Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - 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!

San Francisco Wedding Photographers

Find Your San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Oakland, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Hayward, Sunnyvale, Concord, Santa Clara, Vallejo

San Francisco Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our San Francisco wedding photographer vendors 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 because of current wedding size restrictions, social distancing, and mask requirements. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

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

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
September 17th, 2021
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Image of The bride as she walks down the aisle
September 16th, 2021
Wedding portrait of the Italy couple as the winds carry the brides gown behind her in the fields
September 13th, 2021
Wedding Venue Photography With sparkling fairy lights serving as a frame for the moment, the bride and groom share a passionate kiss

Elopement Photographers for Small San Francisco 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 fast, DIY - do it yourself, city hall, 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 religious, symbolic, romantic, 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 San Francisco Couples

26 San Francisco Wedding Photographers...

Chris Shum, Life Photographer

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
4500 (USD)
Northern California wedding photography by Drew Bird - Creative Storytelling

Drew Bird

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

Douglas Despres

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

Dennis Viera

in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
3200 (USD)
Edeelin Labra

Edeelin Labra

Vallejo in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2000 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2500 (USD)
California Couple Portrait Sessions and Wedding Photography by Stephanie Secrest

Stephanie Secrest

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

Tyler Vu

San Jose in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
4000 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Kimmi Cranes

Kimmi Cranes

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2000 (USD)
Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio

Leo Do

Fullerton in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2500 (USD)

Shaunte Dittmar

Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
4600 (USD)
Jerome Pollos Self Portrait, a wedding and elopement photographer of the WPJA

Jerome Pollos

Coeur d'Alene in Idaho, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2500 (USD)

Maria Newman

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

Gina Clyne

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
2100 (USD)
Weddings, engagements and elopement photography by Kevin Kienitz

Kevin Kienitz

Aurora in Illinois, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
3000 (USD)
Elopement and wedding photography by Kate Hampson

Kate Hampson

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
4000 (USD)
Studio Image of Wedding Photographer Vinh Vo of 3M Studios LLC

Vinh Vo

Rockwall in Texas, US *Now booking San Francisco weddings.
3000 (USD)

San Francisco Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented San Francisco wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own San Francisco pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the San Francisco Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

Frequently Asked Questions

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: 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: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my San Francisco 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 San Francisco wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND San Francisco WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Sheila & Ascher

Photo by Deborah Coleman

You captured the day in an incredibly special way. Each of your photos was striking, intimate and beautifully composed. Each one told a story. Many of your photos captured emotion and important fleeting moments that were so discreet and could have gone unnoticed to most. This is exactly what we were looking for. Thanks again.

Erin & Jeff

Photo by Deborah Coleman

You did a great job at our wedding! I looked through the proofs with my family last weekend, and everyone commented how perfectly you caught every moment, and how unobtrusive you were.

Stephanie + Nick

Photo by Drew Bird

Hi Drew, The images are amazing!! Absolutely wonderful!! Your images really are a very special way to preserve our memories! The photos that you made around City Hall are gorgeous. It was nice to relax and laugh a little and enjoy the amazing architecture. We also love how you captured artistic candid details at the reception at Stable Cafe. There are so many wonderful moments: like so many conversations, the toasts, the food that was served, and the atmosphere. Thank you so much for your professionalism and good spirits on our wedding day. You were such a pleasure to work with, and are so amazing at your craft. We really enjoyed working with you throughout the day, and you put us at ease while making photos. We really love how you had a stress-free attitude. You really captured the feelings of the day! Thank you so much for all of your help creating lasting memories for us and our friends and family and for being such a significant part of our wedding day and story. We honestly can't thank you enough. Best, Stephanie + Nick