyteller and photojournalist. Capturing real moments and the true essence of the day for my couples. Things took off from there and now here I am! I am also an avid wildlife photographer. I think that wildlife and weddings are very similar to me in that you get an addictive rush when you are able to capture the perfect moment. A moment where a single photograph can tell an entire story. There is nothing else like that and I will never tire of waiting endlessly to capture those moments! [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
Boston wedding photography by Alex Gordeev of Massachusetts

My name is Alex. I am a professional photographer in Greater Boston and Cape Cod. Working in New England all over the US. Always passionate about my job and always strive to make my customers happy. One of my top priorities is to make you feel comfortable throughout the session while working on the photos you will love and will keep as beautiful memories forever. 15 years of experience. Follow my Instagram or visit my web page for more details. Thanks! [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)

After six years as a photojournalist and multimedia photographer for Sun-Times Media in Chicago and ten years as a Senior Associate for a large Chicago fine art wedding photography studio, I am pursuing my dream of opening my own wedding and portrait studio. I bring a blend of fine art and photojournalism to each wedding that I document. I passionately push the limits of my camera looking for unique ways to document the beauty and suspense that every wedding offers. Each and every wedding is an honor to document, an honor that I take very seriously. If you like authentic images informed by art please reach out and let's work together! When not photographing a wedding, engagement or portrait session, I'm in my Upstate New York home documenting the daily life of my husband, six-year-old son, and our cat Yehti and fitting in a yoga session, time in nature, or gardening whenever I can. I have a master's degree in environmental studies and my photographic work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Editor and Publisher, Women in Photojournalism, and the Illinois Press Photographers' Association, Press Association and Associated Press. Please get in touch and tell me all about you! Whether an intimate country elopement or a grand urban celebration, from start to finish, I want to hear all about it. [Schenectady Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (USD)
San Francisco wedding photography by Drew Bird of Northern California

I love telling stories with photographs. When photographing a wedding I aim to capture authentic and unscripted expressions of beauty, love, and human connection. I was drawn to photography primarily because of the power of still images. Well made photographs have the capacity to preserve our most cherished memories — shared experiences with the people we love. Your wedding celebration will likely include the most important people in your life. The photos that we create together will become a time capsule and a family heirloom for your own memories and to pass on to future generations. Moments are fragile. My relaxed personality helps people to feel comfortable allowing moments to thrive. Organic and natural moments will make up the majority of your photo story. I’ll also create artistic portraits, group photos, and images of architecture, landscapes, details, and decor. With over ten years of experience, my team and I have developed a method and approach that enables us to document the action in a way that you and your guests will barely notice our presence. A question I often get asked at weddings is “how do you know the couple?” My easygoing nature and friendly rapport with everyone leads many guests to assume I’ve been friends with the couple for ages and perhaps I’m simply another guest (who also has a camera and loves photography). Acceptance as part of the inner circle gives me access and helps establish trust. This enables me and my team to get close to the action and to document artistically without being a distraction. From intimate micro weddings and elopements to really big multiple day celebrations and destination weddings — my team and I have photographed weddings and other projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, all over the world, and in nearly every state across the USA. (We do offer special pricing for micro weddings and elopements). If you want your wedding photos to embody the energy, passion, character and love of you and your family and friends, let’s chat more. If you love photographs that tell a story and express the true beauty of unscripted, genuine moments – I’d love to hear from you. I proudly support equal marriage rights and LGBTQ+ weddings. When not travelling for a photo project I live in Oakland, CA with my sweet-lady and a little lemon tree in the backyard. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)

Julie's fascination with photography started early. Hanging in her family home were two side-by-side portraits: one of her sister, perfectly coiffed and surrounded by carefully arranged stuffed animals; and one of Julie, tangled hair, one sock falling down and struggling to put on a pair of shoes. Julie passed those photos every day until the idea that people and character should be in photographs was as second nature as bee-bopping to ’80s music. Fast-forward fifteen years and you will meet a self-made, successful, award-winning artists who, despite her interest in all visual mediums, has devoted herself exclusively to candid moment driven photojournalistic photography in Key West. Below the bubbly surface that will charm both bride and groom is a serious professional and incredible artists. [Key West Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3450 (USD)
Lake Tahoe wedding and elopement photography by Kimmi Cranes of Northern California

Growing up in the Pacific islands, I am passionate about living adventurously and connecting deeply with the earth. Nature was my first muse. Community, culture, and conservation are important to me - I believe that we all have a responsibility to do our part to protect nature while enjoying what it has to offer. I live in beautiful Lake Tahoe and love photographing destination weddings and elopements, as well as classic and non-traditional wedding ceremonies that celebrate the story of you. Photography is my way of processing the world and empathizing with others. I've been taking photos professionally for a decade, starting with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I work closely with my clients to really get to know their personalities and story. My goal is to bring my clients' wedding day memories to life through colorful imagery, visual storytelling, and authentic snapshots that illustrate the fleeting moments and full spectrum of emotions on their wedding day. I am a California-based wedding and elopement photographer who loves to travel. [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Massachusetts and Boston wedding and elopement photography by Simi Rabinowitz

Knowing that a split second of time I capture with my camera can turn into an image cherished by generations. This is what excites me about being a wedding photographer and motivates me to continuously hone my skills and my vision. I love stunning natural light and pure, raw emotion. I love simple, clean compositions and bright, intense colors. I love shooting the big moments of the wedding day and the seemingly quieter ones – to me they are equally important and it is often when I look beyond the obvious that I am able to create the best pictures. I take an unobtrusive approach to my photography, allowing everything in front of my lens to happen naturally and my goal is to create images that tell the beautiful and unique story of your special event. I live in Somerville, Massachusetts with my wife and 2 children, am an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), and have had my work featured in The Knot Boston and Gala Weddings. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2700 (USD)
Pittsburgh wedding and elopement photography by Erica Dietz of Pennsylvania

