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

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

Virginia Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Virginia, United States

Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Hampton, Roanoke, Portsmouth, Arlington, Williamsburg, Luray

Virginia Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our North America photographers have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.

Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!

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

Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Virginia 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 themed, justice of the peace, secret, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your symbolic, religious, intimate, 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 Virginia Couples

29 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

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)
Heather Hughes Ostermaier was a newspaper staff photographer and has a passion for great wedding and elopement photography in VA.

After eight years as a newspaper staff photographer and a lifetime passion for photography, Heather moved into weddings full time in 2008. Her husband Rob (still a staff photographer) is often a second shooter and photographs a few on his own each year. They both LOVE to travel and currently call Virginia home so they stay around the DC, Eastern Shore, and Outer Banks area most of the time. Heather limits herself to 20-30 weddings a year (and Rob does less) so they can provide the personal attention to every couple that they are known for and artistically capture the unique moments & details that make every wedding special alongside fun and often candid portraits. True photojournalists at heart, they work unobtrusively so you can be free to enjoy the day instead of "smiling for the camera." Heather Hughes Ostermaier (formally Heather S. Hughes) has been published in USA Today, People, The Knot, and the "America 24/7" & "Virginia 24/7" books to name a few. She has captured hundreds of wedding stories since 2003. Both are graduates from Ohio University's prestigious Visual Communications program (where they met at the school's newspaper), taught at Truth with a Camera, and were accepted to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop in consecutive years. Heather was named Virginia's Small Newspaper Photographer of the Year and has won numerous awards for her lifestyle, sports, and wedding photography over the years. [Newport News Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2999 (USD)
Brittany Diliberto, 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)
Johnny Shryock, Arlington VA Wedding Photographer

My love of photography was sparked when my brother was getting married. It wasn't until his wedding (ten years ago!) that I decided to purchase my first "real camera" and I haven't turned back since. I want you to feel completely at ease, confident in the connection we’ve established; and secure in the knowledge that I will be fully present, ready to document every moment, as your day evolves organically. I consider it a complete honor to be entrusted with photographing your marriage celebration, preserving the spectacular moments shared between the two of you and your loved ones for years to come. [Arlington Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4250 (USD)
VA Wedding Photojournalism by Eva Russo with a background in newspaper journalism

Three time Pulitzer Prize nominee Eva Russo is the owner and main photographer for Photo Lady Love, Inc. She was born in Chicago, raised in Italy, moved to France and then settled back in the United States. A graduate in photojournalism from the prestigious Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Eva uses still photography, video and audio in her photographic storytelling on both short and long-term projects. Eva received two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize for her two-year-long project documenting living and working conditions in the Richmond City Jail. Her work focused on the daily life and struggles of the inmates as well as mental health and recidivism issues. Her third Pulitzer Prize nomination was for her work documenting a Vietnamese community in New Orleans East as it recovered from Hurricane Katrina. As a staff photographer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia, Eva covered daily assignments ranging from little league games to political campaigns to the Queen of England’s visit to Virginia. However, her passion for social documentary projects has always been what makes her tick. Her accolades and award-winning coverage for the Richmond Times-Dispatch include coverage of the Winter Olympics, the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In 2010 Eva decided to embrace an exciting new adventure in her life and she founded Photo Lady Love, Inc. Applying the same storytelling concepts to a wedding day as she would to a newspaper story, Eva has devoted increasingly more time over the past few years to documenting joyful, tearful, momentous and exciting occasions in people’s lives. From wedding days to first babies, engagements to anniversaries, documenting love and joy has contributed a refreshing balance to Eva’s career and the stories she loves to tell. This new chapter in Eva’s career became an opportunity for further growth when, in the summer of 2012, Eva left her staff position at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, married her love and moved to the Washington, DC area. Eva now divides her time between documentary wedding and lifestyle coverage, freelancing for newspapers such as The Washington Post and The Washington Times, mentoring and teaching photography workshops with Momenta Workshops, documenting the work of local nonprofits and pursuing her love of food and food photography. Never letting the grass grow under her well-manicured photographer’s feet, but always stopping to smell the roses, Eva considers herself one of the lucky people who loves her job. [Alexandria Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3400 (USD)
Spotsylvania, Virginia wedding photographer - Josef Sullivan

