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. 

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Baltimore Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our United States 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!

Elopement Photographers for Small Maryland Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Baltimore 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 justice of the peace, quick, fast, 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, casual, unique, 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 Baltimore Couples

8 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Baltimore wedding and elopement photography by Kathleen Ricker, of Maryland

Hello! I’m Kathy and I am a Photographer & Adventurer. Walt Disney said... 'If you can dream it... you can do it...' I try to live by this mantra everyday of my life. As a photographer my career is based upon dreaming and creating. My goal is to create images that can tell a story and give emotion. I want people to view my photography and be able to both see and feel what is going on in that photograph. I'm not afraid to step out of the box or go down a road less travelled for an amazing photo. I'm always trying to outdo myself. Although I photograph a little bit of everything my main focus is weddings & wildlife. Over the past 4 years I have used the money I have made shooting weddings to travel the world and photograph wildlife in it's natural habitat. The purpose of these adventures are to educate people on how they can help save our planet. Two years ago on one of my adventures to Africa I was introduce to David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust. This organization is helping to rehabilitate baby elephants who were orphaned in the wild because of poaching. I quickly fell in love with their mission and organization and knew I wanted to give back. For all my couples that book a wedding package I adopt a baby elephant in their name. I lost my mom to cancer in 2012. I have always had a bucket list of sorts but her passing inspired me to actually start crossing items off my list. Since that point I've travelled to all 7 continents (twice), 48 countries, and 42 states. I've snorkeled with Orca Whales under the Northern Lights in Norway, I walked amongst thousands of Penguins in Antarctica, I've been face to face with Lions & Elephants, I celebrated Carnivale in Brazil and Holi in India, I've hiked in Patagonia, up volcanoes in Congo, and on the Inca Trail. I've trekked with Gorillas and Tigers. I've won my first award for my wildlife photography and will officially publish my first article this fall. I love the Outdoors- Hiking, Camping, and just breathing the fresh air. I love all things Disney (even after working there for 10 years). I've only read the Harry Potter books once but I think JK Rowling is a genius. I appreciate Star Wars, but will admit that I really just love Ewoks! I love love love animals. I have 2 dogs and 2 fish... and I'm working on chickens. When I grow up... other then a photographer I hope to work in Wildlife Conservation. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
Kevin Quinlan is a MD based unobtrusive wedding and elopement photojournalist with a background in fine arts.

Kevin Quinlan is an unobtrusive MD wedding photojournalist with a strong background in fine art. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Art/Photography from the University of Delaware. Conveying the authentic real emotions and happiness present on a bride and groom's wedding day is what originally drew Kevin to the photo-journalistic approach to wedding photography in 2003. Kevin has also worked as a commercial photographer with clients such as The University of Delaware, Philadelphia Magazine, and Delaware Today. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2250 (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)
David Spence is a wedding photographer from MD.

I picked up my first camera while on a 2-month long cross country trip with my parents and brother. That camera, an old all-manual one, was my father's which he had bought while serving overseas in the military. I fell in love with photography on that trip. Over the next few years, I shot and shot and shot. Everything was my subject. I took every photo class available in my high school, but convinced myself that there was no career in photography. I first became inspired by photojournalism while working at The Daily Collegian student newspaper as an undergraduate at Penn State University. I saw it as an opportunity to start shooting again and broaden my horizons in the world of photography. During college, I designed my own major to learn as much as possible about the craft of photojournalism and worked many, many long hours at the Collegian. I graduated in 1998 and followed my love of telling people’s stories while working as a photojournalist for newspapers in Celina, Ohio (The Daily Standard, 1999-2000) and in Montgomery County, Maryland (The Gazette, 2000-2006). I left the newspaper business in 2006, when my son was born, to pursue weddings full-time and to be a stay-at-home-dad. I live in Frederick, Maryland with my wife, Molly, son, Jackson, daughter, Phoebe, and beagle-mix, Brooks. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2800 (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)
Maryland and Baltimore wedding photography by Morgan Davis

At 38, Morgan Davis has been documenting weddings since 2014. She remains inspired by the work of Cari Mae Weems, Marilyn Nance, and Gordon Parks. With a passion for international humanitarian photojournalism, she shoots a limited amount of weddings to be available to travel abroad to, in her own words, "tell the stories that often go untold." When Morgan is not shooting weddings or other lifestyle portraiture concepts, she can be found working out at the gym, listening to 40's jazz, by the ocean, or enjoying her family. She has been married to the love of her life Chris for 19 years and together they have 3 children. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3499 (USD)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Meg and Matt

Photo by Kevin Quinlan

You really outdid yourself, I've gotten so many compliments. They really are fantastic!,

Samantha and Marc

Photo by Kevin Quinlan

We all love the photos! You worked your magic and caught some really great moments. -From the Mother of The Bride,

Megan And Allen

Photo by Kevin Quinlan

They are AMAZING!!!!! Thank you so much:),