...and I am a wedding photojournalist. This means that I specialize in candid (also called documentary style or simply unposed) photography. I enrolled in college as a young artist where I learned how to create and critique art, which would later become the foundation for my photography career. After graduating in 2008, I took an internship as a photojournalist at The Valley News Dispatch--now known as Trib Total Media--where I fell in love with visual storytelling and the year I shot my first wedding. I spent 8 years working for the newspapers—during the week I was shooting assignments full-time and shooting weddings on my weekends. In 2015, I decided to focus 100% of my energy on weddings. I took what I loved most about photojournalism and carried it to my wedding photography. My appreciation for art taught me composition and awareness to light, and the skills I developed as a photojournalist trained me to document candid moments with ease. I combine these elements in fun ways to help you relax in front of the camera and capture your personality, not poses. In addition to beautiful candid (and a few posed) portraits of yourselves, I also look for the little moments to tell the story of your day. Whether that is a photo of your flower girls giggling in the back of the church, detail shots of macaroni art hanging on your fridge from your in-home lifestyle family session, or a candid portrait of yourself with a huge laugh with nose wrinkles from your high school senior session. I reside in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania in Butler County but I am willing to travel to document your milestone event, whatever or wherever it may be. Be sure to check out my blog (linked here) to view my most recent work. Feel free to add me on social media as well! I love getting to know my clients on a personal level. PS: I do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. [Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2900 (USD)
Denver wedding and elopement photography by Matt Wilson - Colorado WPJA

I started shooting weddings while living for two years on the island of Grenada in the West Indies. Living there has certainly had a profound effect on me as a photographer and on my life in general. The richness in the color of the sky, the ocean, and the tropical landscapes clearly influence the culture in the Caribbean. Its effect has definitely stayed with my photography. My love of landscape photography grew immensely while in Grenada, as well. Since then I've lived in 3 different states and photographed hundreds of weddings in 9 different states. So from NYC to Nebraska, Chicago to Aspen, CO rural farms and mountain lodges, grand ballrooms and country club weddings, the variety has given me the experience to be ready for anything. I love that aspect of weddings. I spent most of my youth on a skateboard and I often relate the creativity of street skating to wedding photography. You practice and perfect and expand your base set of skills or "tricks" and then when you are out you look at your surroundings and figure out how to used those skills to create something cool and unique. You push those skills to find new limits. That keeps you on your toes and in the moment and for photography that means always being ready for the moments when they arrive. I get inspiration from a lot of other types of photography. At times that could be product photography influencing how I shoot details or fashion photography in how I set up editorial style bridal party photos. For most of the day though, I am inspired by my clients and the connections they have with their friends and family. That is the most important aspect of the wedding day. I like to say it's the connections, not the confections that matter. Those photos of special moments throughout your day are going to be what make you laugh or bring a tear to your eye, 10, 20, 50 years from now. That is what gets me really excited about this job! [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
Boulder wedding photography and elopements by Nina Larsen Reed of Colorado

Every Colorado elopement photographer has the same magical backdrop. But we’re all bringing our own, different magic from behind the camera. I'm Nina Larsen Reed, a born-and-raised Norwegian who moved to the mountains of Colorado in 2010 and fell in love hard. I fell in love with the boundless blue skies, the Rocky Mountain hiking trails, and with a splitboarder named Justin. And as I spent more time exploring Colorado, I realized how much I love sharing this playground I call home with couples like you. I’m not going to tell you that my photos are better than anyone else’s. What I can tell you? That I’ve photographed more than 150 couples across the Rocky Mountains. That I help my couples plan their dream elopements and weddings in a place I know and love. That these mountains still make me say “Can you believe this is real life?!” If you choose me, you’ll be so much more than a date on my calendar and I want to be so much more than a stranger with a camera. I don’t care where you’re getting married or how many people will be there. All I care about is that you’re excited about how you’re getting married and that you can trust me to show that excitement through my photos. (Oh and let’s get one thing super clear: Love is love, and I’m an LGBTQ+ friendly photographer.) [Boulder Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Knoxville wedding elopement photography by Bryan Aleman of Tennessee

I have loved photography since I was young. I have always loved the thought of any emotion being captured naturally, in it's purest form of expression. My passion is born from being a romantic at heart and shooting a wedding like I was shooting my own, without missing a moment. I lived half of my life in Honduras and the most recent half in the USA which is where I have mostly grown as a photographer for weddings, engagements, and elopements. [Knoxville Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
250/hour (USD)
Colorado wedding photography and intimate elopements by Stacy Gillespie

After just moving to CO, Stacy met Trent and a few dates later, he introduced her to a camera. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with photography and the guy that handed it to her. Having studied marketing and playing volleyball in college, Stacy fell head over heels for the creative aspect of photography and often finds herself pushing the limit with her competitive spirit. Photography is a never-ending love story for Stacy. Everyone she photographs has history, passions, goals, and regrets. Getting to know them is an inspiration to her but being able to capture their unique style, personality and beauty is a dream come true. Soon after Stacy and Trent got married, she went full time with Gillespie Photography and feels very blessed to work beside her best friend. Stacy has a deep love for relationships. She enjoys spending her time with family and friends but still gets a rush over meeting new people and learning about their inspirations. When she isn’t enjoying people’s company, you might find her drinking a cup of coffee while reading her book, hiking in the mountains or driving on a back-country dirt road in search of another barn to photograph. Stacy has a passion for early mornings, dancing, laughing and most of all, the Lord. [Summit County Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4800 (USD)
Denver wedding and elopement photography by Shea McGrath of Colorado

Hi! I'm Shea. I'm a wedding photographer that loves photographing weddings and elopements all over the beautiful state of Colorado, as well as all over the world! I was born in Denver but moved to the midwest when I was very young. However, I always felt at home when I came to visit Colorado so I knew I would move back here one day. I've been in Colorado for just over three years now and I love everything that this beautiful state has to offer! - FUN FACTS ABOUT ME - In college, I drove from Iowa to Pennsylvania to be an extra in a movie with Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Have you seen "Promised Land"? When I'm not taking pictures you can find me in the mountains hiking or camping! I got married in November to the most wonderful human. I now know what you all are going through and am more understanding than ever when it comes to wedding planning! ;) I backpacked Europe for 3 months after college and ended up living in Spain for a year teaching English afterward! I've always felt like I am more of a dog person, but Jacob and I adopted a cat named Ophelia and I have officially become one of those crazy cat ladies. Every year I travel somewhere new. My most recent trips include Machu Picchu, South Africa, and Ireland. I love traveling and trying new things! This year we are going to Costa Rica! My favorite bands/musicians include Maggie Rogers, Gregory Alan Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, The Lumineers, and Johnnyswim I have been vegan for over two years! I've won two contests in my life so far: a coloring contest in 5th grade and a grape stomping contest at the Iowa State Fair! Jacob and I love to swing dance! We started taking lessons last year and had fun swing dancing for our first dance at our wedding in November! I have played piano for 24 years! [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Elopements by Top Denver Wedding Photographer Justin Edmonds

