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!

Middle East Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Middle East

Middle East 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 26th, 2020
Rockville, Maryland Elopement Photographer | Quarantine - Social Distance Front Yard Wedding Sign - on a warm Saturday at the beginning of May the bride and groom had the most beautiful wedding in the front of their home
May 26th, 2020
Namib Desert, Namibia Elopement Story Photography | The wedding ceremony took place overlooking the vast openness of the desert
May 26th, 2020
Sea Horse Beach Club, Oludeniz, Fethiye, Turkey Elopement Picture Story | The wedding solemnized on the beach at sunset was visually magnificent

Elopement Photographers for Small Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Middle East 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 mini, fast, themed, 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, romantic, modern, 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 Middle East Couples

13 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

United Arab Emirates, Dubai wedding photographer Bernie Richardson

Hi my name is Bernie and I am a wedding photographer based in Dubai. Together with my lovely wife we are Bernie & Bindi Photography. I like to think of myself as a romantic storyteller. To me, this means that capturing all those priceless moments on your wedding day as naturally as possible. To create beautiful images that are full of real emotion, so you have a lasting reminder of how your day actually felt. For me its all about creating this connection between events and emotions in my images. If this resonates with you, then please check out our website and drop us an email. I would love to hear from you. [Dubai UAE Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (USD)
Bindi Richardson is a wedding photographer based in United Arab Emirates and Dubai.

Hi, and welcome. I have always been fascinated by people and to be able capture emotions and feelings in a way that is unguarded and totally genuine is probably the most rewarding aspect of my job. I'm lucky enough to share this with another lovely photographer, my amazing husband (Bernie) [Dubai UAE Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (USD)
Chandan Sojitra, Dubai and UAE Wedding Photographer

I’m Chandan Sojitra, and I like to think of myself as a visual storyteller – it’s my passion to bring your big day to life through stunning imagery. I’ve always been a creative type, but it wasn’t until I picked up a camera that I realised my true vocation. From a passion grew a career, as more and more members of friends and family chose me to capture their memorable events. I discovered the power of images to tell a story, but even better, I discovered how happy, special and magical those images could make people feel. That’s what I want to share with you through my photographs – a little bit of happiness, a little bit of magic. [Dubai UAE Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (USD)
Melon Perez is a Dubai wedding photographer in the United Arab Emirates

Dubai wedding photographer Melon Perez co-founded MelRish photos and films with husband Arish Perez in 2008. Ever since then, they have strived to give the best to their couples. Melon Perez always had a passion for arts and blogging. She likes taking moments and details. Studied Interior Design, she also has a passion for home decorating and unique architecture. [Dubai UAE Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Marius Arnautu Wedding Photographer in Dubai
Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Istanbul wedding and elopement photographer Ufuk Sarisen - Turkey photography.

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

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)
Bulgaria and Ruse wedding photojournalist - Bozhidar Krastev.

Undoubtedly being a wedding photographer has turned out to be my greatest passion ever. I have fallen in love with capturing the emotion and spirit of the most special day and the more I am getting involved, the greater excitement I feel. Being entirely devoted to what I am shooting, sometimes I am getting concerned that my enthusiasm is overwhelming and even exceeding my limits. I would rather go for the unique moment and its timeless emotion than direct or prepare the scene to achieve a fabulous image. By presenting the authenticity of the wedding story I believe you will easily feel the spirit of the wedding event. It is my ambition to be recognized as the wedding photographer whose images provoke tears and smiles over and every time one looks back at the wedding album. [Ruse Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)
Toronto wedding photographer Christophe Viseux for Ontario, Canada

As a well-traveled events photographer, I have a special interest in multicultural and destination weddings. My work has taken me around the world to cover celebrations in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia as well as South of France. My promise, as your wedding photographer, is to capture timeless images with a personal touch. While working in a discreet manner, I define my photography style as creative documentary, seeking out that extra touch of authenticity and raw emotions. It's important to me that each of my photographs have that "organic" feeling. From high profile events to intimate and traditional ceremonies, people remain my focus, as I am always looking for the most spontaneous moments. You will cherish memories of a lifetime! Also freelancing for NGOs and International Media. Publications include: Le Monde, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, PDN, Internazionale, Burn Magazine, VSD [Toronto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (CAD)
Istanbul wedding photography and elopements by Derya Engin, of Turkey

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

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
Aegean wedding and elopement photography by Furkan Akarsu of Turkey

Hi, I'm Furkan. I'm shooting weddings professionally since 2016. I studied Cinema at Atatürk University. I've been working as a photographer and director on various projects since my university years. My goal is to approach the weddings I shot with a documentary perspective and make your most special day as enjoyable as possible for you and myself. Every moment on your wedding day is very precious and I am here to record them in their most natural way. [Manisa Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
600 (EUR)
Istanbul wedding and elopement photography by Mohamed Mekhamer - Turkey WPJA

