Washington DC Wedding Photographers

Washington DC Wedding Photographers

Our Washington DC photographers also provide documentary-style coverage in: District of Columbia, United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., Federal Capital City, Federal District, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool

Washington DC Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

Intimate Wedding Photography in Washington DC - Capturing the Joy of Small Celebrations - Discover the best Washington DC 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 Washington DC 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, Washington DC documentary wedding photographers available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Washington DC Photographers for Large or Small Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Washington DC 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.

United States WPJA members are ready to document any secret, DIY - do it yourself, small, 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.

28 Washington DC Wedding Photographers...

Navarre wedding photography by Matt Kolf in Spain

Matt Kolf is an international wedding photographer. Originally from Washington D.C., he was inspired to pursue art history and photography through the likes of Velaquez, Rembrandt, and Norman Rockwell. Specifically, Kolf specializes in Catholic weddings in Spain and on the...

3000 (USD)
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Natasha Lamalle

Natasha Lamalle is an honest story telling wedding photographer with fifteen years of experience as a journalist. Her keen ability to observe and capture the authentic and often fleeting moments of love, coupled with her trained eye and subtle approach to photography make...

4500 (USD)

Ken Pak is a Metro Capital DC area wedding photographer who captures the most natural once in a lifetime moments through his lenses. With unmatched creativity, dedication, and a professional attitude, he freezes wedding moments and makes them as beautiful as the couple...

3900 (USD)
Engagement Portraits, Elopements and Wedding Photography by Anji Martin Potok's - World Photography, LLC

Traveling wedding photographer, Anji Martin, has been documenting special moments since childhood. With a passion for capturing moments for people, Anji now specializes in wedding and elopement photography, primarily serving couples in the Washington, DC, area but available...

Anji Martin

Washington in District Of Columbia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
4450 (USD)
Lifestyle portrait of wedding and elopement photographer Erica Dietz

Erica Dietz is a documentary-style wedding photographer, capturing candid moments with art and light. A former intern at the Valley News Dispatch, she specializes in helping couples relax for stunning wedding portraiture.

Erica Dietz

Slippery Rock in Pennsylvania, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
4000 (USD)
Xiaoqi Li - Artistic wedding and engagement photographer

Xiaoqi Li is a destination wedding photographer who is dedicated to capturing the genuine and meaningful moments of couples' special days. With a deep appreciation for the importance of photographs in preserving memories, she aims to provide peace of mind to her...

Xiaoqi Li

Charlottesville in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
0 (USD)
Shaun Baker - Wedding Photographer and Couple Portrait Professional

Shaun Baker is a USA-based photographer who put down his video camera after graduating college to pursue photography; he shot his first wedding in 2009.

Shaun Baker

San Diego in California, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
2900 (USD)
Studio portrait of engagement, wedding and elopement photographer Scott Josuweit

USA-based wedding photographer Scott Josuweit focuses on authentically and creatively capturing important moments, uniquely treating each wedding and promoting a true experience.

Scott Josuweit

York in Pennsylvania, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3500 (USD)
Studio portrait of Brittany Diliberto, a wedding and elopement photographer of Bee Two Sweet Photography

Brittany Diliberto is an East Coast USA-based photographer capturing spectacular moments with creative, artistic, and inspirational angles. Drawing from a background in professional lighting design, Brittany imprints emotion in her work.

Brittany Diliberto

Arlington in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
4250 (USD)
Engagement Portrait Pro, Wedding and Elopement Photographer Johnny Shryock of the WPJA

USA-based wedding photographer Johnny Shryock has been documenting incredible moments since his own brother's wedding, ten years ago. He puts couples at ease, building a connection with them that allows him to capture the special moments of their wedding day.

Johnny Shryock

Arlington in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
4250 (USD)
Mike Kropf Wedding Photography in the USA

Mike Kropf is a native Charlottesvillian and passionate wedding photographer. Fueled by his love of camping and exploring, Mike discovered his passion for preserving memories through artful photography in the Middle East.

