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. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

California - Southern Wedding Photographers

Find Your California - Southern Wedding Photographer

Southern California Cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, Long Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Pasadena, Chula Vista, Encinitas, San Bernardino, Orange County, Irvine, Riverside, Bakersfield, Simi Valley, Malibu, Ventura

California - Southern Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our California - Southern wedding 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, California - Southern documentary wedding photographers available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Attention wedding photographers! Submit your elopement story images today to be featured here!

January 18th, 2022
Intimate Indoor Wedding Venue Image of Guests spaced six feet apart at the ceremony
January 11th, 2022
Private Estate Camp Wooded Wedding Photography | a small outdoor patio in the woods
January 5th, 2022
Civil Destination Wedding Ceremony Pic | The bride walking down the aisle at the civil marriage venue

Elopement Photographers for Small California - Southern Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small California - Southern 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.

United States WPJA members are ready to document any courthouse, secret, civil ceremony, 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 modern, nature, casual, 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 California - Southern Couples

42 California - Southern Wedding Photographers...

California wedding photography by Brett Butterstein

Brett Butterstein

Encinitas in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3500 (USD)
Shaun Baker - Wedding Photographer and Couple Portrait Professional

Shaun Baker

San Diego in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3200 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Elopement and wedding photography by Kate Hampson

Kate Hampson

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Portrait of Loren Haar, Engagement, Elopement and Wedding Photographer

Loren Haar

Ventura in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
1950 (USD)
 Los Angeles wedding photography and engagement portraits by Heather DeCamp of S California

Heather DeCamp

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
4200 (USD)
Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio

Leo Do

Fullerton in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Engagement Photo Shoots and wedding photography by Darren Hendry

Darren Hendry

Pasadena in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2500 (USD)

Chris Howard

San Diego in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
1800 (USD)

Jonathan Moore

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
1800 (USD)
California Documentary Wedding and Elopement Photography by Gina Clyne

Gina Clyne

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2100 (USD)
Wedding and Elopement Photographer James Juarez

James Juarez

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
1250 (USD)
Destination weddings and elopement photography by Dennis Mock

Dennis Mock

San Diego in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3000 (USD)
USA engagement and wedding photography by Matei Horvath

Matei Horvath

Woodland Hills in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3900 (USD)
Southern California wedding photography and engagement portraits by Attila Iuhasz

Attila Iuhasz

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2400 (USD)
Wedding ceremony photography by Marissa Daly of Marissa Joy Photography

Marissa Daly

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3800 (USD)
Weddings by Chris Shum, Life Photographer

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
4500 (USD)
Madison wedding and elopement photography by Ilana Bar-av of Wisconsin

Ilana Bar av

Madison in Wisconsin, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
4800 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Will Tee - SW Wedding Photo Studio

Will Tee

Taipei City, TW *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Weddings, engagement portraits and elopement photography by Nikhol Esteras

Nikhol Esteras

Oaxaca de Juárez in Oaxaca, MX *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Studio Image of Wedding Photographer Vinh Vo of 3M Studios LLC

Vinh Vo

Rockwall in Texas, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Engagement photoshoots + wedding and elopement photography by Shea McGrath

Shea McGrath

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3500 (USD)
California Couple Portrait Sessions and Wedding Photography by Stephanie Secrest

Stephanie Secrest

Arroyo Grande in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3300 (USD)
CA Engagemen, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Tyler Vu

Tyler Vu

San Jose in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Kimmi Cranes

Kimmi Cranes

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Engaged couple portraits and wedding photography by Shannon Cain

Shannon Cain

New Braunfels in Texas, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
4600 (USD)

Panayis Chrysovergis

Uxbridge in London, GB *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2500 (GBP)

Douglas Despres

Alameda in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
750/hour (USD)

Dennis Viera

in California, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3200 (USD)
BW portrait of Jennifer Jackson - Candid Wedding Photography

Jennifer Jackson

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3400 (USD)

Robert Walker

Dallas in Texas, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2400 (USD)
Portrait of William West, Documentary Wedding Photographer

William West

in New Jersey, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3250 (USD)