Mohamed Mekhamer is my name I'm a freelance photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey .. Weddings, Vacation, Lifestyle, Fashion, Commercial photography also photograph Landscapes, Music Concerts, Events, Conferences and Street Photography. My passion for photography started more than ten years ago when I received my first compact camera to capture my families happy and important moments like vacations and birthdays. However, I didn't stop there I took my camera with me wherever I go and start to capture landscapes of my city and portraits of my friend and of course street photography this made me want to dig deeper in photography and learning basics and even advanced photography techniques. With self-study "thanks to the Internet" and financial support from my family I got my first DSLR Then I decided that I'll not pursue a career with my college degree instead I started working as a photojournalist for a while back in 2011 as the Arab Spring rises in my country "Egypt" and I was there to document the Egyptian revolution through my lens. I start working as a freelance with some advertising and media companies covering events related to Cinema and TV like Movie premieres and Cairo international film festivals until I decided to shoot Weddings and did it for more than five years before moving to Istanbul in 2016. Awards: 2012 - 3rd Place "Bronze" in Jordan 10th International Photography Festival. 2013 - One of the top 10 Finalist in Scott Kelby's Photo Walk "Leader Competition." 2013 - Honorable Mention in Sharjah Award Photo and my photo get printed in the award catalog. 2014 - INDIAFRICA Photography Contest 2014 Top 20 Winners. 2014 - 1st Prize in Nikon MEA #IAMAMOVEMENT Motion Themed Photo Competition. 2016 - First place "Arab Cup Award" in Sharjah Arab Photo Forum "Egyptian Team." [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
500 (EUR)
India and Maharashtra is where Ankita Asthana photographs weddings

I grew up in the midst of different cities and cultures, absorbing different environments and always curious about life and its ways. I picked up a camera in an endeavour to document things happening around me quite early on. Photography to me is my means of communicating with this universe, expressing what I cannot express with words, connecting with people's emotions and dreams. My style is to create something new, something different in the same setting. Finding that unique frame in the middle of chaos is what I am good at. I am a very passionate photographer and once a client has hired me, they know for sure that their memories are going to be captured in the most unique manner possible. Along with my husband Akash, I started WeddingNama and we are very proud of our baby. We give it our heart and soul and work towards making each and every moment beautifully memorable. [Mumbai Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (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)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Kyrenia Cyprus Wedding Photography from the Korineum Hotel - Bride and bridesmaids drinking

Asli+Bilgehan

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Ufuk, there are honestly no words to describe how good you are..The moments you captured at our wedding brought the day back to life. Each and every one is completely stunning. Its not just us, everyone whose, seen the images, have been blown away with the quality and creativity of the photos. Our suggestion to couples looking for a photographer; no need to look further and search on internet – work with Ufuk and enjoy the very special day!

santorini wedding photo - a rocky hill on the island - santorini - greece wedding photographer

Sam + Stephan

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

So it will probably take me a little longer to find my words, but for now I would like you to know that we are in AWE of your talent and ability to capture us so completely!!!! These two videos and the pictures will be my most treasured possessions. We will never be able to repay you for creating such wonderful memories for us. Both with the photos and the amazing spirit you brought with you! We cannot stop talking about how much more special you made the day for us and now we get to re-live it!!! I am working on compiling the pictures that Kels took for us and will send them to you so you can see behind the scenes :) We are so grateful that you are a part of our lives and we are so impressed with your passion and character!!! THANK YOU!!!! Probably a little off, but hopefully it makes sense! Kalbimizin derinliklerinden teşekkür ederiz Love, Sam & Stephen

bodrum turkey wedding photography of the bride under the lights at macakizi

Jaumana+Rani

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

I’m looking through the photos now and they are AMAZING, thank you! Our friends were talking how great of a photographer you guys were that night! Thank you for a great experience Ufuk, keep rocking it!

Sanat Bahçem wedding photography from outdoor ceremony

Jennifer & Akram

Photo by Derya Engin

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

locarno switzerland wedding photography at villa orsalino of the bride and groom laughing

Jasmin + Claudio

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Now we found time to watch all the pictures and we LOOOVE THEM!.You definitely have this very special professional eye for extraordinary pictures. Thank you again.

Istanbul Turkey Wedding image of bride getting ready at bosphorus palace

Yale+Onur

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Your work goes beyond just photo-taking. You capture the essence of the moment, those singular expressions we didn’t even know existed. Now those moments have been captured, and are so beautifully ours forever to remember. Thank you Ufuk for making it happen. We would not hesitate for a moment to work with you again on another special day for our family and friends!

Crete Wedding photo from the ceremony at Apxontiko Kthma Exclusive Events

Nina+Michalis

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

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

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

Raz & John

Photo by Derya Engin

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

Istanbul Turkey Wedding Photo from the Suma Beach Venue | Bride and groom at the reception.

Sarah+Saad

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Ufuk you are a genius! GENIUS!!! Thank you for what You made us see just now! Nothing but love to you big brother, thats all i can tell you! - Saad Oh my god! You are one big genius!!! Im crying from joy. You made my day! A true artist! Thats what I call you! Rock star! If i can do it all over again i would still chose you a 100 times! To take our precious moments... -Sarah

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

Aria+Daniel

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

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

milan italy wedding photography - Villa Valenca bride and groom

Silvia + Gokhan

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

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

izmir turkey wedding photo from the reception party at Luciene Arkas

Sevda-Tugrul

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

We got married almost like two years ago, and l just had a chance to look at all of our photos. How talented you are Ufuk! I always looking to the photos with a big smile on my face. Thanks for the amazing photos again! You didn’t miss even a second, l felt like I was in our wedding again. THANK YOU.