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The Brides Meilleurs photographes de mariage en Amérique

Chaque année, cette liste vise à reconnaître les meilleurs talents de notre industrie. Les photographes dont les images – pleines d’émotion, de composition unique et d’un sentiment général de respect – nous motivent et, franchement, nous arrêtent dans nos traces avec un collectif, woah.

En voulant nommer les meilleurs photographes aux États-Unis pour 2020, une chose s’est démarquée chez tous ceux avec qui nous avons parlé: comment cette industrie, ainsi que les couples touchés par les événements du COVID-19, ont dû repenser à quoi ressemble leur profession dans un monde où nous n’avons pas été autorisés à célébrer comme nous le savons. Et comment, même confrontés à un obstacle qui a littéralement affecté leur gagne-pain, ces professionnels ont pu pivoter avec une grâce durable. Pivot. C’est peut-être aussi le mot de l’année pour les mariages.

Cette année, non seulement ces artistes (documentaires, vraiment) nous ont donné un nouveau niveau de travail impressionnant, mais ils ont également travaillé de manière transparente pour, oui, pivot. Ils ont appris à photographier des couples portant des masques, à voyager et à travailler avec des écrans faciaux et sans deuxième tireur, à trouver l’angle parfait à six pieds de distance et, dans certains cas, à utiliser la photographie par drone (oui, vraiment!) Pour que les invités puissent profiter d’un semblant de une heure de cocktail «normale».

Même ainsi, lorsqu’on leur a demandé de nommer quelle leçon ils ont tirée des circonstances sans précédent de 2020, les 99 photographes de cette liste ont donné une tournure positive à une situation qui n’était souvent pas remplie d’un tel optimisme. Ils ont choisi de se concentrer sur la résilience de leurs clients et collègues artistes de mariage plutôt que de s’attarder sur les défis, ce qui rend ces créatifs encore plus inspirants dans notre livre.

L’amour n’a pas été annulé en 2020, et à en juger par le travail des artistes ci-dessous, non seulement la créativité n’a pas été annulée, mais elle a été amplifiée. Ici, les meilleurs photographes de mariage aux États-Unis dont le travail a continué à nous encourager à une époque où nous avions tous plus que jamais besoin de beauté, d’amour et d’inspiration.

Photo par Aaron Delesie

Aaron Delesie photographie des mariages depuis 2003. Prenant seulement une poignée de mariages par an, l’approche de Delesie est de donner à chaque événement «tout ce que nous avons». Le photographe couvre Los Angeles, New York et Atlanta.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « C’est incroyablement créatif. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Comment pouvez-vous en choisir un seul. Nous aimons tisser ensemble tous ces moments incroyables qui composent un mariage pour raconter une histoire vraiment solide. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Que les gens sont vraiment résilients. »

Tête d’Abby Jiu Photography; Photo par Abby Jiu Photography

Le collectif composé d’Abby Jiu, Lisa Ziesing et Meg Lucks vise à capturer l’histoire individuelle de chaque couple. Le studio de photographie basé à Washington, D.C. associe «l’intentionnalité des beaux-arts à l’œil du documentariste pour le spontané».

Les histoires personnelles sont ce qui pousse le trio à créer de beaux moments. Lorsque le père d’une jeune mariée ne pouvait pas assister à son mariage en raison d’une maladie, ils ont accéléré le processus et ont remis des photos au couple le lendemain matin. « Notre épouse nous a rapporté que c’était la première fois qu’il prenait un stylo sur papier depuis sa maladie et a écrit à sa fille » tu es belle «  », se souvient Jiu. « Ce moment est notre« pourquoi »et a été le parfait rappel de l’importance de notre travail. »

Nous travaillons dans les mariages parce que: «Nous adorons photographier les mariages parce que chaque couple a une vision pour son jour de mariage: il y a une signification personnelle dans chaque détail finement organisé et une histoire unique derrière chaque moment fugace entre des êtres chers.

Notre moment préféré à capturer: « Il y a ce moment, juste après que le couple a marché dans leur allée. Leurs amis et leur famille sont derrière eux avec des sourires sur leurs visages, et le couple est rempli de ce bonheur authentique sur leur visage – se regardant avec ça ‘nous l’avons fait « sourire. Ce moment est toujours notre préféré, et nous en parlons tellement que nous l’avons appelé la » lueur post-nuptiale « . »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: «2020 nous a beaucoup appris, en particulier dans l’industrie du mariage. Nous avons appris en 2020 qu’au cœur de tout cela, la chose la plus importante est l’amour. Pas le nombre d’invités, ni votre robe, ni si la famille est regarder en personne avec des masques ou avec Zoom: le plus important est ce moment avec la personne avec qui vous passez le reste de votre vie. Aussi effrayant que cela ait été, c’est vraiment beau de voir l’amour gagner, encore et encore, et encore .  »

Tête de Kirk Mastin; Photo par Adonye Jaja

Créer un monde merveilleux est en tête de liste des raisons pour lesquelles Adonye Jaja, basé au Colorado, fait ce qu’il fait. «Cet endroit existe entre les lignes et les bons jours, on en voit des aperçus et les meilleurs jours, j’ai un appareil photo», nous dit-il.

Le travail de Jaja vise à raconter des histoires d’amour complexes, photographiquement. «J’ai essayé cela sur moi-même, même si je ne suis pas mariée, mon histoire d’amour est pertinente et peut être magnifiquement photographiée», dit Jaja. « Alors je l’ai fait, j’ai construit une table dont je n’avais que rêvé et j’ai raconté mon histoire d’amour en photo. J’espère faire ça avec tous mes clients. »

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « J’adore l’amour. J’adore créer. Je suis plus moi dans les mariages que partout ailleurs. Je travaille dans les mariages parce que je le dois. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Mon moment préféré se transforme à chaque mariage, c’est quand je remarque quelque chose chez mes clients qui correspond à leur vision du jour. Que ce soit la grâce, la paix ou l’émerveillement, quand je le remarque exprimé visuellement, il y a toujours un moment dans lequel je suis capable de s’intégrer dans un petit carré et de leur montrer pourquoi ils m’ont invité à les rejoindre pour leur journée.  »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: «En 2020, j’ai appris que l’amour conquiert tout. Il s’intègre comme l’eau dans un bateau. Avec tant de restrictions, tant de gens ont trouvé des moyens de s’exprimer mutuellement et c’était beau à voir!»

Tête de Matthew pour Alicia Rinker Photography; Photo par Alicia Rinker

Adoptant une approche éditoriale et photojournaliste de la photographie de mariage, Alicia Rinka capture de belles images émotionnelles et artistiques pour ses clients. Elle est basée dans le Colorado mais dessert Chicago, ainsi que des destinations à travers les États-Unis.

«Immortaliser des secondes d’émotion que nos clients conserveront toute leur vie», raconte-t-elle à propos de sa démarche.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « Je suis tombé amoureux de la capacité de capturer des années d’histoire et des appréciations pour la créativité et les détails réunis pour célébrer une union. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Les photographes apprennent à étudier la pièce et à observer les émotions. J’aime pouvoir capturer des moments qui se produisent en une fraction de seconde. Ces moments reflètent l’amour, l’excitation et l’anticipation des sentiments du couple. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Avoir un mariage intime peut être petit en nombre d’invités et d’une beauté extravagante avec une équipe incroyable! »

Photo par Allan Zepeda

Se connecter non seulement avec ses clients, mais aussi avec leurs familles et invités est ce qui donne à Allan Zepeda, basé à New York, un « accès sans filtre » pour capturer les images les plus intimes et les plus belles, conférant de l’authenticité au produit final.

«J’adore capturer les émotions», dit-il. « Le seul moyen efficace d’y parvenir est de faire en sorte que tout le monde autour de moi se sente sans aucun doute à l’aise. »

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « Capturer ces moments me semble un honneur. Je suis un historien de ces vies individuelles, documentant et préservant avec candeur et authenticité afin de pouvoir les revivre et les raconter dans le futur à travers mes photographies. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Ce sont généralement les moments entre les moments. Ce sont les regards volés entre une mariée et sa grand-mère ou une main serrée pendant la cérémonie. J’adore capturer la véritable essence. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Une petite liste d’invités peut surcharger une pièce d’amour. De plus, les petits mariages détiennent plus de secrets! »

Tête de Laura Murray; Photo par Amanda Crean

Ayant photographié des mariages pendant plus de 13 ans dans 23 pays différents, Amanda Crean, maintenant basée à Napa, en Californie, vise à capturer «des souvenirs dans une approche chic sans effort avec une touche d’irrévérence joyeuse». Ancienne violoniste de concert, Crean utilise ce qui l’a influencée dans son propre travail pour documenter un événement de manière naturelle avec la «meilleure lumière littérale et figurative possible» permettant aux vrais moments de se dérouler, sans interruption.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: «Je suis un extraverti classique qui devient énergique et inspiré par les gens que je côtoie. Je me sens extrêmement chanceux de pouvoir voir certains des moments les plus doux de la vie des gens dans certains des plus beaux décors de la planète. C’est certainement pas perdu sur moi combien je suis chanceux.  »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Facile – quand mes couples sont annoncés nouvellement mariés! »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Cet amour, ces célébrations et cette humanité trouveront un moyen de persister. »

Tête de Sophie Kaye; Photo par Amara Ikeji Photography

Au service des couples de New York et de Chicago depuis 2017, le photographe de mariage d’art Amarachi Ikeji a adoré chaque moment de faire partie du jour du mariage d’un couple. Avec un sens du détail et du design qui l’a presque emmenée dans une carrière dans la mode, Ikeji photographie chaque élément d’un mariage, mettant en place une vitrine de la grande histoire d’amour du couple. «Je crois que chaque histoire d’amour mérite d’être magnifiquement et élégamment capturée», dit-elle.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « J’adore capturer l’amour sous ses nombreuses formes. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « La première danse, c’est souvent un moment tellement joyeux et émouvant entre le couple et leurs invités. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « L’amour vainc vraiment tout, peu importe ce qui se passe dans le monde. »

Tête de Shawn Banks; Photo par Amber Gress Photography

Même si elle est basée à Brooklyn, Amber Gress partage le temps entre les côtes est et ouest – elle est originaire de SoCal après tout. Travaillant avec une petite équipe créative de photographes, Gress cherche à mélanger le photojournalisme et le travail de type éditorial artistique pour finalement créer des images percutantes pour ses clients. «Tout, des portraits, aux natures mortes et aux documentaires, tout vient pour travailler le jour d’un mariage, ce que j’adore», dit-elle.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: «Je travaille dans le domaine des mariages parce que cela me convenait naturellement car je suis familiarisé avec de nombreuses approches différentes, et les mariages combinent vraiment tant de compétences dans ma timonerie.

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Mes moments préférés sont toujours les instants inattendus, les moments intermédiaires où le couple oublie que la caméra est même là. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « J’ai appris que les mariages sont plus spéciaux que jamais. Que se réunir et se réunir avec nos proches en une seule journée est une expérience indélébile qui vaut la peine d’être à nouveau attendue. »

Tête de Bruno Ohara; Photo par Amy & Stuart Photography

Le duo mari et femme Amy et Stuart Bunton possède Amy & Stuart Photography. Tournant à la fois sur film et en numérique, le couple tourne avec ce qu’ils appellent «une direction minimale», dans l’espoir de capturer «de vrais moments sincères ou de belles poses qui reflètent honnêtement nos couples et leurs proches».

Une équipe de longue date dans l’industrie – «Assez longtemps pour en être gênés», plaisantent-ils – les Buntons sont plus fiers d’aimer encore ce qu’ils font, produisant du nouveau travail pour leurs clients après près de deux décennies.

Nous travaillons dans les mariages parce que: « Parce que nous créons des images qui comptent vraiment pour quelqu’un. »

Notre moment préféré à capturer: « Amy est juste avant que la mariée ne marche dans l’allée avec ses proches; le mien est à chaque instant avec une émotion réelle et intense, en particulier à la réception. »

Ce que nous avons appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Les mariages intimes peuvent être tout aussi incroyables que les très grands. »

Photo par Amy Anaiz

Les images d’Amay Anaiz, basée à New York, sont rapidement devenues les favorites de notre équipe. Avec un œil raffiné et une attention aux détails, elle crée de belles œuvres qui se sentent intimes et éditoriales tout en capturant l’émotion et la personnalité d’un jour de mariage.

