San Francisco Wedding Photographers

San Francisco Wedding Photographers

Our San Francisco photographers also provide documentary-style coverage in: Oakland, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Hayward, Sunnyvale, Concord, Santa Clara, Vallejo

San Francisco Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

Intimate Wedding Photography in San Francisco - Capturing the Joy of Small Celebrations - Discover the best San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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, San Francisco documentary wedding photographers available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

San Francisco Photographers for Large or Small Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small San Francisco 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 - Northern WPJA members are ready to document any pop-up, city hall, courthouse, 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.

24 San Francisco Wedding Photographers...

Studio portrait of wedding photographer Tanushree Vaidya

Tanushree Vaidya is a traveling destination wedding photographer with experiences across 14 countries, combining previous skills in commerce, hair artistry, portrait photography, and graphic design.

Tanushree Vaidya

Hayward in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
3500 (USD)
Weddings by Chris Shum, Life Photographer

Chris Shum is a destination wedding photographer who has been passionate about art and photography since his youth. With a camera given to him by his father at age 15, Chris has captured beautiful and joyful moments for couples and their families. Through his artistic...

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
4500 (USD)

Joyce Perlman is a US-based wedding photographer. She is known for her sophisticated blend of contemporary portraiture and documentary-style images. She also has an extensive background in fine art and visual design.

4200 (USD)
Northern California wedding photography by Drew Bird - Creative Storytelling

Drew Bird is a San Francisco Bay Area based wedding photographer with years of experience. His focus is on telling stories through photographs, capturing authentic and unscripted expressions of beauty, love and connection.

Drew Bird

Oakland in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
3500 (USD)

Douglas Despres is a wedding photographer who has photographed over 600 events since 2002. With a background in photojournalism and experience shooting worldwide, Doug specializes in documentary-style shots with an emphasis on comfortable connections with family and guests.

Douglas Despres

Alameda in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
750/hour (USD)

Dennis Viera is an award-winning international wedding photographer. With a nearly decade-long background in photojournalism, Dennis's photography career began in high school. His passion for documenting life has taken him and his family around the world.

Dennis Viera

Rohnert Park in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
5000 (USD)
Edeelin Labra, Northern CA wedding photography

Northern California wedding photographer Edeelin Labra has a deep love for photography that began long ago. What began as a hobby has become a passionate pursuit for many years. Taking pictures of family and friends was much more than just snapping a shutter - it was...

Edeelin Labra

Vallejo in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2000 (USD)
Tara Arrowood, Wedding Photographer

Tara Arrowood is a San Francisco-based wedding photographer with over 15 years experience. Skilled at finding the perfect angles and lighting, she captures moments in a photojournalistic style, focusing on emotion, details and the connection between people.

5500 (USD)

Debra Zeller is a San Francisco wedding photographer renowned for her ability to capture couples' personalities and moments in a relaxed, low-pressure atmosphere. She creates a special rapport with her clients to ensure the best possible results.

3000 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang, a former journalist and Associated Press reporter, documents real moments and emotions through documentary and photojournalistic photography. She is passionate about capturing fleeting moments to create timeless memories of our lives.

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2500 (USD)
Adventure weddings and elopement photography by Lauren Lindley

Lauren Lindley - Traveling wedding photographer specializing in capturing unforgettable moments. Enjoys people and gets them to feel comfortable in front of the lens.

Lauren Lindley

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
4200 (USD)
California Couple Portrait Sessions and Wedding Photography by Stephanie Secrest

Stephanie Secrest is a California-based photographer with a Master's in photojournalism from Ohio University, as well as awards from prestigious contests like the Pictures of the Year competition.

Stephanie Secrest

Arroyo Grande in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
3300 (USD)
CA Engagemen, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Tyler Vu

Northern California wedding photographer, Tyler Vu, combines a background in graphics design with a simple philosophy to capture life as it happens. With a keen eye for composition and a focus on capturing meaningful moments, Tyler thrives on immortalizing the details and...

Tyler Vu

San Jose in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
4000 (USD)
Jerome Pollos Self Portrait, a wedding and elopement photographer of the WPJA

Jerome Pollos is a traveling wedding photographer with a background as a photojournalist in the Navy. After capturing a powerful image of a young boy, he discovered his passion for photography and the impact it can have.

Jerome Pollos

Coeur d'Alene in Idaho, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2500 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Kimmi Cranes

Kimmi Cranes is a California and Nevada wedding photographer based in Lake Tahoe. With a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, she has been photographing weddings professionally for a decade.

Kimmi Cranes

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2000 (USD)
Studio Image of Wedding and Elopement Photographer Vinh Vo of 3M Studios LLC

Professional Destination Wedding Photographer: Vinh Vo. Mechanical Engr. & pro-photographer. Captures special moments since 2012. Experienced team of photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and wedding planners at disposal.

