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!

Central Coast Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Central Coast, California - Central

Ventura, Santa Barbara, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Hollister, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard

Central Coast Elopement Photographers

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. 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
May 29th, 2020
Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado Elopement Photographer | bride and groom face-to-face in the night air, with only their silhouettes outlined
May 29th, 2020
Town Hall of Angoustrine, French Catalonia Elopement Photographer | This bride and groom show off a combination of Catalan and Turkmen traditions
May 26th, 2020
Rockville, Maryland Elopement Photographer | Quarantine - Social Distance Front Yard Wedding Sign - on a warm Saturday at the beginning of May the bride and groom had the most beautiful wedding in the front of their home

Elopement Photographers for Small California - Central Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Central Coast 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 pop-up, themed, quick, 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, non-traditional, 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 Central Coast Couples

7 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

San Francisco Wedding Photography by Stephanie Secrest

Stephanie received her Master's degree in photojournalism from top-ranked, Ohio University. She was invited to attend the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, a national forum for top photojournalists. She has also received awards in one of photojournalism's oldest, largest and most highly respected contest, the Annual Pictures of the Year competition of the National Press Photographers Association, among other organizations. [Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3300 (USD)
Los Angeles wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang of CA

I’m a moment junkie. I studied Journalism in college and I once was a journalist based in Seoul, including for The Associated Press. I strongly believe that the absolute best way to re-live the most special day is by looking at your photos of real moments and emotions. Both my academic and professional backgrounds have influenced my documentary and photojournalistic wedding and elopement photos. And these timeless and priceless photos define who we are and nothing makes me more thrilled than documenting our lives as they are. Life is a series of moments, and those moments are fleeing away from us instantly; that is why photography is incredibly powerful and important to our lives, and I feel extremely honored to be part of every moment. I do what I do, coming from my heart, passion, and love. I love listening to all kinds of music nonstop. I love eating/cooking food - especially noodle soups. I lived in Panama for about 6 years when I was a kid. But my Spanish is really embarrassing. I visited the most secluded country North Korea twice when I was a reporter. I love wandering around and reading books about why we are the way we are. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Lake Tahoe, CA based wedding and elopement photographer Shaunte Dittmar

I fell into my passion for photography at a younger age and used it as a means to document the world around me. Having been fortunate enough to be trained by photographers such as American Photojournalist Ed Kashi, I continually push my storytelling and photojournalistic eye each year. Fascinated by human expression and interaction, I began photographing weddings and elopements and haven't looked back since. My goal is to create a relaxed atmosphere for my clients so that they can feel comfortable, be in the moment and enjoy themselves on their wedding day. I don't want to just take photos for my clients, but instead, I want their photos to speak for themselves. I am a California based documentary wedding photographer who also travels anywhere. [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4600 (USD)
Los Angeles wedding photographer Tanya Parada for CA

Hi, I'm Tanya! I'm a Los Angeles and destination wedding photographer based out of Santa Monica. I live for documenting real moments and real couples. I have nearly a decade of experience photographing weddings, but a lifetime of passion for photography, especially photojournalism. I grew up being inspired by National Geographic magazines and wedding photographers' work whose style incorporated story-telling elements. As a photographer, I try to think outside of the box to create images that are unique, compelling and celebrate life. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Devon Meyers is a photojournalist that has many years of experience working for newspapers. He now photographs weddings in California.

Devon is a photojournalist with years of experience working for newspapers such as The Aspen Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Malibu Times. He has won numerous Colorado Press Association Awards. He currently splits his time between southern California and Aspen, Colorado with studios in both areas. When not photographing weddings and news events, Devon plays guitar and sings in his band. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3400 (USD)
Gina Clyne captures candid photographs at Los Angeles weddings in addition to formal portraits of the Bride and Groom

