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!

Maine Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Maine, United States

Portland, Bangor, New England

Maine Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our North America 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!

Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Maine 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, fast, justice of the peace, 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 boutique, modern, non-traditional, 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 Maine Couples

17 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Maine is home to the wedding and elopement photography business of Kate Crabtree

Hi! I'm Kate Crabtree, a wedding photographer who makes joyful and bold documentary wedding photos set against a variety of stunning ME landscapes. By candidly photographing your wedding day, I seek to capture authentic, fleeting moments that will help encapsulate the love you feel for your friends, your family, and of course your fiance. I have been published in Real Maine Weddings, Maine Magazine, Seacoast Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Junebug Weddings, amongst others. No matter whether your wedding is taking place on the coast, in the mountains, at a private estate or a quaint seaside inn, I'm excited to capture the moments and the love that will define your wedding forever. [Maine Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4600 (USD)
Jessica Weiser has a degree in Photojournalism and photographs weddings and elopements in Maine.

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)
Maine, Portland and Vermont wedding and elopement photographer Corey Butler.

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)
Boston wedding photographer, Alex Paul of Massachusetts.

Originally from Belarus – a small country between Poland and Russia – it was in 2006, and inspired by my own wedding, that I attended the Minsk School of Photography. Following two years intense study and two more years shadowing a renowned wedding photographer, I launched as a full-time professional wedding photographer in 2011. Since then I’ve notched-up extensive experience as a destination wedding photographer, shooting over 250 destination weddings in far away locations such as Italy, Switzerland, Motenegro, Thailand, Hungary, Czech Republic and Russia. We moved to the US in 2016. Located on Cape Cod, one of our favorite pastimes is exploring New England’s vivid landscape and sleepy coastal towns. As well as being ready to hop on a plane to shoot international weddings at a moment’s notice, I now cover engagements and weddings throughout Cape Cod, Boston and NYC, all New England and the surrounding area. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)
New Hampshire wedding photographer, Sarah Martinez

Hi! I’m always ready for an adventure and I love running around in the wild with my couples, dresses that aren't always perfect, and giving couples the space to take in as many moments of their wedding as possible. My photography background takes me from starting out as a photojournalist for a newspaper in Ohio, to being the second photographer to an incredible wedding team in San Diego, all the way to starting my own photography business here in New Hampshire. I’ve driven all across the US many times, calling a bunch of those spots home and combined with my life experiences, my work is heavily influenced by the person that I’ve become out of it. In addition to the celebrations in life, it’s also the heartaches that helped me realize just how important capturing how a moment feels will impact your appreciation of the images delivered. Therefore, I work to get to know you two and use my years of experience to anticipate and embolden moments so I can capture all those genuine smiles, tears, and healthy doses of nervous anticipation. Professionally I’ve had wedding features published in print magazines like Seacoast Weddings, Southern New England Weddings – Destination Edition, and New Hampshire Bride along with a wide variety of blogs and online publications, I've been featured as the resident artist at a local art show, a finalist in a worldwide photography competition, chosen as the third-ranked photographer in my state, as well as being chosen as a top photographer in NH to watch in a nationwide report. [New Hampshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (USD)
Ben Schaefer is a Wedding Photographer in Boston, MA

I may be a little bit geeky, and my wife describes me as an "infuriatingly positive person". I am smitten with rock climbing, science fiction, surfing, travel, and being invited into the inner circle of a family on a wedding day. I am one of the only wedding photographers in the world shooting entirely on the highest end camera system and lenses in the world, the Leica. I am a hopeless romantic and thrive on the intricacies of a wedding day. My own wedding was the most overwhelming (fun!) experience of my life, and I treat every celebration with that gravity. I will tell the story of your day with sensitivity, artfulness, and attention to every detail. I work in a photojournalistic, candid and unobtrusive style throughout the day (apart of when we are making portraits or family formals). [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
Montreal wedding and elopement photographer Esther Gibbons - Canada

