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!

Mexico Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Mexico, North America

Baja California, Puebla, Queretaro, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our 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!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
May 22nd, 2020
Hull Guildhall, East Yorkshire, UK Elopement Picture Story | The bride and groom arrive for their wedding ceremony at the Hull Guildhall
May 22nd, 2020
Ladies Beach, Nantucket Island, MA Elopement Photographer | The couple exchanged vows at Ladies Beach with waves crashing on the shore
May 22nd, 2020
New York City - Queens Borough Hall Elopement Photographer | With a handful of close friends and family, the young couple were wed in the Queens Borough Hall in New York City.

Elopement Photographers for Small North America Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Mexico 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 secret, quick, town hall, 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 religious, romantic, 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 Mexico Couples

36 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Jalisco wedding photographer Juan Carlos Calderon, of Puerto Vallarta

Shortly before I started my photographer's career in 2012, times were very challenging for me because I didn't have a job for 6 months straight. The only job I could find was an online coupon agency, just like Groupon, but local. It was an extremely demanding job. I was in charge of the creative department and was an editor as well for online ads of different local businesses. Many of these businesses I didn't even know but still had to make them look like they were “the bomb“. It was an 8-hour straight job in front of a computer creating the ads, answering emails, making phone calls and doing customer service and I was doing all this trying to be as charming and convincing as Steve Jobs, but I felt absolutely miserable. One day I decided to send some pictures of mine to a photo contest advertised in a local paper. So I sent some I used to take during very relaxing photo-walks around Puerto Vallarta with my wife Melissa on my days off. And guess what? I won. And the prize was a position as a 1st photographer in an exclusive resort! I felt like the luckiest man alive! But the thing is, I didn't know ANYTHING technical about photography, I didn't know about composition, ISO, shutter speed or apertures. I was a layman really. But my boss didn't care about those technicalities and he told me very seriously on my first assignment: “Here's your camera, you have your first wedding at 6:00 pm“. And I was like: “ Okay, I better make this work...“ LOL. Fortunately for me (and most importantly, for the bride), the pictures didn't suck. But obviously, they were far from great and I didn't want to cheat myself or anybody else again, so after that experience, I committed myself to become the best photographer I could be. I've been studying, training, learning and practicing since then and I've never stopped. Now, I am so grateful because I do what I love the most, with the person I love the most. [Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Alessandro Banchelli is a Mexico Elopement and Destination Wedding Photographer in Playa del Carmen

Hi, I'm an Italian destination wedding photographer born in Florence and located since 2007 in Playa del Carmen. I am a Philosophy graduate and I discovered the art of photography many years ago, I remember the first contact with the photography…… I was visiting Florence and I met in the city downtown the Exhibition of Herbert List (German Photographer) and I fell in love with the “Click” that stop the time. Eureka!!!!! I understood what will be my job and passion. I’m a lucky guy to have the opportunity to do my passion and I can call it a job. I’m very happy about that, I spent a lot of energy to be a professional destination and elopement wedding photographer and now I’m living my dream. I have the privilege to live in Paradise and to capture with my camera the most important day in the lives of people. I’m so grateful to the universe to give me this gift. I’m a storyteller and my goal is to fix forever in the images emotions, feelings and moments. I feel like a writer where every story is a chapter of a universal book called love. [Playa del Carmen Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
320/hour (USD)
Oaxaca, Mexico wedding and elopement photography by Douglas Favero

I am a Oaxaca destination wedding photographer. My first Oaxaca destination wedding came in 2008, when a Brooklyn bride, with her fiancé, from the Isthmus, came across my photographs of Spain, Morocco, California, and Oaxaca, at an art sale on Alcalá in Oaxaca. She said she loved my style and wanted me to shoot her wedding. Since I had never shot a wedding before, her coordinator, Marcela González, with whom I have collaborated on so many of the most beautiful weddings in Oaxaca since 2008, recommended I be the second shooter to the photographer they had already booked. It was a part-Jewish, part-Istmeña wedding at Casa de Los Pintores and the day was full of so much life and fun and amazing moments that I was hooked. I began investing in my education as a photographer, and in my professional equipment. Soon enough I started giving workshops in English and Spanish and served as a liaison and interpreter for iconic film photographer Mary Ellen Mark's Oaxaca photography workshops. I have exhibited in places like Casa de la Ciudad, with financial support from the Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation, and published in magazines and newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and El País, among many others. I have met the needs of discerning clientele like Casa Oaxaca, Oaxaca Film Fest, and brides from around Mexico and the US looking for something different for their destination wedding photography. So many years later, each new wedding still gives me the same thrill as the first. This is because I push myself to meet the artistic and storytelling challenges each new wedding puts before me. It would be an honor to be your photographer, and tell the story of your day in a way you will love to revisit the rest of your lives. [Oaxaca Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Nikhol Esteras is a weddings photographer with her husband in Mexico and the San Francisco, Bay Area.

