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

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Portugal Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Portugal, Europe

Lisbon, Porto, Amadora, Braga, Setúbal, Coimbra, Queluz, Funchal, Cacém, Matosinhos

Portugal Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our 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!

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Elopement Photographers for Small Europe Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Portugal 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 courthouse, justice of the peace, mini, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your symbolic, casual, outdoor, small wedding from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other event that we have covered. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, telling your real love story, as well as creating artistic portraits and details.

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Portugal Couples

22 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Born in France, grown between Portugal and Switzerland. As a kid I wanted to become an architect and as an architecture student I wanted to work somewhere in between architecture and photography. Near the end of the course I bought my first dSLR, and as a photo-amateur started shooting in the streets. I worked some time as an architect, then as an architectural photographer and later, by accident, I made my first wedding reportage. A year later I decided to give more attention to that empathy I felt with this area and, together with Raquel, my life companion, initiated "menino conhece menina" (in English it means BOY MEETS GIRL), a project over which we would shoot others boys and girls that love each other. Since then this work and this profession has been increasingly contagious and today we dedicate ourselves in full time to observe the happy lives that seek for our photos. As a wedding photographer I found my expression in the emotions of the people I photograph, looking for an approach emotionally genuine and documental. [Porto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1950 (EUR)
Carlos Porfírio is a Lisbon-based documentary-style wedding and elopement photographer. Carlos serves couples getting married all around Portugal as a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA.

I was born in Luanda, Africa, and I lived there until I was 10 years old, a time when I moved to Portugal. I've started my career working as a designer and web designer in an advertising company, but quickly I noticed that I was missing a very important part of my nature - to be connected to people and all the emotions related. I then studied the direction of photography and worked for a while in TV, fiction, advertising, as well as contributing as a freelancer photographer in different agencies. Since then, I've been connected and inspired by different people, places, and cultures, by a simple smile, a color, or just with mother nature in its state of the art. I work professionally in the wedding industry for more than 12 years, on behalf of Laranja Metade [Half Orange] brand, as a parallelism to those looking for their soul mate (the half part). In the past years more as Destination Wedding Photographer. I want to be true and honest when I document a wedding. To observe and write creatively all the feelings related to the key and unexpected moments, in a natural way. I will be honoured to embrace this journey with you. [Lisbon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1650 (EUR)
Braga, Portugal Documentary Wedding Photographer, Paulo Castro

Paulo Castro began his photographic journey in 2003. It all began as a hobby. In "the National Park of Peneda-Gerês," where his first pictures were taken, he learned to watch the light and understand the photographic technique. He devoted himself to photography of nature and portrait, having stood out in “specialist” magazines and on online sites. Later, between 2005 and 2010, other work was done in other several areas, especially in extreme sports and reporting in nightclubs. In 2010, he conducts his own project, to a momentous register and of memory and also begins to dream of the possibility of becoming a full-time photographer. With the birth of my daughter, Inês Castro in 2013, my greatest dream had come true. Since then my daughter has been the source of my inspiration in my professional career. Every moment is captured naturally and through it, I tell a story of reality. The photograph is what remains to later be remembered. I photograph for passion!!! [Braga Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1050 (EUR)
Lisbon, Portugal Wedding Photographer Fábio Azanha

After majoring in advertising, I worked in various fields of art and communication back in my native Brazil. But it was only in wedding photojournalism that I´ve found real vocation and passion. In 2007 I was privileged to be the first Latin American photojournalist to be recognized by a prestigious WPJA. On the very day, I'm a discreet observer in search for the exact instant, applying the best technique, the right angle, the most favourable light, so that couples can hold on to the best moments of their big day. [Lisbon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (EUR)

As a wedding photographer the work that I develop reflects the way I see and feel the world. It is based on photojournalism, where the photographer is an external element to the action, an observer. The human element has always been my passion. I try, above all, to tell a story, a story about people. I look for details, expressions, looks and sounds. I for look for unique moments and unrepeatable instants. Born in Oporto, Portugal, where I live with my wife and my child, I have a University degree in advertising, a business area that I used to work in. In photography my formation was in IPF – Portuguese Photography Institute, Cover Photo School, in Madrid, along with some other workshops that I usually attend every year. However, I consider myself an auto didactic photographer. [Porto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
725 (EUR)
Leiria wedding photography by Nuno Lima of Portugal