Esther Gibbons is a wedding, elopement, engagement, event and portrait photographer based in Montreal, Quebec. Her photography is natural and authentic, with a focus on documenting real moments between people. She works tirelessly and has terrific timing to catch people at their best. Her down-to-earth, friendly approach puts couples at ease and helps create natural portraits. She began shooting weddings in 2009 while studying photography at Concordia University. Since then, she has photographed weddings of all types, from intimate family getaways in the Quebec countryside to huge celebrations at Montreal’s largest wedding venues. She especially loves being able to witness each wedding day from behind-the-scenes and having privileged access to tell each couple’s story. Thanks to Montreal’s multicultural character, she is also lucky to photograph weddings from a diverse range of cultures. [Montreal Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (CAD)
Portsmouth Wedding Photography and Elopements by Eric McCallister, of New Hampshire

I’m an NH wedding and elopement photographer with a photojournalistic approach to documenting wedding days and elopements, with a contemporary take on wedding portraiture. I began my photography career shooting rock climbers scaling cliffs throughout the U.S. By combining my passion for adventure with my love of art and design, I very quickly became obsessed with creating images that were not only “pretty” but conveyed a sense of “being there” and of the emotions felt by my subjects. Seeing and capturing fleeting moments from behind a lens proved to be a powerful addiction, which led me to wedding photography. On the wedding day, I strive to create images of a couple that show the spectrum of emotions felt on one of the most important days of their lives. I have been photographing weddings in New England since 2003. I photographed my first wedding on my own in the Fall of 2008. Ten years later, I have photographed over 350 weddings, mostly in New England, but as far away as Wyoming, New Orleans and the Cayman Islands. I currently photograph approximately 30 weddings per year, which allows me to focus on providing great service to each and every client. [Portsmouth Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3300 (USD)
David Murray is an Atlanta wedding and elopement photojournalist with a GA studio serving discerning clientele

David Murray Weddings is a boutique wedding photojournalism studio serving a sophisticated, discerning clientele. David is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award runner-up, as well as 1st place/Spot News in the POYi. He has travelled the world for news publications including, Agence France-Presse, The New York Times, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Time Magazine and as a picture editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. David has been ranked as one of the top five wedding photojournalists by the WPJA in 2003, 2004 and 2007. David has a BA in French from St. Anselm College in Manchester NH. He spent several semesters abroad at The University of Nice as well as the University of Aix-Marseille. His love of France extends from it's rich philosophy and literary culture, to it's gastronomic palette, and cinematic history. He is an unabashed francophile who keeps up his French language skills with a healthy dose of French films. David initially took his photography inspiration from the Life Magazine images that were part of his childhood. The drama and impressions of daily life captured by such photographers as Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, and Larry Burrows remain with him to this day. He now uses this documentary approach to the very civil ritual of marriage. [Atlanta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
Vermont wedding photographer Geoff Hansen calls Tunbridge home. He has been a newspaper photojournalist for decades.

With a love of documentary photography that touches everything I do, I have had the privilege of photographing hundred of weddings throughout New England since 1994. I approach my work with respect for the subject, gentle humor and letting events play out naturally in time. I began photography at 13 years old, growing up in South Dakota. After studying photojournalism at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, I have been a part of the Valley News in Lebanon, N.H., since 1989. I am now the photo editor in a newsroom full of talented and funny journalists. I have done photography for a dozen books, including The Joy of Keeping Chickens and Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm. My photographs have also been exhibited throughout Vermont, including a one-person show at the Agency of Agriculture in Montpelier, Vermont. [Tunbridge Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (USD)
Yuri Kriventsoff | Boston Wedding and Elopement Photographer

I grew up in Eastern Europe — technically Moldova. I have always had a natural eye for photography. In my youth, I often looked out at the landscape and thought of ways to capture its uniqueness and beauty. Eight years ago, I began taking wedding photos as an assistant, and studied under my mentor, a well-known photographer and cinematographer. I learned to take my natural eye and transform that into a journalistic style of photography. Over the last four years, my focus has been on being the best Boston wedding photography. I have documented over 100 weddings and elopements throughout region and have photographed weddings at churches, parks, and people’s backyard. I enjoy the variety of my work and feel it challenges me. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Worcester, Massachusetts wedding photography by Joe Brier

Joe Brier earned an MS degree in Photojournalism from Syracuse University in 2004. Since that time, Joe has worked as a staff photographer for a daily newspaper in Northern Virginia and produced content for various publications throughout the country. [Worcester Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
Massachusetts wedding photographer Damien Gaudet, of Boston