I am a documentary wedding photographer, based out of Oaxaca (Winter) and the Bay Area in California (Summer), and I also offer my services in international destination wedding photography. My approach focuses on making unique and real images that capture the meaningful moments, raw emotion and pure joy that make up the incredible experience of a wedding, and that also beautifully tell the story of that day. When you look through your images, they will take you right back to the excitement, love and happiness experienced during your celebration. I am madly in-love with documenting love. [Oaxaca Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Adrian Bonet is a Wedding Photographer for Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen

I was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1980. I started working as a photographer in 2006 when I founded in my hometown a company dedicated to advertising photography. At that time, I was especially focused on portrait and fashion photography and I worked for big companies and well-known advertising agencies. Over time, I became interested in wedding photography until I decided finally to devote myself completely to it. In 2008, I started doing wedding photo shoots out of my city, and gradually my work as wedding photographer became more and more internationally known. In 2013, I decided to move to Mexico in order to shoot the weddings I had always dreamed of. I toured Mexico from north to south doing many photo shoots. I worked in Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Campeche, Merida, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, among many other places. On a personal level, I have also visited different continents around the world. I know America, Europe, Africa and some of Asia. I love music, movies, art and literature. I am passionate about photography—the act of capturing the beauty of a moment and freezing it in time. Today I live in Playa del Carmen and I am dedicated to shooting destination weddings for couples from all over the world. [Playa del Carmen Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3550 (USD)
Melissa Mercado shoots destination weddings in Playa del Carmen Mexico

A "Playense" from California, I am a global lover of images and beautiful places. I love love, people and the quirky side of life. I believe in bringing emotion to life through images and having an absolutely awesome time in the process! Be forewarned... my laugh is contagious! I have more than 15 years experience shooting, nearly 5 running an award winning studio and 2 shooting weddings full time as a solo artist. With 10 years invested in a formal photography education... I realized the only thing that really matters is having fun and making beautiful memories along the way. My style is campy, silly, and full of color, love and laughter - even in the sweet teary moments. I learned from some masters in the industry that the moments are what we capture when we paint with light. My film and digital approach couldn't agree more! My grandmother, a photographer herself, planted the seeds years ago for what would become my life's passion. And having exhibited from little Cafe Walls, galleries in Denver and San Francisco, to the walls of families from all over the world - there is nothing more exciting than moving someone with a moment. Currently, I call Mexico's Playa del Carmen home. You call it paradise. I think we're both right - let's go adventure it together - I've got the camera, you bring the sass. [Playa del Carmen Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Nayarit wedding photography by Erin Parker of Mexico

Our lives are all collections of moments and I am a photographer because of moments. Capturing and sharing them is my joy. I'm an award-winning photojournalist available to shoot your wedding or family gathering wherever it is. My documentary approach is unobtrusive, honest and subtle. I blend in. I make my subjects feel comfortable. I watch, I wait and work hard to never miss a moment. I have a master's degree in photojournalism from Ohio University. I worked for newspapers in New Mexico, Maine, Delaware, Virginia, Montana & Washington. My domestic & international photography has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, Women in Photojournalism & College Photographer of the Year. My little family summers on Bainbridge Island, WA and we spend the rest of the year living a life less ordinary in San Pancho, Mexico. [Nayarit Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Playa del Carmen Wedding Photographer Vincent Guérault, Buen Ojo Studio of Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

I was born and raised in France, after my studies in marketing and a few small jobs I decided to dedicate myself to capture the best moments of families in the Riviera Maya Mexico. I believe photography should always try to capture emotions first, I strive to create candid images that tell the story of your day! I think that before being a good photographer I am a good human being. That for me is the key to be able to take great images. [Playa del Carmen Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
860 (USD)
Atizapan de Zaragoza wedding photography by Pepe Quiroz, of the State of Mexico

I am a loving husband and father of a beautiful teenager, a good friend a love story teller and a wedding documenter in pictures. I left behind my work of many years as an information technology engineer to dedicate myself to pursue my dream, to be a photographer. For this, I studied photography 4 years at the Center for Contemporary Art in Mexico City, because the inspiration must come from somewhere. My first weddings I made completely using black and white film; I revealed myself and the impressions in my dark room. I have photographed more than 450 weddings over more than 10 years and that experience is put at the service of the next wedding to be photographed. My life is documentary photography which I get by observing and registering interesting people, in an interesting place, doing interesting things, like a wonderful wedding. My job is to make couples and their families happy by giving value to their visual heritage with memories that will accompany them throughout their lives and of those who will always feel proud. Outside the weddings, my work was published in magazines as CuartOscuro, Mexico Desconocido, Chilango, Eres Novia, MexiGoCity. [Atizapan de Zaragoza Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1070 (USD)
Denver wedding and elopement photography by Shea McGrath of Colorado

