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

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - 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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South America Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of South America

South America Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - 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 because of current covid 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 Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small South America 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 justice of the peace, 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 religious, symbolic, unique, 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 South America Couples

21 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

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)
Goiás Wedding Photography by Claudia Amorim, of Brazil

Brazilian, mother, in love with nature, animals and photography. I like to photograph the feelings, the looks, the moments ... I imagine the grandchildren of my clients opening their albums in thirty years and realizing, through the photos, all the emotion of that day ... If you want more than a register, you want feelings in pictures, it will be a pleasure to tell your story through my lenses. [Goiás Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4800 (BRL)
Alagoas wedding and elopement photography by Monica Guimaraes, of Brazil

I have been a wedding and family photographer since 2013, and also a psychologist for 14 years. One of the purposes of my job is to live new stories from different people, on a totally special day. Photography is the result of this dedication to the other and of what the people portrayed express to be, in addition to a process of learning and exchange in a constant renewal of knowledge and love. Much love! [Alagoas Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
950 (USD)
São Paulo Wedding Photographer Eric Corbacho, of Brazil South America

In his work, Eric Corbacho applied a dialogue between moments of silent emotions, as life is like it, with high-volume photographs, which seem to be recorded with the viewer. Screams that echo and cross land borders and lead to tell new stories around the world. Inspired by Geraldo de Barros and Bruce Gilden, he lives a new pictorial phase, exploring how shapes and individuals are hidden in the streets. His photographs were exhibited in Portugal, France, Spain, Greece, Serbia, Holland, Italy, and Australia. Through his recent photographs, he is considered among the 70 best Brazilian photographers by the Russian association 35 Awards. [São Paulo Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
5000 (BRL)

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)

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)

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)
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)

Photography is magic! It has the gift of carrying us back into the past and also of making us look to the future. Photography is to be felt. The value of a photo album for a family is invaluable but maybe we'll just notice that when we look at our wedding album in twenty or thirty years. When I stop to think, I see how privileged I am to be able to offer so many people this sense of going back in time and reliving every smile, every tear, every hug ... Moments that break down into fractions of seconds, but that should last forever. I am a Brazilian wedding photographer who creates photographic documentaries to tell stories about incredibly happy days. Listed among the top 3 wedding photographers in the state of Minas Gerais in 2016. [Minas Gerais Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Caba wedding and elopement photography by Veronica Ruiz from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I love being a photographer since I was a teenager I’m specialized in portraits and weddings. Wedding photography allowed me to enjoy and get excited with the couples on their big day. I love capturing images that are going to be treasured by the next generations, that is my way of perpetuating love. I’d really love that you trust me to recollect a lot of extraordinary pictures that will keep the memories alive. [Caba Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
150/hour (USD)
Brazil and Santa Catarina wedding photography by Willian Mariot

Hello, I'm Willian Mariot, I live in Urussanga, Santa Catarina. I define my work in photography through the client's vision, which searches for quality and feeling, with the intention of recording important moments, and perpetuating emotions and memories. I started my career unpretentiously in 2014, as I accepted the invitation to photograph nightly events. Over time, I sought improvement and improved techniques with the purpose of developing my own identity, thus born the brand Willian Mariot Photography. Always work with enthusiasm and interaction, with the goal of perpetuating feelings through the most varied records, providing enchantment and customer satisfaction, making them relive details of their events with nostalgic memories. [Santa Catarina Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3100 (BRL)
Espirito Santo wedding and elopment photography by Kassio Silva of Brazil

My name is Kássio Silva, Brazilian, born in 1975 and passionate about life. Owner of Studio 22 and working with wedding photography since 2009. My style is photojournalistic and my goal is spontaneous moments in order to create memorable and heart touching pictures. [Espirito Santo Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (USD)
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)
São Paulo wedding and elopement photography by Thiago Gimenes of Brazil

I was born in São Paulo, in the distant 1980s and decided to embrace photography after almost 20 years working in the creative field at communication agencies. In this change I had the great pleasure of meeting great masters who helped me a lot and who are references to this day, like the great teachers Clício Barroso Fh. and Thales Trigo, from Contraste Estudos Fotográfico, where I was a student and now I have the honor of being part of the team of teachers. In addition to studying with some of the best photographers in Brazil (and in the world), I also had the honor of photographing for advertising agencies, press relations, covering corporate events and making portraits, having published works in several magazines (printed and online) and portals. I believe in love, I believe it's not just a feeling, it is the most powerful force of the universe. I believe in stories, good stories are the most beautiful way to preserve and spread the power of love. I believe in photography, I believe it is the most atemporal way of telling good stories. I believe in empathy, and that is the entrance door to tell love stories with photographs. I believe photography is the least important thing on a wedding day, but as time goes by, it becomes the most powerful witness of the love and joy felt that day. That's why I believe in candid photos, carefully grab a little moment of emotion and togetherness, and preserve it for the days to come. I don't believe in creating epic photos with beautiful poses and perfect smiles. I want people to be themselves to live and share the love and I'll be there to tell the stories. and my business is all about what I believe. [São Paulo Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (USD)
Parana Wedding Photography by Heloisa Todescatt of Brazil

They call me Helô, so feel free too! Writing and storytelling are two of the things I like most and photography has given me the opportunity to do this through images, meeting incredible people, and places. I've been on this adventure for 3 years, recording the special moments of families that today, after so long, have already become good friends. [Paraná Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
120 (BRL)
Paraná wedding photography by Chris Borges of Brazil

My mother says I'm beautiful, but she's a mother, right! My wife says I'm a great husband, you can also suspect! My daughter says ... "Crazy daddy!" Yes, she knows her father! I am a dreamer, yes, I fight, I fight, sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. I am an advertising and graphic designer for 21 years and photography chose me in 2010, started as a hobby, then passion and now then it became a love that is eternal while it lasts. This is a little crazy for them (mother, wife, and daughter), crazy for photographing dreams, desires, love. "It was just putting love in the middle, that the middle became love". [Paraná Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1000 (USD)
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)
Ruben Parra, Panama wedding and elopement photographer

Born in Venezuela, Ruben Parra is passionate about celebrating the most momentous days of a young couple's life by capturing each precious moment with beautiful, emotional, highly-detailed photography. An award-winning wedding and portrait photographer, his ability to capture more emotion through still imagery is unmatched. A member of Wedding Photojournalistic Association, for 14 years he's had the immense opportunity to capture weddings and special events all over the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. [Panama Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
375/hour (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)

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