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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Tampa Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Tampa, Florida

St. Petersburg, Clearwater

Tampa 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 Florida Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Tampa 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 courthouse, justice of the peace, 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.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your boutique, outdoor, 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 Tampa Couples

5 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Carrie Pratt is the owner/photographer of Simply Blue Studios in Tampa, Florida.

Hey there, I'm Carrie Pratt, the owner and principal photographer of Simply Blue Studios. I work out of both Tampa Bay, Florida, as well as Bowling Green, Kentucky. My specialty is creative documentary photography, weaving moments into my images that are iconic symbols of the day. With a background in photojournalism, I am a storyteller at heart and have been recognized internationally for my work. I am dedicated to giving couples the best experience, pleasing their loved ones, and bringing a smile to their faces throughout the day. From large country club celebrations to intimate back yard ceremonies, I love telling stories. [Tampa Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (USD)
Tampa wedding photographer Phillippe Diederich - Florida WPJA

I fell in love with photography when I was in my late teens and living in Mexico City. I always saw photography as an art and as a tool for social change. This led me to spend a couple of decades working as a freelance photojournalist covering news and feature assignments for national and international publications. After my son was born, I chose to scale back on travel. I took time off to get an MFA and started teaching at the college level, and lecturing on writing and photography. I have exhibited nationally, published a couple of novels, and I’m currently learning to play the guitar—it’s not easy! I’ve been photographing weddings for over a decade. I shoot only about a dozen weddings each year, which helps me offer a more personal service. I’m always honored by how families welcome me into their lives. I feel a great sense of responsibility to remain unobtrusive while capturing the moments that will become lifelong memories. For me, photographing a wedding is about telling a story, not just of the day itself, but of two people—and two families—coming together. I’m based in Florida’s Gulf Coast and cover weddings from Miami to Tampa at no additional charge. I’m available for destinations weddings in Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond. I’m fluent in Spanish and French. [Tampa Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1900 (USD)
Julie Ambos has devoted herself to moment driven photojournalistic wedding and elopement photography in Key West, Florida.

Julie's fascination with photography started early. Hanging in her family home were two side-by-side portraits: one of her sister, perfectly coiffed and surrounded by carefully arranged stuffed animals; and one of Julie, tangled hair, one sock falling down and struggling to put on a pair of shoes. Julie passed those photos every day until the idea that people and character should be in photographs was as second nature as bee-bopping to ’80s music. Fast-forward fifteen years and you will meet a self-made, successful, award-winning artists who, despite her interest in all visual mediums, has devoted herself exclusively to candid moment driven photojournalistic photography in Key West. Below the bubbly surface that will charm both bride and groom is a serious professional and incredible artists. [Key West Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3450 (USD)
Manhattan elopements and wedding photography by Tim D. Yun, from New York City

When Tim had his first encounter with a DSLR camera he was so fascinated he couldn’t put it away. He soon understood it was so much more than a toy. Not long after, he decided to make his new passion his profession. During the next few years, he received a great deal of training from top photographers, learning what weddings were all about. During this time his eyes opened up to the real meaning of being a wedding photographer. Tim states, “I wanted to document the tears, laughter, excitement, and love between the couple so that when they look back, they can relive the day. My images will tell a story that words cannot describe. I capture moments that will never come back. I learned how to be a true storyteller.” Since then, he has been working hard to make each and every wedding a sparkling and memorable day for decades to come. As a single man, Tim never thought much about anything related to weddings. His perspective of wedding photography changed entirely as soon as he got married. “I started to see people, hear their stories, feel their wedding jitters.” He wanted to tell the story of the day through his photographs. “I realized what a blessing, challenge, and responsibility it was to be a part of the happiest day of a beautiful couple’s life.” Tim feels happiest when he receives letters from the newlyweds saying that the wedding images he has taken were more than they had expected and that they had already framed and hung some of them around their home. “I take it very personally”, he admits, “I treat every wedding as if it was my own. I want all of them to be perfect!” [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
NYC wedding and elopement photography by Kelly Williams

I love what I do. I love telling the story of someone’s love, life, and happiness in one frame. While I started out wanting to be a screenwriter and spent many years toiling away in the financial world, the instantaneous thrill of capturing a memory by simply pressing the shutter button hooked me in 2004 and I have been a visual storyteller ever since with work featured in such publications as Martha Stewart Living and New York Magazine. I’ve lived all over the world and I am from Florida originally, but I’m proud to call New York City home. The vitality of NYC is something I pack into each and every photograph. I’m constantly roaming the streets and subway for new inspiration. So if you see me on the street with camera in hand, stop and say hi. I’d love to show you the city through my lens. [Queens Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
400/hour (USD)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Susan & Tim

Photo by Kelly Williams

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! The photos are spectacular! The 'real time emotion' moments that you captured are amazing....exactly what Tim and I wanted and more. The portrait shots at on Harrison Street are incredible. You have no idea how many times I've said today 'awesome shot'. Thank you for making our day even more special.

Kirsten & João

Photo by Kelly Williams

“We were sooo excited and happy with your beautiful photos! We were impressed with how well you captured us and our connection....And we had such a fun time during the photo shoot and you made us feel very comfortable. Thanks again for helping us capture these memories. We are excited about having you there with us at our wedding.”

Courtney & Warren

Photo by Kelly Williams

We are totally blown away by the photos you took of us for our engagement shoot. Wow!!! Yes, we are very pleased indeed. These were exactly what we were looking for and hoping for. They turned out so good. The different locations, the colors, the different backgrounds and textures were all amazing. You really have an eye for the backdrops too. They all worked so well. The colors all popped, and we are also in focus too, LOL. We cannot believe they turned out so well on such a cold and gloomy day. Thank you again for doing this and staying so positive and enthusiastic and passionate in such miserable weather. Your personality really made it easy for us and helped to energize us. And judging by the excellent quality of your photos, and the superb creativity, style and composition of your photos, we know we definitely made the right choice of wedding photographer and look forward to the wedding knowing that our photos are one less thing we have to worry about because you have that totally under control. Thank you also for the super quick turn-around for the engagement photos. That must have taken you a long time. We really appreciate it and were so motivated by how well they turned out. Courtney for one looked over them all several times. Again, we send you much thanks and congratulations on your wonderful photos.

Julianne & Matt

Photo by Kelly Williams

“Thank you again for everything yesterday. So many people came up to us and commented that you were great to work with, and it was evident how much effort you were putting in to getting the perfect shots. We appreciated that you were not only ready for any photography situation, but also fully prepared for any potential wedding/bridal issues.”