Hi! I'm Shea. I'm a wedding photographer that loves photographing weddings and elopements all over the beautiful state of Colorado, as well as all over the world! I was born in Denver but moved to the midwest when I was very young. However, I always felt at home when I came to visit Colorado so I knew I would move back here one day. I've been in Colorado for just over three years now and I love everything that this beautiful state has to offer! - FUN FACTS ABOUT ME - In college, I drove from Iowa to Pennsylvania to be an extra in a movie with Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Have you seen "Promised Land"? When I'm not taking pictures you can find me in the mountains hiking or camping! I got married in November to the most wonderful human. I now know what you all are going through and am more understanding than ever when it comes to wedding planning! ;) I backpacked Europe for 3 months after college and ended up living in Spain for a year teaching English afterward! I've always felt like I am more of a dog person, but Jacob and I adopted a cat named Ophelia and I have officially become one of those crazy cat ladies. Every year I travel somewhere new. My most recent trips include Machu Picchu, South Africa, and Ireland. I love traveling and trying new things! This year we are going to Costa Rica! My favorite bands/musicians include Maggie Rogers, Gregory Alan Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, The Lumineers, and Johnnyswim I have been vegan for over two years! I've won two contests in my life so far: a coloring contest in 5th grade and a grape stomping contest at the Iowa State Fair! Jacob and I love to swing dance! We started taking lessons last year and had fun swing dancing for our first dance at our wedding in November! I have played piano for 24 years! [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Miami wedding and elopement photography by Brenda Bravo - Florida WPJA

I was born in Los Angeles, California (to Peruvian parents) and have lived throughout Northern and Southern Cali most of my life until about March 2011 when I decided to up & move to Lima, Peru to pursue my dream of being a full-time photographer and documenting social work in the slums of Lima. After graduating from California State University at Fullerton in 2010 with a bachelor's in Visual Communication & minor in Sociology, I attended several photojournalism workshops around the world for years including Look3 Festival of the Photograph workshops (Charlottesville, VA) and Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Istanbul, Buenos Aires and Mexico City, BodaF in Querétaro, Mexico and Beyond [Wedding Photography] Workshop in Lima, Peru 2016 & 2017. Each of these experiences brought out a different world within me and taught me the value of photography as a tool to help us see, not only things or other people but ourselves. I’ve been photographing couples and families for over 10 years now, but falling in love and having experienced what it’s like to be the bride first-hand has changed the way that I see through my viewfinder at weddings. I am an utterly hopeless romantic and I can see and feel the love around me much more now than ever before. I get it. I offer real, emotive, and breathtaking images that capture who you truly are and all the joy you are feeling on your day. I also love to capture the behind the scenes bits, which I feel are the most interesting and telling; the pre-ceremony jitters, the anxiety in the dressing room, the sheer madness and beauty of it all. I live for these raw moments and am always ready to capture them when you least expect or even notice. Let me share my passion and years of photography experience with you. Maybe we can get a coffee together and you can tell me all about how your story began and how you want to remember it. [Miami Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Lake Tahoe, CA based wedding and elopement photographer Shaunte Dittmar

I fell into my passion for photography at a younger age and used it as a means to document the world around me. Having been fortunate enough to be trained by photographers such as American Photojournalist Ed Kashi, I continually push my storytelling and photojournalistic eye each year. Fascinated by human expression and interaction, I began photographing weddings and elopements and haven't looked back since. My goal is to create a relaxed atmosphere for my clients so that they can feel comfortable, be in the moment and enjoy themselves on their wedding day. I don't want to just take photos for my clients, but instead, I want their photos to speak for themselves. I am a California based documentary wedding photographer who also travels anywhere. [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4600 (USD)
Washington State Wedding and Elopement Photographer, Logan Westom

I'm a documentary wedding photographer located in the Seattle area of Washington. I live on the rocky beaches of Bremerton Washington and love riding the ferry to Seattle as often as possible. I started my professional photography career shooting for The Daily Evergreen and Columbian Newspapers before shifting my focus to wedding photography. I have been photographing weddings since 2011 now and see no end in sight. In 2016 (my then girlfriend) started shooting wedding alongside me and in 2018 we got married Cannon Beach and Leavenworth Washington. Allie Leaf and I regularly shoot weddings together. When not shooting weddings, I photograph concerts like Taylor Swift, Metallica, Nada Surf, The Black Keys, and Twenty One Pilots for the music publication I started in college called Seattle Music News. [Seattle Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
Dejan Zagar is a Wedding and Elopement Photographer in Slovenia

Passioned about life, photography, traveling and love. He believes that as a wedding photographer, he has the most honourable job on the world and he is very proud of it. His work allows him to engage to the couple and their family on the very important day of their journey. The story it is happening before his camera and he is there, ready to take immortal memories from different perspectives and angles capturing the most precious moments. 

 He memorizes the wedding in journalistic style with a touch of creativity. [Ljubljana Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (EUR)
Jesse La Plante has a Bachelor’s Degree in photojournalism and shoots weddings and elopements in and around Boulder, Colorado.