Damien was born in Ireland and moved to Boston with his family at age 4. He has made New England home ever since and has been covering weddings for over ten years, along with shooting editorial and commercial work. Happily married with a young son, photography and motorcycles keep him busy and very, very happy. Damien shoots approximately ten-fifteen select weddings per year and loves working with couples to deliver compelling imagery from their day. Shooting in a documentary style, Damien captures the day as it unfolds along with taking any formal portraits that may be required. [Massachusetts Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
NH Wedding and Elopement Photographer Cate Bligh

Cate graduated in 2006 with an Associate of Science in Professional Photography from McIntosh College. It is there where her passion for medium format photography first developed. This premium level of high-end photography is a service she still provides for all her weddings, elopements, and engagement sessions to this day. Workshops are another way Cate has expanded her photography education. Creative and intensive, week-long photography workshops have been a constant presence in Cate's educational background and are planned into the future. What makes these workshops an important piece in her photography style, is the intention of growing her craft, learning the latest techniques, and networking with photographers around the world. These workshops encompass a variety of subjects like landscape techniques, wedding-specific intensives, and commercial/stock photography. She had attended The Maine Media Workshops in Camden, Maine and several at Rocky Mountain School of Photography in places like Missoula and Kalispell, Montana and Yellowstone National Park. In 2015, Cate spent 9 weeks in Missoula, Montana at Rocky Mountain School of Photography and completed an Advanced Intensive photography program that covered all aspects of photography, from weddings to fashion to commercial and more. ___ I often describe my style as romantic storytelling. As a photographer who specializes in weddings and smaller elopement events, I try to connect with my couples in a way that helps them feel at ease in front of the camera. This allows them to relax and enjoy the day, moment by moment. From this point, I am able to capture the emotion and natural expressions as they happen. Yet, I also stress the importance of photographing a family together in a more formal way. I feel these types of images last far beyond the wedding and document who we are, and who your family is, at a specific second in time. I am passionate about New Hampshire and I really enjoy working with couples who share a love for the beauty of my home state. Many of my clients talk of their memories of visiting the mountains or lakes with their families as children and their wish to maintain this legacy into adulthood with their partner. I cannot get enough of these stories! Your connection to New Hampshire is the same I feel when I look out my window every day and is 100% the reason I choose to work and live here. I cannot wait to hear about your connection and share with you some of the most amazing locations and venues for your photos. Not sure what all the fuss is about? Reach out and I will gladly share it with you! [New Hampshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5375 (USD)
Worcester wedding photographer Paulette Griswold of Massachusetts

We're Matt and Paulette, a married photography team focused on documenting love and life in a way that's natural and true. We met in 2004 when we worked for the same portrait studio. A wedding, two dogs, and many adventures later, we're still shooting, still learning, and still passionate about what we do. And pizza. We love each other. We love fun. We love fun. What we do Our goal is to capture your story so you can appreciate this time in your life forever, and to do it in a way that makes your day easy so you can focus on enjoying the good stuff. We like to mix the photojournalism-style with editorial storytelling- bringing out the light, color, and emotion that adds dimension to your day. We want you to look at your photos years from now and feel like you're there all over again, enjoying the details that you worked so hard on, the natural reactions, and even the things you didn't know about or plan. We value art, adventure, and meaningful connections. We love this job because it involves all three. It's so great meeting new couples and having the opportunity to document and share in their once-in-a-lifetime event. It challenges us, it rewards us, and frankly, we have a blast doing it. Having both of us at your wedding means your day is being covered by two professional photographers that work together constantly, instead of just one photographer, or a photographer and a "second shooter." We believe that when choosing a wedding photographer, the most important factor besides photographic style is that you like being around us and you trust us to capture your day. [Worcester Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (USD)
Boston wedding and elopement photography by Kevin Wright of the Massachusetts WPJA