I was born and raised in New York, but I now reside in Spotsylvania, Virginia. I've lived in 4 out of 5 boroughs, and somehow we've landed here in Spotsylvania. I'm a husband, and a father of two boys. My wife and I were married in our early-middlish (←I made that word up!) twenties. We were married at a court house in Maryland, and have been married for over 10 years. Ironically, we have NO wedding photos, as they were taken with those disposable cameras, and the developer destroyed them! I caught a bit of a photography bug about 2-3 years later, and I've been shooting ever since. [Fredericksburg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1750 (USD)
Portrait of Daniel Min, Williamsburg Wedding Photographer

Daniel is an award winning photographer with a decade of experience as a staff photographer at one of the leading newspapers in Virginia. As a newspaper photojournalist, the transition to wedding photojournalism has been seamless. Documenting the couples and the legacy of their family with artistic and photojournalistic styles is at the heart of what he is about. [Williamsburg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Arlington wedding photography by Gabriele Stonyte of Virginia

When I was a young girl growing up in Lithuania, I fell in love with everything about weddings. I got caught up in the joy, beauty, and emotion, and the sweet connections that happened between family and friends always made me smile. I still feel that way today. Now I am living my dream as a wedding photographer in Washington D.C., and traveling for destination weddings nationally and abroad. I am known for my documentary style which keeps me focused on candid moments and true emotions. It’s those kinds of story-telling wedding photos that you will see throughout my portfolio. When you trust me to be your wedding photographer, I want my photos to speak to you about your life, (not just make you look amazing). Of course, I’ll capture gorgeous portraits, group shots, and details to fill in your collection, and I’ll do it all without controlling the flow of your celebration. When you look at your photo years from now I want you to feel the emotions you felt on your wedding day, just like it was yesterday, and remember how comfortable you felt in front of the camera. If you find yourself drawn to my work, please reach out. I would love to know what captures your heart and makes you smile, and if our calendars align I would be thrilled to be your wedding photographer. All the best, Gabriele Stonyte [Arlington Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Baltimore adventure wedding photography by Kathleen Ricker of Maryland

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! [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
NC wedding and elopement photographer Neil Thurston spent several years in the action sports industry as a photographer

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)
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)
Pennsylvania and Philadelphia are home to elopement and wedding photographer Colleen Stepanian

My name is Colleen Stepanian. I am a freelance photographer based in Philadelphia, PA and available for travel. I've contemplated long and hard every single day since I've picked up a camera about why I do what I do and what motivates me. I think about what it means to me and about what it means to other people. There are a few reasons, some have changed, some haven't. The few that drive them all are human connection, relationships, and vulnerability. I feel I have a responsibility to photograph present reality for the sake of human history and future nostalgia. It is very easy for me to connect with people, whether it be my clients or a stranger on the street. I love knowing that through my chosen medium I am able to gain new perspectives of this life, one person at a time. I feel honored and blessed to be able to wake up every morning and tell stories through photographs. Whether you are a couple that is tying the knot with a large wedding or small elopement, a family that wants to remember the little things, an individual that wants their story to be heard, or you're with a non-profit that needs an event covered, I want to hear from you. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Key West wedding photography by Michael Freas of Florida

Michael describes himself as “a real-moments photographer”. He strives to create bold, artistic portraits that are worthy of celebration. His unique perspective and down to earth personality translates well with clients, and he takes time to get to know all of his wedding couples. Michael likes to push the limits of creativity and thrives off of spontaneity. He focuses on the story of the day and how it unfolds, documenting the romance and love. When Michael was in high school, his grandfather gave him his first camera, a Kodak Ektra 100 and he began shooting film. It was during this time that the seed was planted for Michael’s unique eye for composition. A lifelong soccer player, Michael played goalkeeper in high school and college. As a goalkeeper, you have to anticipate movements, much the same way you have to anticipate special moments happening at a wedding. His documentarian style captures these fleeting moments creating images that are authentic and timeless. Each year, Michael shoots around 50 full-day weddings, including many destination and elopement weddings. An avid outdoorsman, Michael enjoys traveling to new places and exploring the beauty of the natural world. He loves all activities on the water including fishing, boating, and surfing. Michael is inspired by nature, light, abstract design and the love he witnesses between his couples. [Key West Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
Washington DC Elopement and Wedding Photography by Anji Martin

