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

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - 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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Istanbul Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Europe 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 because of current covid 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!

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Elopement Photographers for Small Turkey Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Istanbul 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, 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, religious, outdoor, 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 Istanbul Couples

7 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Istanbul wedding and elopement photography by Nilufer Nalbantoglu - Turkey WPJA

I was born in 1982, Bursa. Because of my father's interest in photography, I grew up reading photo magazines and playing with twin lens machines. I was interested in photography as a hobby. First I decided to open my own business by saying textiles and then furniture photography. Now I'm one of those lucky people who love to do their job. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)

When we ask ourselves “What is the most important moment in my life”, the answer of “my wedding day” is generally early in the list. The trust of a couple in me to photo these moments always excites me. You create the images to stay with you for the next 50-100 years and maybe the images that will pass to your grandchildren. This responsibility brings along the obligation to work hard at wedding day and after and provide wonderful photos to couple. We don’t have the luxury to miss even one single moment. Every month of the day is very precious whether it is important or not. Therefore I always try to shoot memorable portraits for you as well as trying to compose the story of the day. Hello! I am a wedding photographer who lives in Istanbul and Izmir but free to go everywhere in the world for photo shooting. This flexibility to travel stems from also being a travel and documentary photographer I think. I have worked in photography committee of travel, geography and culture magazine Atlas which is published in Turkey and Europe for a long time and I have photographed and written my themes. I was also the photography editor of Skylife magazine for a period of time. I have made editorial shootings for numerous magazines and newspapers. I think these fields that I came to grips with in past enabled me to look at wedding photography from different angles. I try to convey the reflex of story-telling and other disciplines to wedding photography. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1150 (EUR)
Istanbul, Turkey wedding and elopement photography by Emre Nesli

Hello, I define myself as a wedding photographer who seeks to capture the key moments of weddings, with a documentary spirit and an artistic perspective. I've been a full-time wedding photographer since 2012. I'm always trying to be an organic part of your wedding. I focus on not only beautiful moments but all strong emotions. Apart from wedding photography, I am working on my master thesis about documentary photography and my personal photography and videography projects. I'm living in İstanbul, Turkey, I am ready to travel all over the world. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
950 (EUR)

I believe that, your wedding photographs should show more than how beautiful you look at your wedding. They should remind you what you live and feel on that day. My mission on each wedding is; - to produce meaningful, evocative photographs that focus on the precious moments - to help your future self remember the true story of your wedding, and possibly tell it to your generations - to make you feel, when you look at the photographs, like you are there and then again With that mission in mind, I have been photographing weddings since 2006. I am usually the closest person to the couple through their wedding day, yet I manage to stay unobtrusive, leading them only when they require me to. Most of my couples seem to forget about my presence as the day unfolds, which yields to those unexpected, relaxed, "in-the-moment" images. Currently I live in Istanbul with my wife, and my son who, after all these years, helped me realize why I love photographing weddings; it is because I am creating images for my couples that they and their grandkids will not just love to look at, but will also find touching and meaningful, even after many years. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
700 (EUR)

Hello Everyone! I have been shooting weddings and elopements for 6 years. When I first attended a wedding as a second shooter, I understood that its my dream job. Its always a new adventure and every wedding day is full of surprises. I don't know when is the light come my bride, and make her shine. So I push myself to get different and creative photos every time. I have a documentary style because I want to be the third eye of my bride and groom. My purpose is to give them special moments of their biggest day. There is no chance to go back, so its very important for me to show all the emotions. I really believe that everybody should have meaningful photos of their wedding day to remember even years later. My job is my soul mate. Every morning of a photo shooting, when I wake up to the sun, I am covered with the feeling of joy. I love traveling the world and destination weddings very much. Learning new cultures excites me always. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
Istanbul wedding photography and elopements by Derya Engin, of Turkey

Even in my early years, photography has always been a passion in my life, started taking photos of almost everything I find worth to see when I was a teenager. I got my post graduate degree in photography in 2008 and I've been shooting weddings and elopements for 11 years by now. I love to capture the love and passion and happiness between the couples and I'm experienced in destination weddings and elopements. I define myself as a wedding photojournalist when it comes to capturing the day. I focus on capturing the most natural and special moments of your special day and I do care about bringing the artistic look in every image. If missed, the moment is lost forever. It is my passion, responsibility, and expertise to capture those moments for you to cherish and remember for years to come. To tell you about myself a little more; I was born in 1982 and I am happily married for 10 years. I am a dreamer, a traveler and my favourite colour is purple! To get to know more about me and my works, you can simply visit my website and drop me a line. Looking forward to meet you! [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
Turkey and Istanbul wedding and elopement photography by Salih Ustundag - üstündağ null fotoğraf

“If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough.” Robert Capa One of the most important times of your life is your wedding day. During these miraculous moments, my aim is to accompany you like a close friend and capture natural instances of yours which reflect your true feelings. I believe that you should have a friendly face alongside during the most important day of your life... I was born in Gölcük in 1988. During my education at Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics, I worked as a photography assistant at the Karanlık Oda Photography Center. Along with various documentary photography projects, archeological excavation photography, fashion, product and event shooting works, I chose wedding documentary as my main focus and now I run the Null Fotoğraf brand. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Kyrenia Cyprus Wedding Photo of the Groom Tossed in the Air - Acapulco Hotel Wedding Venue

Cagda+Nudt

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Simply we could not be more pleased with our wedding photos. From early morning till next day early morning you captured our best moments with passion. I still have goosebumps every time I look at our photos even after many months. Each of them represent an intense emotion. You totally achieved to reflect our character and energy into photos. No need for many words Ufuk you really are a very good photographer and we are so glad to have you together with us in our special day. Thank you for documenting our emotions as memories… Lots of Love ..

