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. 

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

Dorset Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Dorset, England

Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Christchurch

Dorset Elopement Photographers

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

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
October 27th, 2020
Seigneurie de Peyrat, France Elopement Photographer | The guests toss rose petals at the bride and groom
October 26th, 2020
San Francisco Elopement Photographer | Slow dancing to the jazzy performance at the station exit
October 23rd, 2020
Elopement Photographers in Salisbury | right before the ceremony, taken through the leaves

Elopement Photographers for Small England Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Dorset 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, secret, 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 boutique, modern, 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 Dorset Couples

5 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Former editorial photographer having worked for all the major Fleet St titles, supplying news and feature assignments for over 15 years. A short spell living in Eastern Europe setting up my own picture agency before moving back to the UK in 2009. For the last 10 years, I have concentrated on shooting weddings, firstly in stills photography and in recent years, moving forward embracing videography and audio. I now freely work between stills and videography, finding comfort in documenting within both genres. I hold CAA permissions to fly UAV (drones), so I have a varied skill set to utilise and employ at the appropriate times. My ideal clients are those that have travelled, that have possibly had more testing times than others, but who essentially know and value real connection. People that wear their hearts on their sleeves, who aren't afraid to show their vulnerabilities. Working in this emotionally rich environment directs my work, consistently growing in quality and strength. Long may it continue! [Dorset Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1495 (GBP)
Robin Goodlad is a UK based Dorset Wedding Photographer

A wedding is a momentous event, that should be photographed subtly and respectfully, through observation, rather than orchestration. This is the mindset I take to each and every wedding I photograph, to ensure that I blend in effortlessly, and that as far as possible I don't influence proceedings. If I get to the end of the day, and my clients remark how they have hardly noticed me all day, then my work is done! It is also a huge responsibility, when working with a blank canvas, to be able to tell the perfect story, This is why I prepare meticulously for every wedding, so I know every detail, and can position myself in the right place at the right time, and focus upon capturing the true ethos of the day. I'm also a firm believer in the photography 'journey', which includes getting to know my clients before the wedding. By doing this, I have a deeper understanding of who my clients are, and they also trust me more on the day to do what I do, it is a really important relationship. I've been photographing weddings for over 20 years when I started with the opportunity of covering family weddings in my late teens. I absolutely loved it, but it wasn't the 'standard' shots that people loved, it was the observation, the unique moments, the reportage, the storytelling. This approach, and my respectfully quiet nature is what has driven me to focus more upon my documentary work, anticipating, and always looking for little moments of magic. But I also know that clients don't always want just this, which is why I always offer a sprinkle of creativity where required through the day, by putting my clients in great light and great positions, but still encouraging them to shine and be themselves. When I am not shooting weddings, I always have to have camera with me; I adore landscape photography, which is my time to photograph for myself, and to re-energise and keep myself motivated as a photographer. I am fortunate to have won awards across many disciplines; landscapes, food, pets, portraits, and weddings, and I draw upon core principles from each of these genres to strengthen my wedding coverage. [Dorset Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (GBP)