Connue comme une «experte en photographie de toutes les nuances de peau mélanée et en capturant les émotions de mes clientes de manière authentique», Anaiz est très fière de diriger son équipe, un groupe de cinq femmes composé exclusivement de femmes. «Je pense que notre diversité unique et notre façon de penser / voir est ce qui rend le produit final si spécial», dit-elle.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « Parce que chaque jour de mariage est une expérience unique. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « La cérémonie est toujours ma partie préférée d’un mariage parce que c’est le véritable » acte « de se marier. C’est spécial pour moi parce que c’est plus que le couple qui devient » un « mais la fusion de deux familles ensemble. Une de mes cérémonies préférées J’ai jamais vu une mariée catholique nigériane-américaine et un marié juif américain. Ils ont parfaitement intégré les traditions culturelles et religieuses respectives qui étaient importantes pour eux en tant que couple. La famille de la mariée portait des vêtements traditionnels du Nigéria alors qu’ils dansaient dans l’allée, ils étaient mariés à la fois par un rabbin et un pasteur sous une houppa et avaient une ketubah personnalisée signée qui incorporait à la fois leurs croyances religieuses fusionnées. Cette cérémonie était un véritable témoignage de deux familles qui étaient si différentes fusionnant de manière transparente, et en témoigner était vraiment un honneur. Vous pourriez littéralement ressentir l’amour.  »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Les couples ont été obligés de réévaluer qui et quelles composantes du mariage n’étaient pas négociables. Les mariages en 2020 étaient davantage une célébration de l’union / amour du couple par rapport aux paillettes et au glamour. »

Tête d’Andrew Matusik; Photo par Anée Atelier

Avec une expérience combinée de 17 ans dans l’industrie et une formation dans l’édition de mode, les meilleures amies Gina Esposito et Sheena Meekins ont construit Anée Atelier «sur une base de jeu créatif». «Nous croyons en la création d’images qui transmettent un sentiment d’énergie cinétique, de gravité et de style», nous a dit le duo.

L’œil aventureux de l’équipe leur permet de capturer chaque instant avec un mélange de photojournalisme et de portrait romantique. «Par-dessus tout, nous adoptons une approche intuitive de chaque couple et événement que nous photographions; avec une compréhension délicate que le processus est tout aussi important que le produit final», ont-ils ajouté. Anée Atelier est basé à New York.

Nous travaillons dans les mariages parce que: « C’est une occasion unique de créer de l’art à partir d’une expérience incroyablement intime et authentique – c’est raconter une histoire à la fois par la poésie et la prose. »

Notre moment préféré à capturer: « En tant que photographes, nous passons un week-end de mariage entier à collectionner des images qui tentent de capturer toute la gamme des personnalités aux multiples facettes de la mariée ou du marié. Mais jusqu’à ce que le rythme tombe sur la chanson préférée d’un couple et qu’ils se soient abandonnés sur la piste de danse, ou dans un autre moment de célébration effrénée, vous n’avez pas encore vu une partie de qui ils sont vraiment. Après des mois ou parfois des années de planification méticuleuse, ce moment très important d’abandon joyeux est notre favori absolu.  »

Ce que nous avons appris sur les mariages en 2020: «Que nos couples sont tout aussi imaginatifs que les professionnels qui composent cette industrie inventive. Ils ont accepté les défis présentés par 2020 et redéfini les éléments« nécessaires »d’un mariage avec une audace sans vergogne qui a fait des célébrations de cette année l’une des plus concentrées des doses de créativité que nous n’avons jamais vues. »

Photo par Angela Lauren

Croyez-le ou non, Angela Lauren, basée à Houston, a décidé de devenir vétérinaire après avoir obtenu un baccalauréat en biologie de l’Université Howard. Après avoir lancé une chaîne YouTube et acheté un appareil photo, elle est tombée amoureuse de la photographie. «Je suis la plus grande fan de l’amour, alors capturer les mariages est devenu ma passion», dit Lauren. « Ce sont des souvenirs qui dureront pendant les générations à venir. »

Son secret pour obtenir les meilleures photos est de toujours mettre un couple à l’aise pour que sa personnalité transparaisse, même en faisant des blagues, en chantant ou en organisant une petite soirée dansante au moment de prendre des photos. «Les mariages, pour moi, sont des célébrations majeures et j’aime m’assurer que mes couples peuvent se détendre et profiter de chaque instant», dit-elle.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « Je travaille pour les mariages parce que j’aime encapsuler des émotions et des souvenirs qui n’ont pas de prix pour les gens. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Mon moment préféré lors d’un mariage est toute sorte de révélation. J’adore quand les couples font leurs premiers regards. Que ce soit avec un fiancé, un parent ou la fête de mariage; une révélation est capitale et un souvenir spécial à regarder en arrière et revivre. »

Ce que nous avons appris sur les mariages en 2020: « 2020 a mis beaucoup de choses en perspective cette année. J’ai appris que l’amour vainc vraiment tout. Même au milieu d’une pandémie où les grands mariages ont dû être réduits, reportés ou même annulés; je pense que les gens ont tenu l’un à l’autre un peu plus serré, est devenu un peu plus doux, et a aimé un peu plus fort parce qu’avoir un mariage 2020 n’a pas été un exploit facile et tout n’est pas promis.  »

Photo par Avonné Photography

Avonné Stalling photographie des mariages depuis une décennie. Elle attribue avoir appris à connaître les personnes qu’elle photographie en l’aidant à capturer leur véritable essence. «Je suis obsédée par les émotions brutes et sans influence et c’est quelque chose qui est un élément essentiel de mon approche des mariages», dit-elle. Sa devise est: « en chacun je vois la beauté, et en tout il y a de l’art ».

Basée à Charlotte, en Caroline du Nord, Stalling photographie les mariages et les fugues à destination du monde entier.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « C’est un événement dans nos vies qui apporte un pur bonheur. Tous les participants sont collectivement heureux, il y a de l’amour présent, à la fois nouveau et ancien, et c’est un jour que les gens regardent toujours en arrière. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Les candids sont les meilleurs pour moi, ces moments où les invités et la famille voient la mariée pour la première fois, ou ces câlins après la [couple] est annoncé comme [just married].  »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Les mariages ne concernent qu’une chose: l’AMOUR. S’il y a une chose que 2020 m’a appris, et à mes couples, cette année, c’est que rien n’est plus important que l’amour que vous avez l’un pour l’autre. 2020 a changé les priorités partout dans le monde pour les mariages, mais à la fin, quand tout est dit et fait, l’événement le plus important qui s’est produit est que deux sont devenus un.  »

Heashot de Ticia Miller; Photo de Barbarah Perttula

Le voyage de Barbarah Pertulla dans la photographie de mariage est une histoire émouvante en soi. Adoptée à 12 ans avec ses deux frères, Perttula a quitté Haïti et a déménagé dans le nord de l’État de New York la veille de Noël 2006. Commencer une nouvelle vie dans un nouveau pays l’a encouragée à remarquer les beaux paysages alentour, et ses parents adoptifs l’ont remarqué et lui ont fait sa première caméra de visée (et plus tard une caméra vidéo). Ce n’est qu’à Noël 2015, lorsque son mari lui a offert un appareil photo professionnel, qu’elle a fait un saut dans la photographie de mariage en tant qu’entreprise. « Je me souviens être restée debout tard cette nuit-là à prendre des photos autour de notre appartement et à plonger dans des didacticiels YouTube, tellement excitée de découvrir mon nouvel appareil photo. Avance rapide jusqu’à maintenant, je suis une photographe de mariage / fugue et de style de vie », dit-elle.

Avec une approche documentaire du tournage de mariages, Perttula aime devenir observateur et laisser un moment se dérouler naturellement le jour du mariage. «C’est un bel équilibre, ça change en fonction de chaque couple, mariage, ou moment», dit-elle. Elle aime connaître un couple et leur histoire avant de tourner pour capter leur énergie. Perttulla est basée à Knoxville, Maryland.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « Je veux que mes couples se souviennent de ce que j’ai ressenti et parce que dans 10 ou 20 ans, je veux qu’ils regardent en arrière et se souviennent de ce qui compte vraiment, à savoir nos relations avec nos proches. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Je me surprends toujours à retenir mes larmes pendant les discours et les toasts le jour d’un mariage. Il y a quelque chose de si émouvant d’entendre les pensées et le testament des autres sur un couple. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Voir un si grand nombre de mes couples devant prendre la décision difficile de réduire la taille de leurs mariages ou de s’enfuir a vraiment illustré ce qui compte vraiment dans les mariages – c’est la célébration de l’amour, même au milieu d’une pandémie, ce n’est pas la taille du mariage, l’emplacement ou le budget de la décoration.  »

Tête de Dorothee Annabel; Photo par Belathée Photography

Dorothée et Annabel de Belathée Photography travaillent à créer un environnement confortable «devant la caméra pour que la joie, l’excitation et la beauté de l’événement transparaissent». Avec un mélange de portraits, de beaux-arts et d’images de style de vie, le travail du duo est souvent décrit comme personnalisable, tout en mélangeant artistique et classique. Basés à New York et à Seattle, ils ont organisé des mariages dans plus de 22 pays.

Nous travaillons dans les mariages parce que: «Nous pouvons créer des souvenirs pour« les gens ordinaires »… les faire se sentir spéciaux et beaux. C’est un travail très gratifiant et nous avons eu de nombreux clients qui sont devenus amis au fil des ans.»

Notre moment préféré à capturer: « Il y en a vraiment tellement, mais nous aimons vraiment l’énergie et le sentiment festif du couple et de leurs invités sur la piste de danse – c’est toujours stimulant et amusant à capturer. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Nous avons découvert que l’amour n’était pas annulé. » D’après notre expérience, beaucoup de couples étaient flexibles et adaptables, mais dans l’ensemble, ce fut une année très difficile pour notre industrie. Nous espérons que 2021 ramènera un sentiment de normalité et de nombreuses célébrations en toute sécurité.  »

Photo de Cameron Clark

Cameron Clark traite le mariage de chaque client comme si elle documentait sa propre famille. Appelant Flagstaff, Arizona, à la maison, Clark se dit une aventurière et une amoureuse créative de la famille et de l’humour. Alors qu’elle est basée en Arizona, Clark travaille aussi bien sur les mariages à destination que sur les fugues. «J’ai été embauché pour photographier un tour guidé en VTT de cinq jours dans les Alpes du Colorado cet été. J’ai été photographe et cycliste de montagne toute ma vie d’adulte, mais je n’ai jamais épousé les deux avant cet été et ce fut une évasion et une aventure glorieuses». Dit Clark.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: «J’aime les mariages parce que vous avez la possibilité de capturer la beauté au milieu du chaos. Avec les mariages, vous avez une chance de bien faire les choses et j’aime la spontanéité et le rythme rapide de la journée.

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Les mariages ont des éléments prévisibles, donc mes moments préférés sont imprévus, non posés et inattendus. Si je peux fournir des images qui permettent à mes clients de revivre la journée, je suis heureux. J’aime me concentrer sur le couple pendant les transitions, recevoir des toasts ou faire la fête sur la piste de danse. J’apprécie toutes les photos qui révèlent leur personnalité.  »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: «2020 m’a appris que le désir de commencer une vie avec quelqu’un d’autre triomphera toujours de toute circonstance. J’ai été ravi de voir mes clients pivoter avec grâce au milieu de cette situation précaire et sans précédent. Il était difficile de décider d’une voie claire, mais l’amour a trouvé un J’ai pris des décisions commerciales avec le cœur cette année et j’ai soutenu mes couples.2020 a renforcé à quel point je suis incroyablement reconnaissant de travailler avec de fabuleux organisateurs de mariages, dont la plupart ont passé la moitié de l’année à travailler dur pour «  faire les choses correctement  » pour nos clients. Sans leurs efforts, mon travail aurait été dix fois plus difficile.  »

Tête d’Ashley Merritt; Photo de Carrie Patterson

Il est naturel que Jackson Hole, Wyoming, la photographe Carrie Patterson soit attirée par la beauté de la nature et des paysages spectaculaires. Patterson a photographié des mariages dans certains des décors les plus spectaculaires du monde (ci-dessus!), Et ses compétences techniques associées à un œil intuitif rendent chaque projet honnête et authentique. «J’incarne une vénération pour les incontrôlés et je suis attaché à des images authentiques qui établissent une nouvelle norme», déclare Patterson.

