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!

Portland-ME Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Portland-ME, Maine

Portland-ME 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!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
September 17th, 2020
Restaurant Pouwe, Hoeven Garden Elopement Venue Photos | An intimate kiss of the bridal couple, as the guests watch
September 16th, 2020
New Zealand Elopement Photographers | the couple posed together on top of the eroded remnants of the Lyttelton volcano
September 16th, 2020
Smoky Mountain Elopement Photography | The ceremony begins on the outside deck of a rental

Elopement Photographers for Small Maine Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Portland-ME 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, courthouse, mini, 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 non-traditional, unique, boutique, 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 Portland-ME Couples

3 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

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)

I have been in love with photography since I was 9 years old. I used to take the camera out of my parents’ dresser drawer without them knowing and runoff and take photos of my sister and brother, which they would only know about later after they developed the film. In high school, I took a photography class and I was hooked. I spent my junior year as a photographer on the newspaper staff and senior year as a photo editor. In 1999 I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Over the years I gained experience working for the college newspaper and other publications as a photographer. After an internship in New York City at HBO, I spent the next few years living and working on the East Coast before returning to Indiana with my husband. It was there we began to shoot digital and began shooting portraits of models, couples, bands, and children. My love of portraiture grew intensely during this time, and I knew that I wanted to combine my love of telling stories with my camera, with fashion, glamour, and art. In 2006 I re-located to beautiful Portland, Maine with my husband where we started our business, Fidelio Photography. I also began shooting weddings professionally and continued my fashion and commercial work. My background and education in photojournalism are instrumental to my work now as a wedding photojournalist, and I love telling the story of the most important day in someone’s life with my images. I shoot a wedding with a documentary style, shadowing my clients in an unobtrusive way, capturing those candid, unexpected and emotional moments throughout their day. My work has been published in Seacoast Bride Magazine, Portland Style Magazine, Theknot.com, Southern Weddings Magazine, Popular Photography magazine, and Lightleaks magazine. Additionally, I am an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). [Portland-ME Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4800 (USD)

Kim Chapman began her career assisting world-class sports photographers while working for an internationally known filmmaker. Kim credits her love of the arts however to her Dad who was a theater professor at the University of Southern ME where she studied lighting and storytelling by attending every play he ever did. Kim studied Business at USM but instinctively chose the arts as her career. She is an award-winning wedding photojournalist whose work has been seen in various exhibits and numerous publications. Kim has over 14 years of professional photography experience and 7 years as a wedding photojournalist. She routinely attends photography workshops and seminars to stay current. [Portland-ME Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (USD)
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Brandt & Elizabeth

Photo by Corey Butler

Corey, Hiring you as our photographer was absolutely the best decision we could have made for our wedding. We cannot thank you enough for truly bringing our day to life with your photos. We are in love with all of them and could not be happier! Thank you so much!