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

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - 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!

Arkansas Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Arkansas, United States

Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Jonesboro, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, Bentonville

Arkansas Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our North America photographer vendors 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 because of current wedding size restrictions, social distancing, and mask requirements. 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 29th, 2021
Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Wedding Photography | affection, and devotion to one another was on full display
July 22nd, 2021
Wedding Photographer for Boulder Elopements | The couple giggled in the sunrise light
July 19th, 2021
Wedding Photography at Palazzo Bauer, Venice | Donning sunglasses and clearly immersed in the moment

Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Arkansas 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 civil ceremony, DIY - do it yourself, 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 unique, intimate, symbolic, 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 Arkansas Couples

3 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Kansas wedding and elopement photography by Peggy Stevinson Bair

[Peggy is a founding member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association. Her membership dates back to June of 2003.] I am a working photojournalist covering people stories throughout the Midwest. For weddings, I focus on those moments that take your breath away and bring back the powerful feelings that make living worthwhile. I work quietly and unobtrusively to keep you at the center of your day. I am a former staff photographer for: The Kansas City Star, The Leavenworth Times, The St. Joseph News-Press, The Boulder Daily Camera, The Pueblo Chieftain. Also published through Associated Press with work appearing in national and international publications. I currently publish through HeartKC and Blues Insights. I began photographing weddings with my own business in 2002. I am home based out of Leavenworth, KS - so I understand small town life - but I have also lived in Liberty, MO, Gladstone, MO, Kansas City, MO and spent time in the Ozarks in the summers. My influences have been working with the very best in the photojournalism industry over the years - colleagues who took the time out to offer opinions or advice when I was a young photojournalist coming up in the film days - back when newspapers were all black and white. When I am not photographing weddings, I am still photographing and writing about people stories of interest to our area. I am an active member of the National Press Photographers Association. Degree: The University of Missouri at Kansas City - Creative Writing and Journalism [Kansas Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
995 (USD)

British photographer Philip is based out of San Antonio, Texas and is available for local and destination weddings. Philip has been married to Marcie since 2006 and have two beautiful little girls. Photography is Philip's passion and part of his life for over twenty years. Continually honing his skills and craft, Philip Thomas grew up in Chichester, Sussex. In 1991 he had his first step on the ladder as a local news photographer and developing and printing his work. Philip also traveled and worked around the world on luxury cruise lines like the Queen Elizabeth II before settling down in San Antonio, Texas. There he photographed actors and models before pursuing weddings full time. Photographers that have shaped and influenced his life include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Steve McCurry. What motivates Philip is the art of anticipation, capturing those unique and special moments throughout the day. Philip works unobtrusively with a strong emphasis on use of geometry, light and shadow throughout his work.. Most importantly the couple can have FUN! [San Antonio Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
Knoxville wedding photography by Leah Moyers of Tennessee

Leah Moyers is a traveling wedding and elopement photographer with a fine arts background located in East Tennessee. Her style is unobtrusive, candid, inclusive and thoughtfully captured. She creates relationships with clients that allow her to capture them authentically and truly enjoys producing beautiful and unique work. [Knoxville Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
450/hour (USD)

Wedding Engagement Diamond Awards - Arkansas

Are you ready to find your Arkansas engagement / pre-wedding photographer for a portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own pre-wed shoot? Pro members from the Arkansas Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Britney and Chase

Photo by Philip Thomas

I just wanted to give you a Huge THANK YOU!! It has been a pleasure working with you along this wonderful journey. I couldn't be happier with the way everything has turned out! Your talent is truly amazing.

Houston, Texas wedding couple image from a live video conference call

Bethany + Jake

Photo by Philip Thomas

Philip, Thank you so much for being part of our wedding day! I am so grateful for how comfortable and relaxed you made us all feel and for your commitment to making our day was captured authentically. Our wedding didn't look how we originally thought but you helped ensure that it was just a as special. We are forever grateful! Wishing you all the best. - Bethany and Jake

Marcela & Rishi

Photo by Philip Thomas

What can we say...thank you so very much for sharing your art and your passion with us during our wedding weekend! Your photos capture the essence of the weekend-the joy, the fun, the passion, the love-you got it all. We can't wait to see "the book" and we can't want to work with you again. Thanks again!