As a kid, I always wanted to preserve forever moments that were special to me, such as birthday parties and family Christmases. When I was eight years old, my father made that possible for me by giving me his old camera. From then on, I became the de facto family photographer and started documenting every get-together. I didn't know it at the time, but all that practice ended up preparing me for my career as an adult. That same passion for capturing moments for people has naturally led me to become a wedding and elopement photographer. Together with my husband/business partner, I have now been helping couples document their wedding days for several years. We primarily serve brides and grooms in the Washington, DC, area, but are always available to travel for destination weddings. We have lived on five different continents and speak five languages fluently, so it is easy for us to take our passion for photography to exotic wedding locations. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4450 (USD)
District Of Columbia wedding and elopement photography by Edward Underwood

I am a Washington DC-based photographer living in Northwest with my wife, and two boys, Preston and Chase. My parents have a photo of me at two wearing my dad’s boots and holding his Polaroid Land Camera. I bought my first camera with some Christmas money at eight, and I went about documenting everything around me. My happy place is on a plane to someplace far away from DC, documenting people and eating as much spicy food as possible. My aim is to capture organic moments that my clients create and allow for memories to unfold naturally. The goal is capturing photos that reflect people’s authentic emotions. Over the last decade, I have been awed and honored to capture people’s special moments. When not shooting weddings, I photograph interiors and read about 40 books a year. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Studio portrait of Dan Harris, a Flordia wedding and elopement photography with a background in newspaper photojournalism.

Dan started his photography career at the age of eight, encouraged by his mother's instructions on the workings of the Kodak Brownie II camera. He spent the whole afternoon lying on the grass in the late California summer sun taking pictures of his GI Joe figurines in full battle regalia. Little did he know his love of GI Joe was to be replaced with a love of photography. His formative years are now more affectionately referred to as the Rangefinder, Polaroid and Instamatic years. He majored in journalism in college, beginning his SLR years. He has over 20 years experience in newspapers. He swore he would never shoot weddings but finally caved under the pressure of friends and has now shot more than 730 events in the past 20 years. He has won numerous local, national and international awards. While lying in the grass at a recent wedding capturing the life-changing event before his eyes, he reminisced about an earlier time when he naively discovered his own lifetime passion. [Jacksonville Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
300/hour (USD)
Baltimore wedding and elopement photography by Breanna Shaw of Maryland

This business is the happiest accident of my life. What started as a hobby turned into my life’s mission. The most important thing in our short time on this planet is connection – and it’s the greatest honor of my life to be able to connect with so many amazing people and through my camera be able to show them how they love and how they are loved. When I’m not photographing weddings, I am a rock climber, scuba diver, glass blower (#breablowsglass on Instagram), world traveler, and cat mom to Sherlock (@sherlocknessmonster on Instagram). During the winter, I teach a video class at the Sheffield Institute of the Recording Arts and I love having a positive impact on my students. Everything I love to do challenges me personally and makes me a stronger person. I feel the most alive when I feel connected to this beautiful planet and the people on it. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3850 (USD)
Ken Pak wedding photography of DC was exposed to cameras by his father, a photographer.

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:
4500 (USD)
Sacramento Wedding Photographer Raymond Nguyen - CA

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

Starting Price:
5500 (USD)
Northamptonshire wedding reportage by Jordanna Marston, of the UK

