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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Philadelphia Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia 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 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
May 26th, 2020
Namib Desert, Namibia Elopement Story Photography | The wedding ceremony took place overlooking the vast openness of the desert
May 26th, 2020
Sea Horse Beach Club, Oludeniz, Fethiye, Turkey Elopement Picture Story | The wedding solemnized on the beach at sunset was visually magnificent

Elopement Photographers for Small Pennsylvania Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Philadelphia 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, DIY - do it yourself, mini, 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 romantic, modern, religious, 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 Philadelphia Couples

14 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Philadelphia wedding photography and elopements by Meg Brock of Pennsylvania

Meg Brock is a wedding photojournalist based in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Meg was drawn to documentary photography and storytelling after a 10-year career as a pediatric intensive care nurse, which included two years volunteering in West Africa on board a hospital ship. Her experiences as a nurse were formative and gifted her an intimate view of the complexity of the individual and deep emotions connected to the human experience. As a result, she is drawn to the emotional connection and loves storytelling, which is shown in her documentary wedding photography. In addition to being a photographer, she is married to a wonderful husband and is excited to soon be celebrating 10 years of marriage. She is the mother of two children who share her strong will and determination. Being their mother has been and continues to be the greatest and most delicate privilege of her life. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Philadelphia wedding and elopement photography by Miguel Angel

Before our start in 2012 Miguel Angel was studying film & cinematography. This attention turned to photography and he hasn't looked back since. This has led to our style being different. More drama but definitely moment based. We take on around 25-35 weddings a year as we don't want to do too many that our children don't get to know us. :-) Family is very important and shooting our kids started out as our passion first. If you like moment driven images with a little bit of drama in portraits feel free & contact us! [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3650 (USD)
Pennsylvania and Philadelphia are home to elopement and wedding photographer Colleen Stepanian

My name is Colleen Stepanian. I am a freelance photographer based in Philadelphia, PA and available for travel. I've contemplated long and hard every single day since I've picked up a camera about why I do what I do and what motivates me. I think about what it means to me and about what it means to other people. There are a few reasons, some have changed, some haven't. The few that drive them all are human connection, relationships, and vulnerability. I feel I have a responsibility to photograph present reality for the sake of human history and future nostalgia. It is very easy for me to connect with people, whether it be my clients or a stranger on the street. I love knowing that through my chosen medium I am able to gain new perspectives of this life, one person at a time. I feel honored and blessed to be able to wake up every morning and tell stories through photographs. Whether you are a couple that is tying the knot with a large wedding or small elopement, a family that wants to remember the little things, an individual that wants their story to be heard, or you're with a non-profit that needs an event covered, I want to hear from you. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Joseph Gidjunis is a PA wedding and elopement photojournalist.

Joseph Gidjunis is an independent photojournalist who specializes in editorial and event photography, as well as video production and directing. He served as a reporter and photojournalist for 10 years at multiple publications, including The Courier-Post (NJ), and as a correspondent for USA Today. Gidjunis founded JPG Photography in 2005, now shooting more than 1,000 weddings through photography and video with his staff. In 2016, the Wedding Photojournalist Association awarded him 3rd place in the world for his work. In 2015, Gidjunis captured the iconic image of Pope Francis kissing Michael Keating on the airport tarmac. In addition, he serves as a freelance videographer and photojournalist for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. He is a 2004 journalism and political science graduate of The George Washington University in Washington D.C. Gidjunis is an elected member of the Manayunk (MDC) board, where he lives with his wife, Rebecca, his infant son, Gabe, and their dog, Gus. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Peter Doyle has been taking photos for over 20 years and focuses on PA wedding photography.

Peter Doyle has been photographing the world around him ever since his oldest brother passed down a dented and fire damaged Pentax camera. In the 20 years since that time, Peter has pursued his desire to photograph people and places with an eye towards honest expressions and intriguing stories. After studying at Tyler School of Art, he began shooting for magazines, corporations, and documentary projects. His photographs have been exhibited around the US, Europe, and are included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Collections. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (USD)
Philadelphia Photography at Weddings by Daniel Moyer

I am an outgoing, driven, high energy, newly married, smitten husband to my amazing, book-nerd, analytical, gorgeous, math-loving, super supportive wife. We are spreading our roots in a small suburb just outside Philadelphia. We love our 100 year old home and all its quirks, hosting a good party, the beach, reading together, and eating at Olive Garden way too often. I’ve got a love for the color combination blue & yellow, running, bicycling, photography as a way to explore the world around me, vegetarian foods, a good pair of jeans, and ALL things Harry Potter (we planned our honeymoon around HP world at Universal Studios). My brain runs at 1,000 miles an hour. I have a new-found enjoyment for writing. And, in all honesty, my favorite part of being a photographer is hearing the excitement and happiness in my couples' voices after I share their images with them! [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Philadelphia wedding photography by Katie Baab of Pennsylvania