I’ve worked as a professional photographer for more than a decade. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in photojournalism and started out in the newspaper industry. During that time, I shot everything from criminal court trials to Detroit Pistons games (I’m originally from Michigan); structure fires to beauty pageants; congressional debates to high school football games on Friday nights. Every day was a new challenge; every assignment a new learning opportunity. My time as a photojournalist taught me to be resourceful and to think on my feet, which has proven invaluable for wedding photography. In the summer of 2008, I started shooting weddings on the side and absolutely loved it. I was able to visit new places, meet new people, and was granted a very important and personal role in what was arguably the most joyful day of their lives. Plus, I started getting a ton of compliments on my work and how it was different from typical wedding photography. People would tell me that they could spot one of my photos from a mile away without having to be told who the photographer was – that I was beginning to cultivate a very specific style. So when my wife, Moira, and I moved to Colorado that fall, I decided to make wedding photography my full-time career; we started J. La Plante Photo and never looked back. When I’m not behind the lens, you can probably find me on the slopes. Skiing is one of the main reasons I moved west. I’m also obsessed with the music scene out here. Red Rocks is by far the coolest venue I’ve ever been to. I’m a craft beer nerd, a movie buff, an amateur screenwriter and an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction alike. And I love to travel. I’ve been to 18 foreign countries and all 50 United States. I drove all over the American West before deciding to settle in Colorado, where I immediately fell in love with the state’s blend of urban and outdoor lifestyles. The proximity of Denver to the mountains felt too good to be true and now, eight years later, it still feels that way. I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding photographer. [Boulder Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4999 (USD)
Le Havre wedding and elopement photojournalist Coraline Salgueiro

I am ... Passionate about the beauty of images and about all the unique moments that make us what we are. Ready to follow you everywhere and in all your emotions! My experience? My daddy's old camera and B&W films. Press report, in a regional agency. As a photographer, I want ... "See more intensely" (Bill Brandt, English photographer) Grasp emotions on the face, a few fragments of time, tell a story in a simple shot with, always, a fresh look. Guide you without interfering in your duo during your couple photos, so that happy memories are forever linked to my images ... I love weddings because ... I believe in it as you do! These are unique opportunities to create memories with all your loved ones. [Le Havre Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2100 (EUR)
Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Amit Dullu of Canada

Photography, for me, is my passion and I believe my pictures are moments in time that I have been able to capture and each of those moments is able to tell us a story. It is those first ten minutes I spend with my clients that are the most important ones - its the beginning of understanding each other and making that short journey together.... an opportunity for me to give them their story in my words. With no formal training in photography, I have left no stone unturned to learn from any knowledgeable source I can - I have put in long hours to understand the finer technical aspects of this art, experimented and honed my skills over the years. What started as a short two-hour maternity shoot in a snowstorm has now become 5 years of extensive experience of shooting more than a hundred weddings - most of them in Canada and India. As a full-time professional photographer, I specialize in portrait & wedding photography - also do events, if time permits. On the parallel, I also love to paint - mostly abstracts in acrylics...my work was recently chosen in the 8 best emerging artists in Toronto by the prestigious Elaine Fleck Gallery. [Markham Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1750 (CAD)
Vinicius Fadul is working for brides and grooms at their weddings all over Brazil and Sao Paulo

After fighting a terminal cancer, I changed the way of looking at life, everything has its beauty, even if the sad moments can have its positive side, and a wedding is the greatest of happy moments. Life is beautiful, and I want to show the beauty through my eyes, so I became a photographer. After this i travel the world doing what he most liked, photographed more than 150 cities across world. If you need to record your most important moments, you need who has a unique look and know the power of an image. [São Paulo Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
San Diego, CA based wedding photographer Shaun Baker

Shaun grew up studying film and television with the dream of becoming a director. He graduated college with six production certificates and his bachelor’s degree in communications. Shortly after his college graduation, Shaun put the video camera down and picked up a DSLR. He was constantly looking for something to photograph. Something with meaning, a purpose. He shot his first wedding in 2009 and never picked up a video camera again. Shaun lived in NYC for 7 years with his wife Keri and their two dogs. They now reside in San Diego, CA. Shaun is very humble about how he makes his living and is honored everytime he is chosen to photograph a wedding. [San Diego Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
Miranda Wedding Photographer Victor R. Urosa | Venezuela

Since 2012 we take care of capturing the most special moments of the lives of the couple who come to us, their families and the people who make their history unique and special. We capture the extraordinary in the most daily elements for couples and their relationship with the important people for them because we believe that the most significant of the experiences lies in the mundane. On the other hand, it is important that you know that we are not going to intimidate you and your guests with giant cameras and equipment. We went unnoticed to photograph spontaneous and natural moments. We are who we are because of our work and the stories we told before, during and after the big day. We promise that when you get in touch with us, we will give you the best options for your big day. [Miranda Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
200 (USD)
Kristina Cazares Neri, San Diego wedding photographer of Anza Foto + Film

