Chicago Wedding Photographers

Chicago Wedding Photographers

Our Chicago photographers also provide documentary-style coverage in: Cook County, Chicagoland, Lake Michigan, Great Lakes, Cicero, Oak Park, Berwyn, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, River Forest, Lincolnwood, Lyons, Maywood, River Grove, Summit, Burbank, Evergreen Park, Norridge, Melrose Park

Chicago Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

Intimate Wedding Photography in Chicago - Capturing the Joy of Small Celebrations - Discover the best Chicago photographers specializing in intimate marriages. Couples are embracing the trend of smaller, more meaningful celebrations. Let our talented photographers capture the joy and intimacy of your wedding day.

By planning a simple Chicago elopement, couples are able to stay present in the moment and fully absorb the impact of their wedding day. Given the fact that many couples feel more natural and at ease in intimate settings, it's no surprise that some of the most breathtaking wedding images come from elopements.

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

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Chicago Photographers for Large or Small Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Chicago 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.

Illinois WPJA members are ready to document any DIY - do it yourself, pop-up, town hall, 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.

17 Chicago Wedding Photographers...

Wedding Photographer Travis Haughton of the WPJA - Wasabi

Travis Haughton is a USA-based wedding photographer who won the 2005 College Photographer of the Year award. His work has been seen in publications like the Chicago Sun-Times and Detroit Free Press. He graduated from Michigan State University.

3900 (USD)
Portrait of wedding photographer Sarah Nader

Sarah Nader is an award-winning wedding photojournalist with a background in photojournalism. She has a husband and two Golden Retrievers, and loves traveling, cooking, and Peloton.

3200 (USD)
Mid-west wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Madi Ellis

US traveling wedding photographer, Madi Ellis, deeply passionate about documenting love stories with authentic emotion, texture, and connection. Former actor turned storyteller, she creates honest and original work, fully representing couples in every way possible.

4450 (USD)
Chicago wedding and elopement photography by Milan Lazic of Illinois United States

Milan Lazic is a professional wedding photographer and the owner of WS photography. He developed a passionate interest for photography while in high school. With an analog camera, he shot his first wedding at age 18, igniting his love to explore and learn about lighting...

3500 (USD)

Jason Brown is a Chicago IL based wedding photographer, specializing in capturing and preserving moments with a documentary style. With years of experience as a news photographer, Jason strives to produce timeless images that tell your unique story.

4750 (USD)

Noelle Adams is an experienced wedding photographer, driven to capture raw emotion that makes up a couple's special day. Through visual storytelling, Noelle strives to document their unique love story and create images that truly capture the relationship between two...

3500 (USD)
Nicole Defilippis - Artistic wedding photojournalist

Nicole Defilippis is a lifestyle documentary wedding photographer who has lived her entire life in the Chicago area. Her journey in photography began more than a decade ago with her first Canon Digital Rebel, although her passion truly began with a 35 mm point-and-shoot...

3950 (USD)

Steve Koo is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Chicago, IL. With an artist's eye, Steve pursues wedding photojournalism with a passion that is strongly influenced from his background of fine art photography. He skillfully captures unforgettable memories...

3900 (USD)
Emma Petersen Wedding Photography Studio

Emma Petersen is a Midwestern wedding photographer. With a background in romantic literature, she captures everyday love in her lens and serves couples all over. As a longtime dreamer of being a photographer, she pinches herself daily to make sure she's living the...

3750 (USD)
Jason Kaczorowski, Destination Wedding Photography - USA

Jason Kaczorowski is an experienced destination wedding photographer with over 18 years in the field and over 650 weddings captured. He specializes in capturing powerful relationship moments and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

3600 (USD)
Weddings, engagements and elopement photography by Kevin Kienitz

Kevin Kienitz

Aurora in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3000 (USD)
Chicago, Chicagoland and IL Suburb wedding and elopement photography by Rue Pattison

Rue Pattison is a professional Chicago wedding photographer with years of experience behind the camera. She specializes in capturing the connection and love between couples, while her tech-savvy husband Bryan takes care of off-camera lighting, computer editing, and all...

Rue Pattison

Mokena in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3900 (USD)
Wedding photography and elopements by Ray Iavasile of Michigan

Ray Anthony Iavasile is a Michigan based wedding photographer renowned for his documentary style and passion to capture the "decisive moment". He has ranked in the Top 50 wedding photojournalists worldwide and is the premier wedding photojournalist for Michigan.

Ray Iavasile

Birmingham in Michigan, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3000 (USD)
Wedding photography of real moments by Leah Moyers

Traveling wedding & elopement photographer Leah Moyers; Fine Arts background; capturing clients authentically; unobtrusive, candid & inclusive style; beautiful, unique work.