I cannot think of any other medium that so greatly encompasses preservation, appreciation, gratitude, and documentation the way that photography does. Photographs have power. They can transport you to another time, they can conjure a once vivid memory after it fades, they can show you what love looks like and at the very least, they can record a moment or an image of something you never want to forget. The magnitude of family photography is what interests me. Whether an engagement, a proposal, a wedding, a new baby, an immediate or extended family, what is happening right now is important and I want to record it for you. I strive to make images that are real, raw, emotive, artistic, classic and genuine and in a few years, or in many years, my hope is that they will be waiting for you when you want to recall the memories that you are making right now. I earned my BFA in photography from the University of Delaware and I have been photographing weddings and families professionally for over 13 years in Philadelphia, New York, and surrounding areas. I've learned that it's not about being in the right place at the right time, it's about being open to everything that is happening around me. The magic is always in the details and in the small moments that could get overlooked. My work has been recognized by Philadelphia Wedding Magazine, The Knot magazine, Lehigh Valley Style magazine, Style Me Pretty, and multiple online wedding resources. I am passionate about photographing your love story for you, for your family and for future generations to appreciate, and in doing it in such a way that the energy and love within your images can be felt for the rest of time. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
Kristy May photographs both New York and New Jersey weddings.

I’m a wedding and elopement photographer based in the NYC and NJ metro area specializing in capturing real candid moments and making custom black and white prints. I love classic black tie weddings and equally love a simple affair at City Hall because both tell a story about a family and a couple embarking on a new adventure together. It is an honor to document these days and do all I can to make the day run as smooth as possible. My style is as unobtrusive as can be, save for the portrait session where I will try and make these as quick and painless as possible! I’m based in NJ just outside of NYC and photograph weddings all over the tri-state area and also destinations. [Hoboken Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (USD)
Photographing NY weddings, events, and elopements for over fifteen years, Casey Fatchett loves a good, fun NYC wedding.

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)
Washington DC Elopement and Wedding Photography by Anji Martin

As a kid, I always wanted to preserve forever moments that were special to me, such as birthday parties and family Christmases. When I was eight years old, my father made that possible for me by giving me his old camera. From then on, I became the de facto family photographer and started documenting every get-together. I didn't know it at the time, but all that practice ended up preparing me for my career as an adult. That same passion for capturing moments for people has naturally led me to become a wedding and elopement photographer. Together with my husband/business partner, I have now been helping couples document their wedding days for several years. We primarily serve brides and grooms in the Washington, DC, area, but are always available to travel for destination weddings. We have lived on five different continents and speak five languages fluently, so it is easy for us to take our passion for photography to exotic wedding locations. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4450 (USD)
Delaware wedding and elopement photography by Ronald Soliman

Ron Soliman is a Delaware-based photographer specializing in documentary photography. With 12 years of experience as a newspaper photographer and a photography director, Ron has earned awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles, and other journalism organizations for his photography. Switching gears from the newspaper world, Ron has found his passion in documenting weddings around the world everywhere his camera takes him. He loves what he does and it shows in the energy he brings into every wedding he covers. Ron was ranked as the Top 16 wedding photojournalist in the World by Wedding Photojournalism Association. He also has received awards for his recent works from the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Association. Ron's works have been published in TIMES magazine, American Photo Magazine, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. [Delaware Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)
Emily Liang, Houston Texas Wedding Photographer

It all started off with the mesmerizing arts and the people culture of streets and cities. In college Emily picked up the camera and journeyed into the world of street and cultural photography. Even today on her spare time, Emily would take trips around the world, take the local buses, and walk through narrow streets to capture the colorful elements of the city streets. This interest built her affinity for a photojournalistic style, which comes into play in photographing weddings in her years as wedding photographer. Emily has been photographing weddings and engagements since 2007 and she co-started 1314 STUDIO in 2010. She serves the Houston area and her works has been featured in wedding guides & bridal blogs nationwide. [Houston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Denis Gostev employs a non-intrusive approach to his NYC wedding photography

After spending years photographing sports, Denis has developed a keen eye and intuition for capturing natural, emotional, and long lasting moments using a non-intrusive approach to wedding photography. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Danette Pascarella has been documenting weddings in NJ for over 7 years

Danette has been documenting weddings in New Jersey since 2010, but before that she had a long career as a biologist. Since photography was essential to her happiness, she boldly switched careers and has not looked back since. She feels most alive photographing weddings and is addicted to the adrenaline rush and challenges each wedding presents. Danette is following her true passion, and now she wants to share that with you. [New Jersey Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3700 (USD)

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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.