Kristina knew she wanted to be a photographer since before she knew how a camera works. She ruined countless rolls of film as a child because she wanted to take photos but had no idea how to operate a camera. Luckily for you, her passion for photography continued on into her professional career. Her idea of a perfect day is being in a beach house in Baja with friends and family eating Mexican food and sipping on margaritas. She loves being a wife to Eric and mother to their little boy and girl, [San Diego Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Nicky Byrnes wedding photography for Lake Tahoe and Northern CA

I’ve had a camera in my hand since I can remember. On family vacations each of us had a camera and would come back with several rolls of film. It was great to see different perspectives of the same place. My photos became more refined throughout my childhood as I graduated to my stepdad’s Minolta film SLR. As a teenager and self professed “scene-kid” my interests turned to boys, music and books so my photos changed as well. I would deck myself out in black eyeliner weekly to shoot photographs of my favorite musicians. Bands are still one of my favorite photo subjects by the way, so be prepared if you get me started talking about them. In college I dedicated myself to photography professionally with a degree in photojournalism, then found my calling with a wedding studio at 19. I’ve since been published in Paste and XLR8R print magazines as well as Billboard Online, Tahoe Unveiled, Borrowed and Blue, The Knot, and Wedding Wire Blogs. On a more personal note, I’m a former Michigander who has called north Lake Tahoe her home since October 2011. I still miss Michigan beer (the best in the world, don’t argue), cherries, pasties (savory meat pies found in the UP) and warm nights but I couldn’t imagine living anywhere but Tahoe. I’m fascinated by all the quirky, wild, backwoods parts of America and I’m only missing four states on my quest to 50; Oklahoma, New Mexico, Maine and Alaska. I love all things outdoors. I hike or mountain bike almost every day with my Irish Wolfhound/Greyhound mix, Lindy and my big crazy Great Dane Captain. I also love to ski (badly), SUP and kayak, and volunteer with Achieve Tahoe. When I’m not shooting, sleeping or eating popcorn, I’m probably with my husband of almost one year, Keegan! [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
500 (USD)
Sacramento Wedding Photographer Raymond Nguyen - CA

I have had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember. Since a child, I was delighted in how a moment can be captured through the lens of a camera, and how time stands still within the frame of a photograph. I approach every project with professionalism and a will to deliver quality and value to my clients. I believe that exceptional photographs can only be taken in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, and so I make every effort to make sessions as enjoyable as possible and to put clients at ease. ​When I first used a camera, several years ago, I would never have imagined I could become a wedding photographer. Bang and I opened our first studio in Elk Grove, near Sacramento, experimenting in different styles and adapting to the needs of the local clientele. Little by little, we realized what we were looking for in our photos was emotion, which still life or classical studio photography could not offer. Real people, their expressions, their emotions, this is what we wanted to capture. Choosing wedding photography was a natural consequence, as it offers the unique opportunity to capture human emotions in all their shades ​I believe it is in the nature of humankind to be attracted, and sometimes, upset, by what is different from us, as in a way it represents our opposite, our contrasting personality. I never found it easy to show my emotions and my sensitivity, to express my real self and let go completely, displaying my vulnerability. I guess this is why what attracts me most in weddings: the ability to capture the emotions expressed without filters, with no fear of showing what you really are and what you are feeling. A smile, a hearty laugh, tears you’d like to hide, an emotional hug, these intimate moments fascinate and seduce me, and this is what I base my photography on. Static poses created with affected emotions are not my cup of tea; I want true spontaneity. [Sacramento Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5500 (USD)
Valencia wedding photographer Antonio Calatayud, of Spain

I have always been passionate about cinema and since I was a child I knew I wanted to dedicate myself to audiovisual art. Hanging from a camera wherever I went, I decided that I wanted to dedicate myself professionally to my passion. I enrolled in Audiovisual Communication to acquire knowledge and become a specialist in different languages: photography, film, videos, multimedia, television, and radio. During the last years of my career, I launched into the world of work and started working on films as a "decoration meritorious". It was an interesting job because of my passion for cinema, but the decoration was not my thing, so I started to alternate different jobs as an editor and camera assistant. In 2004 I graduated and at the time I had the possibility, I took a camera and started recording and working as a camera operator. It was what I really liked and where I was going to put all my effort. [Valencia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)
Bari wedding photography by Matteo Lomonte of Apulia, Italy

Matteo Lomonte was born in 1983 in Gioia del Colle, a little town in the south of Italy. In 2001 he started to develop his passion for photography and after a self-taught training, he worked with professional photographers all over Italy. His passion became deeper, especially his interest for the importance of the light and the value of shadows. His will to learn new techniques led him to different types of photography genres, especially engagement photography. His need to photograph pushed him to be willing to travel all over the world. [Bari Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (EUR)
Los Angeles wedding photographer Tanya Parada for CA