Leah Moyers

Sevierville in Tennessee, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
450/hour (USD)
Wedding and Elopement Photographer Rosina DiBello

Rosina DiBello is a destination wedding photographer who has been shooting weddings for over 20 years. With the help of mentors and her natural creativity, Rosina has developed a unique style of capturing reality with a sense of humor, making her a sought after photographer.

Rosina DiBello

Deerfield Beach in Florida, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3500 (USD)
Documentary wedding photography by Taber Lacie

Taber Lacie is a traveling USA based wedding photographer, with a background as a former EMT and a self-proclaimed photography nerd. Her passion for photography began at a young age and she started in the wedding industry as an assistant photographer at the age of 16.

Taber Lacie

West Bend in Wisconsin, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3000 (USD)
Laura Alpizar - Wedding Photographer

Laura Alpizar is an experienced wedding photographer with over 9 years of experience. She draws her inspiration from her father's work in photojournalism and was born and raised in Costa Rica.

Laura Alpizar

Richfield in Minnesota, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
4500 (USD)

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Chicago Couples

Chicago Wedding Elopement Photography - WedElope

View WedElope Image Galleries by Chicago Wedding Photographers from Small Events and Intimate Elopements.

Chicago Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

Below are some Chicago wedding photography samples from the world’s best wedding photographers of the WPJA. Some of these Chicago marriage pictures might be artistic portraits, details, or documentary-style images that have come from getting ready sessions, wedding ceremonies, reception venues, or Chicago engagement portrait sessions with couples.

A romantic couple shares a tender silhouette kiss in the captivating bank vault of the iconic Rookery Building in Chicago, Illinois
Romantic silhouette of a couple sharing a tender kiss beneath a breathtaking sunrise at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, IL
Engaged couple enjoying an early morning walk on the bridge, surrounded by nature at Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Nature Boardwalk in Chicago
Engaged couple embraces under a stunning Autumn sunrise at North Avenue Beach, Chicago, IL, with Lake Michigan as a backdrop
A couple holding hands walks past a green minimalist urban wall in Chicago Chinatown for an artistic wedding portrait
A couple during their wedding ceremony at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Chicago, capturing their reflection on the mirrored floor that beautifully reflects the ceiling above
In their whimsical wedding portrait at the Adler Planetarium, the newlyweds blissfully share a laugh while playfully wielding light sabers, illuminating their celebration of love and passion in the heart of Chicago.
The wedding image in Chicago, Illinois captured the groom showing the bride pictures inside his suit jacket, eliciting a surprised and joyous laugh
At the Chicago Athletic Association, the newlyweds signed the ketubah as their parents cheered, with the echelon of their heads forming leading lines in the background
 Chicago Theater - A couple pose for a portrait at night outside of the Chicago Theater
The newly-married couple enjoyed a picturesque stroll together along the waterfront of North Avenue Beach in Chicago, IL on their wedding day
The groom and bride joyfully celebrated their union at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Chicago, IL, with the groom pumping his fist and the bride smiling

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find top-ranked Chicago wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the Chicago photographers you see at the top of your search results page have recently won the most — and the most recent — contest awards. Our contests judge photographers based on their creativity, style, composure, and ability to capture the heart of any couple's story on their wedding day.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my Chicago wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked Chicago wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: How can couples find Chicago photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for Chicago wedding photographers to showcase their best engagement photography work. These awards are given to photographers who prove that they have an ability to be creative, artistic, and intuitive while working on-location with couples who are newly engaged.
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Jennifer & Steve

Photo by Noelle Adams

I finally saw the video today and, I have to admit, I cried my eyes out when I finally watched it at home! You captured the day so perfectly, and everyone looks so happy. I completely re-lived the day (and have watched it several times) and cannot tell you how delighted I am with the final product. I can't wait to see all of the other photo files. You are AMAZING!!!!

Jessica & Christiaan

Photo by Steve Koo

You were absolutely wonderful! You were everything we were looking for in photgrapher- professional, creative, talented, hard worker etc. You really captured both the beautiful natural backdrop as well as everyones personalities so perfectly! Everyone I send the pictures to has the same response- WOW!!,

Picture from the end of an outdoor ceremony in Madison, by a Wisconsin wedding photographer

Angela + Ian

Photo by Taber Lacie

Taber! Wow! The photos are incredible!!!!! I’m crying looking at them! You captured so many precious moments, and I have no idea how you were everywhere at the same time! You are a ninja! I love them all so much! I can’t thank you enough for your gorgeous images and making our day one we will never forget! Thank you for saying I’d regret not getting photos because you’re absolutely right, especially after seeing these!!!! I will recommend you to everyone I know and would love to use you in the future! You’re wonderful to work with, super fun, you wear Rothy’s, and are a real artist! Thank you for everything!