Working as a photojournalist for the past 13 years for clients like Getty Images, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball, Upper Deck, NASCAR and The Denver Post, to name a few, I've had the opportunity to document stories, events and people all over the country. I bring that level of experience, problem-solving and hard work to each and every wedding that I photograph. I've shot more than 130 weddings and elopements in my career which is something I can admit that I didn't see coming as a business student at the University of Denver, CO. I definitely thought I would end up in the advertising industry but I picked up a camera while studying abroad in Rome, Italy and haven't put it down since. I love spending time with my fianceé, Amy, and our families. When I have some free time I can usually be found on the golf course, riding one of my three bikes or snowboarding. I am passionate about cooking and craft beer, having tried more than 2,000 unique beers to date. [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4300 (USD)
Chicago wedding and elopement photography by Victoria Sprung

I’m Victoria, and I dislike 3rd person bio pages. I’m a Photographer, Filmmaker, and Educator based in Chicago, traveling worldwide. I specialize in low light, high contrast, bold color, and in-camera effects. I love documenting real moments (at weddings, of live productions, or just in regular life), and I especially love taking creative portraits. I am a full-time photographer and have been involved with the art form professionally for over 20 years. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3900 (USD)
Philadelphia wedding photography and elopements by Meg Brock of Pennsylvania

Meg Brock is a wedding photojournalist based in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Meg was drawn to documentary photography and storytelling after a 10-year career as a pediatric intensive care nurse, which included two years volunteering in West Africa on board a hospital ship. Her experiences as a nurse were formative and gifted her an intimate view of the complexity of the individual and deep emotions connected to the human experience. As a result, she is drawn to the emotional connection and loves storytelling, which is shown in her documentary wedding photography. In addition to being a photographer, she is married to a wonderful husband and is excited to soon be celebrating 10 years of marriage. She is the mother of two children who share her strong will and determination. Being their mother has been and continues to be the greatest and most delicate privilege of her life. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)

After studying photography at NESOP in Boston Massachusetts, Neil spent several years in the action sports industry as a photographer working with nationally recognized athletes in the snowboard, ski and motocross industries. In his personal work Neil has traveled to locations in North and South America, Eastern Europe, and North Africa, creating documentary images that tell the story of those he met along the way. Since moving to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2000, Neil has established himself as a nationally recognized wedding photojournalist, applying his unique experience to capture the reality, excitement, and emotion of the wedding day. [Outer Banks Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
500/hour (USD)
Lifestyle Portrait of Boston Wedding and Elopement Photographer Morgan O'Neil

Photographer, sailor, ocean lover, pug person, Game of Thrones addict, enjoyer of raw oysters, New England patriots fan, drinker of iced coffee year round, ramblin’ wreck from Georgia Tech and a helluva engineer. Born and raised in the coastal New England town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, I photograph weddings in the Boston area as well as Palm Beach, Florida. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2900 (USD)

After working as a staff photographer for news papers such as The Denver Post for more than 20-years, I started my own wedding photography business in 1997, specializing in wedding photojournalism. Having a BA in journalism and two feature Pulitzer entries to my credits prepared me for my career of documenting weddings. My first taste of wedding photojournalism came to me while I was traveling in Japan where I was allowed to photograph parts of a traditional wedding. At the time I was working for the Denver Post. Within a year I left the paper to start my own wedding photography business. Since then I've managed to photograph completely traditional weddings in both Italy and China. Someday I hope to publish a book on wedding cultures of the world. These experiences have helped me grow as a photojournalist so that I don't depend on spoken language as much as body language and respect while I am working. Even here in Denver I get many different types of wedding cultures and traditions such as Buddhist ceremonies. Last year I was hired to photograph one couples western wedding here in Denver and a Vietnamese Buddhist wedding in New Orleans the following week. I've always loved telling stories with my pictures. Now I get to cover about 20 weddings a year and tell the stories in web based slideshows and in custom made books. [Montana Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Sarasota elopement and wedding photography by Samantha Moore of Florida

My focus is connecting, creating, and sharing with people: photography is a beautiful avenue for that. I began documenting weddings many years ago in college & have simply never really stopped. It's often the happiest day of someone's life, what a treat to experience that alongside them. I'm addicted to the challenge of making portraits beautiful regardless of the venue, weather, or circumstances. And now, it's incredible to see clients repost those photos for their anniversaries, celebrating as many as 15 years together! I've had the pleasure of shooting worldwide, from Oregon to Florida, France to Bahamian cruises, Chicago to Arizona, and so many dynamic places in between. Each couple has their own ideas of how to celebrate their love and I feel such it's such an honor when I'm chosen to document that for them. I don't aim to orchestrate their day but to photograph it in a way that captures all that they wish to remember it by. It gives me intense joy to think of generations from now flipping through wedding albums I create and these images becoming woven into their family's histories. What's not to love about two people so madly in love they're ready to promise their lives to partner up together. Beyond my camera, I'm a wife and mother in Florida who's addicted to dance fitness classes and gardening. There are few things I enjoy more than dinner parties with friends, funny chickens in my backyard, and laughing children in the pool. [Sarasota Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2950 (USD)
Rhode Island and Providence wedding and elopement photography by Kathryn Yeaton