Hi, I'm Tanya! I'm a Los Angeles and destination wedding photographer based out of Santa Monica. I live for documenting real moments and real couples. I have nearly a decade of experience photographing weddings, but a lifetime of passion for photography, especially photojournalism. I grew up being inspired by National Geographic magazines and wedding photographers' work whose style incorporated story-telling elements. As a photographer, I try to think outside of the box to create images that are unique, compelling and celebrate life. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Siracusa Wedding Photogarphy by Simona Cancelli, of Sicilia, Italy

Always curious and creative. I was born in a small town near Rome and graduated in Oriental languages. I love to travel and good food. A wedding by chance in Malta, one in Sicily in 2011, let me and my husband/ partner in crime Adriano begin an adventure that leads us today to have about 80 weddings a year. People appreciate us the imagination and colors that we put in our photos. With many spouses, beyond the client/photographer relationship, we become friends, confidants, and psychologists, and the honor that touches us is to know people in their year of happiness, that of marriage. We love making them important, and this makes us important too. [Syracuse Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)
Miami, FL documentary wedding photographer David Zaoui has said that at his own wedding, he discovered the art of wedding photography

A self-learned photographer, David Zaoui was born in 1982 of Eurasian and Franco-Algerian parents. Growing up, his diverse background provided an ideal environment where artistic sense, open-mindedness and multiculturalism were omnipresent. Through both his grandfather who was a Painter and his mother who attended the Beaux-Arts school, David realized the true impact a simple image can have on a person. During his own wedding, he discovered the art of wedding photography, and became friends with a talented photographer who soon became his mentor. Through his love for both travelling the globe and photography, David is today a confirmed wedding photographer both in France and abroad. Through his images, he tells a story aimed at showing true emotions, cultural diversity and the natural beauty of landscapes all of which emanate from the Ceremonies he captures. In 2014, David became a member of two prestigious International Wedding photographer affiliations, one being the WPJA which has further comforted him in his professional and life choices. In 2015, he became Ambassador to a famous international camera brand. In 2016-17, he won 12 world wedding photography awards, speaker for Nikon France and lives now in Miami. [Miami Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Elena Bazini photographs weddings in Chicago.

When I’m not photographing weddings, you are most likely to find me traveling the world or straight up relaxing with my husband in Logan Square. My favorite recent trips include Thailand, France, and the Northwest Territories of Canada. When my bags aren’t packed, you can find me drinking iced lattes (even in the dead of winter), listening to music on a blanket in Logan Blvd (not in the dead of winter), or at home with my husband and little terrier (David and Frankie, respectively.) I am a Chicago-based wedding photographer who loves getting to know my clients. I love telling stories with my images. And I love weddings. When my clients look back on their wedding images, I want them to remember how it felt to be there. I want them to have beautiful images of moments they may have missed– a tear quickly swept away, a big laugh, a quick but meaningful glance. While I love classic poses and unique composition, my favorite photographs always end up being the moments that happen naturally. I am drawn to beautiful light and real emotion. I am always striving to create that image that will make you say ‘wow.’ With passion, dedication, creativity, and style, I specialize in telling beautiful love stories with photos that capture the essence of each couple. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
Californian Gingi Freeman photographs weddings all over the state, including San Francisco.

My name is Gingi Freeman. I am a photographer, artist, storyteller and mother of two adorable toddlers in Visalia, California. I often shoot alongside my husband Jonathan, where we love to capture real moments and raw emotions. My non-intrusive approach to weddings allows couples to relax and be present in their moments of happiness rather than focusing on posing. That’s what I want to deliver with each assignment, a meaningful and beautiful storyboard. I am a crazy cat person, adventure seeker, Christ follower and overall geek! Some of my hobbies include traveling, gardening, dropping random Mel Brooks movie quotes, going to comic book conventions and making frequent trips to Disneyland. I are located in Visalia, California but travel to many cities and states for wedding photography, my primary passion! [Visalia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (USD)
New York - Upstate wedding photographer Tracey Buyce

I believe in providing a visual family legacy. On your wedding day, I become part of your family, one of your friends. Therefore, your story is truly told through the eyes of a friend, not a stranger. Photography at your wedding isn’t about hours of posing for photos, it’s about enjoying one of the most important days of your life with the people that matter most to you. Family. Friends. By welcoming me into your world, I am able to capture all the emotions of the day – the serious, the silly and the poetic. It is my passion as a photographer to have your wedding photos depict the relationship between you and the people you love. We become who we are through our family and friends. Your photos will communicate who they are and the bond you have with each of them. As an artist, how I see and feel during your wedding is a reflection of my own family legacy. My father, Jack, was a powerful man, in mind, body, and spirit. He taught me to listen, to be loyal, to be respectful, to always be prepared, to be charitable, and to always work hard. My mother, Sylvia, was vibrant, funny, outgoing, and generous. She gave me the confidence to be myself. In the past few years I have lost both of my parents. I miss them very much. A friend recently told me, “Tracey, on a wedding day, you are the best of both your parents. You work your tail off and you’re the couple’s best friend.” In Interlaken, Switzerland, on June 9, 2008, I married the love of my life, my rock, Pete. The way I feel when Pete looks at me is what I aspire to capture for my couples. He is thoughtful, funny, understanding, and truly my best friend. Pete is the only man, other than my father, who has loved me unconditionally. He is simply amazing. We have two rescue dogs, Roxy and Cassidy and our shelter kitty Reece. I love our little family and we couldn’t be happier! I want to get to you know you, your fiancé and your families. I want to know what matters to you most. I want to be your photographer — and on your wedding day, a member of your family. [Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)
Morgan Lynn Razi is a Houston wedding photographer

