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!

Rio de Janeiro Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

São Gonçalo, Duque de Caxias, Nova Iguaçu, Niterói, Belford Roxo, Campos dos Goytacazes, São João de Meriti, Petrópolis, Volta Redonda, Macaé, Magé

Rio de Janeiro Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our South America photographers have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.

Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!

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 Brazil Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Rio de Janeiro 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 city hall, town hall, small, 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 casual, intimate, 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 Rio de Janeiro Couples

8 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Clara Sampaio Brazil wedding photographer

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)
Aline Prado wedding photography for Macaé, and Rio de Janeiro.

Photography has been part of my life since I was 14 when I got my first digital camera. I spent hours shooting and editing portrait, and fell in love with it. In 2016 I decided that I needed a job that had meaning and purpose. For this reason, I decided to leave a 9-year career in oil industry to invest all my energy on wedding photography (what I always loved the most) and I couldn´t be happier with this decision. I believe in the magic that surrounds the marriage universe. My personal satisfaction is to become part of the memory of such an important day. Not only be the wedding photographer but a story teller. To dive in all emotions, to capture all smiles, hugs and happy tears. [Macaé Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (BRL)
Rio de Janeiro wedding photography by Alexandre Grand, of Brazil

I love contact with nature and whenever I can I enjoy being on the beach feeling the sea breeze and the wind blowing in the sand. I love music and movies and spent my childhood listening to punk and rock. In the movies, I like Kubrick, Tim Burton but Tarantino is my favorite. Currently one of my passions is coffee! I like to know new cultures and improve my photographic content and when I can, I travel with my wife and little Clara to different, unusual places. One of the things that thrills me most is taking my daughter to the beach and watching her run on the sand with all the purity of soul that only a child has, braving this whole world. I try to photograph as if I were a child discovering the world. In every marriage I try to tell a personalized and original story, combining a look for detail and a passion for the spontaneous. The groom's anxiety and emotion in his gaze as the woman in his life walks toward him. The feeling translated into words of the vows they exchange before all friends and family who love them. I am thrilled at the ceremonies I photograph and remember the day I got married rescuing some of the excitement and love I have for my wife and family. The many years I worked as a graphic designer trained me to do a thorough and very handcrafted image post-production work. My edition is very artistic. I'm a fan of people who smile and even more of those who laugh. I am a fan of sunset, bare feet and full moon. Flying veils seduce me. Love inspires me and that's why I do what I do. I do not claim to be the photographer of all the people passing by. But if you wake up in the morning thinking about your fiancé or fiancee and realize that you are the luckiest person on earth ... then I would like to be your photographer. [Rio de Janeiro Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
Rio de Janeiro and Petropolis wedding photography by Ana Telma Furtado of Brazil

Hello! I am Ana Telma, a photographer for weddings and families, and I am very happy that you are here on my WPJA member profile, looking to know a little more about me and my work. :) I hope you like! I am a person who loves friends. I defend everyone with all my strength if they need to. I worry and hope for their happiness. I am a bit of a melon head to remember birthdays, phones and other things like that, but they are always in my prayers and, certainly, always in my heart. I LOVE cats and am the mother of two kittens, Bill and Ivanka. They are my loves! I love my family, my safe haven, my certainty of always love and I stick in my life. I have relatives in Rio, Minas, São Paulo and even outside Brazil. I think that's why I always love to travel! I also love to study! In addition to studying a lot of photography, I have already studied Computer Science and Journalism. [Petropolis Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5000 (BRL)
Minas Gerais Wedding Photographer, Wander Menezes

Valéria Gonçalves and Wander Faria form a couple. And together they are dedicated to investigating the beauties of marriage - both themselves and others. In 2008, they founded VALWANDER, a company specializing in wedding records and exciting photography in Belo Horizonte. Exciting and unique. Whether the kiss in the church (or outside), the triumphal entrance inside the white dress, the reunion of family and best friends are scenes that seem common to various marriages, to Val and Wander, each of them extraordinary. Through her lenses, more than the details of the ceremony and the great day, the love story that led the bride and groom to the exchange of alliances is told. To tell you, before, photographers hear these stories and realize, from the tastes of each couple, what is the style of the tailor-made coverage for the bride and groom. One of the milestones of this personalization is that the studio was the first to photograph a football-loving bride inside the Mineirão stadium in 2008. Val and Wander are passionate about photography and people. The result of this is an exquisite portfolio and trained eyes to always innovate. The angles sought by the two are capable of showing the spontaneity - and the amusement - of even the most solemn moments. Because love, besides being beautiful, is fun. It's exciting. Photography can also be. [Minas Gerais Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (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)
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