Wedding Photographers of Maryland, United States
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Maryland 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!
Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings
Shooting an elopement or small Maryland 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 small, justice of the peace, courthouse, 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 romantic, religious, casual, 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 Maryland Couples
22 Documentary Wedding Photographers...
A visual storyteller, Kenny, is a talent unlike any other. It's his love for life that inspires his passion for bold wedding photojournalism and allows him to consistently tell the beautiful story of his wedding clients through creative photography. Shooting an average of 20 weddings per year makes for an awesome opportunity to really connect with each bride and groom. Early in his career, his internships with highly decorated wedding and fashion photographers shaped and influenced his style which today consists of a blend of both. Kenny’s unique experience has secured him highly visible projects in fashion, beauty, entertainment, and sports. Yet, the family man is most passionate about telling the life stories of the families he comes across. From the engagement session to the wedding day, Kenny becomes just another member of the family to the clients he serves—there to celebrate and document their life journey at the same time. Based in Baltimore, Kenny serves the areas of Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and Georgia. He is an expert in wedding photography and visual arts with his work and has garnered the attention of both locally and nationally recognized publications. When he is not documenting your amazing wedding day, Kenny enjoys spending his time with his children, friends, and Bella the cat! [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]
I am a full-time wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Frederick, Maryland but I travel to whatever is needed to get the shot. I get to photograph amazing people, traditions and locations every week. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is watching couples & families grow. I love when I meet an engaged couple and a few years later I'm photographing their babies. It's truly an honor and I have a passion for documenting these milestones. Giving back to the community is at the heart of my business. I am a volunteer photographer for Operation Love: ReUnited, Inspiration Through Art, Kids Are Heroes, Dodging Diabetes and several other great organizations. Using my photography as a tool to help others has become a large part of what I do. I have documented the plight of AIDS orphans in Zambia, the struggle for land reform in Brazil, and the life of those who live under the totalitarian regime in Burma. I hope that in the future I can do more of this work and help bring to light the many situations that are not justly covered in the media. I grew up in a small town in Indiana. It was there, in a high school darkroom, that I fell in love with the art of photography. I am incredibly lucky that this is now not only my passion, but it's my profession and the best career I could ever ask for. I live in Frederick, Maryland with my husband Joe and our three rescue dogs. Joe is in the Army, so I have a very special place in my heart for military families., [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]
It was a natural move for Ryan to start photographing weddings after working in newspapers for nine years. The same skills he used to photograph unscripted news events allow him to capture the special moments of a young couple's wedding, like the loving glance during a first dance, the look in a mother's face as she hugs her son, a bride and her maid of honor sharing a laugh before the ceremony. Ryan Rayburn earned his photography degree in 1998 then became a photojournalist working for newspapers in Colorado, California, Illinois and Maryland. Ryan's photographs have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times Community News, Northwest Herald, The Gazette and Bethesda Magazine. He also is a photographer for the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. Ryan currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his fiancee Karen. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]
I picked up my first camera while on a 2-month long cross country trip with my parents and brother. That camera, an old all-manual one, was my father's which he had bought while serving overseas in the military. I fell in love with photography on that trip. Over the next few years, I shot and shot and shot. Everything was my subject. I took every photo class available in my high school, but convinced myself that there was no career in photography. I first became inspired by photojournalism while working at The Daily Collegian student newspaper as an undergraduate at Penn State University. I saw it as an opportunity to start shooting again and broaden my horizons in the world of photography. During college, I designed my own major to learn as much as possible about the craft of photojournalism and worked many, many long hours at the Collegian. I graduated in 1998 and followed my love of telling people’s stories while working as a photojournalist for newspapers in Celina, Ohio (The Daily Standard, 1999-2000) and in Montgomery County, Maryland (The Gazette, 2000-2006). I left the newspaper business in 2006, when my son was born, to pursue weddings full-time and to be a stay-at-home-dad. I live in Frederick, Maryland with my wife, Molly, son, Jackson, daughter, Phoebe, and beagle-mix, Brooks. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]
This business is the happiest accident of my life. What started as a hobby turned into my life’s mission. The most important thing in our short time on this planet is connection – and it’s the greatest honor of my life to be able to connect with so many amazing people and through my camera be able to show them how they love and how they are loved. When I’m not photographing weddings, I am a rock climber, scuba diver, glass blower (#breablowsglass on Instagram), world traveler, and cat mom to Sherlock (@sherlocknessmonster on Instagram). During the winter, I teach a video class at the Sheffield Institute of the Recording Arts and I love having a positive impact on my students. Everything I love to do challenges me personally and makes me a stronger person. I feel the most alive when I feel connected to this beautiful planet and the people on it. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]
