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. 

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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Hertfordshire, England

Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire Elopement Photographers

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. 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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Doce Lunas Hotel, Jaco, Costa Rica Elopement Photographer | The bride tearing up during the ceremony at the Doce Lunas Hotel in Jaco
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Los Angeles, California Elopement Photographer | the couple stands with their friend as she signs the marriage license
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Sofia, Bulgaria Elopement Photographer | newlyweds at a trampoline park

Elopement Photographers for Small England Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Hertfordshire 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 civil ceremony, pop-up, themed, 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, romantic, 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 Hertfordshire Couples

8 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

1st in the UK, WPJA 2018 and 2012 Contests. I've been a photojournalist since 1996, working for The Times newspaper in London since 1998, travelling the world covering conflicts, disasters, Royalty and celebrities. For almost twenty years I've been conveying a story in a single image, or telling a more complex story in a photo essay. I studied physics at Cardiff University whilst working on the award-winning student newspaper, then completed a photojournalism post graduate diploma at Cardiff School of Journalism. I live in Hertfordshire about 30 miles North of London with my wife Helen and our two beautiful children. [Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1850 (GBP)
England and Hertfordshire wedding photography by Erica Hawkins of United Kingdom

I enjoy creating images, through photography, design, film or drawings. My family and friends are what keep me ticking, photography taking a close second place. I cherish the happy moments in life and get pure joy from my kids when they smile. I have a degree in media production and feel fortunate I have been able to put them into practice, both professionally and personally. I love photography and cameras, a day spent playing with my camera, or experimenting with a new lens is a great day in my book! I am a geek, camera spec’s interest me. After working in the art publishing world for almost 5 years and now as a photographer, I am lucky enough to have worked with artists and photographers that inspire and motivate my own ambitions. I am a 2018 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Exhibitor. [Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1200 (GBP)
Harpenden and Hertfordshire wedding reportage photography by Neil Pleasants of England United Kingdom

Hello, welcome to Mulu Photography, I'm Neil. As a wedding photographer, I have been capturing memories for ten years now, how time flies, and I have been lucky enough to have been invited to the homes of so many families to capture their wedding day, a responsibility I do not take lightly. I began studying photography at art school and then began to take it seriously sometime later when I wanted to develop a style for wedding photography. I studied and trained under some of the best wedding photography teachers in the country, such as Damien Lovegrove and Mike Garratt (The Trained Eye) and then began shooting weddings for friends. Soon afterward came the launching of Mulu Photography, wedding photography in St Albans and Harpenden, but available nationwide. It was then that I soon realised the traditional photo practice of wedding photography wasn't for me and capturing moments and telling a story across the day without interrupting the flow of the day was the way to go. I hope you agree. [Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (GBP)

Steve is a full time wedding photojournalist living in Hertfordshire just north of London with his wife and three children. His interest in Photography started in his late teens. He saved up to buy a used Nikon F. He can still remember the excitement of his first photograph taken, developed and printed in his parents garage dark Room. At the time he was competing internationally in Athletics and this became his sole focus for many years. While photography was always there in the background calling him it was not until the last 5 years that the passion became his vocation. Initially sports photography seemed a natural choice but after shooting a couple of weddings he realised that this would be his primary focus and 200 weddings later he is very pleased with that decision. He is very much drawn to recording poignant moments in peoples lives. [Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
995 (GBP)
Razvan Danaila UK Wedding Photographer for small events and elopements

Hello there – I’m Razvan and I’ve been shooting weddings and elopements for over 15 years now. What started as a challenge at my best friend’s wedding turned into a very expensive hobby at first and then into my grown up, full-time job. I’m forever grateful to my wonderful clients who trusted me with their precious wedding photos and continue to do so – nothing makes me happier than receiving their thanks after seeing their images. I love meeting in person with my clients and hear about their plans and questions for their big day over a cup of coffee – as with anything, good communication is the key to having happy clients. Weddings are somehow similar to car races – you only get one chance to capture moments and genuine emotions. My motto is that I’m not there to create the event but to try and capture it and turn it into an accurate story in images of the day. I’m a very friendly and personable guy, very focused while working and happy that many past clients are now very good friends. Other stuff that makes me happy besides my work is traveling, cooking (big barbecue fan) and good coffee. I live with my wife in a lovely small village and we are proud parents to Spoty the dog and Frankie the cat (we both believe he is really a dog in a feline body). [Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (GBP)
Worcestershire wedding reportage and elopement photography by Tom Beynon, of West Midlands, England

Hello there. I’m Tom, a documentary wedding photographer from Cambridgeshire, UK. I took up photography while travelling in New Zealand a few years ago and have been working as a wedding photographer since 2016, covering weddings across the UK and from Kent to The Lake District. Away from photography, my hobbies include playing the guitar & drums, listening to a lot of classic rock and pretty much any music from my teenage years in the 1990s. I'm rather addicted to The Simpsons (classic seasons only, mind you) and don't function in the morning until I've downed a coffee. I'm a bit of night owl, most of my editing is done between 10 pm to 2 am. I love to travel. I've been across South East Asia, South America, Australia, New Zealand and spent three months driving from coast to coast in the USA. [Cambridge Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (GBP)
London wedding reportage photographer Simon Cardwell | United Kingdom and England Elopements

My name is Simon and I am a documentary photographer. A photograph documents a happy time in your life & is something to look back on. What I do is record those moments & make them last. I am lucky to do what I love for a living & since photographing my first wedding in 2007, I have been fortunate enough to photograph weddings and elopements all across the UK, throughout London & occasionally further afield. In that time I have seen every kind of occasion & I know the memories are the same no matter where or how you choose to get married. I believe in a natural style of photography which ensures you won't spend your wedding day constantly posing for photos, I will find the moments rather than staging them. Just like every other day in your life, nothing on your wedding day should be forced. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1050 (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)
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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

Claire & Simon

Photo by Paul Rogers

My husband and I really wanted a relaxed style of photography and were impressed by the work you'd done previously. As a photojournalist, your mission was to capture the spirit of the day, so that we could relive the moments in the years to come and you did that beautifully. Everyone has remarked on how amazing the photographs are - not just in terms of the moments that you captured, but also your genuine skill as a photographer and we couldn't be more pleased. The other comment I hear all the time is the fact that nobody noticed you taking pictures. It was all very unobtrusive so everyone relaxed. As a person, we couldn't have asked for someone more warm and friendly - My children loved you and one is quite shy so this is a major achievement.