Internationally acclaimed, Houston and Denver based wedding photographers, Morgan Lynn and Amir Razi, are well known for their trendsetting style and warm, caring personalities. Among the most highly sought after photography teams anywhere, they wear their hearts on their sleeves and the cameras around their shoulders as they travel throughout the world shooting weddings for a diverse and discerning clientele. Morgan Lynn Razi was recently recognized by American Photo Magazine as one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world. [Houston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
6500 (USD)
Aaron Willcox is a Socal based, non-traditional wedding photographer

Aaron has been photographing weddings for over 14 years all over the world. Over the past decade, Aaron has been able to witness the trajectory of wedding photography, where it has been, where it is headed. He is based in Carlsbad, CA where he explores with his wife and two young boys. His free time is spent building art cars for Burning Man and pushing his creative limits. His style can be described as non-traditional photojournalism focused on the genuine and true; natural human moments, nothing contrived. Specializing in same-sex weddings, aaron searches out imagery that illustrates the love and deep connection between his clients. Aaron has mastered the ability to completely disappear; providing non-intrusive yet exquisite wedding coverage. [San Diego Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (USD)
Erik Shenko, wedding photographer for Costa Rica and Playa del Carmen, Mexico

I'm a destination wedding photographer passionate about art. Photography and music are the ways to express myself and share with the world my joy of living. I'm married to a great woman with who is a photographer too and we both are part of Shenkophotography. We share our time between Costa Rica and Playa del Carmen, Mexico as we truly enjoy working in these two corners of the world. Travel is our big passion and we just love to combine it with our work all over the planet. Doesn't matter if we are in Playa del Carmen, in Philippines or in Costa Rica we are always interested in different weddings, different couples and different ways of celebrating love. One of the basic things in our approach to the wedding photography is to meet our couples in the real life and to take pictures of them before the wedding day, so the couple can know us personally and see how we work. It's essential for us to learn the interaction between two people before documenting their big day so we do our possible to organize a meeting or even tow some months or some days before the wedding day. We define our style as a documentary photography, in other words more life less poses! For real and amazing pictures it is enough of being in love, being positive and being yourself. Check out our site to know more [Cartago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (USD)
Minas Gerais wedding photography by Victor Ataide of Brazil

My name is Victor Ataide and I work since 2012 as a wedding photographer, families and events in Brazil and abroad. I chose photography because I love telling stories through images. And it is through photography that I have reframed my concepts of love, passion, dream, and challenge. There are stories that allow me to immerse myself, become part of them, and consequently generate a great responsibility for me: faithfully portraying the feelings that emerge and sublime moments in people's lives. These stories were essential for me to win over 40 awards at leading international photography associations. I am an accountant of emotions, feelings, lives, complicity and most importantly, of love. Without it, we are nothing and feel. Love is responsible for generating in us the strength capable of capturing all the beauty emanating through photography. I am here to make my contribution as a witness to happy stories, always hoping that they will last forever. I am completely inspired by God and always looking for his presence. Without Him, I would not be here. I also enjoy good music, especially if I'm in the company of my friends and people who do me good. I have traveled the world capturing with my lens the most beautiful and incredible love stories. [Minas Gerais Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5000 (BRL)
Santiago, Chile wedding photographer Wieslaw Olejniczak

Hello, my name is Wieslaw Olejniczak, I am a photographer, a dreamer, a nature and animals lover. Wedding photography is my passion and I make it all about each couple and human connections. For many years I worked with the most important fashion designers, models and companies in the country, However, my great passion was always to capture those important moments that make an impression along our lifetime and that we want to keep a memory that will last forever and be able to share them with the people we care about. So, being a wedding photographer for me is the best way to achieve that. That is what really inspire me, challenge me and helps me to create unique memories for each couple. Knowing that my work is going to be an important part of one of the most transcendental days in a couple’s life, is what gets me to deeply commit in always deliver a work that excels. I can say that my work is a blend of documentary, conceptual and editorial photography. Based in Chile, from Poland and available for commissions worldwide. [Santiago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
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Patricia & Kevin

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We were so honored to have you share in our special day. The pics are absolutely amazing! We can’t thank you enough. Please accept this small token of our appreciation of your hard work and beautiful photos. We are so happy with the final product! You rock! Thank you again.