Hi, I'm Katie. I live in East Greenwich, RI with my husband, son and two dogs. I am the owner and principal wedding photographer of Brave Hearts Photography. I've been in business for over 5 years and have photographed approximately 100 weddings. I first learned black and white film photography when I was in high school in Manchester, CT. I took a break from photography to attend Providence College and worked for 7 years in a corporate job in the financial industry. It was planning my own wedding in 2012 that brought me back to (digital) photography. I absolutely loved being able to relive the magic of my wedding day through photographs and it became clear that I could provide that same wonderful experience for others. After taking some refresher courses at the Silvermine Art Guild in New Canaan CT, and working as a second photographer, I jumped head first into wedding photography in January 2014. My documentary style organically evolved from my own experiences as a bride. The thing I loved most about my own wedding was having all of my friends and family in one room - and then finding out afterward about all of the shenanigans that went on! After the stress and tedium of planning my own wedding, I realized how important it is to be able to enjoy every moment of it. And to hire a photographer that doesn't pull you away, but captures all of those special moments! When I'm not working, I love traveling and doing landscape photography. I also love history, consider myself the family historian, and enjoy antiquing. [Providence Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Virginia elopement, wedding photographer and WPJA award winner Andrew Morrell

Mine is a love story, the marriage of art and technology, fused by curiosity and an abiding love of music, and consummated by the giddy discovery of shooting weddings. My professional career began far from cameras, powered by a love of music, as I worked my way through an always upward engagement with NPR. From small member stations to popular national music programs, culminating in a visionary job creating NPR's first satellite news stream for Sirius Satellite Radio, my 20 years in the public radio world was the alchemy of music, journalism, and curiosity that set aflame my next (and current) career of wedding photography. I came to adore the challenge of shooting weddings about a minute and a half after I started nervously shooting my very first one. The responsibility, the excitement, the pure human moments - captivated me from the start. That was 2006, and after 500 weddings, that spark and energy remain. Aside from photography, my other lifelong passion is drumming and music - specifically improvised music. I bring the element of improvisation into all of my weddings and elopements. Using a fresh eye and the surprise of a moment, I like to make genuine, honest and organic moments. When I'm not working, I spend time with my rescue Golden and making music in my studio. [Virginia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)

I am dedicated to delivering my clients timeless portraits and emotion-filled documentation of their truest selves. I work with two incredible women and together we climb and run and wait and work together to capture your wedding or elopement day with creative honesty. I am married to my childhood sweetheart and have three incredible children. I love to garden and good coffee is my essential fuel. [Arizona Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)

Dennis Viera is half of the internationally recognized, award-winning wedding photojournalism team of Viera Photographics and the primary photographer for Our Little Wedding. Based in Sonoma County, Dennis and his wife Jaime travel worldwide documenting weddings. Their business was born in 2006 on the remote South Island of New Zealand, precisely the same time they found out they were expecting their first child, Alex. (We work best under pressure) For Dennis, the photographic journey began in his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island the summer before graduating from high school, when he was awarded a lost camera from a part-time job he'd been working. From there, the passion for documenting life continued to evolve. Rapidly. Dennis began working for his college newspaper while attending the University of San Diego, learned the basics from the photo editor, and soon became his assistant while also managing the ads department and keeping the paper funded. He learned the basics of photojournalism and also how to set up more structured editorial and fashion shoots while processing film and scanning prints. Upon graduation, Dennis chose to forego an easy route to financial security and instead got a job at a small but incredible San Diego camera shop and darkroom. A little over a year passed when he was plucked from behind the counter and hired to run a commercial photography studio while also handling the events side of the business; all the while, continuing to learn by experimentations with all different combinations of cameras, lenses, and formats. This was at a time when digital was revolutionizing commercial photography studios and over his four-year period as manager, he led the transition from an all-film to an all-digital studio. Photography is not and has never been a job for Dennis, it's a deeply rooted part of him. Dennis loves photographing people, life, landscapes, architecture...so, weddings provide him the opportunity to weave together everything he's ever learned or experienced to tell each client's story in a unique way. When Dennis isn't shooting for a client or himself, he can be found hanging out with his son Alex and his wife Jaime, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, buying records, listening to music, baking bread, making wine, traveling Europe and trying to be the best husband/dad/son/human being possible. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (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)
Des Moines wedding and elopement photography by Mark Cluney of the Iowa WPJA

I take a classic approach to photographing your wedding. Above all else, I'm a storyteller: documenting moments, capturing the emotions of one of the most important days in your lifetime. I emphasize the authentic. Timeless, classic, true; I aim far more towards showing your connection and love than any current trend in wedding photography. In 30 years, I want you to look at your photographs and feel the same way you did at the wedding. I think you deserve photos of your love story that are as timeless as your love. I want to connect with you beyond "style"….photography or otherwise. I want to meet you. I want to know you! I want to know what your lives look like outside of the wedding planning process. And, really, I need that to get the kinds of images I want to give you. The best photographs come when you're willing to let me into your story. I won't pose you to get the perfect photo…the perfect photo is going to come from your connection with each other. Letting me in on that connection is what creates a meaningful, timeless image. [Des Moines Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3075 (USD)
Boston wedding and elopement photography by Kevin Wright of the Massachusetts WPJA

I am one half of Atlas + Stone, a wedding photography duo passionate about candid, honest storytelling. 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 in 2009 and moved on creatively. Years later, married with kids and working in the restaurant industry, 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 have firmly settled into the wedding industry and have photographed over 170 couples in the Southern New England area. I shoot as though I'm filming a scene. My "poses" are cinematic, shot in motion, and honest. When I shoot a wedding, I prefer to blend into the event and capture things as they happen. I developed most of my habits through cinematography, but I have been inspired and found new motivations in the entire wedding process, from engagement through the delivery of a final wedding gallery. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2750 (USD)
Miami wedding and elopement photography by Brenda Bravo - Florida WPJA