Mike Kropf

Charlottesville in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3000 (USD)
Wedding photography by Michael Freas

Michael Freas is a photojournalistic wedding photographer. He puts the focus on your unique relationship, honoring all of those present. His commitment to stress-free joy, allowing couples to celebrate to the fullest, has made him one of the most reputable wedding...

Michael Freas

Asheville in North Carolina, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
6000 (USD)
Kenneth Clapp, USA Creative Wedding Photography

Kenneth Clapp is an experienced US-based wedding photographer with an eye for visual arts and storytelling. Specializing in wedding photojournalism and bold photography, he has shot an average of 20 weddings per year, gaining experience from internships with recognized...

Kenneth Clapp

Baltimore in Maryland, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3000 (USD)
Megan Rei, Documentary Style Wedding Photographer

Megan Rei is a Washington metropolitan area wedding photographer with a background in dog photography. She enjoys traveling and is open to new adventures. Megan lives with her husband Neal and their dog Rui, and she strives to capture natural and candid moments in her...

Megan Rei

Bristow in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
4000 (USD)
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Anastasiia Polyakov, of So Tender Is Humanity

Wedding photographer Anastasiia Polyakov is an experienced creative based in the US for 10 years. Using her upbringing, Anastasiia celebrates human spirit and emotion with her photography. Mixing compassion and expressions, Anastasiia aims to memorialize the essence of...

Anastasiia Polyakov

Arlington in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3500 (USD)
Baltimore engagement wedding and elopement photography by Breanna Shaw

Breanna Shaw is a world traveler and passionate wedding photographer. Being able to share moments of love and connection with her clients is her greatest honor, and the accident that has become her life's mission. When she is not taking photos, Breanna enjoys rock...

Breanna Shaw

Reisterstown in Maryland, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3850 (USD)
Portrait of wedding and elopement photographer Sarah Sta. Ana of Santa Ana Photography

Washington Metropolitan Area wedding photographer Sarah Sta Ana is a documentary photographer with a passion for storytelling and capturing raw, pure, and beautiful moments. Initially drawn to the world of non-profits, she moved to Washington, DC to further develop her...

Sarah Sta Ana

Aldie in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
1800 (USD)
Engagement, elopement, and wedding photography by Andrew Morrell

Andrew Morrell is a professional wedding photographer with a unique perspective. He has a unique love story, blending art and technology with his abiding love of music, and bringing an element of improvisation to the weddings and elopements he shoots.

Andrew Morrell

Winchester in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3600 (USD)

Prof Italian wedding photographer Marta Buso (born 1978, Venice). Skilled in reportage, portrait and wedding photography. Graduated from University of Venice in Philosophy and worked on international co-operation projects.

Marta Buso

Venezia in Venezia, IT *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
1600 (EUR)

Kevin Quinlan is a wedding photojournalist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art/Photography. He focuses on capturing real emotions and has commercial experience with clients like The University of Delaware.

Kevin Quinlan

Newark in Delaware, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
2250 (USD)

Mary Kate McKenna is a documentary wedding photographer with 13 years of experience. She focuses on celebrating the union between two people through small weddings, courthouse weddings, and destination micro weddings.

Mary Kate McKenna

Frederick in Maryland, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
2500 (USD)

Heather Hughes Ostermaier is a Virginia wedding photographer with over 8 years full-time experience. She and her husband Rob both have extensive backgrounds in photojournalism and have been published in various notable publications. They provide unobtrusive and creative...

Heather Hughes Ostermaier

Newport News in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
2999 (USD)
Image of William West, Documentary Wedding Photographer

In 2006, William West began his career as a professional photographer, branching out to documentary wedding photography. He has photographed over 650 weddings around the world, making use of his diverse skills in business development, graphic design, and art.

William West

in New Jersey, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
2350 (USD)

Ryan Rayburn brings nine years of photographic journalism experience and a degree in photography to bear on capturing all the memories of couples’ special day. His considerable skill and proven track record ensure that couples’ wedding experience will be permanently...