Patterson collabore fréquemment avec les meilleurs organisateurs de mariages et apporte à ses clients une approche visionnaire, créative et raffinée de la photographie.

je Travaillez dans les mariages parce que: « Je suis passionné par la création d’images riches en émotions non filtrées qui résistent à l’épreuve du temps. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Tous! Je recherche la beauté qui se trouve autour du virage et l’émotion cachée en un instant. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: «Avant tout, j’ai appris que la flexibilité et le respect étaient la clé de mon intégrité. La situation de chaque client était unique. Choisir de gérer chaque scénario de report au cas par cas a été un tournant décisif. Plutôt que de se laisser entraîner par une annulation et une modification de réservation. honoraires, j’ai fourni à chacun de mes clients un niveau élevé de soins et de préoccupation en respectant et en tenant compte de leurs besoins uniques.  »

Photo par Charla Storey

L’approche de Charla Storey en matière de mariage lui permet de faire en sorte que toutes les personnes avec lesquelles elle travaille se sentent la personne la plus importante de la pièce. Garder à l’esprit l’histoire d’amour personnelle de chaque client lui permet de capturer des détails délibérés et de faire de la place pour que les photos émotionnelles transparaissent, le tout dans un environnement sans stress. «Se voir confier la confiance de mes clients et d’équipes incroyablement talentueuses pour présenter leurs événements dans le monde entier et bâtir une communauté de photographes», voilà ce dont Storey compte comme l’une des choses dont elle est la plus fière dans sa carrière.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « C’est joyeux, rapide et addictif! »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Au moment où les jeunes mariés redescendent l’allée! Après le baiser, vous pouvez voir leurs épaules tomber et chaque pas de la marche arrière est main dans la main, souriant d’une oreille à l’autre, sans souci au monde. C’est le moment le plus pur de joie! »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Les moments comptent toujours! Les mariages intimes ont autant d’émotion, de moments et de joie qu’un grand mariage! »

Photo par les photographes de Chaz Cruz

Chaz Cruz, basé à Brooklyn, photographie des mariages depuis près de 14 ans, et la seule constante de cette époque a «gardé mon approche légère et amusante», dit-il. « J’aime imaginer des portraits de mariage ainsi que créer des situations et des montages d’éclairage. Je vois mes couples comme des modèles avec de grandes histoires d’amour. »

Adoptant une approche intime et éditoriale de sa photographie, Cruz traite chaque couple comme «des modèles avec de grandes histoires d’amour». Capturer les « personnalités d’un couple à un tee » est son but ultime.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « C’est le point culminant de tous les hauts et des bas qui ont conduit jusqu’à un jour. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « L’heure du portrait est toujours ma préférée. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « J’ai appris en 2020 qu’un mariage est toujours et a toujours été, l’amour entre deux personnes. Peu importe comment les gens sont là pour assister ou quel type de célébration vous avez, un mariage est une expression extérieure de l’amour entre vous et votre partenaire et vous pouvez le montrer comme bon vous semble.  »

Tête d’Erika Layne; Photo de Chi-Chi Ari

À l’origine, Chi-Chi Onungwa avait les yeux rivés sur une carrière de créatrice de mode pour femmes. Avec un diplôme de la Parsons School of Design et des années dans l’industrie de la mode, Onungwa a orienté sa carrière pour poursuivre la photographie à plein temps. Et nous en sommes tous plus chanceux! Avec une esthétique qu’elle décrit comme «naturelle, honnête et sans prétention», Onungwa documente l’ambiance unique de chaque mariage tout en étant discrète et sincère.

«L’objectif est simple: créer des images intemporelles et percutantes», dit-elle. « Ma priorité numéro un est de m’assurer que chaque couple se sent bien le jour de son mariage, ce qui se traduit par une photographie authentique et percutante. »

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « C’est un honneur absolu de documenter un moment de l’histoire qui sera transmis à plusieurs générations. La photographie de mariage est une œuvre d’art personnelle et historique qui unit les gens comme aucun autre médium. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: «J’adore l’ambiance et l’énergie des réceptions. À ce stade du mariage, le couple est plus détendu et il est prêt à célébrer le moment avec ses amis et sa famille. Je m’assure de photographier avec précision quelques portraits pendant la réception. dépeignez le moment.  »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « Les couples sont extrêmement résilients! Lorsqu’un grand mariage magnifique est idéal, les couples sont prêts à renoncer à leur » mariage de rêve « et sont plus concentrés sur le mariage avec celui qu’ils aiment, même face à une pandémie mondiale. »

Photo de Christian Oth

Christian Oth est un photographe basé à New York qui travaille dans le secteur depuis près de 20 ans. À cette époque, il a capturé des mariages partout dans le monde d’une manière toujours fraîche et raffinée. Son secret? Il aborde chaque mariage sans attente et se concentre plutôt sur les moments non conventionnels et émotionnels.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « Travailler dans les mariages a été une expérience incroyable. J’ai rencontré beaucoup de gens merveilleux dans le monde entier. »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: « Il y a tellement de belles opportunités pour capturer des moments merveilleux, mais les plus précieuses sont pendant la phase de préparation et le premier regard. »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: « 2020 a été l’année où nous sommes tous retournés » aux sources « et avons réappris à nous soucier de ce qu’est un mariage. »

Photo de Corbin Gurkin

Au cours des 19 dernières années de tournage de mariages à travers le monde, Corbin Gurkin est devenue reconnue dans l’industrie à la fois pour son attention aux détails et pour la façon dont elle capture les moments émotionnels. Elle a même récemment photographié Mariage de Sophie Turner et Joe Jonas l’été dernier en Provence.

Elle attribue sa carrière réussie à son approche lâche avec des photos. «Le confort et l’authenticité lorsqu’ils capturent l’héritage d’un couple se sentent vraiment essentiels au processus. Ma dernière série de photographies est un mélange de compositions éditoriales spontanées et de style de vie et plus que tout, je veux que mes clients se sentent soutenus tout au long du processus.

Je travaille dans les mariages parce que: « Je me sens complètement câblé par eux et toujours inspiré par les mariages toutes ces années plus tard. J’adore la dynamique familiale, le rituel, la joie quand tu as dit au revoir à la fin de la soirée, la gratitude.  »

Mon moment préféré à capturer: «L’amant de mode en moi apprécie vraiment le moment du portrait de mariée ou de marié. C’est le moment où j’arrive à établir une véritable relation artiste-sujet avec mon client et j’aime voir la confiance se révéler quand quelqu’un se sent le plus beau. Styler un voile pour que la lumière se fraye un chemin ou orienter un sujet vers le bon décor, c’est comme si c’était un domaine où mon propre art peut vraiment transparaître.  »

Ce que j’ai appris sur les mariages en 2020: «J’ai appris que photographier un mariage avec dix invités dans l’arrière-cour d’une famille a autant de sens qu’un mariage de 300 personnes dans une grande salle – ce n’est pas la taille de l’événement mais le fait d’honorer cet amour et cette connexion les uns aux autres. Je me sens le plus ému à capturer. Et cette année, en particulier, j’ai eu le sentiment supplémentaire que nous sommes ensemble et cela m’a rendu encore plus proche de mes clients. Les micro-mariages pourraient bien être mon nouveau style d’événement préféré.  »

Tête de Jules Slutsky; Photo par Edward Winter

Edward Winter sait à quel point le jour du mariage de quelqu’un est spécial et la façon dont il capture tout de l’environnement, la mode, l’éclairage et les émotions le prouve. “My approach to photography is born out of a genuine sense of curiosity for the people I photograph and the moments that shape their lives, » he says.

The Brooklyn native has been capturing these intimate moments for seven years now, but it wasn’t until 2020 that he was challenged to do it in such a unique way. During the pandemic, he photographed his first Zoom wedding and relied entirely on screen-grabs to do so. The results showed him two things: there are infinite ways to capture a wedding day and that love always prevails!

I Work in Weddings Because: « Weddings give me an intimate window to people on one of the most emotionally saturated days of their lives. As a photographer, I’m always looking for ways to connect with people through images, and there are infinite possibilities to be revealed on a wedding day. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Personal vow readings during the ceremony. Vows are the emotional nucleus of the wedding and the reactions are priceless. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Love prevails! »

Photo by Elizabeth Austin

Atlanta-based photographer Elizabeth Austin-Davis launched her business in 2015, and five years later she still loves the honor of being a part of the happiest day in a couple’s life. Her passion for her job shines through her work and she credits her recognition as a top wedding photographer to the way she captures love in such an artistic way. One thing that helps set her work apart from others is the way she thinks about wedding photos as she shoots them. “My images are so much more than photos these are family memories that really mean a lot.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love to be apart of people’s happy times. It makes me happy to go to work and I wouldn’t do anything else. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The first kiss and the couple walking out—their smiles are everything!! »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « 2020 reinforced the importance of my job as a wedding photographer. My images are so much more than photos, these are family memories that really mean a lot. »

Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Elizabeth Messina considers wedding photos to be family heirlooms that will be passed down from generation to generation. So, for the last 20 years, she’s been approaching her wedding photography with a thoughtful eye. She takes as much pride in capturing spontaneous, emotional moments as she does taking styled detail shots because she knows they’re equally important to tell the visual story of a couple’s wedding day.

What’s so beautiful is how she takes the same approach whether she’s shooting a large celebration or a small elopement. “This summer I had the pleasure of capturing Laura and Dennis Quaid’s elopement. There were no guests, but the day was full of love, laughter, and tears. Their elopement made me realize there are meaning and beauty no matter how big or small a celebration. I went home that evening with a full heart and a deeper appreciation for my journey as a photographer.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « Love matters. Family matters. Now more than ever I think we are collectively more aware of how much the ones we love matter. As such, capturing that love, especially during these strange times feels like such an incredible honor. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I love to capture the affection between newlyweds and the happiness of their families. There are so much tenderness, joy and genuine emotion amidst the formalities. No two couples are alike, just as no two families are alike, so each wedding unfolds like a unique flower. I strive to capture the genuine emotion each couple has for each other, as well as the happiness of those they are celebrating with.  »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Although the size and scope of weddings have changed this year, the powerful emotions remain intact. In terms of my business, I love the way my photography work is evolving. I am capturing more elopements, bridal portraits, pregnancies, and newborns. I do miss the energy of larger celebrations, but I have found great joy in honoring love and beauty in smaller more intimate moments. »

Headshot by Emilia Schobeiri; Photo by Emilia Jane Photography

Emilia Schobeiri might be a professional wedding photographer, but her approach is to capture a couple’s special moments through the lens of an invisible loved one. “This childhood hobby became a business eleven years ago and now you’ll find me floating through wedding days all over the world like a friendly long-lost cousin.” The Chicago-based photographer loves adjusting the little details to make a photo look perfect, but she also loves standing back to capture the raw emotions that make a wedding day so special. At the end of the day when she’s piecing the moments together, her ultimate goal is to show “how the day really felt for years and generations to come.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love being a tiny piece in a beautiful puzzle of how older and younger generations will learn about and remember the formation of their families. It’s such a beautiful gift. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The first few minutes after the ceremony is complete and the couple is married, they are overjoyed and so relaxed. If I can steal them away for a minute or two in some good light, the photos promise to be magic. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I have always loved intimate weddings as much as the epic celebrations I typically find myself photographing. It has been such a joy this year to be able to truly join my clients along with only their closest family members to be there for their most special days. »

Photo by Eric Kelley

Virginia-based photographer Eric Kelley has a background in fine art photography and photojournalism, so it’s no surprise that his wedding photos always look like a work of art. Still, he knows that there’s so much more to a wedding than just styled photos, which is why he also makes sure to follow his intuition when he has his camera in his hand. As an established photographer of 15 years, he knows exactly how to turn the most important wedding moments into photos that couples will cherish forever.