I was born in Los Angeles, California (to Peruvian parents) and have lived throughout Northern and Southern Cali most of my life until about March 2011 when I decided to up & move to Lima, Peru to pursue my dream of being a full-time photographer and documenting social work in the slums of Lima. After graduating from California State University at Fullerton in 2010 with a bachelor's in Visual Communication & minor in Sociology, I attended several photojournalism workshops around the world for years including Look3 Festival of the Photograph workshops (Charlottesville, VA) and Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Istanbul, Buenos Aires and Mexico City, BodaF in Querétaro, Mexico and Beyond [Wedding Photography] Workshop in Lima, Peru 2016 & 2017. Each of these experiences brought out a different world within me and taught me the value of photography as a tool to help us see, not only things or other people but ourselves. I’ve been photographing couples and families for over 10 years now, but falling in love and having experienced what it’s like to be the bride first-hand has changed the way that I see through my viewfinder at weddings. I am an utterly hopeless romantic and I can see and feel the love around me much more now than ever before. I get it. I offer real, emotive, and breathtaking images that capture who you truly are and all the joy you are feeling on your day. I also love to capture the behind the scenes bits, which I feel are the most interesting and telling; the pre-ceremony jitters, the anxiety in the dressing room, the sheer madness and beauty of it all. I live for these raw moments and am always ready to capture them when you least expect or even notice. Let me share my passion and years of photography experience with you. Maybe we can get a coffee together and you can tell me all about how your story began and how you want to remember it. [Miami Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Fort Collins, Colorado wedding photography by Autumn Parry

We are a photojournalistic-style husband and wife team based out of Northern Colorado. We have a background in photojournalism, where we developed a love for storytelling and capturing moments that bring photos to life. We've worked around the country spending time with people from diverse backgrounds. These instincts help us document weddings as they unravel while being unobtrusive. Photography has enabled us to travel, meet incredible people and share their stories; we are truly grateful for all the encounters and opportunities that being behind the camera has allowed us to experience. We love to go hiking, explore the beautiful outdoors, and push our creative limits as photographers. We're storytellers at heart. We are always inspired by intimate connections, the energy of a fun crowd, beautiful light and the constant challenge of holding on to those fleeting moments. Your story matters and deserves to be told with creativity and an eye for the unexpected. We are always looking to see the world differently and love a good challenge that pushes us creatively to achieve more for our couples. [Fort Collins Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3400 (USD)

I care deeply about what I do. After 11 years of shooting weddings, I've come to realize that the most important thing I can do is serve you and your family and friends with my whole heart. It's not about creating beautiful content for Instagram, though I do, it's not about winning awards, though I have, it's about showing up on your wedding day and being a fun, positive, and supportive presence. And most importantly it's about using my skill and experience to capture the real, honest moments that mean so much to you. I have lived in the Boston area for most of my life and gratefully shoot all over Massachusetts and New England. I am lucky enough to have photographed weddings in many beautiful places such as San Francisco, Wyoming, Austin TX, both coasts of Mexico, & St. Lucia. I am available for travel worldwide but your wedding location doesn't have to be epic - some of my most memorable events were held in my client's backyards. Wherever you love is, I will be honored to be there. 100% supportive of the LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and Native communities. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2995 (USD)
Philadelphia wedding photography by Katie Baab of Pennsylvania

I cannot think of any other medium that so greatly encompasses preservation, appreciation, gratitude, and documentation the way that photography does. Photographs have power. They can transport you to another time, they can conjure a once vivid memory after it fades, they can show you what love looks like and at the very least, they can record a moment or an image of something you never want to forget. The magnitude of family photography is what interests me. Whether an engagement, a proposal, a wedding, a new baby, an immediate or extended family, what is happening right now is important and I want to record it for you. I strive to make images that are real, raw, emotive, artistic, classic and genuine and in a few years, or in many years, my hope is that they will be waiting for you when you want to recall the memories that you are making right now. I earned my BFA in photography from the University of Delaware and I have been photographing weddings and families professionally for over 13 years in Philadelphia, New York, and surrounding areas. I've learned that it's not about being in the right place at the right time, it's about being open to everything that is happening around me. The magic is always in the details and in the small moments that could get overlooked. My work has been recognized by Philadelphia Wedding Magazine, The Knot magazine, Lehigh Valley Style magazine, Style Me Pretty, and multiple online wedding resources. I am passionate about photographing your love story for you, for your family and for future generations to appreciate, and in doing it in such a way that the energy and love within your images can be felt for the rest of time. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)

Hi, I'm David! I'm a documentary wedding photographer who believes in real, raw, emotional photography. I have traveled and lived in many countries and states, always pursuing adventure and good stories. This is how I came to be a photographer: every family's story is unique and I love making it visual. There is always emotion - sometimes a subtle hand brush, other times hugs or tears. Finding those moments and saving them for you is what I do. [Missoula Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4750 (USD)

I grew up in New York, studied film and photography at Montana State University and spent five years as a newspaper photographer in Montana, New Mexico, and Colorado. Since 2005, I’ve been photographing weddings full time, traveling a lot and falling in love with color photography and Mexico. An old friend once said that "reality is more creative than I am." I love this! It took me a while to learn that my role as a photographer isn't about me or impressing other photographers. It's about the people and places I photograph and capturing what's real, not directed or trendy. Reality, whether pretty or not, is always the most beautiful. I don't use couples as props to win photo contests and will never tell you what to do or where to do it. I want to make art about you! [San Diego Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Los Angeles wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang of CA

I’m a moment junkie. I studied Journalism in college and I once was a journalist based in Seoul, including for The Associated Press. I strongly believe that the absolute best way to re-live the most special day is by looking at your photos of real moments and emotions. Both my academic and professional backgrounds have influenced my documentary and photojournalistic wedding and elopement photos. And these timeless and priceless photos define who we are and nothing makes me more thrilled than documenting our lives as they are. Life is a series of moments, and those moments are fleeing away from us instantly; that is why photography is incredibly powerful and important to our lives, and I feel extremely honored to be part of every moment. I do what I do, coming from my heart, passion, and love. I love listening to all kinds of music nonstop. I love eating/cooking food - especially noodle soups. I lived in Panama for about 6 years when I was a kid. But my Spanish is really embarrassing. I visited the most secluded country North Korea twice when I was a reporter. I love wandering around and reading books about why we are the way we are. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Lake Tahoe wedding photography by Nicky Byrnes of California