Hello I'm Jordanna a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Northamptonshire but merrily covering the whole of the UK, Europe and beyond. I take real pride in my work and I make no apologies for loving it so much. I am a happy, easy going character but sometimes the Italian in me rears its head so don’t be surprised if you catch me with tears in my eyes during the speeches or feeling choked up when I see you in your dress for the first time. Equally you might catch my foot tapping on the dance floor – I enjoy getting swept up by it all and I love capturing the energy in my photos. My approach to a wedding day is very much one of a documentary photographer. I, of course, shoot some family groups and a handful of portraits of the couple but I believe the majority of people connect with my work for my personality packed candids. My ideal clients are creative, fun loving, stylish and laid back. They say knickers to tradition for traditions sake and they definitely do not take themselves too seriously and they often say that, “although the photography is very important to us - we just want to have the most fun day ever.” Suits me! I thrive in seeking out fun and energy on a wedding day and my work is a lot about colour, characters, humour and Britishness. I have been shooting weddings full time for almost five years now and have shot close to 200 weddings. Although I’ve never been one to chase accolades – ultimately it is my couples’ feedback and happiness that fulfils me - I was extremely proud (and thankful) to be named one of the Rangefinder Rising Stars in 2017. It was a totally crazy feeling for me and my little business to be recognised on that sort of renowned, international photography platform...but of course very very nice too! Thought you might want to read a little about me outside of work to soooo...I live in a Victorian house on a nice leafy street with my husband and our son. There is nothing we like doing more together than exploring new places; booking random Airbnbs and getting away as often as we can. Besides from the mum/wife stuff I love chilling with my friends; painting; interior design and architecture; a good coffee table book; plotting projects on Pinterest; having a good, sweaty dance; having a laugh; bright lipsticks; instagramming; travelling; meeting new people and hearing their stories…which I guess is why I am so suited to my job. Being asked by couples to hang out with them and their families on their wedding days to take photos is just a dream come true. It’s also worth knowing that my business is run with an environmentally friendly policy at it’s heart. Most of my work is online; packaging is made from recycled materials and my gorgeous Fine Art albums are sourced locally. Obviously travel in my job is inevitable but I use public transport where possible and I run a modern, fuel efficient car. At home we recycle like mad; grow some of our own veggies; shop local and walk lots. If you like the sound of me and love my work then do get in touch – I would love to hear all about your plans and I’m sure if you go on to book me we’ll have a great time in the process. [Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (GBP)
North Carolina Wedding Photographer Brooke Mayo

In addition to a fine arts degree in photography, I have trained with world-renowned portrait and dance photographers from Australia to New York City. I have recently been featured in international publications such as Grace Ormonde, Bride Magazine and the Knot and have received numerous awards from The Wedding Photojournalist Association. In 2010 I wrote a book, "Diving Doggies: A Celebration of Play Underwater" and in 2014 "Shake, Rattle and Shoot: The Business of Baby Photography." In 2018 we released a book, "Pigwrecked," photographed by Brooke Mayo and Illustrated by Candace Owens. [Outer Banks Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3550 (USD)
Mantas Kubilinskas is a D.C.-based wedding photographer.

I’m Mantas Kubilinskas. I am a Lithuania-born, D.C.-based photographer. Photography is more than my job. It is my hobby and my passion. As a photographer, every day is like Christmas for me. I get just as excited for each session as a kid admiring his wrapped gifts on Christmas morning. Each couple brings me the opportunity for something new and amazing. I love creating and capturing those moments of passion and happiness between two people. My work is all about action, composition and emotion. My vision is to catch the excitement, solemnity, humor, love, or happiness of a moment to be remembered for years to come. Whatever you feel the day of the session, you will feel every time you look at your photographs.I do not focus too much on the details or simply going through the same-old checklist of events to document. Sometimes to catch the action and feeling behind an event you have to look at the bigger picture, shoot from a different angle, tell a joke. My photography is not about me. It’s about you, about the couples. In my sessions, I direct couples to compose beautiful, natural photos, but what I love, is making them laugh. My images expose that genuine, human happiness couples look for in their photos. It’s my favorite part of what I do. I want you to be passionate about my photography style and vision too! Enjoy my portfolios here on my website. I look forward to making you laugh, capturing your story and creating breath-taking photographs to evoke those day-of emotions all over again. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3900 (USD)
DC Wedding and travel photography by Abram Eric Landes

Hi! I am Abe, and I am an event photographer lucky enough to be working in the Washington, D.C. area. Cityscapes, rolling mountains, wineries, riversides, history, Capitol Hill... Everything is here! I find photographing weddings immensely rewarding and also challenging at the same time. There are always small and special moments happening between the big moments on the wedding day. The challenge is finding the right mix of anticipation, preparation, and luck to capture a story that not only shows the height of those huge wedding day moments, but the depth of emotion between the guests, families, and the happy couple. Plus, I like to be a fun-enabler. Photography should be fun. Weddings should be fun. And I work to make your wedding photographs fun to look at. I take this as serious business. Now, amongst posing couples in amazing light, pleasantly directing large crowds of wedding revelers, and 'enabling the fun', the vast majority of my work is captured candidly and with photojournalism in mind. This approach makes my clients look gorgeous on the biggest day of their lives and tells the story through their wedding ceremony and reception. So, based on a few of my experiences, here are things I will gladly do during your wedding day: - I will submerge my camera underwater to get photos of you scuba diving with your wedding clothes on - I will go into a barnyard pasture with a close-talking donkey and your crazy horse for a portrait session - I will help your inebriated wedding guests find their way back to the reception, despite being a few miles from said reception - I will go to the middle of Greece for your storybook wedding in a small fishing village - I will get stranded overnight literally on the side of a mountain in Colorado with your rock-climbing wedding party. Yeah, that one almost ended me... - I will let the flower girl dump her basket of petals on me during the processional - If dogs are present, I will rile them up for some unexpected memorable moments - And I will go to the very middle of China for an amazing traditional wedding ceremony in a giant city filled with delicious food. All that said, I'm excited to meet you and let's make it happen. -Abe [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (USD)
NC wedding photographer Michelle Robinson has worked at newspapers as a photographer.