At 39, Morgan Davis has been documenting weddings since 2014. She remains inspired by the work of Cari Mae Weems, Marilyn Nance, and Gordon Parks. With a passion for international humanitarian photojournalism, she shoots a limited amount of weddings to be available to travel abroad to, in her own words, "tell the stories that often go untold." When Morgan is not shooting weddings or other lifestyle portraiture concepts, she can be found working out at the gym, listening to 40's jazz, by the ocean, or enjoying her family. She has been married to the love of her life Chris for 20 years and together they have 3 children. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]
My love of photography was sparked when my brother was getting married. It wasn't until his wedding (ten years ago!) that I decided to purchase my first "real camera" and I haven't turned back since. I want you to feel completely at ease, confident in the connection we’ve established; and secure in the knowledge that I will be fully present, ready to document every moment, as your day evolves organically. I consider it a complete honor to be entrusted with photographing your marriage celebration, preserving the spectacular moments shared between the two of you and your loved ones for years to come. [Arlington Wedding Photographer]
I am a no-make-up... t-shirt wearing... animal-loving... travel obsessed, Love is Love Believer, foot in mouth extroverted introverted wedding & wildlife photographer based outside of Washington DC... (that was a mouth-full). I have been shooting weddings around the world for over 10 years. My work mixes all the best parts of wedding photography... intimate little moments, truly epic portraits, and fun family photos that are more than just stand here and smile. I try to work with my couples to create unique pieces of artwork, making their images stand out from anything they have ever seen before. My photographs are Bold, Colorful, and Real. I love emotion and work to incorporate that in all my work. I do this by investing in getting to know my couples. I am not a wham bam thank you photographer. We will be spending way more than just your wedding day together and after your wedding is over I totally expect to be grabbing drinks with you. While I primarily shoot weddings in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, I absolutely love traveling and I love meeting up with couples while I am on an adventure (and it's only partly for hiking buddies) I give my couples affordable opportunities to travel with me anywhere in the world for elopements, mini weddings, and engagement sessions. I especially love traveling to the National Parks here in the US and frequently offer deals for full-day adventures! When I am not shooting weddings I am traveling the world-leading wildlife educational conservation photography tours. I take my clients to mostly East Africa where they have the opportunity to trek with Mountain Gorillas. I am an advocate for Wildlife Conservation around the world and have traveled to all Seven Continents photographing wildlife. Some of my wedding couples have even joined me for their honeymoons! [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]
For Ken Pak, photography is a way to expose life at its best. His spontaneity of expression and his professional, yet friendly nature allow him to capture the most natural once in a lifetime moments through his lenses. He says "Throughout the wedding day, I am watching the emotions and expressions of the couple as they interact with guests and family members. My job is to freeze those precious moments and make them as beautiful as the couple remember it in their hearts." His unmatched thirst for exploration, paired with unrelenting energy, creative ability, a professional attitude and dedication to the art of photography is what allows him to photograph lifestyle assignment such as weddings. At an early life, Ken was exposed to photography by his father, an avid photographer hobbyist, through his gifts of a camera and a video camera. Moreover, during high school, he was awarded for his artistic talent becoming a national finalist in graphic design. However, his path led him to work for an environment caring cause. Although the job had its fulfilling characteristics in making the earth greener, he found self-fulfillment and gratification while capturing candid moments of his loving girlfriend, now his wife, and two adorable Jack Russell terrier puppies. The excitement and freedom that a camera provided for him was enough to pursue a lifelong career as a professional photographer. Taking pictures of his friends' most special days, he was able to build his name as a reputable photographer. Ken's partner in life and career is the one and only, Eun Choi, with newest yet most precious gift in their lives, Caleb Pak, and a Jack Russell terrier, Kenue (The other one recently passed away). [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]
I love candid photos, the small moments between friends or two lovers, the very short instant which nobody will remember if a camera wasn't around to catch it. I have been taking pictures since I was a kid. I have started taking professional pictures ten years ago using my camera to tell stories with a journalism aspect. I now want to use my skills to photograph your wedding with my unique point of view on photography. Your love is a story and my job is to describe it through my photos. As a photojournalist, I have won many international photo competitions, and have been selected for many collective exhibitions in Paris, Great Britain and Finland. My personal work is an important part of my photography skills. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]
