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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Grand Rapids Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids 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!

Elopement Photographers for Small Michigan Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Grand Rapids 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 mini, fast, 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 modern, boutique, outdoor, 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 Grand Rapids Couples

2 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Michigan based wedding photography specialist - Shannon Harthen

Shannon discovered her love for wedding photography while working as an ad exec for Modern Bride Magazine. It was there that she first learned of the term "photojournalist" and worked with some of the most sought-after photographers in the industry. Shannon loves to capture real life reactions and moments that happen during a wedding when family and friends are just being themselves. Her greatest compliment has been when brides have told her how amazed they were that they had so many incredible images and yet didn't even realize that they were being photographed. An international award winning photojournalist, Shannon has been a full time wedding photographer for over 10 years. She has worked professionally in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles and has just recently moved back home to the Metro Detroit area. [Detroit Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
400/hr (USD)
Lansing, MI wedding photographer Claire Abendroth

Claire Abendroth works alongside her business partner, Matthew Lash, to form Fresh Coast Candids. She has a passion for telling stories and does so by getting to know each subject individually and forming a unique bond with each of them. She will work with passion to make sure each client goes home satisfied and with copious amounts of memories to always remember their big day. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in photojournalism. Currently, she is a photographer at Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. In the past, she has worked as a Photography Intern with MLive Media Group and the Jackson Citizen Patriot as well as a Photo Intern for University Communications at Central Michigan University. She has also worked for the National Park Service and Student Conservation Association as a Media Specialist. She has won multiple awards including third place College Photographer of the Year for two years in a row, as well as second place Feature Story for “Picking This Life” and third place Sports Feature Story for “The Love For Rugby” at the Michigan Press Photographers Association seminar in 2016 and 2017. She is currently located in Lansing, Michigan. [Lansing Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
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