One of the most touching things about wedding photography is how quickly you find yourself thrown into the heart of such an important, intimate occasion. It's a responsibility only a fool would take lightly. I take great care to behave appropriately but with a sense of cheerful fun and enthusiasm for what I do. I tend to prefer working alone as it's far easier to melt into the day and being unobtrusive is key to getting honest reportage photography. I aim to photograph as a reaction to what is happening around me, rather than be the cause of it. People rarely look lovelier than when they are simply being themselves. I always like to meet clients in advance, for the sake of both parties. It's important to be familiar with your photographer's approach as well as their portfolio. Your choice is a very personal one and identifying the style you're after will ensure you're happy with the results. As a sole trader, I always take the lead from my client and aim to be as flexible with my services as I can. I air any concerns at an early stage if I feel there is a discrepancy between the services I provide and my client's brief. I first became interested in taking photos when I was 11 years old. Within a year I had my hands on a Russian Zenith 122 - a tank of a camera! I then unearthed an antique enlarger inside a broom cupboard at school and persuaded the headmaster to set us up with some chemicals and paper. This was all a great help in developing a disciplined approach to photography. By 17 I had upgraded to Nikon 35mm and Pentax medium format outfits. I was invited to photograph the wedding of my art teacher's daughter and took the plunge. Thankfully it turned out rather well and in the last decade I've photographed over 160 weddings and civil partnerships in the UK and Europe. At 18, I studied film production at the Bournemouth Screen Academy and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film Production. Film is my other passion and I've continued to make promos and award winning shorts for festivals since graduating. While studying, I taught photography part time at Bryanston School and made use of the excellent photographic facilities at university. My photography and film work go hand in hand as visual art forms for telling and documenting narratives. I was rather a late adopter of digital photography. I wasn't interested in the latest technology for the sake of something shiny and new but felt that by 2005 the resolution and sensitivity in low light was a sufficient improvement on the available film stocks. On average I've upgraded my main outfit every 3 years and my current crop of top end Nikon cameras and lenses have given me unbridled freedom, particularly in low light conditions. Because I spend the time mastering the density, contrast, colour and sharpness of my pictures in post production, most of my results are indistinguishable from film. My guiding principle is that if an effect wouldn't be achieved in the dark room, it's best to avoid it on the computer! Garish effects may bring something to a lackluster picture but they also date quickly. A good picture has no need for such embellishment. Consequently my work retains a quality that will, I hope, stand the test of time. I grew up in Hampshire, Dorset & South Wales and often visit family & friends in all three. I live and work in North London. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
200/hour (GBP)
London wedding photographer David Cliff - England elopements

It was my interest in the news and events of our lives and times that drew me to photography—to photojournalism at the outset. I wanted to see for myself what I could of the world, of history, and through my photographs let others see, in the great tradition of photojournalists down the years. I’ve since had images featured by publications and organisations including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Economist, Vogue, Time and many others besides, distributed worldwide via agencies including Getty Images and AFP. Photojournalism still fills a lot of my time, and I suspect it will always be the kind of photography I draw my inspiration from most of all. Naturally, then it’s the documentary mindset that underpins my approach to the other kinds of photography I’m commissioned for—weddings above all. In essence, that means I don’t set up scenes or direct what goes on but instead record the day as it is, capturing moments and events as they unfold in their own way. It's an unobtrusive-yet-intimate way of shooting that I strive for, and hopefully, you'll hardly even know I’m there—then later be amazed by the pictures I made. I’m based in London but work far and wide as well as locally, and I like to travel, so if you’re elsewhere (or your wedding will be) don’t let that be a consideration. I'll look forward to hearing from you and learning about your plans. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1550 (GBP)
England and Devon wedding photography by Manuel Sabater of United Kingdom

Manuel is a wedding and portrait photographer. He has been a professional photographer for over 10 years but his passion resides by photographing couples on their big day. He loves photographing people capturing memories not only images. Every wedding is photographed by Manuel and Giles as a two photographer team. They started photography based on friends demand to photograph family reunions and weddings, photographing the people they love. They didn't want to be the typical wedding photographer. They just want to document their day in a natural way and make them look incredible. [Devon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1150 (GBP)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Sarah & Richie

Photo by Harry Richards

Dear Harry, Thank you for photographing our wedding day! You really captured the atmosphere and we will treasure the photos and memories. It is lovely to have such great images, even more so as you were so adept at being in the right place at the right time, without us even knowing you were there! Many thanks, Sarah & Richie. x

Wedding photography showing Bride & Groom with confetti being thrown at Healey Barn Newcastle

Fiona & Martin

Photo by Linus Moran

The first sneak peek photos came through after just two days and I love them. The final edit was perfect, we couldn't be happier with how natural the pictures looked. Thank you Linus