Ryan Rayburn

Bethesda in Maryland, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
2200 (USD)
Studio portrait of Wes Shinn - owner / wedding and elopement photography studio

Wes Shinn is a wedding photographer who has served for a decade as a military photojournalist, capturing major national disasters. His skill for capturing details and stories in an impactful way translates into awe-inspiring memorials of your wedding day.

Wes Shinn

Chesapeake in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3400 (USD)
Weddings by Ryan & Kate for elopements and marriage photography - Portrait of Ryan Howard Sigesmund

Ryan Howard Sig is a commercial and editorial photographer specializing in weddings. With a background in multimedia arts and a passion for photography developed while traveling in Europe, Ryan has been capturing beautiful moments since 2004.

Ryan Howard Sigesmund

Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3000 (USD)
Color portrait of wedding photographer Lauren Barkume

Lauren Barkume is a Washington Metro Area wedding photographer with a passion for nature, travel and joy. She has a unique photographic style, creating beautiful images with soul and story. Lauren believes in helping people feel seen and empowering them to be their true...

Lauren Barkume

Alexandria in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
4290 (USD)
Emie McGee wedding photography studio - Emie's Photo LLC

Emie McGee is a Lynchburg, USA-based wedding photographer, specializing in creating timeless photos and developing a unique editing style inspired by film photography. With photo experience since 2018, she is here to make your wedding day stress-free.

Emie McGee

Lynchburg in Virginia, US *Now booking Washington DC weddings.
3200 (USD)

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Washington DC Couples

Washington DC Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

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

A couple in Washington, DC stands in front of Eastern Market, looking at each other for an engagement portrait
The couple poses in front of the iconic dome for their engagement portrait, capturing the love and connection between them in the nation's capital
Washington DC bride having her picture taken with her beautiful bridal bouquet at The Royal Sonesta DC Hotel
The Kennedy Center - Washington DC wedding venue: The couple enjoys a delightful spin on the terrace, dancing under the blue sky
In this engagement wedding photography session, a couple is captured in a charming portrait at Georgetown Waterfront in Washington, DC, playfully posing by a massive art mural on an urban wall, with beautiful lens flare effect
A photo of a couple smiling and dancing on a boardwalk in Georgetown Waterfront, Washington DC, taken during a sunny afternoon
At District Winery in Washington DC, the newlyweds shared a humorous moment as the groom dipped the bride with a wedding guest filling the empty space where her head had been
A couple in Washington D.C, adorned with tattoos, posed for a wedding photo in the sunshine, against the backdrop of distinctive street murals on U Street
The couple can be seen in the Museum of Natural History in DC, with an impressive backdrop of a painted artwork of flying dinosaurs
The couple had their engagement session in U Street, DC, with creative photography showcasing an urban vibe with street art and sunshine
The couple is showcased in a creative portrait in the wine cellar of St Vincent Wine in Washington DC; the illuminated bottle collection creates an enchanting background for their silhouettes
The couple struck a stoic pose in the St Vincent Wine bar, Washington DC, for a memorable engagement wedding portrait taken by a creative photographer

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find top-ranked Washington DC wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the Washington DC 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 Washington DC 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 Washington DC wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: How can couples find Washington DC photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for Washington DC 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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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,

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!

Susan & Benjamin

Photo by William West

Our wedding photo experience with you was exceptional! You were very professional and creative. All of our photographs turned out more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. You were able to capture the feelings and the beauty of our very special day in every photo. You were a pleasure to work with and our wedding day turned out to be the most amazing day. Your relaxed and creative style allowed us to have a lot of fun and really be ourselves. Most of the time, we didn’t even know you were there taking our photo. The photographs are amazing and we had so many to choose from. You set out to capture the beauty and magic of our special day and succeeded beyond all of our expectations. You are a true professional and talented photographer. We can’t thank you enough for providing us with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!