Michelle Robinson worked for a newspaper as reporter/photographer. While there she earned a North Carolina Press Association award for her photography. She has since taken her love of photojournalism and has been a full time photographer for several years. Using a journalistic approach, her photographs capture the spontaneity and romantic moments of love and marriage. She is a proud winner of two Wedding Photojournalist Associations awards. [Greensboro Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
Wedding and lifestyle photographer from Frederick, Maryland -  Mary Kate McKenna

I am a full-time wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Frederick, Maryland but I travel to whatever is needed to get the shot. I get to photograph amazing people, traditions and locations every week. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is watching couples & families grow. I love when I meet an engaged couple and a few years later I'm photographing their babies. It's truly an honor and I have a passion for documenting these milestones. Giving back to the community is at the heart of my business. I am a volunteer photographer for Operation Love: ReUnited, Inspiration Through Art, Kids Are Heroes, Dodging Diabetes and several other great organizations.  Using my photography as a tool to help others has become a large part of what I do. I have documented the plight of AIDS orphans in Zambia, the struggle for land reform in Brazil, and the life of those who live under the totalitarian regime in Burma. I hope that in the future I can do more of this work and help bring to light the many situations that are not justly covered in the media. I grew up in a small town in Indiana. It was there, in a high school darkroom, that I fell in love with the art of photography. I am incredibly lucky that this is now not only my passion, but it's my profession and the best career I could ever ask for. I live in Frederick, Maryland with my husband Joe and our three rescue dogs. Joe is in the Army, so I have a very special place in my heart for military families., [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4700 (USD)
Ryan Rayburn of MD, is photographing weddings now after working for newspapers

It was a natural move for Ryan to start photographing weddings after working in newspapers for nine years. The same skills he used to photograph unscripted news events allow him to capture the special moments of a young couple's wedding, like the loving glance during a first dance, the look in a mother's face as she hugs her son, a bride and her maid of honor sharing a laugh before the ceremony. Ryan Rayburn earned his photography degree in 1998 then became a photojournalist working for newspapers in Colorado, California, Illinois and Maryland. Ryan's photographs have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times Community News, Northwest Herald, The Gazette and Bethesda Magazine. He also is a photographer for the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. Ryan currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his fiancee Karen. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (USD)
North Carolina and Raleigh wedding photography by Lacey Gadwill

I should have been practicing penmanship (it really is the worst) but I could not keep my hands off my step father's photography books. I learned what panning was, what particular filters did- I found it all fascinating. Later on, I had a few friends that dabbled in photography and showed me the darkroom- what magic! Finally, on a whim, I took Photo 101 in college. That was my first love! I've documented over 400 weddings, and am positive that the found moment is more valuable to the heart than any staged. I cannot tell you what fulfillment it brings me, personally, to offer these documents to my clients. When everything works together- the moment, the lighting, the emotion- I keep that in my pocket for a rainy day. Portraits have a lean toward that as well, with a push toward the bonds between people. By working to get clients to interact, the images made reflect the connection between individuals as well as the self. “My goal is for fun moments between the people I am photographing, with little camera awareness apparent. Posed work is great, but finding the real smiles, getting a belly laugh- I want my clients to have images that capture that!” Her background in traditional photography, studio lighting, and English literature blend well to help tell the stories between families and friends and the love of a lifetime. [Raleigh Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Roman Grinev, of Baltimore MD, was a newspaper photojournalist and started his own wedding photo studio

