Los Angeles Wedding Photographers

Los Angeles Wedding Photographers

Our Los Angeles photographers also provide documentary-style coverage in: LA, Long Beach, Glendale, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Santa Clarita, San Gabriel, South Bay, Pasadena, Lancaster, Pomona

Los Angeles Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

Intimate Wedding Photography in Los Angeles - Capturing the Joy of Small Celebrations - Discover the best Los Angeles photographers specializing in intimate marriages. Couples are embracing the trend of smaller, more meaningful celebrations. Let our talented photographers capture the joy and intimacy of your wedding day.

By planning a simple Los Angeles elopement, couples are able to stay present in the moment and fully absorb the impact of their wedding day. Given the fact that many couples feel more natural and at ease in intimate settings, it's no surprise that some of the most breathtaking wedding images come from elopements.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, Los Angeles documentary wedding photographers available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Los Angeles Photographers for Large or Small Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Los Angeles 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.

California - Southern WPJA members are ready to document any city hall, civil ceremony, pop-up, 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.

23 Los Angeles Wedding Photographers...

California wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

As a wedding photojournalist and creative engagement portrait photographer in California, Annie Bang brings a background as a former journalist and Associated Press reporter. With a focus on documenting real moments and emotions, she uses documentary and photojournalistic...

2500 (USD)
Portrait of Loren Haar, Engagement, Elopement and Wedding Photographer

Loren Haar is a skilled and well-traveled wedding photojournalist, engagement portrait photographer, and artistic wedding portrait photographer. With a background in documenting significant life events and a passion for photography that flourished through learning manual...

Loren Haar

Ventura in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
2200 (USD)
Engagement Photo Shoots and wedding photography by Darren Hendry

Darren Hendry, an architecture-trained photographer, has spent 7 years capturing unique wedding stories through his natural, emotive, and creative style. Specializing in non-traditional and offbeat weddings, he combines his passion for photography and storytelling to create...

Darren Hendry

Pasadena in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
2500 (USD)
California Documentary Wedding and Elopement Photography by Gina Clyne

California wedding photographer Gina Clyne specializes in photojournalistic style imagery, capturing formal portraits that reflect couples' personalities and documenting subtle and profound moments of the day with her gentle eye.

2100 (USD)
California wedding photography by Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young, a California coast photographer, combines 20 years experience, a photojournalist background, and a keen eye for detail, capturing the joy and emotion of each wedding day.

Jonathan Young

Palos Verdes Estates in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
5500 (USD)
Engagement couple portraits and elopement photography by Brenda Bravo - Bravo Image

Brenda Bravo, a wedding photojournalist, and engagement portrait photographer, brings her unique perspective and passion for storytelling to every moment. With a degree in Visual Communication and a minor in Sociology, Brenda's expertise shines through her captivating...

Brenda Bravo

Pasadena in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
2000 (USD)
Studio portrait of wedding photographer Sierra Dawn

Sierra Dawn is a USA-based traveling wedding photographer. Her passion and knowledge is passed down from her father's 20+ years in the profession.

5500 (USD)
Lifestyle Portrait of Wedding and Elopement Photographer James Juarez

James Juarez is a Mexican-American wedding photographer based in the Western USA. He has a degree in Art History from UCLA and 8 years of experience documenting punk bands and in the fashion industry.

2450 (USD)
Documentary wedding photography by Rebecca Aranda

Rebecca Aranda, a wedding photojournalist based on the West Coast of North America, brings decades of experience in storytelling, theater, film, and publishing to capture the joy in each moment.

5000 (USD)
Southern California wedding photography and engagement portraits by Attila Iuhasz

Attila Iuhasz is a Southern California wedding photojournalist and engagement portrait photographer with a passion for capturing candid moments. With a background in Management and Marketing, Attila is an adaptable and open-minded professional, constantly improving his...

2400 (USD)
California wedding photography by Brett Butterstein

Southern California-based wedding photojournalist Brett Butterstein combines his background in photojournalism and five years of newspaper photography experience to expertly capture the genuine beauty and emotion of weddings.

Brett Butterstein

Encinitas in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
3500 (USD)
California Couple Portrait Sessions and Wedding Photography by Stephanie Secrest

Stephanie Secrest is a wedding and engagement portrait photographer based in Central Coast CA. With a Master's in photojournalism, she has garnered recognition from renowned competitions such as Pictures of the Year.

Stephanie Secrest

Arroyo Grande in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
3300 (USD)
Weddings by Chris Shum, Life Photographer

Chris Shum is a wedding, engagement, lifestyle, and family photographer with a lifelong passion for art. With his artistic eye and unobstructive approach, Chris captures the beauty and joy of weddings, creating elegant, storytelling photographs that couples can treasure...

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
4500 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Kimmi Cranes

Based in Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, Kimmi Cranes is a wedding photojournalist and portrait photographer, specializing in elopements. With a decade of professional experience and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz, she expertly captures the emotions...

Kimmi Cranes

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
2000 (USD)
Madison wedding and elopement photography by Ilana Bar-av of Wisconsin

Ilana Bar av is a dedicated wedding photographer whose passion for the craft began with her dad and oldest brother, both of whom are also photographers. Despite their initial skepticism, Barav chose to pursue a career in wedding photography and is now celebrating her sixth...

Ilana Bar av

Madison in Wisconsin, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
4800 (USD)

Philip Thomas is a renowned wedding photographer with over two decades of experience. He learned his craft in England before moving to the US and honing his skills shooting local news, models and actors. This creativity has since been focused to the art of capturing wedding...

Philip Thomas

San Antonio in Texas, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
4800 (USD)
Wedding photography and elopements by Ray Iavasile of Michigan

Ray Anthony Iavasile, a wedding photojournalist based in Michigan, is celebrated for his journalistic style and ability to capture authentic moments. He is recognized as one of the Top 50 wedding photojournalists worldwide and is the go-to choice for couples in Michigan.