Antalya Wedding photo from the indoor ceremony at Barut Hotel

Nazanin+Charlie

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

You were a god sent to our wedding. You and your team were nothing but amazing and that’s how everyone in my family and my husband’s feel like. You are so friendly, so precise and professional that we worried about nothing. More than anything else you were so reliable the whole time that gave us the assurance we needed. You made everything really feel better and less stressful and you delivered beautiful shots at the end. Working with you is so easy. Thank you so much!

Lausane Switzerland Wedding photo of a ceremony hug for the bride and groom.

Aria+Daniel

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

They look amazing! You did such a good job! We are so happy you joined us for this experience. 

Fethiye Turkey Wedding Photography of the bride and groom at Help Beach

Tala+Ratep

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Ufuk, you got me all teary. A million thank you for the birthday wishes and a million other thank you for these beautiful pictures. This is by far the best birthday gift I have received. We downloaded the file so that we would not lose it but will look at them when I am back from the honeymoon hopefully in a couple of days. However I went through some and THEY WILL MORE THAN AMAZING.

Photography from the Wedding Day at Kaya Hotel, Uchisar, Turkey

Merve + Alper

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Ufuk you are simply AMAZING! You are really more than a photographer. From the beginning through to the end you were always very friendly and positive. You knew what you were doing and offered endless support, advice and guidance. On the wedding day itself we felt in safe hands and it was like having a friend there with you ! There experience and professionalism shines through, allowing you to relax and have the best day of your lives ! As we already expected , we received wonderful photos and couldn’t be more happier with the results. You are seriously talented and genuinely loves what you do ! Thank you so much!

Sanat Bahçem wedding photography from outdoor ceremony

Jennifer & Akram

Photo by Derya Engin

Derya, we can't thank you enough for your contribution to our wedding. You and your team truly went above and beyond to ensure you captured every moment. It meant so much that you helped us capture the evening before with all our traditions. At every step of the process you helped us stay calm and natural. You have an amazing combination of professionalism and creativity. You and your team fit naturally into the whole wedding and were flexible enough to go with the flow. The end result was breathtaking. Both the photos and the video were stunning and we couldn't be happier. Thank you for capturing these memories we'll cherish always.

İstanbul Wedding Reception Photography from the dance floor.

Alfred&Hilal

Photo by Emre Nesli

Emre! me and Alfred would like to thank you for providing us lifetime worth of beautiful photos. Since I met you my best friend’ wedding, i was impressed your amazing photos and then I knew who will be the photographer for our wedding day. your positive energy and professional attitude made us feel safe and naturally relax in front of the camera! We had so many positive comments about your amazing shoots from family and friends. you are the photographer of our family now! I have to say also how helpful you were to provide us photos in short time before we moved. We are so appreciate for every single capture you took from our best day! Sending lots of love and huge hug from México!

Mersin Martı Hotel Wedding Photojournalism image of bride and groom laughing

Gözde&Süheyl

Photo by Emre Nesli

Hey, Thank you for everything. I mean for every moments you captured in your way and your friendship for whole day. You are not only a photographer but also a consultant, organizer and an artist.

Crete Wedding photo from the ceremony at Apxontiko Kthma Exclusive Events

Nina+Michalis

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Dear Ufuk, you offered us more than a documentation of our wedding. You gave as something that will pass to our descendants and always remind us of what happened that beautiful day. As a family we are really happy to get to know to you, and as a photographer myself really amazed of your passion for art. Always grateful to you. What you do and present goes beyond expectations!

Bandırma Turkey Wedding Photographer - Bride in the Wind with Musicians

Kate+Anil

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

The photos are beautiful!! We are crying! Also I just want to say thank you all photos and for your presence on the day. We LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Now that we have a little distance from the wedding, we feel like it all went perfectly and the photographs captured it so well! We feel really thankful. And also because a lot of people from Canada couldn't come, they are a perfect way to share a very happy day with them :)

milan italy wedding photography - Villa Valenca bride and groom

Silvia + Gokhan

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

We absolutely loved it. We are so excited to get the pictures. You captured every single moment and each time we watch the pictures, we live the emotions again and again with the same excitement of the wedding day. Thank you!

Istanbul Destination wedding photo of a kiss on boat on the Bosphorus

Raz & John

Photo by Derya Engin

Dear Derya, You and your team are amazing, and did an absolute phenomenal job capturing all the special moments we had in our wedding day. Finding a photographer for the destination wedding is tough when you have no idea what to expect until the day of, but we were so lucky to find you and your team. Everything went very smoothly because of your professional and awesome attitude. We are so happy with our wedding pictures and video, and can't stop looking at them. Thanks for making our wedding day even more memorable with your fantastic work. Raz and John