Meg Brock is a wedding photojournalist based in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Meg was drawn to documentary photography and storytelling after a 10-year career as a pediatric intensive care nurse, which included two years volunteering in West Africa on board a hospital ship. Her experiences as a nurse were formative and gifted her an intimate view of the complexity of the individual and deep emotions connected to the human experience. As a result, she is drawn to the emotional connection and loves storytelling, which is shown in her documentary wedding photography. In addition to being a photographer, she is married to a wonderful husband and is excited to soon be celebrating 10 years of marriage. She is the mother of two children who share her strong will and determination. Being their mother has been and continues to be the greatest and most delicate privilege of her life. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]
My photography started in an Office Depot Parking lot in Denver Colorado, with a camera that was still in the box, some tri-x film, and a homeless man named Paulie. He took me on a journey that day that gave me a purpose, gave my camera a purpose, and in essence gave me a life. From a CBS documentary that highlighted my two years photographing the homeless in Denver, to working as a freelance photographer with the Denver Post, to getting a job on the Quantico base for ONE day with their newspaper, to photographing 60 weddings a year it has been a ride that most would never believe took place. Photography is my happy place. It's about timing my fingers and eyes to someone else's soul, and about seeing the world in a way that gives it respect, as well as timelessness. It's a superpower to freeze time and take it to a time that it was never supposed to be, but it's a key that unlocks your most prized possession in this world, and that is your memory. I am honored to be a part of so many moments that aren't inherently mine and am incredibly fortunate that they are now memories of my own. [Fredericksburg Wedding Photographer]
Mine is a love story, the marriage of art and technology, fused by curiosity and an abiding love of music, and consummated by the giddy discovery of shooting weddings. My professional career began far from cameras, powered by a love of music, as I worked my way through an always upward engagement with NPR. From small member stations to popular national music programs, culminating in a visionary job creating NPR's first satellite news stream for Sirius Satellite Radio, my 20 years in the public radio world was the alchemy of music, journalism, and curiosity that set aflame my next (and current) career of wedding photography. I came to adore the challenge of shooting weddings about a minute and a half after I started nervously shooting my very first one. The responsibility, the excitement, the pure human moments - captivated me from the start. That was 2006, and after 500 weddings, that spark and energy remain. Aside from photography, my other lifelong passion is drumming and music - specifically improvised music. I bring the element of improvisation into all of my weddings and elopements. Using a fresh eye and the surprise of a moment, I like to make genuine, honest and organic moments. When I'm not working, I spend time with my rescue Golden and making music in my studio. [Virginia Wedding Photographer]
I was born in Ukraine and have recently celebrated my 10-year anniversary of coming to the US. I ‘blame’ my bluntness and forceful nature on my culture, which has also taught me to appreciate what I have at any given point. Like the Schuyler sister, I am never satisfied, but my restlessness fuels me to never stop exploring. SO TENDER IS HUMANITY, so vivid are the colors, so kind is human spirit, and wild are the lovers. We wrote this poem when we were daydreaming about what we want to achieve with our art. It extends past our work into our daily intentions because we appreciate the marvelous vastness of human experience, the beautiful life we can live when we allow ourselves to be emotionally authentic and expressive and kindly allow others to do the same. Everyone has passions that may be difficult to put into words and a mountain to climb that may be invisible to others. Our intention is to memorialize the essence of existence. To show not only what it looks like but what it feels like to be you, here and now. Compassion is our religion, kindness is our language. It goes without saying, but has to be said; we are welcoming to all denominations, orientations, beliefs, and life paths. Our hearts are always open to the diversity of minds, amplitude of feelings, and unapologetic vulnerability. [Arlington Wedding Photographer]
My name is Colleen Stepanian. I am a freelance photographer based in Philadelphia, PA and available for travel. I've contemplated long and hard every single day since I've picked up a camera about why I do what I do and what motivates me. I think about what it means to me and about what it means to other people. There are a few reasons, some have changed, some haven't. The few that drive them all are human connection, relationships, and vulnerability. I feel I have a responsibility to photograph present reality for the sake of human history and future nostalgia. It is very easy for me to connect with people, whether it be my clients or a stranger on the street. I love knowing that through my chosen medium I am able to gain new perspectives of this life, one person at a time. I feel honored and blessed to be able to wake up every morning and tell stories through photographs. Whether you are a couple that is tying the knot with a large wedding or small elopement, a family that wants to remember the little things, an individual that wants their story to be heard, or you're with a non-profit that needs an event covered, I want to hear from you. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]