Ray Iavasile

Birmingham in Michigan, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
3000 (USD)
CA Engagemen, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Tyler Vu

Tyler Vu is a skilled Northern California wedding photojournalist, specializing in elopements and artistic portraits. With a background in graphic design, his simple philosophy centers around capturing life as it unfolds, emphasizing meaningful moments and exquisite...

Tyler Vu

San Jose in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
4000 (USD)

Dennis Viera, an award-winning wedding photographer, possesses nearly a decade of experience and began his photography journey in high school. With a passion for capturing life's moments, he has traveled extensively worldwide.

Dennis Viera

Rohnert Park in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
5000 (USD)

Gingi Freeman is a passionate traveling wedding photographer, artist, and storyteller. As a mother of two adorable toddlers, she often shoots alongside her husband Jonathan to capture real moments and raw emotions. Her non-intrusive approach allows couples to be present in...

Gingi Freeman

Visalia in California, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
1400 (USD)
A black and white portrait of William West - A Documentary Wedding Photographer

With a documentary approach, William employs visual storytelling to create stunning and genuine wedding photographs. His professional and diverse skills, including business development, graphic design, and art, allow him to capture the essence of each unique love story in a...

William West

in New Jersey, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
3850 (USD)
Jason Kaczorowski, Destination Wedding Photography - USA

A seasoned documentary wedding photographer, Jason Kaczorowski brings more than 18 years of experience to his craft, adeptly capturing over 650 weddings. His talent lies in creating timeless memories that encapsulate the essence of each relationship.

Jason Kaczorowski

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
3900 (USD)
Studio portrait of Wes Shinn - owner / wedding and elopement photography studio

Wes Shinn, a documentary wedding photographer with a decade of experience as a military photojournalist, beautifully documents every detail and narrative of your wedding, creating powerful and cherished memories.

Wes Shinn

Chesapeake in Virginia, US *Now booking Los Angeles weddings.
3400 (USD)

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Los Angeles Couples

Los Angeles Wedding Elopement Photography - WedElope

View WedElope Image Galleries by Los Angeles Wedding Photographers from Small Events and Intimate Elopements.

Los Angeles Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

Below are some Los Angeles wedding photography samples from the world’s best wedding photographers of the WPJA. Some of these Los Angeles marriage pictures might be artistic portraits, details, or documentary-style images that have come from getting ready sessions, wedding ceremonies, reception venues, or Los Angeles engagement portrait sessions with couples.

A candid and heartwarming moment at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA, as the bride lays surrounded by flower girls during the reception.
Engagement portrait by a LA wedding photographer, The Grove, Los Angeles, CA - The couple plays amidst whimsical candy-themed decor in a playful portrait session.
Newlywed couple laughing and playing carnival games in a charming street corner of Los Angeles during their vibrant wedding celebration at Ayara Thai Restaurant.
In this photo taken at Soulmate in West Hollywood, California, the bride and groom are lifted on chairs during the Jewish wedding tradition known as the Hora
During his wedding reception, the groom breaks a pinata with a stick under a tree at a private house in Los Angeles, California
A baby peacefully naps on a high table at a wedding reception in a private house in Los Angeles, California
In this photo taken at Michael's of Los Angeles, a radiant bride is assisted by her closest ladies as she prepares to slip into her wedding dress before the ceremony
A fantastic movie theater in town, with nice lighting at night, helps to make a great engagement photo at the Old Cinema, Los Angeles
Random street spot for a prewedding photo in a Los Angeles Street
The newlywed couple exited their backyard wedding ceremony in a private house in Los Angeles, California with joy and enthusiasm
The groom ties his necktie while his bride watches him at the Silver Lake Pool & Inn, Los Angeles, California
In the sunshine over Valentine DTLA in S California, the ring bearer high-fives guests while walking down the aisle of Los Angeles wedding ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the best Los Angeles wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Los Angeles documentary wedding photographers for elopements. Our members are able to submit WedElope Stories that take you step-by-step, via a 9 image picture story, through the unique and moving elopements that take place around the world.
Q: How can couples find reviews of Los Angeles wedding photographers?
A: We call them Client Letters. At the WPJA, we decided more than 20 years ago to avoid incorporating those third-person testimonials and endorsements that are found all too often in advertisements. Instead, we elevated our listings with the use of Client Letters, which represent the actual words and feelings of the clients who booked those Los Angeles wedding photographers for their own wedding.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my Los Angeles wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked Los Angeles wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
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Houston, Texas wedding couple image from a live video conference call

Bethany + Jake

Photo by Philip Thomas

Philip, Thank you so much for being part of our wedding day! I am so grateful for how comfortable and relaxed you made us all feel and for your commitment to making our day was captured authentically. Our wedding didn't look how we originally thought but you helped ensure that it was just a as special. We are forever grateful! Wishing you all the best. - Bethany and Jake

Couple celebrating wedding post-ceremony by the lake at Fallen Leaf Lake, South Lake Tahoe, CA

John & Claire

Photo by James Juarez

We've been distracted this weekend moving all of John's stuff into our new LES apartment but rest assured - we have been evenly splitting our time between moving and lovingly gazing at your photos. We love them! They're so beautiful and captured the vibe and energy so well. So exciting!

Couple kisses during first look portion of wedding day in Palm Springs, CA

Allie & Evan

Photo by James Juarez

Just want to say a big thank you. The photos are extraordinary and we are soooo happy with them. You captured the moments we remember so vividly in our minds. And all the little details. That's what we said from day 1 was how important those little details are, they shine in your photos! I really couldn't imagine anyone else shooting our day. They are so special.