I’ve had a camera in my hand since I can remember. On family vacations each of us had a camera and would come back with several rolls of film. It was great to see different perspectives of the same place. My photos became more refined throughout my childhood as I graduated to my stepdad’s Minolta film SLR. As a teenager and self professed “scene-kid” my interests turned to boys, music and books so my photos changed as well. I would deck myself out in black eyeliner weekly to shoot photographs of my favorite musicians. Bands are still one of my favorite photo subjects by the way, so be prepared if you get me started talking about them. In college I dedicated myself to photography professionally with a degree in photojournalism, then found my calling with a wedding studio at 19. I’ve since been published in Paste and XLR8R print magazines as well as Billboard Online, Tahoe Unveiled, Borrowed and Blue, The Knot, and Wedding Wire Blogs. On a more personal note, I’m a former Michigander who has called north Lake Tahoe her home since October 2011. I still miss Michigan beer (the best in the world, don’t argue), cherries, pasties (savory meat pies found in the UP) and warm nights but I couldn’t imagine living anywhere but Tahoe. I’m fascinated by all the quirky, wild, backwoods parts of America and I’m only missing four states on my quest to 50; Oklahoma, New Mexico, Maine and Alaska. I love all things outdoors. I hike or mountain bike almost every day with my Irish Wolfhound/Greyhound mix, Lindy and my big crazy Great Dane Captain. I also love to ski (badly), SUP and kayak, and volunteer with Achieve Tahoe. When I’m not shooting, sleeping or eating popcorn, I’m probably with my husband of almost one year, Keegan! [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
500 (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)
Detroit wedding photography and elopements by Ray Iavasile of Michigan

Ray Anthony Iavasile is the owner of Ray Anthony Photography in Birmingham, Michigan. He began photographing weddings in Los Angeles, California in 1992, but his love and passion for his documentary style of photographing weddings began clicking for him in the early 2000s when he traded in his Bronica medium format cameras for faster Canon 35mm SLR's. The change opened the door to shoot a lot more candid-style photos than ever before. This ignited a passion in him to redirect his focus entirely to photographing weddings from beginning to end as a documentary style wedding photographer, or as a wedding photojournalist. By 2004, with the acquisition of his first professional digital camera, there was no turning back. He began developing an authentic style of capturing the "decisive moment" and has since become an expert at documenting the unfolding story of the couple's wedding day. For the last four years running with WPJA, Ray has ranked as one of the Top 150 wedding photojournalists in the world, once in the Top 100 and twice ranking in the Top 50. In 2019, Ray's success has seen him climb to the #7 wedding photojournalist in North America, and #28 in the world. When Ray is commissioned to photograph a wedding, he truly believes it’s his job to photograph the “complete story” of that day! He is so sincere with this idea, that he even provides "unlimited coverage" on the wedding day, photographing from the early morning until the end of the night! Ray doesn’t want to miss a single moment! Ray Anthony Iavasile earned his BA Degree at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. The Ray Anthony Photography showroom has been located in Birmingham, Michigan since 2005 and Ray has become the premier wedding photojournalist in all of Michigan. Though most of his weddings are photographed in the Metro Detroit area, he has photographed weddings extensively in California as well as Florida, Boston, New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Ray is always willing to travel to destinations around the world. He is also an underwater photographer and would love to photograph a wedding under the sea! [Detroit Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)

A visual storyteller, Kenny, is a talent unlike any other. It's his love for life that inspires his passion for bold wedding photojournalism and allows him to consistently tell the beautiful story of his wedding clients through creative photography. Shooting an average of 20 weddings per year makes for an awesome opportunity to really connect with each bride and groom. Early in his career, his internships with highly decorated wedding and fashion photographers shaped and influenced his style which today consists of a blend of both. Kenny’s unique experience has secured him highly visible projects in fashion, beauty, entertainment, and sports. Yet, the family man is most passionate about telling the life stories of the families he comes across. From the engagement session to the wedding day, Kenny becomes just another member of the family to the clients he serves—there to celebrate and document their life journey at the same time. Based in Baltimore, Kenny serves the areas of Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and Georgia. He is an expert in wedding photography and visual arts with his work and has garnered the attention of both locally and nationally recognized publications. When he is not documenting your amazing wedding day, Kenny enjoys spending his time with his children, friends, and Bella the cat! [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Brittany Diliberto, a wedding and elopement photographer at Bee Two Sweet Photography in Arlington, VA

Photography is a part of who I am, not just what I do. My camera goes wherever I go, because I believe spectacular moments should be imprinted on more than memory alone. My work is influenced by my background as a professional lighting designer, having spent many years exploring how light can transform a scene and evoke emotion. I’m always looking for the best lighting and angles that most people might not notice, to capture the unfolding of events in creative, artistic, and inspirational ways. [Arlington Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4250 (USD)

For Ken Pak, photography is a way to expose life at its best. His spontaneity of expression and his professional, yet friendly nature allow him to capture the most natural once in a lifetime moments through his lenses. He says "Throughout the wedding day, I am watching the emotions and expressions of the couple as they interact with guests and family members. My job is to freeze those precious moments and make them as beautiful as the couple remember it in their hearts." His unmatched thirst for exploration, paired with unrelenting energy, creative ability, a professional attitude and dedication to the art of photography is what allows him to photograph lifestyle assignment such as weddings. At an early life, Ken was exposed to photography by his father, an avid photographer hobbyist, through his gifts of a camera and a video camera. Moreover, during high school, he was awarded for his artistic talent becoming a national finalist in graphic design. However, his path led him to work for an environment caring cause. Although the job had its fulfilling characteristics in making the earth greener, he found self-fulfillment and gratification while capturing candid moments of his loving girlfriend, now his wife, and two adorable Jack Russell terrier puppies. The excitement and freedom that a camera provided for him was enough to pursue a lifelong career as a professional photographer. Taking pictures of his friends' most special days, he was able to build his name as a reputable photographer. Ken's partner in life and career is the one and only, Eun Choi, with newest yet most precious gift in their lives, Caleb Pak, and a Jack Russell terrier, Kenue (The other one recently passed away). [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3900 (USD)
Jalisco wedding and elopement photographer Juan Carlos Calderon, of Puerto Vallarta