As a kid, I always wanted to preserve forever moments that were special to me, such as birthday parties and family Christmases. When I was eight years old, my father made that possible for me by giving me his old camera. From then on, I became the de facto family photographer and started documenting every get-together. I didn't know it at the time, but all that practice ended up preparing me for my career as an adult. That same passion for capturing moments for people has naturally led me to become a wedding and elopement photographer. Together with my husband/business partner, I have now been helping couples document their wedding days for several years. We primarily serve brides and grooms in the Washington, DC, area, but are always available to travel for destination weddings. We have lived on five different continents and speak five languages fluently, so it is easy for us to take our passion for photography to exotic wedding locations. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]
My inspiration for photography is greatly influenced by literature, music, cinema and personal experiences. I try to approach my work as if it's a magical, timeless film, beautiful music composition, a memorable novel or a poem that one is constantly drawn to come back to and every time finds something new. My lifelong involvement with fine art and documentary photography lets me intimately capture the emotions, grace and light in all of the priceless moments of a wedding day, as well as the fleeting moments between those moments. I am also involved in curating film programs for several international festivals and constantly working on my personal film and photography projects. My preference is to take on limited amount of wedding commissions per year to enable myself to keep a fresh, open-minded approach and genuine excitement about every single one I select to photograph, providing my clients with undivided attention and creative energy they deserve. [Brooklyn Wedding Photographer]
Kevin Quinlan is an unobtrusive Delaware wedding photojournalist with a strong background in fine art. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Art/Photography from the University of Delaware. Conveying the authentic real emotions and happiness present on a bride and groom's wedding day is what originally drew Kevin to the photo-journalistic approach to wedding photography in 2003. Kevin has also worked as a commercial photographer with clients such as The University of Delaware, Philadelphia Magazine, and Delaware Today. [Delaware Wedding Photographer]
Michelle Peters began focusing on her multiple creativities at a young age, but did not get involved in the photography area until a pro photojournalist offered her a mentorship, after she finished her education at the Pennsylvania State University. She was guided into Wedding Photojournalism and loves to capture all the moments of your special day, while maintaining an unobtrusive view. Although she still likes to hide in her 'secret studio' and shoot macro, her joy is now shooting the joy of your wedding day! [State College Wedding Photographer]
I am a Washington DC-based photographer living in Northwest with my wife, and two boys, Preston and Chase. My parents have a photo of me at two wearing my dad’s boots and holding his Polaroid Land Camera. I bought my first camera with some Christmas money at eight, and I went about documenting everything around me. My happy place is on a plane to someplace far away from DC, documenting people and eating as much spicy food as possible. My aim is to capture organic moments that my clients create and allow for memories to unfold naturally. The goal is capturing photos that reflect people’s authentic emotions. Over the last decade, I have been awed and honored to capture people’s special moments. When not shooting weddings, I photograph interiors and read about 40 books a year. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]
Three time Pulitzer Prize nominee Eva Russo is the owner and main photographer for Photo Lady Love, Inc. She was born in Chicago, raised in Italy, moved to France and then settled back in the United States. A graduate in photojournalism from the prestigious Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Eva uses still photography, video and audio in her photographic storytelling on both short and long-term projects. Eva received two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize for her two-year-long project documenting living and working conditions in the Richmond City Jail. Her work focused on the daily life and struggles of the inmates as well as mental health and recidivism issues. Her third Pulitzer Prize nomination was for her work documenting a Vietnamese community in New Orleans East as it recovered from Hurricane Katrina. As a staff photographer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia, Eva covered daily assignments ranging from little league games to political campaigns to the Queen of England’s visit to Virginia. However, her passion for social documentary projects has always been what makes her tick. Her accolades and award-winning coverage for the Richmond Times-Dispatch include coverage of the Winter Olympics, the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In 2010 Eva decided to embrace an exciting new adventure in her life and she founded Photo Lady Love, Inc. Applying the same storytelling concepts to a wedding day as she would to a newspaper story, Eva has devoted increasingly more time over the past few years to documenting joyful, tearful, momentous and exciting occasions in people’s lives. From wedding days to first babies, engagements to anniversaries, documenting love and joy has contributed a refreshing balance to Eva’s career and the stories she loves to tell. This new chapter in Eva’s career became an opportunity for further growth when, in the summer of 2012, Eva left her staff position at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, married her love and moved to the Washington, DC area. Eva now divides her time between documentary wedding and lifestyle coverage, freelancing for newspapers such as The Washington Post and The Washington Times, mentoring and teaching photography workshops with Momenta Workshops, documenting the work of local nonprofits and pursuing her love of food and food photography. Never letting the grass grow under her well-manicured photographer’s feet, but always stopping to smell the roses, Eva considers herself one of the lucky people who loves her job. [Alexandria Wedding Photographer]
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