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. 

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West Virginia Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of West Virginia, United States

Charleston, Morgantown, Huntington, Wheeling, Parkersburg

West Virginia Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our North America 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 elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!

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June 5th, 2021
Hippensteal's Mountain View Inn | Wedding couple portrait inside of a classic Rolls Royce vehicle

Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small West Virginia 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, city hall, DIY - do it yourself, 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 modern, outdoor, symbolic, 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 West Virginia Couples

4 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Pittsburgh wedding and elopement photography by Erica Dietz of Pennsylvania

...and I am a wedding photojournalist. This means that I specialize in candid (also called documentary style or simply unposed) photography. I enrolled in college as a young artist where I learned how to create and critique art, which would later become the foundation for my photography career. After graduating in 2008, I took an internship as a photojournalist at The Valley News Dispatch--now known as Trib Total Media--where I fell in love with visual storytelling and the year I shot my first wedding. I spent 8 years working for the newspapers—during the week I was shooting assignments full-time and shooting weddings on my weekends. In 2015, I decided to focus 100% of my energy on weddings. I took what I loved most about photojournalism and carried it to my wedding photography. My appreciation for art taught me composition and awareness to light, and the skills I developed as a photojournalist trained me to document candid moments with ease. I combine these elements in fun ways to help you relax in front of the camera and capture your personality, not poses. In addition to beautiful candid (and a few posed) portraits of yourselves, I also look for the little moments to tell the story of your day. Whether that is a photo of your flower girls giggling in the back of the church, detail shots of macaroni art hanging on your fridge from your in-home lifestyle family session, or a candid portrait of yourself with a huge laugh with nose wrinkles from your high school senior session. I reside in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania in Butler County but I am willing to travel to document your milestone event, whatever or wherever it may be. Be sure to check out my blog (linked here) to view my most recent work. Feel free to add me on social media as well! I love getting to know my clients on a personal level. PS: I do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. [Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2900 (USD)
Virginia elopement, wedding photographer and WPJA award winner Andrew Morrell

Mine is a love story, the marriage of art and technology, fused by curiosity and an abiding love of music, and consummated by the giddy discovery of shooting weddings. My professional career began far from cameras, powered by a love of music, as I worked my way through an always upward engagement with NPR. From small member stations to popular national music programs, culminating in a visionary job creating NPR's first satellite news stream for Sirius Satellite Radio, my 20 years in the public radio world was the alchemy of music, journalism, and curiosity that set aflame my next (and current) career of wedding photography. I came to adore the challenge of shooting weddings about a minute and a half after I started nervously shooting my very first one. The responsibility, the excitement, the pure human moments - captivated me from the start. That was 2006, and after 500 weddings, that spark and energy remain. Aside from photography, my other lifelong passion is drumming and music - specifically improvised music. I bring the element of improvisation into all of my weddings and elopements. Using a fresh eye and the surprise of a moment, I like to make genuine, honest and organic moments. When I'm not working, I spend time with my rescue Golden and making music in my studio. [Virginia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Fredericksburg wedding and elopement photography by Jennifer Catron of Virginia

My photography started in an Office Depot Parking lot in Denver Colorado, with a camera that was still in the box, some tri-x film, and a homeless man named Paulie. He took me on a journey that day that gave me a purpose, gave my camera a purpose, and in essence gave me a life. From a CBS documentary that highlighted my two years photographing the homeless in Denver, to working as a freelance photographer with the Denver Post, to getting a job on the Quantico base for ONE day with their newspaper, to photographing 60 weddings a year it has been a ride that most would never believe took place. Photography is my happy place. It's about timing my fingers and eyes to someone else's soul, and about seeing the world in a way that gives it respect, as well as timelessness. It's a superpower to freeze time and take it to a time that it was never supposed to be, but it's a key that unlocks your most prized possession in this world, and that is your memory. I am honored to be a part of so many moments that aren't inherently mine and am incredibly fortunate that they are now memories of my own. [Fredericksburg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (USD)
Pittsburgh wedding photography by Ryan Howard Sigesmund of Pennsylvania

Personally, I love music as one of my main passions outside of photography. I grew up playing percussion in all sorts of different bands ranging from jazz to rock to a classical orchestra and now I’m mostly just exploring new music to stream every day. I ended up going to school for multimedia arts which also included photography and video, and I really found my passion with photography while traveling in Europe in 1994 and then again with friends in 2000, using every roll of film that I brought with me each time. I like to listen to Def Leppard while I edit weddings. My favorite goodies from the cookie table are buckeyes. After focusing on commercial and editorial photography for close to five years, I started documenting weddings in 2004 and made it one of my main focuses by 2005. I enjoy photography and art that's sometimes called "wabi sabi", a Japanese expression that refers to art that aims to record and emphasize the inherent beauty in any given space. This philosophy and method both seek to transcend symbolic and literal ways of seeing. When combining this state-of-mind with visual storytelling, portraits and details can show something. [Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
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