I am a Portuguese wedding photographer and I love to be attentive to details, light, colors, shapes ... I am passionate about life. I love nature, I love hiking and traveling. I look for balance in my yoga practice, and cinema is my main source of inspiration. It was fourteen years ago that I started photographing weddings and thus I discovered that my passion is to photograph people. I like to see them being themselves and to live happy moments with those they love. I'm an incurable romantic, I can't deny it… eh eh I want to make a difference on a day as special for you as your wedding. More than someone who is there to photograph, I want to be someone who accompanies you in one of the happiest moments of your life. And, of course, I want to immortalize these moments, so that they can be revised and remembered time and time again, and so that with them we can continue to be thrilled for life outside. [Leiria Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1600 (EUR)
Coimbra wedding photography by Nuno Lopes of Portugal

Always in love with photographs, I always walked with a camera with me to record moments and memories. In 2017 and after several years of photographing as a hobby, I was challenged to photograph weddings at a professional level. Since I started I tried to bring a different look and based on some important premises for me, be it GLAMOR, CREATIVITY, EMOTION, PASSION and HUMOR, or if I was not a fun person. A work based on a photojournalistic basis, trying to live the wedding as if it were a guest, in order to register the real emotion and experience of the day. I always want records that challenge me, that allow me to live the wedding as I like it, putting everything at least that it does, living up to the two mottos that it adopted [Coimbra Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
700 (EUR)
Porto Wedding Photographer Rui Teixeira - Portugal
Starting Price:
1700 (EUR)
Paris wedding and elopement photography by Pierrick Roland of Île-de-France

My name is Pierrick, I just turned 34, and I'm a photographer and videographer. A few years ago, I had just finished my business studies when I bought my first SLR - and it was love at first sight. I was immediately seized by the pleasure of putting my eye in the viewfinder, of composing images, of creating small moments of eternity. I resumed my studies, in cinema this time, at the ENS Louis Lumière: three years to learn to tell stories with images and sounds. I sharpened my sense of light and setting, making my first short films while developing my activity as a lifestyle photographer. It has been 9 years now that I have had the chance to make a living from my passion, and I am still so enthusiastic about the idea of ​​putting a new project into pictures! Today I write and direct short films and commissioned films, in parallel with my photographic work. My last fiction film, A Lucky Day, was selected and awarded at several French and international festivals. If you like the style of my images, if you want to discuss my work or a project you have in mind, I will be more than happy to read you! [Paris Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)

I discovered photography in my life even while attending Business Administration at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2011, and it changed my life completely. Before that I never imagined having my own company let alone registering such intense feelings from other people and thus making a difference in their lives through my eyes. Regardless of the type of event being a wedding, graduation, family photo, I always try to tell these stories in a unique and personal way, creating a connection between my photography and the lifestyle of the people being photographed. I want to connect with people who identify with my way of being and think about photography, and create a tool to build a more authentic relationship between people with the same tune. Wedding photographer? I consider myself to be one of life's documentary photographers. I give myself body, soul and heart to document all events with the same intensity, attention and care possible, be they small and intimate, a few miles from my house, or, immense on the other side of the world. [Porto Alegre Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
6000 (BRL)
London wedding photographer Stam Chananakhon

My name is Stam, one half of "Liam Collard Photography" documentary wedding photography duo based in London. We love photographing compelling real moments for our wedding couples across the world. We are obsessed french bulldog owners and passport stamp collectors that have worked at destination weddings in over 15 different countries. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (GBP)

Liam Collard’s innovative photojournalistic style combined with his creative lighting expertise and enthusiasm to work closely with “to be” bride and grooms, offers the perfect combination for couples looking for extraordinary wedding photography. Liam has gained global recognition for his award-winning work, accolades with both “Fearless Photographers” and “Junebug Weddings“, having photographed weddings in destinations across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America, numerously featured in both on an offline editorials including high-profile bridal publications. As your chosen wedding day photographer, Liam will use his distinctive reportage style and high contrast dramatic lighting, creatively and unobtrusively capturing evocative images of every fleeting moment throughout your very special day. Based in Phuket, Thailand for most of the year, and in London over the European Summer, Liam is happy to travel anywhere in the world to document your love story. His talent will capture you beautifully and radiating in every one of his perfectly composed photographs, providing you with an artistic portfolio celebrating your unique wedding day and your love for one another. Liam’s most popular wedding day destinations: Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Greece, Singapore, Bali and the United Kingdom. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (GBP)

Stories enchant me. In addition to being an elopement, wedding and family photographer, I have a degree in Visual Arts and have taught for 10 years about the image. In recent years I have been able to document unique stories both inside and outside the country. This makes me very grateful and happy, after all love is a universal language, just like photography. [Rio de Janeiro Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5000 (BRL)
Portrait of Loren Haar, Ventura Elopement and Wedding Photographer