Vinh Vo

Rockwall in Texas, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2000 (USD)
BW portrait of Ben Chrisman from Chrisman Studios, a traveling wedding photographer

Ben Chrisman is an international wedding photographer and WPJA's Photographer of the Year in 2007 and first runner-up in 2015. Covering millions of photos and weddings all over the world, Ben is committed to bringing joy to people through his work.

Ben Chrisman

Charleston in South Carolina, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
9500 (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 San Francisco weddings.
1400 (USD)

Maria Newman is a PNW wedding photojournalist with a background in photojournalism. She discovered her love for wedding photography when a friend asked her to photograph her wedding while she was in school.

Maria Newman

Portland in Oregon, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2500 (USD)
California Documentary Wedding and Elopement Photography by Gina Clyne

Gina Clyne, CA wedding photographer, specializes in photojournalistic style imagery. She uses a gentle eye to capture formal portraits that reflect the personalities of couples while also documenting the subtle and profound moments of the day.

Gina Clyne

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2100 (USD)
California wedding photography by Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young is a California coast wedding photographer, with 20 years of experience, a photojournalist background, and an eye for detail. He captures the joy and emotion of each unique wedding day.

Jonathan Young

Palos Verdes Estates in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
5500 (USD)
PNW wedding photography by Sean Flanigan - A Fist Full of Bolts

Sean Flanigan is a Pacific Northwest US-based wedding photographer, bringing his background in photojournalism to capture gritty and unconventional moments. With a start as a regular contributor to the WSJ, he offers a unique perspective in his craft.

Sean Flanigan

Seattle in Washington, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2000 (USD)
Weddings, engagements and elopement photography by Kevin Kienitz

Kevin Kienitz

Aurora in Illinois, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
3000 (USD)
Jason Kaczorowski, Destination Wedding Photography - USA

Jason Kaczorowski is an experienced destination wedding photographer with over 18 years in the field and over 650 weddings captured. He specializes in capturing powerful relationship moments and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Jason Kaczorowski

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
3600 (USD)

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving San Francisco Couples

San Francisco Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

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

A beautiful engagement portrait captures the couple strolling through a serene cypress forest in San Francisco, surrounded by towering trees along a trail
Engaged couple relishing a romantic stroll at the picturesque Palace of Fine Arts in California, San Francisco, kissing tenderly under the golden afternoon sun
Engaged couple embraces the magical twilight in Northern California, near San Francisco, as their photographer beautifully captures their love in a gentle oceanic glow, hand in hand
Engaged couple embraces in a passionate kiss amidst the bustling streets of San Francisco, captured with a slow shutter for a touch of artistic enchantment
A dreamy engagement portrait session in San Francisco, California captures the couple's intimate embrace beneath the majestic archway, from a unique low angle perspective
The engagement portrait captured the couple in San Francisco, showing a sweet hug and their reflection in a picturesque setting
The engaged couple in San Francisco can be seen in their engagement portrait, holding hands tightly as they walk along the rocky beach
In their engagement portrait, the lovely couple from San Francisco can be seen immersed in the light and aroma of a wine bar
The couple's engagement portrait was taken in San Francisco, CA, with a windy atmosphere and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as the picturesque backdrop
A couple in love poses for their engagement portrait in front of the vibrant Cedilla Mural in San Francisco, CA
A couple in a cozy engagement portrait in San Francisco, CA, showcasing their affectionate bond as they sit together on a set of stairs
This engagement portrait was taken at Baker Beach in San Francisco, California. The couple included their first dog, who holds great significance in their lives

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the best San Francisco wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top San Francisco 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 San Francisco photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for San Francisco wedding photographers to showcase their best engagement photography work. These awards are given to photographers who prove that they have an ability to be creative, artistic, and intuitive while working on-location with couples who are newly engaged.
Q: How can couples find top-ranked San Francisco wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the San Francisco photographers you see at the top of your search results page have recently won the most — and the most recent — contest awards. Our contests judge photographers based on their creativity, style, composure, and ability to capture the heart of any couple's story on their wedding day.
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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

Tahoe Bleu Wave Boat wedding image captured out on the water.

Sara and Ted

Photo by Kimmi Cranes

The photos are stunning! You definitely made it so much fun and found the love and joy in all of us! We all had such an amazing time. You are an incredibly special person and your light shines through you. We are lucky to have had you as our photographer.

Eleanor & Dave

Photo by Douglas Despres

Doug you did the most FANTASTIC job! The photos are all so beautiful I can't even make a favorites list because they're all so great. I confess that I even teared up looking at them it was such a happy day and you captured everything. We're so grateful for all your efforts, we really can't imagine having had a different photographer there to share our day with us. Thank you so so much!