I would describe my style of wedding photography as photojournalistic. While capturing formal portraits are important, I also believe that catching the ambiance of your day and the life-force of your invited guests is of equal priority. With a gentle eye, I will steer your formal photographs to best reflect your personalities, while simultaneously documenting those subtle yet profound candid moments that make up such an important day. I keep a keen watch as the day naturally unfolds so you have a document long after the day has passed you by. High school introduced me to photography and there I spent my waking hours deep within the dark room. Upon graduating, I set off to art school to study Fine Art Photography (2001-2005), where I was introduced to art theory and artist's studio practices. After college, I flexed my logistical side and worked with art fair companies (2004-2012) to share contemporary art to communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and New York. Soon I transitioned into a small business owner and realized my goal of becoming a full-time photographer. So if you will, find comfort in knowing that art and photography are a part of my physiological make-up and the path I've taken shows this. Photography is more than a passion for me, it is the frame in which I have chosen to live my life. My camera and I stay vigilant throughout your day, which no doubt will have many moving parts, while maintaining an unobtrusive and honest presence. Stay in the moment and I will do the rest. KIVA LOAN PLEDGE — I pledge to make a Kiva loan for every wedding that I book. This is something that has been important for me to integrate into my wedding photography business model early on. It hasn't escaped me how becoming a small business owner has changed my life for the better and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see my goals through. I believe when you are given a chance to work hard towards a goal that leads to a better quality of life, a life that you deliberately design for yourself, it can be transformative and ripple positively outwards. The empowerment that results is truly priceless and I believe that all people have the right to choose what they want for themselves and see their goals come to fruition. Struggle is real, I've been through my share, and I feel it's time to do my part to help fellow builders and dreamers. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1250 (USD)
California Bay Area wedding photography by Dana Todd

Hey! I'm Dana Todd and I'm the owner and lead photographer of Dana Todd Photography Despite what most people think a photographer's bio should say, I was not born with a camera in my hand, nor had an interest in photography until my daughter was born. My dream as a young one was to work for Disney as an animator. When that was shot down quickly, I scrambled to find out what I was going to be doing in my life. That led me to finish my AA in fine art, and pursuing any job, which landed me at Walmart for two years, Costco for 9 years, Victoria's secret for a day, and a lab manager working for my Dad for nearly 8 years before calling the W-2 shift quits to pursue photography full time. Though it's not the final destination of my career (my current dream is serving up the brewed coffee bean in some form in my own coffee house), it has been an awarding one so far. What I will say though is as long as I can remember, and the stories my parents and grandparents told me, was that I have always been creative in some way. From detailed drawings at the age of 4 to create a heavens bliss in one's home with decor and ideas, I know that I do carry that artistic string through my blood. I love upcycling home decor and furniture items, but since Joanna Gaines has taken that spot of glory, I'll stick to it as my hobby. I cannot resist an amazing homemade chocolate chip cookie and am one of the few that cannot eat ice cream because of the carrageenan. My friends say that I'm artistic, determined, funny, outgoing, bold and: My sister though calls me Martha Stewart. [California - Northern Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)

Wedding Venues from Central Coast

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Lauren & Jason

Photo by Gina Clyne

Gina these are so great!!! It's so fun seeing them after time has gone by and the weather is cooling off. Such an awesome summer day that you captured SO well. We love these, I cant wait to comb through all of them. Thank you for your amazing craft. The family pictures are so special!

Christina & Jeff

Photo by Devon Meyers

Dear Devon, It's been so wonderful meeting you and getting to know you a bit. I can't thank you enough for all you did to make my wedding memories perfect. The pictures are lovely and I can't wait to see the rest. I hope we have occasion to work with you again but most definitely to see you. I really can't thank you enough! xo & love, Christina

Christy & Stuart

Photo by Gina Clyne

We wanted to drop a quick note and tell you how awesome you are. You got in the spirit and came prepared, and brought so much happiness from behind the camera to whoever was in front of it. We're so grateful to have had you as part of our day, and can't wait to recommend you to everyone we know. (And everyone we don't -- so please let us know any and all sites where we can leave you reviews!) Much love, Christy + Stuart