I am a former newspaper photographer & I started my wedding photography studio in 2001. I have photographed hundreds of weddings. As a former photojournalist, my goal is to document the real moments of your wedding, along with creative portraits. I’m always happy to do family photos and think that the process should be short & sweet so that you can enjoy the day. When starting the studio, my objective was to offer amazing images & great service. This continues to be the cornerstone of my business philosophy. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (USD)
WPJA Communiqué: Features
Megan Hannah, of Vermont, is a wedding photographer for -
So your wedding is just around the corner and you’ve decided to elope , either because you want to do this on a budget , avoid a large wedding party, or simply to enjoy the day together with minimal distractions and as little stress as possible . They say 'all you need is love', but where exactly can you afford to trim the fat, so to speak? You want simplicity, but you also want to be properly married and, surely, to remember this occasion. Who, then, could be more important than...Read more
Steven Herrschaft, of Hessen, is a wedding photographer for -
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
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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
Jola Mulder, of Overijssel, is a wedding photographer for
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
WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO ELOPE? If you look up the definition of “elope” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary , you’ll find a plethora of meanings making it quite clear how polarizing the word has become, and how it has transformed and evolved with the passage of time and even personal preference.Read more
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Some couples, as they begin planning for their weddings, might think that they are limited to the classic locations: churches, gardens, beaches, or even Las Vegas. But in doing so they’re missing out on a multitude of unique options that might suit their personalities much better! Why limit yourself to a quiet, quaint ceremony when your adventurous heart may be calling out for something more? An entirely different genre of wedding, so to speak, is the adventure wedding elopement. This concept...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Kitty Hawk Wedding Photography by Neil GT Photographer

Heather and Andrew

Photo by Neil Thurston

Wow! I am speechless, these photos are absoloutely amazing! Thank you so much for capturing these precious moments on our wedding day!

Corley & Don

Photo by Neil Thurston

Hi Neil and Lisa, Don and I are beyond thrilled with our pictures! The quality, detail, and beauty of the pictures is just so obvious. Aside from all those things, we love that you captured the sequence of events in a photojournalistic fashion. I've gotten comments from many of my friends/family that these are the best pictures they have ever seen, and of course we are just so proud that they are our pictures. I also have to chuckle a little because you guys were such an organized but chill vendor and as a project manager myself, I know how much preparation you both did behind the scenes to make that work. We couldn't be any happier and if you ever need a reference - email, phone, whatever - please do not hesitate to call.

Michelle and Peter

Photo by Neil Thurston

Thank you for the amazing pictures! They are absoloutely breathtaking! You both captured every single detail of the day and every picture tells a story. You both did a phenomenal job and were such a pleasure to work with. We can't thank you enough for these amazing memories!

Laura & Bryan

Photo by Heather Hughes Ostermaier

Hi Heather! Thank you!! We are so excited to see the pictures. Thanks you so much for being a part of our day and capturing all our special moments. We will treasure these forever. Feel free to share any photos you'd like. Thank you again so much! I hope that one day our paths might cross again. Until then, I wish you and your family all the best!

Neil GT Photography Outer Banks Wedding Photographer

Teri and Michael

Photo by Neil Thurston

Thank you so incredibly much for everything! Everyone that sees our pictures says WOW! and that we just radiate happiness, and that is the perfect compliment because that's exactly how we felt and you captured it perfectly! We will cherish these photos forever. Hopefully our paths cross again one day, perhaps for family photos!

Owen and Ciara

Photo by Jordanna Marston

Jordanna, these are amazing!!! Such a stunning set of photos!! Wow, you’ve really managed to capture the whole day here! So many beautiful moments, some of which we’d even forgotten about. Thanks you so much!! We really appreciate you putting so much effort into our day, and bringing Ally with you as well. And we massively appreciate the amount of effort you’ve put into getting these all ready for us! We couldn’t be happier with how they’ve come out :) We also love how you’ve captured all the decorations and details in the venue! So nice to have some great shots of these. Thanks again for all this, it’s massively appreciated! Looking forward to sharing the photos with our families. Lots of love, O & C xx

Williamsburg Winery wedding photographer covering the first dance with the bride and groom.

Summer and Jake

Photo by Daniel Min

All of the photographs turned out beautifully and will be cherished for years to come.

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