Dan Harris

Jacksonville in Florida, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
300/hour (USD)
USA Wedding Photographer Brad Landon Walters

Brad Landon Walters

Greenville in South Carolina, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
6000 (USD)
Kate Hagerty, a Photographer from Weddings by Ryan & Kate

Kate Hagerty

Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Engagement couple portraits and elopement photography by Brenda Bravo - Bravo Image

Brenda Bravo

Pembroke Pines in Florida, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Studio portrait of Wes Shinn - owner / wedding photography studio

Wes Shinn

Chesapeake in Virginia, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3400 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Erin Witt

Erin Witt

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
3250 (USD)
Texas wedding and elopement photography by Kristin Bednarz

Kristin Bednarz

Slaton in Texas, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Destination wedding photographer Jenae Lopez serves couples all over the USA

Jenae Lopez

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Chris Rusanowsky self portrait of a wedding photographer in black and white

Chris Rusanowsky

Northlake in Texas, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Aimee Flynn Photo for Adventure Elopements and Desert Weddings

Aimee Flynn

Phoenix in Arizona, US *Now booking California - Southern weddings.
4000 (USD)

2 more photographers available for your wedding...

4000 US Dollar

Patrick Kim

Los Angeles in California, United States
1200 US Dollar

MARIA GRINCHUK PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC: Maria Grinchuk

Seattle in Washington, United States

California - Southern Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my California - Southern wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked California - Southern wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: Who are the best California - Southern wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top California - Southern documentary wedding photographers for elopements. Our members are able to submit WedElope Stories that take you step-by-step, via a 9 image picture story, through the unique and moving elopements that take place around the world.
Q: Where can I find a photographer for a short-notice, small California - Southern wedding?
A: There are many WPJA photographers who are able to help you out at a moment's notice. We understand that sometimes love happens and there's simply no time to lose. We can ensure that you can get married as quickly as possible — and have incredible photographs to remember your California - Southern wedding day by.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
We all know that the economy can go through some hard times, and be somewhat reminiscent of past recessions. However, as people cut back on non-essential little luxuries here and there, one constant remains: weddings. People don’t tend to just stop getting married due to a poor economy, nor should they! So, in an industry that keeps on going through thick and thin, what are some things to expect for the future, and what is really necessary to still make that wedding day memorable and...Read more
While some people live for the hustle and bustle of a big wedding with extravagant décor and an impossibly long guest list, others find these kinds of weddings to be too much hoopla, preferring instead something simpler and quieter, allowing for more intimacy between them and their fiancés on this special day. So how do you infuse your wedding with all the romance but none of the fuss? ALONE AT LAST Many couples these days are opting to elope rather than planning a large wedding. For the no-...Read more
Not everyone has a lagoon or glacier next door, but there's no rule saying you can't have a small wedding in the great outdoors. Take advantage of natural sunshine and that open, airy feeling and give your guests some room to breathe! LESS IS MORE Instead of hemming your guests in on all sides, give them some elbow room, and legroom, too. There's no need to induce claustrophobia when you've got a wide, open space. Let your guests take in the view, especially if you've got a spectacular one. You...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND California - Southern WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Millwick, Los Angeles, CA wedding image of the bride and groom

Alex & Kari

Photo by James Juarez

It has been 3 years since our wedding day and your photos and video have only enhanced our memories of it all, in the best way possible. You found a way to capture the joy and love that day held and saved it for us to relive any time we want. Kari and I couldn't be more grateful of the care and thoughtfulness you brought to one of the happiest days of our lives. Thank you!

Kiley & Josh

Photo by Douglas Despres

Dear Doug, Thank you so much for sending these images, and for the images themselves which are outstanding. We love so many of them, the hard part is going to be selecting the ones that go in the album! We'll have more time to look and select over the weekend, so we'll probably write to you then or early next week. Again, many thanks for your work -- we are very impressed :) Best, Josh & Kiley

Wedding image of the bride dancing at The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ

Katie & Tom

Photo by William West

Will... I am dying over the pics! They are stunning! Thank you, thank you for everything and being so easy to work with!