Shortly before I started my photographer's career in 2012, times were very challenging for me because I didn't have a job for 6 months straight. The only job I could find was an online coupon agency, just like Groupon, but local. It was an extremely demanding job. I was in charge of the creative department and was an editor as well for online ads of different local businesses. Many of these businesses I didn't even know but still had to make them look like they were “the bomb“. It was an 8-hour straight job in front of a computer creating the ads, answering emails, making phone calls and doing customer service and I was doing all this trying to be as charming and convincing as Steve Jobs, but I felt absolutely miserable. One day I decided to send some pictures of mine to a photo contest advertised in a local paper. So I sent some I used to take during very relaxing photo-walks around Puerto Vallarta with my wife Melissa on my days off. And guess what? I won. And the prize was a position as a 1st photographer in an exclusive resort! I felt like the luckiest man alive! But the thing is, I didn't know ANYTHING technical about photography, I didn't know about composition, ISO, shutter speed or apertures. I was a layman really. But my boss didn't care about those technicalities and he told me very seriously on my first assignment: “Here's your camera, you have your first wedding at 6:00 pm“. And I was like: “ Okay, I better make this work...“ LOL. Fortunately for me (and most importantly, for the bride), the pictures didn't suck. But obviously, they were far from great and I didn't want to cheat myself or anybody else again, so after that experience, I committed myself to become the best photographer I could be. I've been studying, training, learning and practicing since then and I've never stopped. Now, I am so grateful because I do what I love the most, with the person I love the most. [Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)

I am Clara Sampaio, I photograph for passion and love my profession. Since I've changed architecture for wedding photography and family, I can say that I'm part of a select group of people who work with what they really like, and that makes all the difference. The language of my work is guided by photojournalism and most of the time I photograph the moments as they actually happen. I seek the truth of each couple's feelings to tell their love story with pictures. [Rio de Janeiro Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5000 (USD)

Hi I’m Ash Davenport from Miki Photography, an international award winning Wedding Photographer in London but covering the whole of the UK. I specialise in a blend of relaxed and creative portraits and a documentary approach to capturing weddings. So if I were to try and describe my style in three words it would be, LOVE, FUN & STYLE. LOVE – For me that’s what a wedding is primarily about, and what I'm trying to capture the essence of: two people who love each other enough to say that they want to spend the rest of the lives together, surrounded by all the people most important to them. FUN – Whether it be joy, happiness, or laughter I want your images to resonate with real emotions. So relax be yourselves, and just enjoy it – and then allow the pictures to reflect that. Don’t worry I be mostly blending into the day capturing it all as it all unfolds. No fake smiles, no saying cheese and no looking at the camera. Just awesome imagery of people being themselves with real relaxed expressions. STYLE – I always strive to make you both 'look good’ especially in the parts of the day where I get to spend a few moments with you and hopefully produce some pictures you’ll be proud of and happy to show your friends and make them go 'WOW’. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d love to hear from you. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (GBP)
Ontario / Brampton wedding and elopement photography by Aniket Sananse of Canada

I am a freelance wedding photographer from Toronto. Besides the wedding and elopements, I also cover photoshoots for newborns, family and candid couple portraits. ​ My father being a passionate photographer introduced me to a camera in my early childhood. I was so surprised and amazed at how a tiny device can capture moments and lock them away forever. Even having a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy - just didn't felt enough to be satisfied and so I decided to follow the passion & started AS Photography in 2012. [Brampton Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (CAD)
La Spezia artistic wedding and elopement photgraphy by Matteo Originale, of Liguria, Italy

Born in a small village near Cinque Terre, Italy in 1977, I was interested in photography since my youth. I spent a lot of hours in the darkroom viewing my father's pictures. With the passage of time photography became more than a passion, it became my whole life. I work throughout Italy (Siena, Florence, Rome, Venice, Como Lake, Portovenere, Orvieto, Amalfi, Sorrento) and in foreign locations. I continue to develop my skills by attending different workshops and seminars. started taking pictures when I was a child, trying to imitate my father. I liked his old cameras and I was fascinated by the alchemy of the darkroom. With the passage of time, this particular way of interacting with reality has become the passion that today is my job. I like to think that with me there's always that little boy, with his curiosity, his desire to experiment, his wanting to put himself to the test continuously. I began photographing natural landscapes and architecture. Now I love being a wedding photographer. Why? Because marriage is a moment full of emotion and passion. I’d like to reproduce those feelings in my shots: a face, a smile, a tear, a look . I do it in the first place trying to help the couple to face in the best way a moment that, in some ways, can be very difficult. One of the best things about my job is that … today many of these spouses are my friends. 2009 2011 European qualification QEP 2012-2014 recognition of association AGWPJA; 2014 7th ranking wedding photographers association AGWPJA. 2015 2nd ranking wedding photographers association AGWPJA. 2016 1st ranking wedding photographers association AGWPJA 2017 2nd ranking wedding photographers association AGWPJA 2018 1st ranking wedding photographers association AGWPJA [La Spezia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1700 (EUR)
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)

My photography must exceed your expectations. I laid the foundations at the Fotovakschool, I followed courses, but the most important thing: I followed my heart. I have found the perfect balance between ambition, challenge and love in my constant search for the perfect picture. My portfolio is proof of that. I want to create something. Something deep personal. I want to make the real connection with people. Being present in the unconditional love that two people feel for each other. Capturing it, it is a homage that gives me unbridled energy. ['s-Hertogenbosch Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1495 (EUR)

I'm French wedding photographer. I do it since 2012. I'm married and I have one daughter, they are the inspiration in my life and they push my limits to be a better person and a better photographer. If I do this job, it's to feel happiness and love...I love that. there's no best job than to be a wedding photographer [Lot-et-Garonne Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (EUR)

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Are you ready to find your United States 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 United States Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