I am a Southern California storytelling photographer, so my number one goal is to capture your wedding day authentically. For me, it is all about genuine imagery that reflects the emotions and connections. I’ve always been one to document, but my love of photography really blossomed with the birth of our first child. I inherited my first DSLR camera, which I enjoyed, but it wasn’t until a friend taught me how to use the manual mode that I realized pointing and shooting play a very small role in creating a compelling image. So my quest began: to make images — creatively and expertly — that move the viewer emotionally. Soon after, I had more life-changing moments to document: our 2nd daughter’s cleft palate surgery and bringing our son home from the hospital for the first time. But I have realized what I enjoy most is capturing the little things: how she cocks her head when she pushes her palms into the play dough, or how he clambers up onto a bike that is way too big for him. For me, the joy of capturing a moment beautifully and memorably is the most exciting part of photography. My style is photojournalistic for a reason—I believe the images you will cherish over the years are not the posed ones but the genuine, honest ones. Documenting weddings gives me the opportunity to capture the unscripted moments that make life beautiful. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1950 (USD)

I am Clara Sampaio, I photograph for passion and love my profession. Since I've changed architecture for wedding photography and family, I can say that I'm part of a select group of people who work with what they really like, and that makes all the difference. The language of my work is guided by photojournalism and most of the time I photograph the moments as they actually happen. I seek the truth of each couple's feelings to tell their love story with pictures. [Rio de Janeiro Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5000 (USD)
Andalusia and Jaen wedding and elopement photography by Pedro Volana, of Spain

Hi, I'm Pedro, a Wedding Photographer. My style has been sculpted through books, movies and the vision of works by other great documentary artists, as well as masters of painting. My interest in photography comes since I was a child, but professionally I have been dedicated to it for two years, other interests in addition to wedding photography are social photography and portrait. I think this job is the best in the world because I get the privilege to capture the most important moments in someone's life. I am completely passionate about what I do. I love this job, the people, places, and the magical moment people shares with me. [Jaen Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)

Dennis Viera is half of the internationally recognized, award-winning wedding photojournalism team of Viera Photographics and the primary photographer for Our Little Wedding. Based in Sonoma County, Dennis and his wife Jaime travel worldwide documenting weddings. Their business was born in 2006 on the remote South Island of New Zealand, precisely the same time they found out they were expecting their first child, Alex. (We work best under pressure) For Dennis, the photographic journey began in his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island the summer before graduating from high school, when he was awarded a lost camera from a part-time job he'd been working. From there, the passion for documenting life continued to evolve. Rapidly. Dennis began working for his college newspaper while attending the University of San Diego, learned the basics from the photo editor, and soon became his assistant while also managing the ads department and keeping the paper funded. He learned the basics of photojournalism and also how to set up more structured editorial and fashion shoots while processing film and scanning prints. Upon graduation, Dennis chose to forego an easy route to financial security and instead got a job at a small but incredible San Diego camera shop and darkroom. A little over a year passed when he was plucked from behind the counter and hired to run a commercial photography studio while also handling the events side of the business; all the while, continuing to learn by experimentations with all different combinations of cameras, lenses, and formats. This was at a time when digital was revolutionizing commercial photography studios and over his four-year period as manager, he led the transition from an all-film to an all-digital studio. Photography is not and has never been a job for Dennis, it's a deeply rooted part of him. Dennis loves photographing people, life, landscapes, architecture...so, weddings provide him the opportunity to weave together everything he's ever learned or experienced to tell each client's story in a unique way. When Dennis isn't shooting for a client or himself, he can be found hanging out with his son Alex and his wife Jaime, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, buying records, listening to music, baking bread, making wine, traveling Europe and trying to be the best husband/dad/son/human being possible. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)

I've been a wedding photographer for 16 years. I started out shooting weddings in Barcelona, Spain, where I lived and was artistically inspired for almost ten years. Now, back on home turf, I cover both UK and destination weddings. Aside from wedding photography, I provide artistic reportage coverage of business events, working for clients including Pfizer. I also do stock photography and have had work featured in hundreds of publications worldwide, from Time Magazine to The Telegraph. I've worked voluntarily for charities, such as The Cambodia Trust, and my work has been published in The Ephotozine Guide to Great Photography. Wedding photography is my passion, though. I adore being the eyes at your wedding, following emotions, and framing them artistically. My favourite subjects are moments, sometimes vibrant, other times subtle, but always very real. I've worked with many amazing people over the years, including Melanie Sykes. My other passion is my two children, Max and Romy. They provide me with amazing moments every day of the week. They grew tired of my camera very quickly, so I’ve had to learn the art of getting great photos without them noticing! If you like the way I work, please get in touch and we can chat about your plans. [Brighton and Hove Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1000 (GBP)
Dublin wedding reportage images by Val Zukowski of Leinster Ireland