I Work in Weddings Because: « It’s one of the most joyful days in our lives. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « My favorite moment on a wedding day are those few minutes right after a ceremony when I am photographing couples without any other cares in the world. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « The most important thing I learned about weddings in 2020 was that the size, the number of people, and the scope of a wedding is not important. I had numerous weddings ranging from 3 to 25 guests. »

Photo by Eric McVey

In the last 12 years, Erich McVey has shot weddings all across the globe, and just like it sounds, he considers himself to have “the best job in the world.”

But no matter if he’s shooting in Oregon, where he’s based, or at a destination wedding, his approach to photography is always the same: to bring out the unique beauty and personality of each couple he works with through film and digital images. “I want my clients to look back on their photos 50 years from now and still be able to feel that special moment in time, » he adds.

McVey’s passion for wedding photography has even inspired him to create an online course that teaches upcoming photographers everything he’s learned. “It may be cliché, but the phrase ‘A rising tide lifts all boats’ is true. I know I wouldn’t be the photographer I am today without mentors in my own career, and I love that I get to help other photographers who may be new to the industry or looking to pivot in their career.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « When my wife, Amy, and I got married, we created a gallery wall in our home showcasing the weddings of our parents and grandparents—my favorite is a B&W film photo of her 94-year-old grandparents cutting their wedding cake on their big day. Those photos are some of our most cherished possessions, and I love that I get to help my clients create images that their families can love and cherish for generations to come. I can’t imagine doing anything else. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I really enjoy my time shooting portraits with the couple after the ceremony or at sunset. This is often the couple’s best chance to take a quiet few moments together and revel in their newlywed joy. It’s also my best opportunity to work with beautiful light and get creative. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « One of the most profound things I’ve witnessed in 2020 is the immeasurable value of community. So many couples who had weddings planned for 2020 have had to make difficult decisions. Rescheduling, making backup plans A, B, and C, and then throwing it all out when things need to change once again. One thing that has remained at the forefront of all my client’s planning and rescheduling discussions has been who will be there to celebrate with them. It’s been a great reminder that while beautiful portraits of the couple are important, it is just as important to capture those candid moments of guests at cocktail hour, of grandparents dancing during the reception, of the college friends embracing the bride in a congratulatory group hug. Community matters and 2020 has inspired me to recommit to creating photographic keepsakes celebrating each couple’s community as part of their wedding-day story. »

Photo by Erika Layne

Erika Layne is no stranger to the wedding photography business. In fact, she’s been happily capturing the unity between two people for an entire decade. Still, after shooting countless weddings, there’s one thing she will never take for granted: the honor of capturing the love story of so many diverse couples. She credits attracting such a diverse group of clients to her hands-off photography approach that allows her to show the special connection between two people in a natural and beautiful way. “The best gift my clients could give me is to be themselves.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « I believe in connection and unity. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I love the time I get to spend with just the couple. Not only is it a calm quiet moment for me to slow down and think more creatively, but more importantly, it’s a quiet moment for the couple to soak in each other and what this day means to them. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « It confirmed my love of small intimate weddings and the importance of boiling things down to the simple elements. Each couple gets to decide what is most important for their unique circumstances and embrace the freedom of flexibility. »

Headshot by Ryan Browne; Photo by Forged in the North

Ryan Browne is the talented Brooklyn-based photographer behind the well-known collective, Forged in the North. In the last seven years, he’s built a team of wedding photographers and cinematographers who all love getting to capture a couple’s most special moments…and that have all gone on to be recognized as some of the best in the industry, too! What sets Forged in the North apart from other photographers (while simultaneously bringing those within the collective together), is their focus on the spontaneous, heartfelt moments that make each wedding day unique. “We are a club of like-minded artists all cut from the same creative cloth.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « We get to spend the best day of peoples’ lives with them. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « If I had to narrow it down, portraits of the couple and anything spontaneous and heart-felt that happens throughout the day. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « All the bells and whistles that come along with weddings are completely secondary to the real reason people have them at all—to celebrate and honor the love of two people. »

Photo by Gaby J Photography

Nothing inspires Las Vegas-based photographer Gaby J more than love. After 10 years, she still brings a certain excitement that shines through her work when she captures the “gentleness, luminous, and meaningful love” between two people on their wedding day.

Her passion for wedding photography has even inspired her to think beyond the typical wedding moments. She now has started offering bridal boudoir sessions on polaroid film, too! “I utilize boudoir photography as a way to empower women, promote body-positivity, and cultivate self-esteem.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because I love capturing raw emotions between a couple! »

Favorite Moment to Capture: « My favorite moment to capture at a wedding is when the couple runs down the aisle after saying their I dos! There’s an emotional high and relief followed by tears and laughter that just doesn’t happen any other time throughout the day. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I live in Las Vegas where elopements (aka micro weddings) started years ago. I think more couples are starting to realize they don’t need a fully packed wedding to get married! Elopements are just as meaningful. »

Photo by Hannah Costello

Hannah Costello started her wedding career with a bang by capturing Whitney Port and Tim Rosenman’s special day five years ago. Since then, the Los Angeles/Palm Springs-based photographer has gone on to refine her style to be what it is today: modern yet timeless. “I strive to highlight the in-between moments, personalities, and a couples’ unique dynamic, all with a high fashion vibe.”

This specific style has gained her huge popularity in the industry and she’s even recently expanded her team. She credits her success to always keeping an open mind when it comes to capturing each couple’s big day, especially because each relationship is so different. “The light and the environment are key influences, but more than anything, people are my inspiration. I have a background in Social Work and a deep passion for people, their stories, and who they are connected to on a soul level.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « Weddings are one of the most treasured life events. I strive to document stories and people’s best versions of themselves from a day that will go down in history. I want people to remember these moments and be able to relive them, forever. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The moment after the recessional when the couple is away from everyone else! The emotions are running high now that it’s “official” and there’s so much excitement, relief, and pure joy. It’s a sweet moment before joining the party, and everything sets in. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « People are looking forward to weddings more than ever. They’re more cherished than ever. I love that my couples are focused on what they truly desire and want, pivoting gracefully with open minds and making it work for them and their loved ones. Weddings and celebrations will always be a part of life and are necessary, whatever way they take shape. »

Photo by Harwell Photography

Jeremy Harwell finds inspiration in many places— »love, art, different cultures, great food, and faraway places. » The New Yorker-turned-Georgia countryside resident is no stranger to creativity, having spent eight years as creative director for Ralph Lauren’s New York stores, and working as a photojournalist. His style is a mix of all of these creative endeavors. « As Tennyson said in Ulysses, ‘I am a part of all I have met,' » Harwell says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I absolutely love what I do! To be able to capture two people at one of the happiest times in their life, people who have found one another and chosen to spend the rest of their lives together, awesome! To have the opportunity to be a small part of their journey, and experience their love for each other is truly magic. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The moment after a [couple] leaves their ceremony, there is so much joy, relief, and excitement. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I believe the pandemic has refined my vision of what is most important in capturing weddings and that is the beauty of love, friendship, commitment, and the humanity that bind us all together. »

Photo by Heather Jowett

Heather Jowett’s approach to her clients—she makes offering the best possible service one of the biggest priorities in her business—has landed her at the top of her field, and also as an educator on customer service around the globe.

Based in Detroit, Jowett loves to find the « moments, beautiful and candid, big and small » that define a couple’s love story. « My favorite photographs are of the honest in-between moments that really tell the story of a couple, » she says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love to be surprised. No two days at work are ever the same for me. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Toasts, hands down. They’re the ideal « box of chocolate » moment, you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re sweet, sometimes they’re earnest. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « From a business standpoint, I’ve always prided myself on being able to roll with the punches and be flexible, but 2020 has really hammered the importance of that home for me. On a personal level, I grew tremendously in my respect for my couples who faced the challenges presented to them by a global pandemic with surprisingly good spirits. I also learned to never take being able to gather with those you love for granted because it’s not guaranteed. »

Photo by Heather Waraksa

Brooklyn-based Heather Waraksa has been capturing weddings with a natural approach for over 15 years. « With each wedding, there is some pre-visualization when it comes to capturing portraiture, location, and details but otherwise I prefer to let the moments unfold naturally and without direction, » she says. She ultimately wants the images to show heart, and stand the test of time.

I Wor in Weddings Because: « I was hooked the first time I shot a wedding for a friend in the Turks and Caicos. It’s fun, thrilling, challenging, and emotional all rolled into one. I love the human connection and love fest, being surrounded by beauty, working with incredibly talented vendors, being whisked away to far off places and every weekend completely immersing myself into a place and time that I would otherwise not have access to. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The recessional where everyone is celebratory always leads to an album-worthy moment. That never gets old for me. And then there’s the less expected, surprise, and nuanced moments that are most rewarding to capture—the story within the story. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I’m amazed at the resilience of couples right now and how they’ve been able to see the silver lining given the unique times we’re in. There’s been a lot of reevaluation and perhaps the need to reimagine how to say I-do. This has been an invitation for couples to focus on the elements that are a priority to them and the opportunity to get creative with location, format, and fashion. »

Headshot by Dana Curran; Photo by Henry + Mac

Husband-and-wife team Dana and Zak Curran have been photographing weddings in New England for more than ten years. Boasting a relaxed and intuitive approach to documenting a wedding day, the couple’s work shows real emotion— »big heartfelt hugs, quiet loving glances, and belly laughs. » « The stories we are able to tell through each photo, we hope, become family heirlooms for many generations to come, » they tell us.

We Work in Weddings Because: « There is something so powerful in creating work that could literally outlive us. Photographs tell our stories, shift narratives, and are the only thing left representing us at the end of the day. Our responsibility as photographers is to create space for our subjects to be vulnerable and leave a bit of their true selves in the image. »

Our Favorite Moment to Capture: « Grandpas. »

What We Learned About Weddings in 2020: « The future has always been uncertain, live for today. »

Photo by Morgan Olsen/In Frames Photography

Morgan Olsen started In Frames Photography six years ago with a simple approach to weddings. « I remind myself that it’s an honor to be witnessing someone’s unconditional love and then I let the day flow, » Olsen says. The Utah-based creative calls herself a world-traveling wedding photographer. « I’m not your typical wedding photographer, » she tells us. « I’m someone who truly invests in my couples and becomes their friend because I want my work to reflect honest moments with a little bit of spice! »

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love documenting history for people. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I would say overall, it’s the moment that it hits them that they’re married. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « That love is patient and forgiving. I’ve watched so many people go through really difficult decisions regarding their weddings and it breaks my heart. It’s never ideal to reschedule or downsize, but one thing always stays constant—love. »

Photo by Ivash Photography

Volodymyr Ivash has been shooting weddings in New York since 2010 but has shot more than 600 weddings in over 30 countries around the world. « Wedding photography empowers me to discover different cultures, traditions, nationalities, » he tells us. “I am passionate about my work and eager to see all our clients pleased with the result of our efforts, and the process itself to be easy and comfortable”

I Work in Weddings Because: « It’s a chance to feel the emotions of the newlyweds, to capture priceless moments with their parents and friends, as well as directing of interesting shots—all this fills me with creativity and gets a thrill out of my work. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « JE like to shoot pictures with the bride and her dad, I like the moment when the bride walks down the aisle, I think these moments are the most emotional. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « For me, it was a year to make a stop, review values, set up new goals, and make my new business strategy for the next 10 years. »