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While some of us were fortunate enough to be born as extroverts, not everyone feels the same way. For a good chunk of the population, any number of the typical wedding day traditions can inspire anxiety and existential dread. This day is all about you, yes, but does that mean all the attention has to be on you as well? FROM VOWS TO CHITCHAT, WHICH REMAINS SACRED? Traditional weddings often require some degree of performance on the part of the couple, whether that is in the form of reciting...Read more
While some people live for the hustle and bustle of a big wedding with extravagant décor and an impossibly long guest list, others find these kinds of weddings to be too much hoopla, preferring instead something simpler and quieter, allowing for more intimacy between them and their fiancés on this special day. So how do you infuse your wedding with all the romance but none of the fuss? ALONE AT LAST Many couples these days are opting to elope rather than planning a large wedding. For the no-...Read more
It’s no secret that these are strange times we’re going through right now, and there are many couples out there with weddings set in the near future who are left feeling uncertain and concerned about their futures. While that’s understandable, it’s also important to remember the reason you’re getting married in the first place; not for the grand celebration, but because you love each other and want to be together. REMEMBER WHAT'S IMPORTANT You’re in this position now, about to get married, for...Read more
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Oftentimes when people are considering a venue for their weddings, they search for a location away from home, whether that be ten minutes or ten hours, all just to find what they already have: a place that holds meaning for them, that feels comfortable, or that they find special and memorable. But what could hold more memory, meaning, and importance than your own home? For those looking for that perfect venue, it may not be any further than beyond your threshold.Read more
Traditionally speaking, often times it is the couple’s families who help pay for their wedding. However, unfortunately that’s just not possible for everyone, especially these days when the cost of weddings can quickly and easily get out of control. Some couples find themselves in the position of paying for all of their own wedding expenses, which can be quite the financial burden to take on, and about 40% of Millennials end up in this boat. So, how can you stick to your allotted...Read more
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Everyone always says that your wedding day is all about you. But let’s face it; that’s not always actually the case. Many couples stress over guest lists, planning, expenses, and all the frills and traditions of your standard large wedding that they may or may not even be interested in. Fortunately, though, the concept of small weddings is becoming increasingly popular for couples who either want to be able to completely customize their day where and when they want with the option...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Amanda & David

Photo by William West

You were very responsive and flexible. Your eye and style are fantastic and you are very calm and collected. Since the day we booked over the phone long distance, you made us feel very confident and relaxed in choosing your service. We saw preview photos the very next day and we LOVE them. Your value is excellent and I highly recommend you to anyone. We can't wait to see the rest of the photos!

Eleanor & Dave

Photo by Douglas Despres

Doug you did the most FANTASTIC job! The photos are all so beautiful I can't even make a favorites list because they're all so great. I confess that I even teared up looking at them it was such a happy day and you captured everything. We're so grateful for all your efforts, we really can't imagine having had a different photographer there to share our day with us. Thank you so so much!

Hayley and Chet

Photo by Jordanna Marston

Hi Jordanna!! I'm so sorry for such a delay and I hope you're well! It's been a bit crazy (I bet all of your brides say that!!) - we had an amazing honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, arrived home on the Monday - and then had an epic Indian wedding that weekend! Yesterday was our first day actually at home since before the wedding!! The photos are beautiful!! We are busy sharing them with family and friends and those who have seen them so far love them! There are so many moments I obviously missed because I was either upstairs or elsewhere - I now have a full picture of the day! I still can't believe what amazing weather we had - and that was the last thing on my mind! The wedding we went to last weekend was.....very different to ours! I emailed Mark last week and told him how they had 4 (!) photographers, dressed all in black with branded t-shirts and 2 videographer guys! They just got in the way! Thank you for being pretty much invisible! We are going to look into buying an album over the next few days and are going to order some prints via the gallery. Thanks so much! x Hayley

Christine & Bryan

Photo by Douglas Despres

"Doug these are amazing!! I can't even tell you how much I'm in love with them! You did such an incredible job and I cannot thank you enough! They're unreal!"

Charmaine & Jim

Photo by Tanarak Visessonchoke

Thank you my dream photographer Tanarak! and your team for capturing our dream wedding on one of the happiest days of our lives It is even more perfect and more beautiful than we've ever imagined!

Teresa and Kenny

Photo by Ron Storer

Thank you so much for all of your hard work on our beautiful wedding photos. There are no words to express our gratitude for capturing some of the most important moments of our lives. Our wedding & engagement photos are an absolute treasure that we will savor and cherish forever. When we share our album with friends, they rave about how unique it is and that they’ve never seen anything like it. I have to agree it is amazing and a delight to flip through - it just seems to bring us right back to June 7, 2008 - a day that we hold very close to our hearts.

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Heather and Mitch

Photo by Katie Kaizer

Katie, We want to thank you for everything you did for us this past summer. Canceling our original wedding plans because of covid was difficult but we felt so lucky to get the chance to replan with you! Our photos were more than we could have dreamed of and they have brought us so much joy over the last several months. Thank you for the prints too! It's so nice enjoying them framed! Love, Heather, Mitch, and Kira

Alexis & Pat

Photo by Steve Koo

You were the best wedding vendor decision we made! You were always prompt, responsive to my suggestions and questions, and I never worried that he would fail to catch a critical moment. I have received countless compliments on our wedding and engagement photos. I wouldn't hesitate to use you in the future or recommend you to anyone in need of a photographer.,

Kiley & Josh

Photo by Douglas Despres

Dear Doug, Thank you so much for sending these images, and for the images themselves which are outstanding. We love so many of them, the hard part is going to be selecting the ones that go in the album! We'll have more time to look and select over the weekend, so we'll probably write to you then or early next week. Again, many thanks for your work -- we are very impressed :) Best, Josh & Kiley

Erin & Jeff

Photo by Deborah Coleman

You did a great job at our wedding! I looked through the proofs with my family last weekend, and everyone commented how perfectly you caught every moment, and how unobtrusive you were.

Anthony & Dan

Photo by Mark Black

Mark, The pictures turned out great! It was such a beautiful day & because of you, we have these moments captured in time forever. Thanks again for everything!

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Jen & Robert

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We just got back from our honeymoon (talk about perfect timing ! We missed the polar vortex ! ) and we both just wanted to say thank you so much for everything ! We had such a great time and experience with you both. I remember talking with Robert and all I wanted was 5 non awkward photos through the wedding ( you should see our travel photos ... we are pretty non photogenic ...) and seeing your blog post ... oh my god ... those pictures ... were AMAZING ! Not to mention what you wrote... *sigh* ..also, amazing .... you guys just made the day ten times more memorable and I can’t thank you enough ! I can’t wait to see the rest of them (even the blooper reel lol ) and I just wanted to let you know I will be recommending you guys to all of United and then some. I’m so glad we found you guys and I hope to document more memories in the future with you as well :)