As long as I can remember, I've been using cameras creatively. When I was in elementary school, my brother and I used the home video camera to make sketch videos, and as I grew older, the improvements in the video recording and playback world fascinated me. When I was 14 I took my first photography class. I went to an NHL game with 2 rolls of black and white film, and a Minolta my mom bought in 1976 and developing that film I fell in love with capturing a moment, a real moment. I transitioned into the video program and later enrolled in a trade school for video production and broadcast television. I went to film school at the University of Colorado, and after realizing I no longer dreamed of working on a major motion picture, I moved to Boston with a friend and moved on creatively. Years later, my wife encouraged me to pursue my passion one more time. Together, we built a company on family and event photography before jumping into weddings. We booked 25 weddings in our first year, and have fallen in love with engagement and wedding photography. I shoot as though I'm filming a scene. My "poses" are cinematic, shot in motion, candid, and as though the couple is walking through a scene. When I shoot a wedding, I prefer to blend into the sea of guests and take moody, candid photos when people have forgotten I am there. I developed most of my habits through cinematography, but I have been inspired and found new motivations in the entire wedding process, from Engagement shoot through the delivery of a final wedding gallery. We shoot anywhere from 25-35 weddings per year and enjoy doing engagement shoots for our wedding clients as well as clients not ready to book yet, but with a need for beautiful couples photos. [Boston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
375/hour (USD)
WPJA Communiqué: Features
Lauren Lindley, of California, is a wedding photographer for -
While some people live for the hustle and bustle of a big wedding with extravagant décor and an impossibly long guest list, others find these kinds of weddings to be too much hoopla, preferring instead something simpler and quieter, allowing for more intimacy between them and their fiancés on this special day. So how do you infuse your wedding with all the romance but none of the fuss? ALONE AT LAST Many couples these days are opting to elope rather than planning a large wedding. For the no-...Read more
Victoria Sprung, of Illinois, is a wedding photographer for Chicago, IL
WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO ELOPE? If you look up the definition of “elope” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary , you’ll find a plethora of meanings making it quite clear how polarizing the word has become, and how it has transformed and evolved with the passage of time and even personal preference.Read more
Creative and Professional Wedding Photography from the Reception
Like many brides and grooms, your wedding could be the first time you’ll be hiring a creative professional. You might think the ins and outs of working with a wedding photographer are as simple as writing a check. What could be so difficult, right? But just ask any talented pro, and you’ll get a grateful explanation as to why it’s so important to truly understand their creative process. How you manage your relationship with a wedding photographer can have just as profound an...Read more
The Best Wedding Photojournalism - The bride turns toward her reflection as she tosses her bouquet over her shoulder in this wedding photo.
With the number of wedding photojournalists perpetually on the rise, confusion over what they will and won’t do seems to be increasing at a parallel rate. This article aims to bust the most common wedding photojournalism misconceptions and stereotypes circulating in the marketplace...Read more
Wedding Ceremony Photojournalism for article about how to find a good wedding photographer
How do you find the ideal person to document your wedding? Just as there is a skill to taking memorable pictures, there is also a know-how to choosing the person you want to take them. How you conduct your search for a wedding photojournalist can make a big difference in ensuring that you’re more than pleased with your photographic experience on the big day, as well as with the moments and memories captured in pictures. Before you start your search, you’ll need the proper tools,...Read more
Megan Hannah, of Vermont, is a wedding photographer for -
So your wedding is just around the corner and you’ve decided to elope , either because you want to do this on a budget , avoid a large wedding party, or simply to enjoy the day together with minimal distractions and as little stress as possible . They say 'all you need is love', but where exactly can you afford to trim the fat, so to speak? You want simplicity, but you also want to be properly married and, surely, to remember this occasion. Who, then, could be more important than...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery Wedding Photography - Bride and Groom Perform for their Wedding Guests

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!

Bride and groom kissing at their rooftop garden wedding ceremony in Montreal, Quebec - Santropol Roulant

Amy & Chris

Photo by Esther Gibbons

I just teared up watching this. The slideshow is perfect. The song, the mood... it’s all perfect. Thank you so much for everything. We adore the photo albums and all the wonderful photos. It means so much to us, and you’ll help us cherish those memories forever. Thanks again for everything. Yer the best! A gem, truly.

Lauren & Mike

Photo by Esther Gibbons

Mike and I finally got through all the pictures last night, and I can tell you that we had such a good time going over all of the happy moments (we had quite a few big laughs as well!). You did a fantastic job and we really cannot thank you enough. We were truly thrilled with the results and couldn't have asked for better people with whom to share our day.