Photo by Jacqui Cole

London-native Jacqui Cole now calls Tampa, Florida home, and has been capturing weddings all over the world for over a decade. Her approach is to capture honest moments, with a soft touch—all with her clients’ vision in mind. As such, Cole and her team are there for their clients every step of the way, working closely with planners and venues to make sure every detail is taken into account. « My team and I strive to not only be our clients’ photographers but also their guides throughout the day to ensure they can relax and enjoy their celebrations, » Cole says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love connecting with my clients and capturing the love between them and their families and friends. Each day is completely different, just like each relationship is unique. There is a certain magic to capturing that love. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Having lost my dad at a young age, all the special moments between a bride or groom with their father pull at my heartstrings. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Throughout the pandemic, my clients have shown incredible patience and resilience. I have learned that, despite obstacles, people will find a way to celebrate love in one way or another. I have always been in this business for my clients and keeping perspective throughout the year has allowed me to continue to produce special memories for my clients while maintaining health and safety precautions. »

Headshot by Otto Schulze; Photo by James x Schulze

For twenty years Denver-based duo James Christianson and Otto Schulze have served their clients around the globe with a « vision of the truly exceptional. » Their approach combines editorial, documentary, and fine art styles and they aim to « capture clients in their most true form. »

We Work in Weddings Because: « We live for collaboration! »

Our Favorite Moment to Capture: « Anything that is real and unscripted. »

What We Learned About Weddings in 2020: « People want to connect with other people. No matter what! »

Headshot by Roman Yee; Photo by Jenny Fu Studio

New York City-based photographer Jenny Fu has been working in weddings for almost a decade. « My approach to a wedding day is continuously searching to catch the tiniest moments and expressions that make a day memorable, » Fu says. « My goal for every wedding is to capture the spirit of the day and document a love story my couples can look back on and feel the magic, happiness, and emotions all over again. »

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because I take pride in the memories that couples will pass down for generations, and documenting this incredible life event for my couples is a dream come true for me. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « My favorite moment to capture at a wedding is the authentic moments that show the love and celebration of a wedding day. These moments can happen at any time. For example, the bride is getting ready, and the nerves start to set in, and she cannot believe her day is finally here. Or when the parents see their child for the first time and are in awe of how beautiful they look. Vows and speeches are some of the best parts because you understand the couple’s love on a deeper level and why it has brought this group of people to this particular place and time. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « At the beginning of 2020, I thought the wedding industry would not be back for several years. I was terrified that the career I had worked so hard for vanished. In 2020, I’ve discovered couples are still madly in love, and love is not canceled. I’ve seen how my couples have adjusted and changed weddings by cutting down their guest list or gifting masks and sanitizer as favors. Most importantly, I’ve learned that nothing can stop the human spirit from continuing to celebrating love! »

Photo by Jenny Haas Photography

Husband-and-wife team Jenny and Will Haas makeup Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio-based Jenny Haas Photography. The duo has captured hundreds of weddings, both domestically and internationally for over a decade—all with the timeless approach that captures grace, beauty, and romanticism.

I Work in Weddings Because: « In my office, there’s a black-and-white photo of my grandparents eating their wedding cake. This image means the world to me, it brings me joy to see it every day. I want my couples—and their grandchildren—to experience that same joy, the joy of memory. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I really enjoy so many moments throughout the day, but would have to say my favorite would be the first look between the bride and her father—there’s a very special bond between father and daughter and there are so many emotions at the moment. I also enjoy photographing my couples at the reception during the speeches/dancing and all of the raw moments when no one is focusing on where I’m pointing my lens! »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « The 2020 wedding season has taught me to slow down and focus on what matters: love and commitment. The flowers, incredible decor, music, lights, and dancing are all secondary. None of it matters without the intimate exchange of vows—two people willing to sacrifice all they are to each other, for the rest of their lives, in sickness and health. »

Photo by Joel Serrato

Joel Serrato takes a documentarian approach to photographing weddings. The California-based photographer likes to take the time to get to know his clients and make them comfortable, first and foremost, so that he can create the best work for them. « Trust is earned and I make it clear that I’m here for them and they begin to let me in, and i create moments for them, » Serrato says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love the crazy! »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I’m a sucker for a first look. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « The value of celebration, and what’s important is family! »

Photo by Jordan Voth

Though Jordan Voth is based in Seattle, he’s often found shooting in weddings in California, Arizona, and Utah. « I love lush forests and mountains we have here in Washington but I’m also a sucker for the desert, » Voth says. Voth loves to incorporate landscapes and surrounding scenery into his work, and that love of nature truly comes through in his awe-inspiring imagery.

I Work in Weddings Because: « Because it’s a giant party and it’s a blast being around people on such a happy day. And I’ve been able to see some incredible places. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The ceremony and portraits. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « To be flexible and always put your clients first. We’re all in this together. »

Photo by Jose Villa Photography

Jose Villa Photography’s long-standing work in the wedding industry (he’s been in the business since 2002) has stood out in this highly competitive market because he focuses on the beauty of the day. After all, he did shoot the iconic images of Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s beautiful wedding. « For me, it is all about making something beautiful. Ultimately, my goal is to craft vibrant, energetic, fine art images that are as unique as the people in the photographs, » Villa says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I get to capture raw moments that only I can make with my camera. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « When the couple recesses down the aisle after their first kiss…These moments can never be recreated. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « That going back to basics in weddings is all we really need. »

Photo by Joshua Frith

Joshua Dwain Frith and his wife, Anyeka, are the owners of Joshua Dwain Photography, based in Brooklyn. With more than 11 years of experience as wedding photographers, Joshua and Anyeka are heavily influenced by documentary and editorial photography and bring that approach into the world of weddings. « Our work is reflective of the rich color and Caribbean influence of the people and culture which surround us, » Frith says.

We Work in Weddings Because: « We love telling stories. »

Our Favorite Moment to Capture: « We get this question a lot. It’s funny because we love it all—from pre-ceremony prep straight through to the reception. »

What We Learned About Weddings in 2020: « We learned that weddings can evolve because of events that transpired in 2020. We also learned of the lengths that couples will go to to have a wedding. It isn’t just about the union—it’s also about the love of their tribes and those closest to them. »

Photo by Judy Pak

Manhattan-based Judy Pak started out as an attorney before turning to photography as a creative outlet. A decade later and she’s shooting beautiful images with an artistic commitment to each client. Shooting a limited number of weddings per year allows her and her team to give it all to each client. « We embrace the imperfections of film photography that becomes layers of texture and add substance, character, and consistency to our work. It’s truly a labor of love, but one I’ve felt our clients truly appreciate, » Pak says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I am a wife and mother of four kids, so my instinctive pull towards intimate moments is something that I am naturally drawn to while fueling my artistic pursuits. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Getting ready…the anticipation makes for memorable images. Walking down the aisle as a newly married couple…expressions are always natural and filled with overflowing joy. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « A good reminder that weddings are about celebrating love and life…nothing else needs to go as planned. »

Headshot by Charity Maurer; Photo by Justin Douglas

Austin, Texas-based Justin Douglas took his queue for photography from music. Creating emotional moments frozen in time is at the core of his creative vision. « I know it might sound strange but I photograph « moments » that one can look back on and smile instead of dwelling in any pain, » Douglas says. « The pain of not having a memory frozen in time that could bring you so much joy. »

I Work in Weddings Because: « It brings me joy that I can create something that will never be forgotten. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « My favorite moments to capture are the ones full of emotion. Emotions come in different forms but no matter the emotion being conveyed it’s a feeling that comes over the space. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « That it isn’t the number of people at your wedding that makes it special, but the quality of the loved ones who share it with you. The truth to weddings has been revealed in my eyes for you truly can feel who’s invested in the couple’s success. »

Headshot by Alyssa Luzaich; Photo by K.R. Moreno

Michigan-based Kaylea Moreno shot her first wedding while living in Portugal in 2015. Living abroad and spending most of her early career all over the world has given her the opportunity to shoot weddings across different cultures, directly impacting her approach. « I adore culture, deep tradition, and observing the way in which each of us uniquely does life through these lenses, » she says. « I want my couples to feel these cherished moments and sentiments are translated into their imagery. »

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because I get to capture the true emotion of a family’s most cherished and emotional days. It is a deep privilege that isn’t lost on me. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I come alive when I am photographing a couple’s first moments alone after the ceremony. Couples portraits are my favorite portion of the day. I love being able to give my couples editorial, timeless and emotive images. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I think I actually unlearned a lot in 2020 regarding weddings! I think so much was stripped down and the weddings that went forward were such intimate affairs that it pushed me to slow down and create more meaningful work. »

Photo by Kate Headley

« Most simply put, I make heirlooms, » states Kate Headley of her wedding photography. Taking an unobtrusive approach, Headley ultimately aims to capture artful, emotional images. « My job is to help create something that bonds a new family— and families are the most important things in our lives. » The Washinton, D.C.-based photographer shoots across the East Coast and Michigan.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I’m honored to help create something that begins a bond for a new family—and families are the most important things in our lives. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The ‘in-between’ moment. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « We cannot take time with our families for granted so documenting memories, in 2020 and in the coming years, is so important. »

Headshot by Victoria Heer Photography; Photo by Kiyah Crittendon

Kiyah Crittendon’s company is all about celebrating connection, and is « rooted in creatively reflecting the truth and beauty of life. » Taking an « intentional visual storytelling » approach, Crittendon shoots in both film and digital, to ultimately capture her clients’ personality and each couple’s unique bond. Crittendon has been shooting weddings in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., since 2014.

I Work in Weddings Because: « Because I’m inspired by truth, captivated by the beauty, and passionate about people. Weddings are a perfect combination of the three. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I’m most drawn to emotion. Thankfully, wedding days come with an abundance of emotional moments from tearful first looks to endearing family bonds to belly laughter during toasts. My favorite moments are any time that uninhibited emotions come forth. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « What a year. Overall, in 2020, I learned that tomorrow is not promised, life is fleeting, and no one but God is in control. This translated into weddings as I witnessed people stripping down to having just who and what mattered most to them in realization and surrender to the fact that all we have is the here and now. »

Photo by Kristen Marie Parker

Kristen Marie Parker takes mixes photojournalism and an editorial eye to capture what she calls the « casual timelessness » of weddings. « My goal is to make sure that everyone can still be immersed in the flow of the emotions and adrenaline of the day without making it feel like a photography production, » Parker says. She has been shooting weddings for over 11 years in Seattle.

I Work in Weddings Because: « There’s so many moments that go on through decades of relationships and a huge variety of personality types. Despite many weddings having the same structure of events, each wedding is completely different because the couple is different. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « A big tie between those first few moments in celebration as a married couple and any moments that might happen between family throughout the day. I know that parents and family members have been dreaming up their special day for many years and that their own witnessing of the day is just as important to document as the couple’s. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « 2020 weddings were certainly adaptable because people are adaptable. Despite some couples rescheduling and some choosing to stick with their date but a smaller guest list, there is just as much happiness in a COVID (and COVID-safe!) wedding as there will be for those couples who’ve decided to reschedule. Love and celebration still prevail and it doesn’t necessarily matter what it looks like, but it matters how it feels. You can have an exceptional event by sharing your vows in front of a small select few and packing a COVID-safe meal in a basket! »

Headshot by Ted Hartshorn; Photo by K.T. Merry

Working in both exclusive destination weddings, editorials, and bridal campaigns (she shoots all of Monique Lhuillier’s campaigns), photographer KT Merry’s certainly renowned in the industry. A passionate conservation activist, Merry’s Render Loyalty project works to support threatened species.