Bride and Groom Dancing | Ironworks Denver Wedding | Denver Wedding Photographers | J. La Plante Photo

Frances & Bryce

Photo by Jesse La Plante

Thank you both so very much from the bottom of our hearts for being so wonderful to work with and for your talent and artistry in capturing our wedding day in a way no one else possibly could have. We are both so grateful and so appreciative of you and all your hard work and dedication. We love everything you have done and everything we have seen so far and are excited for more to come and more time with you both. We are so happy we have connected and we thank you for your friendship also. We just love you guys!! Thank you again for EVERYTHING!! Your talent is off the charts.

Picture of the Bride and Groom Shoe Game | Della Terra Wedding | Estes Park Wedding Photographers | J. La Plante Photo

Courtney & Derek

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We don’t think we could ever say thank you enough! Every photo you took from our engagement session and our wedding amazes us. As you can tell it is hard to pick our favorite! We had so much fun going on adventures with you to take photos, especially hiking up a mountain in our wedding attire. Thank you for all your hard work on the photos and going above and beyond with your creativity. We will always remember trying to have a romantic moment and Moira always popping in. It gave us many funny memories. We can’t wait to go on our next adventurous photo shoot with you guys and drink some whiskey. If you need a reference feel free to reach out to us!

Photo of Bride and Groom Toasts at TenMile Station | Breckenridge Wedding Photographers | J. La Plante Photo

Kristin & Greg

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We can’t thank you enough for our amazing photos! There are so many perfect shots that I’m afraid our house will end up looking like a shrine of our wedding! You guys were easily the best decision for our wedding. Thank you so much for all of your help, advice, suggestions and recommendations. We love that we have ended up with new friends through this experience! Please keep in touch!

Bride and Groom Recessional photo after mountain ceremony| Sonnenalp Club Wedding | Beaver Creek Wedding Photographers | J. La Plante Photo

Jen & Robert

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We just got back from our honeymoon (talk about perfect timing ! We missed the polar vortex ! ) and we both just wanted to say thank you so much for everything ! We had such a great time and experience with you both. I remember talking with Robert and all I wanted was 5 non awkward photos through the wedding ( you should see our travel photos ... we are pretty non photogenic ...) and seeing your blog post ... oh my god ... those pictures ... were AMAZING ! Not to mention what you wrote... *sigh* ..also, amazing .... you guys just made the day ten times more memorable and I can’t thank you enough ! I can’t wait to see the rest of them (even the blooper reel lol ) and I just wanted to let you know I will be recommending you guys to all of United and then some. I’m so glad we found you guys and I hope to document more memories in the future with you as well :)

Lorraine et Vincent

Photo by David Zaoui

Thank you very much for the beautiful pictures of the wedding of Lorraine and Vincent. You have captured the moments of emotion and sharing you play perfectly with the colors, brightness, movement. It's art! thank you also for your kindness ... The "mother" of the groom

Happy, smiling bride and groom during their outdoor wedding ceremony at the Shupe Homestead | Boulder Wedding Photographer

Kristin & Grant

Photo by Jesse La Plante

WOOOOOOOO WWWWWWWwW. This is basically the highest form of verbal praise we can give, when we are so blown away by things, we add at least 7 o’s and at least the same number of whatever consonant letter follows the vowel. This is because the pictures leave us so incredibly speechless that all we keep saying is “this is amazing” “no, THIS is amazing.” Which dilutes the power of the amazing which is not at all fair. You guys must be photography ninjas because after the family photos, you were so stealthy I had no idea of your whereabouts, but clearly you were hiding in the best places to capture all these great memories!!!! I am so so happy with these sneak peek photos! Thank you for the gift of your craft. We are so happy you were there on our special day capturing all of these moments in such unique and beautiful form.

Jamie & Eric

Photo by Jesse La Plante

You two are just so incredibly talented! Thank you so so much for all of the hard work you put in to capture these amazing photos. We don’t think we have seen wedding photos better than these! Also thank you for coming all the way to Durango and celebrating with us! It was great to get to know you two a little better throughout the wedding process. We hope we get to hang with you two again sometime and hope you enjoyed your time in Durango as well. You guys rock!

Fortunata Winery Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

Aekta & John

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We can’t thank you enough for everything. Y’all were/are the BEST! From keeping me company while gettind ressed to the amazing photographs at the wedding, you truly gave us some amazing photographs that really capture our style. Apologies for basically running down the aisle! We’ll never forget the water balloons either! So excited to get the chance to work with you again, and it doesn’t hurt that you’re pretty awesome people. See you in January!

Black and white photo of the bride and groom hugging guests at the Wedgewood Boulder Creek Wedding | Boulder Wedding Photographer

Cat & Bryant

Photo by Jesse La Plante

Bryant and I are so beyond amazed with the photos we received from not only our wedding day but from our engagement shoot! The two of you were so fun to work with and made both of us feel so relaxed that we could just be ourselves. We both look at our photos and ask “How did they get that? We didn’t even see them next to us.” Your work is truly amazing and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you again and please let us know the next time you are in Summit.