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!

Brooklyn Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Brooklyn, New York City - Metro

Brooklyn Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our United States 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
September 28th, 2020
Alexandria, Virginia Elopement Photographer | The groom lifts the bride into the air as they stand in front of a bright yellow house on a street full of brick homes
September 26th, 2020
Green T. House, Beijing, China Wedding Ceremony Image | the bride and groom wanted a wedding that doesn’t belong to any kind of cultural gene
September 25th, 2020
Northern California Elopement Photographers | the bride and groom dressed in traditional clothing seated outdoors

Elopement Photographers for Small New York City - Metro Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Brooklyn 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, 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 unique, romantic, boutique, 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 Brooklyn Couples

5 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

My inspiration for photography is greatly influenced by literature, music, cinema and personal experiences. I try to approach my work as if it's a magical, timeless film, beautiful music composition, a memorable novel or a poem that one is constantly drawn to come back to and every time finds something new. My lifelong involvement with fine art and documentary photography lets me intimately capture the emotions, grace and light in all of the priceless moments of a wedding day, as well as the fleeting moments between those moments. I am also involved in curating film programs for several international festivals and constantly working on my personal film and photography projects. My preference is to take on limited amount of wedding commissions per year to enable myself to keep a fresh, open-minded approach and genuine excitement about every single one I select to photograph, providing my clients with undivided attention and creative energy they deserve. [Brooklyn Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
6000 (USD)

Inbal Sivan is an Israel-born photographer currently based in New York. Her photography has been published internationally and widely exhibited nationally, in such venues as The Norton Museum, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, Gallery 10G, The Visual Arts Gallery, and the Affordable Art Fair. Her wedding photography has been featured editorially in Perfect Bound, Design Sponge, A Cup of Joe, Brides.com, Photo District News, Get Married Magazine, Town & Country Weddings, and TIme.com, among others. Sivan works full time as a photographer, including a select number of weddings each year, and has been teaching photography at various posts (including university level) for the past 7 years. Sivan holds a BFA in photography from the school of Visual Arts, where she graduated with honors and was the recipent of numerous merit-based scholarships and awards. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and adorable son, Benjamin. [Brooklyn Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2600 (USD)

I don't like having my picture taken. So, if you feel a bit awkward having your photo taken, I feel your pain. I have been photographing weddings and events for nearly 20 years, and I always aim to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible throughout the process (before, during, and after the wedding day). My vision is influenced by my background in the performing arts (music and theater), and my photography career sprang from that background (photographing live music/band and theatrical performances). After snapping pictures at the weddings of some friends in the late 1990s, I developed a true passion for wedding photography. Now I shoot between 25-30 weddings per year, and my work has been featured in The Knot Magazine as well blogs like Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Snippet & Ink, Brooklyn Bride, and Rock & Roll Bride. My non-wedding work has been shown in galleries and shows as well as being featured in international art publications. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
400/hour (USD)

I'm Amanda Lamb, and I'm based in Colorado Springs, CO and Brooklyn, NY. I began learning photography when I was in high school, trying to shoot for my school's yearbook publication. This was still in the "dark ages" of film, but I feel lucky that my roots sprouted there. These early experiences and trying to shoot in a way that supported, or told in its entirety the rest of what was on the page, shaped my preference for capturing moments as they happened. I shoot no more than 25 weddings per year. This allows me to give my very best to each and every bride and groom I have the pleasure of serving. In addition to shooting weddings, I also shoot boudoir and portraits. I've been married for 8 years, and have two children and a dog. My daughter and my son complete my life in a way I never thought possible. While I don't know of any other artists in my family, there are definitely some very creative people who came before me, and I can see this creativity in my children daily. It warms my heart. Prior to photography, I was a high school social studies teacher for 7 years. Being around high schoolers is it's own kind of rush. My business started with seniors, and eventually grew into weddings and other events. Keeping control of 30 10th and 12th graders gave me great insight into crowd management, a skill I've found very useful at weddings... especially those with big, fun-loving wedding parties. [Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Chicago small wedding photography by Aileen Ciesielski of Illinois