Her approach to weddings takes a cue from her background in fashion and editorials—doing extensive research and preparation before shooting and working together with a couple and their planning team to carefully curating a shot plan for the day, while still aiming to capture those spontaneous moments. « The end result is a layered, textured visual story with a fresh, yet classic feel that imbues the essence of each couple and the emotion of their day, » she says. This October, Merry shot Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s intimate wedding, where the bride wore her grandmother’s 67-year-old Dior wedding dress.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I’ve never found something so intimately rewarding as well as so incredibly challenging. They bring us to the core of human nature and challenge us in our craft each and every time. They allow us to be apart of legacies being written and that is always powerful. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « My favorite moment to capture at a wedding day is the couple just after they are announced married. Most often they become fully present and swept into the moment and forget the cameras are even there. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « We learned that gathering to celebrate is a privilege that, dare I say, most of us took for granted. We learned that having your nearest and dearest friends and family take part in your celebrations is an honor. We also learned that weddings are so much more than the details of the day, that ultimately, traditions and perceived requirements were meant to be re-written to truly embody the couple who is marrying. And, ultimately whether there are no guests or many, it’s about celebrating the love of two people that is the most important. »

Headshot by Kyle Wheeler; Photo by Kyle John Photography

Chicago-based Kyle John’s takes an « at-ease » approach to photographing each wedding in order « to display the raw beauty and emotion in each moment. » Drawing inspiration from the natural, organic, and genuine, he aims to make each image feel authentic, and that shines across in his work.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love relationships and the connections made with my client. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Hands down, the first look. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « That love and the celebration of love, supersedes guest counts. »

Headshot by Jennifer Curtis; Photo by Lacie Hansen

Based in Santa Barbara, CA, Lacie Hansen knew from the age of 17 that she wanted photography to be her life. She’s photographed weddings all over the world since 2009 and strives to create something new and refreshing for each client. « I chase the candid and emotional moments with a quiet journalistic approach using color and black & white film, » Hansen says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love, love! No two weddings are the same and this allows me to create and be artistic with each wedding. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The small subtle moments. After a directed photo of the couple and or guests when no one is watching. These candid, real, honest moments are my favorite to photograph. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « This year has taught me to be adaptable and to embrace the new normal. Working closely with planners and clients to find the best solution, while still creating a beautiful story no matter the guest count or size of the wedding. »

Headshot by Tim Koenig; Photo by Larissa Cleveland

It was in 2005, while attending Kendall College of Art and Design, that San Francisco-based Larissa Cleveland started her photography business. A classically trained photographer, Cleveland’s approach is to be a documenter of the wedding day—creating authentic and meaningful imagery. « I want to make images that bleed passion and color, seep humor and excitement, and expose the beautiful, whimsical, spontaneous moments of real life, family, and love, » Cleveland says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I’m honored to help couples capture the love and joy they experience…Moments they can look back on for years to come! »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I think my most favorite time might be just after the ceremony has ended…The walk down the aisle hand in hand after they have proclaimed ‘I Do,’ the family cheering, endless hugging, happy tears, and a big sigh of relief…It all happens in a momentary flurry, but it is when I often capture some of the most powerful and emotion-packed images from a wedding day. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « This year of photographing intimate celebrations during a pandemic has been a reminder of what is truly important on a wedding day… It’s being with the people in your life who mean the most to you. It’s the saying of your vows. It’s cherishing the happy times in between the tough ones. It’s realizing the good fortune of having found the person you want to take on life’s hills and valleys with. Don’t sweat the small things, and embrace the imperfections as they are what make for a memorable and worthwhile story. »

Headshot by Elizabeth Messina; Photo by Laura Murray

Colorado-based Laura Murray has been shooting weddings for over a decade. It’s hard to imagine this artistic creative first set out for a corporate career with a degree in theoretical mathematics. It was only when planning her own wedding that she realized that her own wedding photographer had her dream job.

Capturing each client’s unique story is key to Murray’s approach. But so is flexibility. « I have seen every possible scenario—from blizzards to floods and to the most picturesque sunny days. And now I can say I survived 2020, » says Murray.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because it is quite literally my passion manifested into a dream job. I am an optimist to the core. When I photograph a wedding day, guests often ask me if I ever stop smiling. I would tell them no, I never stop smiling because I truly love my job. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « My ideal client values artistry and emotion so naturally my favorite moments on a wedding day are when those two elements come together. Perhaps, it’s the emotion in getting ready combined with a gorgeous gown. Or I love a touching first dance with the artistry of the live band’s performance. Or a ceremony filled with personal readings and gorgeous floral design in a breathtaking setting. I always love to see art and emotion come together. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned that our industry and clients are resilient! I know we have all been handed a tough situation this year, but I’m inspired by all the silver linings my clients and vendors have shared with me. We cannot control certain circumstances but we can control our reaction to them. »

Photo by Lauren and Abby

Sisters Lauren and Abby Ross credit their mother with getting them interested in photography, natural light, and the importance of travel and art. Counting natural light as their top priority, the Calfornia-based duo’s approach ensures their clients are calm and at ease so they can capture the genuine emotion of the day.

I Work in Weddings Because: « It’s a ritual that everyone celebrates in their own unique way. We feel so blessed to be a part of that celebration of love. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Our favorite moment(s) to capture are the spontaneous candid ones that happen when the light is golden! »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « 2020 has proved that a wedding with two people can be just as soulful as a wedding with a few hundred people. »

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

Lauren Fair has been photographing weddings across the globe for over a decade. With a relaxed and organic style, Fair and her team capture what feels like effortless wedding photos with an editorial edge, she calls it. Based in Philadelphia, Fair’s focus is on destination weddings, with about 80 percent of her work involving traveling. « Our photography focuses on joy-filled, exquisite, and iconic images full of beautiful light and natural emotion, » Fair says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « They are living, breathing days full of joy, chaos, beauty, breathtaking locations, and community within the wedding team all working together for a similar common goal: give our clients the best possible memories of their life. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The recessional is such a happy moment full of joy! I also love capturing those effortless golden hour portraits for my couples. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « While 2020 was certainly a hard year for the wedding industry, we all learned how resilient wedding vendors are. I truly enjoyed photographing some of the smaller micro-weddings and elopements that couples opted for, and it’s more apparent now than ever that love is really what you need in this world. »

Photo by Laurken Kendall

« My approach to photography is pretty simple- keep it brutally honest. I never want two weddings to look or feel the same, » Laurken Kendall says. Developing a deep relationship with each couple is key to this brutally honest approach she says. Based in Spokane, WA, Kendall doesn’t take for granted the importance of a wedding day to each family. « I like grit and tears and a wild rumpus and I think every wedding has at least two of those, so I make it my life’s work to seek them out, » she says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « They’re chaotic and fun and intense and insightful. Watching the love of two people bring people together in unexpected ways is a great privilege. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I am all about the reception dance party. It is always the most unpredictable time period for every wedding. You never know if there’s going to be a fight or a six-foot-tall disco ball piñata. I love the unpredictability of the whole scene. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « From a business standpoint, I learned that solid contract terminology is imperative, as it was a rough year for a lot of people in the industry due to vague contracts. From a human standpoint, I learned that as sappy as it sounds, love truly always finds a way. Several of my couples have opted to scale way down and not wait for a better time, choosing instead to Skype with their friends and family for the ceremony and even for toasts and always lots of tears. It’s definitely felt more intimate and emotional than the larger weddings in many ways because the couples have been separated from their loved ones for a long time. »

Photo by Linda McQueen Photography

We have Linda McQueen to thank for one of the most powerful wedding moments of 2020—a beautiful couple experiences their first look during a Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia, a moment McQueen treasures as one of the highlights of her career. The Haitian-born photographer, who has captured 300 weddings, is a true believer in love. « I am a hopeless romantic and believe love solves everything. I love seeing people in love and believe in pushing forward no matter what, » she tells us. She counts getting to know a couple and their families so they relax and trust her as paramount to capturing the best images of them.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because well to be completely cliché—I love love! I love being invited into one of the most important days of the lives of others. I love meeting new people, I love the food, and the partying! I can’t imagine doing anything else. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « My favorite moment to capture at a wedding would be the very first moment a groom or bride sees his or her significant other down the aisle. It’s then that, as a photographer, I await to see every raw emotion, from tears, happiness, and sometimes the anxiety of planning and finally this is the moment they’ve been awaiting. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Earlier this year I had 64 weddings planned and slowly I shot only 11 of the 64. I learned it doesn’t matter how many guests one has, in the end, all that matters is love. »

Headshot by Colleen Eversman; Photo by Liz Banfield

In her twenty-two years of shooting weddings, Liz Banfield has helped pioneer and cement “documentary-style” wedding photography, which is now the industry standard. She keeps her style consistent and doesn’t chase trends, which gives her photos a timeless quality that won’t become dated after a few years. Based out of Minneapolis, she limits the number of weddings she takes each season, so she can give each one special care.

Banfield strives to make the photography process “effortless” for the couple. “I’m deeply inspired by motion and true, authentic moment,” she explains. “I cultivate an atmosphere where clients can relax and be themselves.”

I Work in Weddings Because: « My creativity thrives in big love, high pressure, supremely creative environments. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I love it all but especially during and immediately after the [couple] walk down the aisle. Pure magic! »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « A small wedding can be just as amazing as a big one. Also, it was affirming—when I could finally shoot again, I was reminded how much I love it. »

Headshot by Tyler Branch; Photo by Logan Cole Weddings

Logan Cole’s eleven years of photography experience spans everything from music tour photography, humanitarian work, and fashion shoots. His vast wealth of experience has taught him to capitalize on his surroundings and seize the moment—whether the wedding takes place on a bright day or in a dark church. His most famous, most spontaneous project is Debby Ryan and Josh Dun’s whirlwind wedding, planned in only twenty-eight days.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because my clients cherish and appreciate my art for years to come, long after the special day is over. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Honestly, the end of the night when the couple finally lets loose and dances the night away is my favorite moment to capture! I get pure joy out of photographing people having the time of their lives! Plus, I love to play around with flashes and lighting after dark. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « You should always include a pandemic clause in your wedding contract. Although, in retrospect, It’s a little too late for that! Also no matter the circumstances of the crazy world, people will always cherish photographs of loved ones, especially in times like these. »

Photo by Love is Rad

Born in London and based in New Orleans, Ollie Alexander photographs under the alias “Love is Rad!” “Love IS rad,” he explains, “and it’s worth capturing moments big or small.” He likes to blend in on wedding days, so the images feel like they were taken by a loving guest (who happens to be a professional photographer with a fancy camera).

I Work in Weddings Because: « Always being surrounded by so much love doesn’t feel like work at all! »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « One of my all-time favorite moments to capture on a wedding day is whenever the couple sneaks away to see their reception decor and details for the very first time during the cocktail hour. The looks on their faces are always priceless once they see everything come to life! »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « This year I learned that nothing is stronger than love. A huge shout out to my 2020 couples that pivoted to a smaller and more intimate setting and to my couples that postponed the big day until next year. Cheers! »

Photo by Lucy Cuneo Photography

Lucy Cuneo, who recently moved to Martha’s Vineyard from Charleston, has a romantic, dreamy, joyful, and colorful style. The most important quality she brings to her wedding photography, though, is honesty. “Our main goal is to make the couple feel as relaxed as possible in front of the camera, so their full personalities are revealed,” she explains. “We want the experience to be fun and natural… without being intrusive.” For her weddings, she delivers not just beautiful photos of the couple and their families, but portraits of every guest as well.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love people and families and capturing and it is a joy to hand over a full selection of their most precious memories. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I love the romance of a candlelit dinner, catching the conversations, laughter, and joy that the couple, family, and guests are experiencing. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « That all a wedding really needs to be special is a couple who are in love and totally in-the-moment. Everything else can wait. »

Photo by Lynn Duston

Lynn Duston combines a photojournalistic approach with an editorial eye in wedding photography. She’s inspired by clean and minimal designs, and her style is romantic and light. Based in Northern California and Washington DC, she spends her free time with her children, watching movies, exploring California’s beaches, and cultivating their passions for photography.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love documenting the love, creativity, and soul that’s unique to every wedding. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « [Couple] portraits. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned that the wedding industry and couples are resilient. It’s been heartening to see couples pivot their large wedding plans to more intimate celebrations, which allows them to celebrate their love in more of an intentional way that is truly reflective of the couple. »

Photo by Matoli Keely

San Diego-based Matoli Keely is not only a photographer but a scientist too! She finds that having two very different passions « surprisingly influence each other and makes me excel at both pursuits. » She ultimately considers herself a storyteller when it comes to her weddings, and aims to have couples see themselves and their love visually in a new way through her lens. « I think there is great value in the in-between moments, which is why I love narrating a love story and then adding an additional editorial flair to the storytelling, » Keely says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love that I get to share in such a monumental moment with families and provide heirloom photographs that last generations. It is incredibly rewarding to tell a couple’s love story through my eyes and have the revel in seeing themselves in ways they never imagined. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Call me a traditionalist but the vow exchange at the alter is my absolute favorite moment. This is why everyone has traveled and has come to celebrate; witnessing their family member begins a new life-changing path. I especially love when couples write personal vows and we get an insight into the private jokes, their laughter, their love for each other, and their promises for their lives together. The ceremony gets me every single time. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned that love is enough in 2020. I had 70 percent of my weddings for the year postponed to 2021 and even 2022. I saw couples struggle with the decision to change their date or to have a smaller celebration now and then safely gather with friends and family later on. It was amazing to see couples not want to wait to say “I do”, and I’m thankful I got to be part of these smaller more intimate celebrations. »