I love listening to vinyl... Those records remind me of a simpler time when you could listen to real, valuable music on the radio. Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como - it is these artists that put me in a good mood. I can‘t imagine a morning without a cup of black coffee, an evening without a good book, and Friday without a glass of good whiskey. I am a regular visitor to all possible photographic and painting exhibitions and I have a passion for visiting museums and all art events - it inspires and develops me. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion - it is thanks to my work that I can realize this. [Dublin Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (EUR)
Tilburg wedding and elopement photography by Paulina Sliwka of Noord Brabant Netherlands

Wedding & Lifestyle Photography by Paulina Sliwka for those who simply love beauty… Hi! My name is Paulina - a wedding & lifestyle photographer based in the South of the Netherlands, photographing all over the country and Belgium, increasingly around Europe. Mostly I shoot weddings, but also love, boudoir, maternity, and family sessions. I also organise mentor meetings for other photographers. People say about me that I am “extremely friendly, enthusiastic and cheerful”, “fantastic and energetic”, ”with lots of energy and a head full of ideas.“ Work as a photographer is the best job I could have ever dreamed of. I love every aspect of it and it fits perfectly my temperament, character, and passions. I am a huge fan of natural photographs, full of emotions, happiness, passion and, above all, that shows how beautiful you are. My work’s been published in many different ways and I have received a lot of beautiful opinions from my couples. [Tilburg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1259 (EUR)
Dordogne wedding and elopement photography by Jean Baptiste Duarte of Nouvelle-Aquitaine France

I had my first photographic experiences with laptops, then with my first SLR ... and I just became addicted to photography, immortalizing everything around me. My photos are a reflection of my experience and of what I am ... sensitive, spontaneous, and a little offbeat! I first started photography by doing landscapes and animals, which allowed me to 2nd prize at the International Festival of Photostory of Saint Brieuc. I quickly got into wedding photography, first of all, covering weddings of friends and family, which was an eye-opener for me! I like to enrich myself with encounters, other cultures, and other horizons. Since 2016, I covered about fifty weddings, via Paris and Bretagne and I decided to devote myself entirely to my passion. [Dordogne Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)

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Wedding Engagement Diamond Awards - Portugal

Are you ready to find your Portugal engagement / pre-wedding photographer for a portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own pre-wed shoot? Pro members from the Portugal Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Carmen & William

Photo by Fabio Azanha

We live in London and recently got married in Portugal. I can't thank you enough Maria and Fabio for all of your help. Not only did you take the most amazing pictures of our special day, but you also were great in giving us lots of useful information to plan our wedding. We would highly recommend you to any couple looking to get married! Thanks Fabio and Maria!

Francine & James

Photo by Fabio Azanha

Fabio and Maria, you were an absolute pleasure to work with from the start – Customer focus: you were very happy to meet us on more than one occasion to understand how we’d like our wedding day captured and were always very prompt to answer any of our emails (and the many queries from our parents!). In particular we were really touched when you sent us sneak previews of a selection of photos while we were on honeymoon. Proactive: you visited the venues independently to scout out the locations and lighting. On the day, you also took the initiative to speak to our priest and understand when they could take discretely photos during the mass. Professional: On the day, you seamlessly blended in with our guests, adapted flexibly to the flow of the day and captured the story and the emotions of the day beautifully. We are so pleased with our album and are so grateful to you for your hard work and patience! Thanks again to you both!

Whitney & Terry

Photo by Dennis Viera

Using you guys was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. From our first conversation, we could tell you were friendly, easygoing people who just like to take great pictures and make your clients happy. You took the time getting to know us and our relationship so you could give us exactly what we wanted. On our wedding day you were flexible, fun, and extremely easy to work with; not that we ever had any doubts, but the pictures came out ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. We were thrilled with all the pictures...and happy to have two new friends. We love you and recommend you wholeheartedly!!!

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Lise & Wim

Photo by Paulina Sliwka

The photos are all small masterpieces and speak for themselves; the fun, warmth, laughter, and happy tears radiate from it! We couldn't wish for a more beautiful souvenir ... Lots of love, Lise & Wim