Hey there! I am one half of a husband and wife photography team based in Chicago, IL. And we capture moments made by people madly in love all over the world. We strongly believe that life shouldn't be taken too seriously. After all, we're on this Earth for such a short period of time, and in the end, the only thing that matters is the story we leave behind. I specialize in documenting wedding stories through a photojournalistic approach. Even after having the privilege of photographing more than 300 weddings, nothing excites me more than celebrating with couples who want to document their wedding day through candid moments. After all, the photo you’ll be framing won’t be of your monogrammed hanger or shoes, instead, it’s going to be the one of you belly laughing with your friends or wiping away those happy tears. Forget those stiff, awkward poses and Pinterest-perfect details - let’s just be real and spontaneous together. I have been featured in Junebug Weddings, The Knot Magazine, Brides Magazine, Inside Weddings, Rock 'n Roll Bride, RuffledBlog, Martha Stewart Weddings, Offbeat Bride, and more! [Chicago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Ivy Room Chicago, IL wedding day image in black and white of the bride and groom walking outdoors

Christine & George

Photo by Aileen Ciesielski

Guys, OH MY GOD! I am projectile crying at my desk! I am so in love with all of these photos and it perfectly captures the day and the celebration! It is so fun to see all of our people hugging, toasting and dancing! I was 100% confident in my decision to use you guys, but this blew me away! George and I are over the moon! Thank you so, so much!

Ovation Chicago Wedding image of the bride and groom dancing their first dance

Stacey & Geoff

Photo by Aileen Ciesielski

Geoff and I had the absolute best day ever in large part to you. Aileen, you are seriously incredible at what you do. You can command a crowd when needed and then set up the most romantic shot seconds later. You were so calming, especially in the morning when I started to get a bit worried about the timeline. You know what it takes to get the job done and you're able to get everyone's attention and focus without being rude. You were a miracle worker with my nephews (they are quite the handful). I was so anxious the week of the wedding about being able to do our first look outdoors and take a couple pictures outside and you were so reassuring leading up to the day. And lo and behold - the weather ended up working out so well. Aileen, you were one of the first vendors we booked and we are so glad we did. Our wedding day was seriously the most special day of my life and it was great having you be such a huge part of it. It's incredible that you get to be part of people's most special day weekend after weekend. You and Ed run a fantastic business, you're able to be so professional and on top of everything and yet be so fun and natural to be around. Thanks again for all your work. You and Ed and your team are just so fantastic and we are so so thankful we had you as our photographer.

New York wedding photographer at Duck Walk Vineyard, Long Island

Suzanne and Ilya

Photo by Casey Fatchett

You and your entire crew were so phenomenal yesterday. Thank you so much for all your help and being so dedicated and helpful and cheerful and energetic. When the weather opened up out of nowhere, it was a shock and I didn't see how the day was going to turn around. But you guys made it so nice and put so much effort into getting us the shots we were hoping for despite the curveball. I just wanted to extend a big thank you and let you know how much we appreciated it.

The Yale Club of New York City wedding photography of a couple crossing the street

Alicia & Pawel

Photo by Aileen Ciesielski

Hoooollllyyyy smokes! Thank you so much for all the absolutely, positively beautiful wedding photos!!!! It's been so fun sharing them with our family and friends, and they've all been blown away by them. From our engagement session to our wedding day, it was so great working with you both. You made two photographically awkward people look very natural as if we get all fancied up on a regular basis. ;) Thank you for capturing our day so perfectly. It is one we will never forget, and it means the world to us to have so many beautiful pictures to reminisce over.

Anna & Sam

Photo by Olya Vysotskaya

These are fantastic, Olya! Looks like something out of Vogue. Would not hesitate to recommend you to any and all friends getting married. Thanks again! Now the hard task of choosing favorite pictures starts...

Hemlock Springs Kentucky Wedding image of the bride and groom laughing outside under the trees

Ginger & Paul

Photo by Aileen Ciesielski

We LOVE our wedding photos!!! And so does our family!! A million thank yous are not enough! You two are absolutely amazing, and we feel so lucky that you captured our wedding! All the photos are so special and so beautiful and just so so good! Thank you!!!