Photo by Matt Lien

Minneapolis-based Matt Lien has been capturing weddings all around the globe for over a decade. Lien’s approach to wedding day photography is to let the moments unfold, and not take a couple away from their own wedding. « Nothing contrived, just real and authentic. Just how you want to remember it, » Lien says. The responsibility of telling a couple’s love story is utmost for Lien, who sets out to « document every wedding in a creative and honest way. »

I Work in Weddings Because: « They give me such a variety of things to capture. Weddings have fashion, personalities, travel, location, details, and emotion, to name a few. This keeps my job fun and interesting. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Weddings are fast-paced, sometimes chaotic, raw, and beautiful. Being able to be in the mix of the whole thing from start to end and capture all the in-between moments is what is so special for me. Sometimes my favorite images are the most unexpected, and I’ve always loved that. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Whether my clients had to postpone or go back to the drawing board and create something special for the 10 people involved, it showed me that weddings are what you make of them and as long as you’re focused on the right things, it’s going to be special and memorable. »

Headshot by Josh Goleman; Photo by Mel Barlow

Working in Woodstock, New York, Mel Barlow takes a patient and non-obtrusive approach to wedding days. Getting her couples and their families to get up and moving around is also key to capturing their energy for Barlow. « People start moving around a bit and they begin to realize this is just another wonderful day in life and let their guard down, » she says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I want to capture a true, beautiful and thoughtful record of each special day. I want people to be able to say ‘wow, this is really me, or this is so us.' »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « There are always those “ah-ha“ moments while shooting any subject, it could be any moment in time, but it feels like a little something extra shines through. I search for these moments, and capturing them makes me feel like I’m really on to something and that keeps me craving more. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « In 2020, we all had to step it up. We had to have each other’s backs in a much bigger way than an average year. Weddings were canceled and shifted, which had huge impacts on couples and families and on the other side, it impacted those servicing the weddings as well. It was tricky to navigate but I was constantly encouraged by the grace and kindness people were showing each other during this time. »

Headshot by Tricia Miller; Photo by Melissa Marshall

As a « fly on the wall, » Oklahoma City-based Melissa Marshall aims to make her clients feel like she’s an « old friend hanging out with them. » This approach allows her to capture the small moments that could go unnoticed, and also help and guide wherever needed.

She recently shot model Devon Windsor’s extravagant three-day wedding.  » It’s the hardest job I’ve ever worked on, but it was an incredible experience and one where I was proud of how my journey and hard work had led me there, » she shares.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because I love to capture the love and connection between two people—each couple has their own quirks and inside jokes and ways to express their passion—the love I capture on wedding days inspires my work. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I love the moments at the end of the ceremony—after my couples say « I do » and kiss and turn to face the crowd. I love the proud and excited smiles they both have on their faces as they practically skip down the aisle together as a married couple. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Love conquers all—and weddings are truly only about two people, two families joining as one. Everything and everyone else is just the background characters to a greater love story. »

Headshot by Aysia Lane Photography; Photo by Meme Urbane

With a background in medicine, Dallas-based Meme Crayton took a leap of faith and followed her passion for photography starting in 2018. With a documentary approach, her company focuses on « all of the genuine joy, love, intimacy, and laughter throughout the day. » Getting involved with a couple right from the beginning of planning is paramount for her own process. « We’re highly involved in the planning process from beginning to end, as we feel that this truly yields the best results and fosters long-lasting relationships with every one of our couples, » Crayton says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « A wedding day seemingly goes by in the blink of an eye. If not for the magic of photographs, the spontaneous and intimate moments that occur would otherwise become fleeting memories. We give these memories permanence. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « My absolute favorite moment to capture during weddings, is the time during the formal portraits. It’s a still, quiet moment for them to decompress and come out of their shells, and I just love capturing the heightened-emotion and passion during this part of the day. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « In 2020, I’ve learned that love will forever triumph over any and all circumstances. The amount of tears I’ve seen flowing, the stories I’ve heard, and the resilience I’ve witnessed in spite of this virus, has been amazing to witness, and has demonstrated the strength of the human spirit. »

Photo by Moesia Davis

« I absolutely love the fact that I wake up every morning and truly live my purpose, » says New Orleans, LA-based Moesia Davis. Counting on motivation and encouragement from her family, Davis has loved every minute of documenting weddings and gives 100 percent to her couples throughout the entire process. « You can’t be selfish in an industry that requires your attention to focused so much on other people. »

I Work in Weddings Because: « I believe in love; real and unconditional love! I didn’t think I was an emotional person until I started photographing weddings. There are some moments that are so unreal and ethereal. Wedding days are the days I feel the love in a way that’s indescribable. It’s the day when you actually see the love in a physical presence. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « When a bride or groom sees themselves completely dressed for the first time is such a great moment to capture. I think they finally realize that they’re about to become someone’s wife or husband. You can see it in their eyes and it translates to pure joy on camera. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Love will always find a way! Although some weddings were postponed, love still found a way. I never saw the look of disappointment in any of my couples. Instead, they were grateful for intimate weddings. They were grateful for an opportunity to keep their family and friends safe, healthy. »

Photo by Natalie Watson Photography

Based in Nashville, Natalie Watson started her career as a photojournalist two decades ago. With a degree from Savannah College of Art & Design, she combines her fine art sensibility with her love for reportage. « My work combines the rich texture and natural color of film with spontaneous moments. That blended style, I hope, is both artful and timeless, » Watson says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « We take so many photos in a lifetime that images often feel disposable or meaningless. Wedding photos are the opposite. Weddings are fleeting and sacred. Wedding photography becomes history, and the pictures hold so much value for the couple. It’s a great honor to photograph a wedding! »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The brief moment a couple shares just after they walk down the aisle. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « It has been a year of highs and lows, blessings and heartache, but I know now what I’ve always known: I’m a part of an incredible and indestructible industry that highlights people coming together to witness, experience, and celebrate love. »

Photo by Norman and Blake

Emily Blake and Shannen Norman originally started off sharing a working studio in the Arts District of Los Angeles. The two friends joined forces to shoot weddings together so they could capture « all of their intricacies from all angles in full. » « We want to cover all of it…beautiful portraits, scene-setting environmental photos, quiet and often forgotten moments, and all the loud energy-filled ones too in a cool and interesting, yet timeless way, » they shared. While they go into each wedding with a well-researched and scouted plan, they strive to be open and flexible for « unique surprises and magic that each event brings. »

We Work in Weddings Because: « We find the intimacy of being alongside our couples on such a meaningful and personal day to be a really inspiring place to create art through imagery. We also find sharing in all the joy that is exchanged between them and their family and friends to be really life-giving. »

Our Favorite Moment to Capture: « I think the images we’re always most excited about are typically unexpected moments caught on film that we discover when getting our scans back from the lab. Our personal favorite shots are never the planned shots. »

What We Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Friends and family are all you need. It doesn’t matter if it’s just the family of you and your partner, you and a handful of others or you and your 200 friends, every iteration of a « wedding » is so incredibly special and filled to the brim with love and joy. »

Photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie

Chicago-based Olivia Leigh has captured weddings all over the globe since 2007. Her tailored approach to each event, allows her to document moments both big and small, while focusing on letting the couple enjoy their day, rather than following a very staged or produced plan. « Over the years, I have found the photographs that my clients value most years after the wedding are the unscripted moments that can only be captured by allowing couples to be fully present in their day, and likewise, me being present and open to what is happening, as well, » she says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love to be able to document human relationships and weddings are one of the rare life occasions when everyone from a couples’ closest relationships is present. Weddings give me unique, intimate access into a family for a day, and being able to preserve the small, fleeting moments that will only increase in meaning over time is something I treasure. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « There are so many! First, the minutes immediately after a ceremony, when everyone is filled to the brim with joy, hugging, wiping away tears, and celebrating. Secondly, the ‘first look with dad’ is a rare trend that I love. As someone who is very close to her dad, this moment always gets me. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « People matter above all else. »

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Charleston-based photographer Olivia Rae James is celebrating nearly a decade in weddings, and her approach continues to be « pretty relaxed » she says. She wants couples to feel comfortable enough that they forget she’s there and she can capture real moments. « I go into each wedding day with a blank slate and document the day as it plays out—inspired by natural light and real moments. My goal is warm, soulful images that feel timeless, » she tells us.

I Work in Weddings Because: « Weddings are a celebration of life on so many levels. I love getting to observe and preserve the range of emotions, and can’t help but think about the future generations who will study these photos the way I study my own family’s wedding albums. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The in-between moments that are equal parts mundane and magical—when the bride’s veil gets tangled in the wind, the flower girl melts down, or the couple is en route to the « perfect » portrait spot but the light is already hitting them just right and they’re gazing at each other starry-eyed—all things that can’t be planned. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I have always loved the intimacy of small weddings, and the micro-weddings of 2020 have not only taken that intimacy to a new level, but they’ve given a new appreciation for the day when we are able to celebrate with large groups again. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to how weddings should be approached, and I love that couples are truly taking this to heart and doing whatever makes sense for them. »

Photo by Patricia Lyons

Based in Richmond, Virginia, Patricia Lyons has shot weddings for over 15 years. With an editorial background, Lyons approaches each wedding by first getting to know the couple. « By the wedding day I am relaxed and in tune with what is happening in front of me, focusing my camera where the next moment seems to be unfolding, » Lyons says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « Capturing that level of emotion is so fulfilling, for my clients but also for me. It’s my frequent reminder of why we’re all on this planet. The love, connection to other people, the joy, and the celebration… all of it. I am so lucky to be witness to it all week after week! »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « It’s hard not to get emotionally invested in the excitement building up to the ceremony. I just love capturing that energy, because when they grow old together and look back through the images, those palpable emotions will bring back all of those memories. And of course the recessional… that just-married feeling is everything, and I want to help mark that moment for them. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « That intimate weddings are pretty wonderful, too! The pared-down focus on the couple with their nearest and dearest is so special. »

Headshot by Alison Bryan; Photo by Perry Vaile

A former professional historian, Perry Vaile navigates each wedding like she’s creating a piece of history for a family. « Having an appreciation and eye for beauty, with a foundation focused on meaning, I am able to create uniquely captivating imagery with a vibrant spirit and timeless aesthetic, » she says. Vaile is based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

I Work in Weddings Because: « Nothing else compares. To be allowed to not only witness but capture one of the best days of someone’s life is always a privilege. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « This changes over the years, but right now I really love the elements of the day that include the parents. Having two kids of my own now and seeing what a special bond it is to raise someone (the effort, patience, and prayers that go into that) I really love to watch their biggest dreams unfold for their kids in front of my eyes. Tied with that, I really love stealing the couple for a few quick moments privately where they can embrace and let the rest of the world fade away for a few breaths before heading into their big party. Time stands still! »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned that people are truly resilient, and that celebration (no matter how small) is a way to heal, to hope, and to fully experience our lives. The weddings that either happened or couldn’t happen in 2020 put our couples through early trials unlike any other year, it helped forge deeper bonds in their marriages right out the gate, and reminded us all to hold onto the deep meaning behind why we have weddings to begin with. »

Photo by Peyton Byford

Idaho and Oklahoma-based Peyton Byford has been shooting weddings locally and internationally for five years—often with her videographer husband Colton. Taking a timeless, yet modern and artistic, approach, Byford’s main focus on the wedding day is getting a couple comfortable and in-the-moment, « capturing images that are most reflective of them and their love! »

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because you truly are capturing some of the happiest moments of people’s lives. SO many memories come from a wedding day, captured moments are passed down from generation to generation. I truly loved looking at my parent’s wedding photos and now it has evolved even more so into more of a documentary-style approach. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Personal vow readings are my absolute favorite to capture! Whether only to each other or to their guests as well, everything and everyone is quiet other than the couple reading to each other. It is the moment during the day where the full focus is on the intimate words written by the other. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned that if you take all the details and planning involved in a wedding day away, you’ll still find a couple who is truly in love and at the end of the day, just wants to be married. »

Photo by Kariss Evans

Husband and wife duo Kariss and Joshua Farris make up Dallas-based Pharris Photos. The couple prides themselves on making a lasting connection with couples, who often start with engagement photos and come back with growing families for their children’s portraits. « We’ve found no greater joy than being apart of a union in a way that freezes time and captures the beginning of family legacies, » they say.

