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!

Turkey Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Turkey, Europe

Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Gaziantep, Konya, Antalya, Diyarbakir, Mersin

Turkey 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!

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Elopement Photographers for Small Europe Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Turkey 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 fast, themed, 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 intimate, religious, 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 Turkey Couples

12 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

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)

Hello Everyone! I have been shooting weddings and elopements for 6 years. When I first attended a wedding as a second shooter, I understood that its my dream job. Its always a new adventure and every wedding day is full of surprises. I don't know when is the light come my bride, and make her shine. So I push myself to get different and creative photos every time. I have a documentary style because I want to be the third eye of my bride and groom. My purpose is to give them special moments of their biggest day. There is no chance to go back, so its very important for me to show all the emotions. I really believe that everybody should have meaningful photos of their wedding day to remember even years later. My job is my soul mate. Every morning of a photo shooting, when I wake up to the sun, I am covered with the feeling of joy. I love traveling the world and destination weddings very much. Learning new cultures excites me always. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
Istanbul, Turkey wedding and elopement photography by Emre Nesli

Hello, I define myself as a wedding photographer who seeks to capture the key moments of weddings, with a documentary spirit and an artistic perspective. I've been a full-time wedding photographer since 2012. I'm always trying to be an organic part of your wedding. I focus on not only beautiful moments but all strong emotions. Apart from wedding photography, I am working on my master thesis about documentary photography and my personal photography and videography projects. I'm living in İstanbul, Turkey, I am ready to travel all over the world. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
100/hour (EUR)

I believe that, your wedding photographs should show more than how beautiful you look at your wedding. They should remind you what you live and feel on that day. My mission on each wedding is; - to produce meaningful, evocative photographs that focus on the precious moments - to help your future self remember the true story of your wedding, and possibly tell it to your generations - to make you feel, when you look at the photographs, like you are there and then again With that mission in mind, I have been photographing weddings since 2006. I am usually the closest person to the couple through their wedding day, yet I manage to stay unobtrusive, leading them only when they require me to. Most of my couples seem to forget about my presence as the day unfolds, which yields to those unexpected, relaxed, "in-the-moment" images. Currently I live in Istanbul with my wife, and my son who, after all these years, helped me realize why I love photographing weddings; it is because I am creating images for my couples that they and their grandkids will not just love to look at, but will also find touching and meaningful, even after many years. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
950 (EUR)
Istanbul wedding and elopement photography by Nilufer Nalbantoglu - Turkey WPJA

I was born in 1982, Bursa. Because of my father's interest in photography, I grew up reading photo magazines and playing with twin lens machines. I was interested in photography as a hobby. First I decided to open my own business by saying textiles and then furniture photography. Now I'm one of those lucky people who love to do their job. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)
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)
Turkey and Istanbul wedding and elopement photography by Salih Ustundag - üstündağ null fotoğraf

“If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough.” Robert Capa One of the most important times of your life is your wedding day. During these miraculous moments, my aim is to accompany you like a close friend and capture natural instances of yours which reflect your true feelings. I believe that you should have a friendly face alongside during the most important day of your life... I was born in Gölcük in 1988. During my education at Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics, I worked as a photography assistant at the Karanlık Oda Photography Center. Along with various documentary photography projects, archeological excavation photography, fashion, product and event shooting works, I chose wedding documentary as my main focus and now I run the Null Fotoğraf brand. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
800 (EUR)

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)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Kyrenia Cyprus Wedding Photo of the Groom Tossed in the Air - Acapulco Hotel Wedding Venue

Cagda+Nudt

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Simply we could not be more pleased with our wedding photos. From early morning till next day early morning you captured our best moments with passion. I still have goosebumps every time I look at our photos even after many months. Each of them represent an intense emotion. You totally achieved to reflect our character and energy into photos. No need for many words Ufuk you really are a very good photographer and we are so glad to have you together with us in our special day. Thank you for documenting our emotions as memories… Lots of Love ..

como lake wedding photography of the bride and groom up in chairs above the guests at the Villa Pliniana

Zeynep+David

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

You are the one of the best decisions we made with regards to our wedding. Your photographs were wonderful and really captured the feel of the entire weekend. You were absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Thank you Ufuk. We love your work! 

Lucy and Lewis

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Oh my goodness Ufuk! We have received our photos, they are out of this world! The albums are so stunning! They are amazing! WOW!!!! I can't stop looking at them! You r so talented. Truly stunning!!! Have a lovely weekend - Lucy

Kyrenia Cyprus Wedding Photography - Bride and groom during the ceremony at Acapulco Hotel wedding venue

Gul+Said

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

We were looking for the one photographer that could make our memories deathless, but in the most natural way. We wanted a photographer that could capture: 1) natural moments in an artistic way, but without editing the photographs too much 2) fantastic smiles and laughs 3) funny dance moves 4) the joy in our, and our friends and families eyes 5) the touchy feelings in our body language 6) us posing without making us uncomfortable in the situation 7) our story and culture, that is pretty mixed Ufuk, you did ALL of this and BEYOND what we would imagine! You are a warm, humble and trustworthy human being, and a fantastic photographer! We are unbelievably thankful! Thank you for coming to Cyprus! We will NEVER forget it! We see a friend in you now, and we want you to know that you are welcome to Norway any time!

Photography from the Wedding Day at Kaya Hotel, Uchisar, Turkey

Merve + Alper

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Ufuk you are simply AMAZING! You are really more than a photographer. From the beginning through to the end you were always very friendly and positive. You knew what you were doing and offered endless support, advice and guidance. On the wedding day itself we felt in safe hands and it was like having a friend there with you ! There experience and professionalism shines through, allowing you to relax and have the best day of your lives ! As we already expected , we received wonderful photos and couldn’t be more happier with the results. You are seriously talented and genuinely loves what you do ! Thank you so much!

Meltem and Evrim

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

Hi Ufuk, Evrim and I would like to thank you for being a part of our wedding. What a fantastic day it was! There are so many natural shots. You really captured the magic of the day and night without missing a beat, and without us even knowing it. The photos arrived in USBs which were packaged beautifully. It was so nice to go through all of them. They brought back many emotions. Thanks so much once again. We’ll cherish the photos forever! - Meltem

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!

Kyrenia Cyprus Wedding photo from the end of the ceremony

Ege+Nur

Photo by Ufuk Sarisen

You managed to capture all the memorable moments from best angles possible. The quality of the photos make out special day even more special since what remains is our photos and memories. Not only you were everywhere that night, you gave very useful tips about the most important things to do to make our wedding day go as smoothly as possible. Really nice working with you Ufuk, thank you for everything!

Güliz+Brian

Photo by Serenay Lokcetin

I never realized how emotionally intense a wedding photo shoot can not to mention the busy schedule of the day. Every time I look at the photos I relive those moments and there is always a tear of happiness in my eye. Thank you Serenay for making our day eternal.

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. 

Ruzanna & Mohammed

Photo by Erkin Agsaran

The photos are amazing, we are so happy ! Just wonderful work! Thank you so much!

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