We Work in Weddings Because: « We care about legacy and capturing the biggest moment it’s beginning for a new family. »

Our Favorite Moment to Capture: « Kariss’s favorite moment is the couple’s portraits! The moment after the ceremony when the couple is freshly-married. It’s such an honor to be the first to spend time with them and capture their joy and love for one another. Josh’s favorite is the details, he lives for architectural lines and capturing the ceremony and reception details. He was a mechanical engineer for NASA before becoming a full-time photographer/videographer so when we say he loves details, we mean it! »

What We Learned About Weddings in 2020: « The world can stop but there will still be weddings. The weddings/elopements that we were fortunate enough to photograph during the pandemic were the sweetest most intimate shows of love and affection that we’ve ever experienced. »

Photo by Porterhouse LA

Working as a photographer for over a decade, Zyaire Porter doesn’t underestimate the importance of weddings for a family. « I feel that weddings are the foundation to families and I document them as if I am capturing an important moment in their family history, » he says. Priding himself on providing images for all genres with his Porterhouse LA studio, he takes an elegant and modern approach to wedding photography.

I Work in Weddings Because: « Love is the only thing that exists. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Would have to be the [couple’s] intimate portraits. This is their first time as a married couple taking photos together so I enjoy the romance that is captured. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned that nothing can stop two people in love. »

Headshot by Emily Jane Furney; Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Rebecca Yale studied photojournalism, fashion photography, and aesthetic philosophy at New York University with a concentration on photography’s ability to mold the way we see the world. That indeed left a lasting impression on her approach to capturing weddings, which she describes as focusing on what the day “felt like, not just what it looked like.” Although she found her niche in the world of nuptials with her LA-based namesake company, she calls upon her experience in fashion photography and photojournalism to capture the wildly romantic portraits and styled still-life vignettes that she’s known to create. Yale prides herself on her ability to become a fly on the wall recording some of the rawest and most vulnerable moments of our lives, and we can only concur.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I get to take images that will outlast me and be meaningful to my clients for generations to come. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The couple gets such little time alone on a wedding day just the two of them so my favorite moment to capture is whenever this can happen! There’s a special energy created between the two of them during these moments alone and it’s a pleasure to get to document it. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « One of the positives that I do see coming from the year is the questioning of what a wedding really is and what makes it meaningful. I think we all learned that weddings are what you make them to be and there’s no one way to celebrate. I hope couples keep questioning conventional wedding traditions and continue to make their weddings their own. »

Photo by Reem Photography

REEM is an acronym coined by Kareem Virgo of Reem Photography’s wife, and it simply stands for Reliving Each and Every Moment. The wedding and lifestyle photographer, currently residing in South Florida, is a proud husband, health advocate, and basketball fanatic. His foray into wedding photography was somewhat serendipitous since it was his own wedding that convinced him to pursue his “hobby” since college full-time. His passion for photography and love hasn’t gone unnoticed by his nearly 75K Instagram followers, or by us. Clients have often described our work as « captivating. » We say that’s an understatement.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love documenting the love story between couples and showcasing them through captivating imagery! »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I have two. All of the emotions when the bride is coming down the aisle, and the intimate portraits between the couple. Capturing the reactions of guests, family, and most importantly, the couple. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I believe that our generation may have turned away from the true essence of what a wedding really is, and we aim to bring that back. At the end of the day, a wedding is about celebrating the love of a couple with their closest loved ones. Everything else (like other details) falls into place. Couples are now beginning to really appreciate what’s most important to them, and that is the movement we are trying to help lead. »

Photo by Rhea Whitney

“Magazine worthy images in a classic and timeless way” is what Rhea Whitney always aims to shoot (and executes!). The acclaimed wedding photographer, based in both Houston and Washington, D.C., has been photographing couples tying the knot since 2014. She cites her “woman’s touch” for showcasing the details and beauty throughout the entire big day.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love love! It’s such an honor to be a part of a couple’s special day, capturing all the details, smiles, laughs, tears, and the combining of a family all in one day. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I absolutely love to capture the timeless portraits of the couple along with portraits of their families! I love those images so much because they are typically the ones that are hung on the walls of their home and relished over year after year. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « That just because you did it one way in the past doesn’t mean that that’s going to work exactly that same way now. It’s important to be flexible and learn how to pivot and understand what works best in today’s climate. In 2020, I’ve had the privilege to photograph many micro weddings and I’ve really grown to love the intimacy of them. »

Headshot by Dominique Brown; Photo by Ronye & Dom

These two high school sweethearts originally hail from Arkansas but now run their booming wedding photography business out of Austin. After dating for five years, Ronye and Dom got married in 2018 and started the company in 2019 after Ronye completed his enlistment in the United States Air Force—and, well, and the rest is history. Not only do they get to enjoy the privilege of working together full-time, but they get to create lasting memories for, as they put it, their clients’ future grandchildren. “So one day they can feel the love and legacy that their grandparents built,” they share.

We Work in Weddings Because: « Marriage is sacred and beautiful. As a husband and wife team, it’s an honor for us to document the first day of our couple’s legacy. »

Our Favorite Moment to Capture: « Our favorite moments to capture at a wedding are all of the moments leading up to the ceremony. The anticipation, the excitement, and the genuine emotions shown as they transform into becoming one is our absolute favorite. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « The pandemic definitely changed the way weddings looked this year. One thing we learned about weddings in 2020, is that no matter how a wedding takes place, love is never canceled. »

Photo by Ryan Ray Photography

Texas-based photographer Ryan Ray cites having a keen eye for the unexpected moments that unfold during wedding ceremonies and receptions as one of his special skills. That, and helping his clients settle the butterflies. Ray started in the wedding industry in 2008, and fast-forward 12 years, he’s built a library of incredible, Instagram-worthy images. He says his overall goal is to always make people feel beautiful and comfortable.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love people and being a part of capturing the joy shared at a wedding. In my previous career, I was a fireman for 10 years. I absolutely loved my job but was always there for people’s worst day. To now be there for people’s best day, is a gift. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The ceremony recessional. The excitement from the couple and all who witness it is such a fun moment to capture. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « How special people are. Adversity draws people together in the most beautiful ways. Being a part of intimate celebrations this year has been so refreshing. In the most unique and beautiful way, love has truly been palpable at each wedding. »

Photo by Sacia Matthews

Here’s a story for you: A former high school English teacher who’s seeking a creative outlet forms a wedding photography company when her now-husband places a camera in her hands and says, “Be bold.” That was in 2016 and today, said wedding photographer, Sacia Matthews, has caught numerous magical moments on her camera. Part editorial, part candid-imagery, her photos get to the root of the couple’s story. This is probably because the teacher in her performs a case study on each couple that walks through her door to assess who they are as individuals and together, their inspirations, and their daily lives. Thorough, no? Find her in Charleston.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because preserving intentional moments and crafting a soulful story that extends over a lifetime matters. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « My favorite moment to capture at a wedding is the sunset portrait time. I love this time because typically it’s post-ceremony, there’s been chaos and moving parts all day and this is the moment where the world fades, it’s quiet, and I get to create a moment for this couple to just take it all in, breathe, and enjoy a perfect sunset together. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned in 2020 that intentional moments never go out of style. I learned that weddings do not have to be majestic, grand, and large to make a huge impact, and in fact, I think the old adage of « less is more, » really showed us how impactful « less » can be this year. I’ve learned that when the love is genuine, the rest just does not matter, and it is an honor to be privy to these quiet, intimate moments with our clients. »

Photo by Sally Pinera

A destination wedding photographer since 2012, Sally Pinera’s photos have some of the most expressive, artistic, and, simply put, picturesque wedding backdrops. The images could equally fit in a bridal publication like, let’s say, Brides ou a travel magazine. She describes the juxtaposition of her photography style as “elegantly raw and polished.” Striving for honest photographs with a stylish edge has placed her at the top of her industry. Find her in Los Angeles—that is, when she’s not traveling for a client’s nuptials.

I Work in Weddings Because: « Capturing a couple’s new beginnings in the most meaningful and beautiful way is the utmost privilege and joy for me. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « There are too many to name, but I always found the moments during a recessional to be so endearing. The couple kisses, walk deeply in love, with immense gratitude and pure joy for not only themselves but for all that have come to share and witness their love. The walk of new beginnings is one of my favorite moments to capture. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned that micro weddings can be super chic. People are adaptable, willing to change and learn, all while love is at the center of it all! »

Photo by Samantha Clarke

Using the couple’s love story as the ultimate inspiration for each wedding, Samantha Clarke specializes in capturing « stylish couples in love. » « I’ve found that getting to know my clients and understanding what’s most important to them is essential to building trust before the wedding day, » Clarke says. The opportunity to document a family’s history is also paramount to her process. « I always like to imagine that their final images will live on their walls and in the pages of their wedding album for future generations to see. »

Based in Atlanta and Toronto, Clarke has shot weddings across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I get to capture some of the happiest moments of my clients’ lives that they will share with future generations. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I love the anticipation and excitement during the getting ready portion and I also love to see the newlyweds excitedly walk back down the aisle. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I learned that tough times can bring people closer together. All of the intimate wedding celebrations were even more heart-felt and filled with emotion. »

Headshot by Quyn Duong; Photo by Samm Blake

With a background in journalism, Samm Blake’s work comes across as honest, vulnerable, and with a sense of « unfeigned connection to its subjects. » The New York City-based photographer, who has been shooting weddings since 2003, has a sensitive eye and brings an editorial take to every wedding she shoots. « My images as the building blocks of an unfolding story – they’re little moments that capture the honesty and pure emotion of a wedding day, focusing on subtlety over fanfare, » she says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because I love that my camera gives me the ability to step into different people’s lives for a day—to see and document how different people of all walks of life, religions, cultures, wealth choose to celebrate love and joy. I see it as being an anthropologist, a lifelong study into what makes us human. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I always love the moment when the couple is walking back down the aisle just being announced as married – the excitement, the joy and the energy in those moments are my favorite. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « 2020 taught me that all that really matters is family. For so many of my couples who decided to downsize their original wedding plans and to elope instead but could not have their families attend was truly heartbreaking – but I loved seeing all the creative and beautiful ideas my couples implemented to feel close to their families on their wedding days. »

Photo by Sarah Falugo

Originally hailing from England, Sarah Falugo now calls Portland home—though she shoots all across the world, she says west coast weddings are her « local stomping grounds. » Bringing an editorial edge to wedding photographs, Falugo aims to create timeless and authentic images showing each couple’s individual expressions.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I’m looking for the brief, unscripted moments which slip themselves in between the more obvious landmarks. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Be it birds overhead during the ceremony, the gesture of a hand or the briefest of glimpses shared, these moments can say so much and continue to communicate a feeling to us again and again once immortalized. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Even small events and intimate elopements are a sacred right of passage. Whether we gather in small numbers, or large, these moments of connection in the community are more special than we knew! »

Headshot by Heather Waraksa; Photo by Sasithon Photography

Sasithon Pooviriyakul experience in photography started in the world of advertising. After switching gears to documentary photography, where she traveled all over the world shooting her experienced, Pooviriyakul began shooting weddings. « Since the beginning, I’ve applied this documentary-style to weddings, with an eye for capturing charming and quirky stories—there’s nothing as satisfying as those intimate, unexpected moments of surprise and delight, » she says. Based in New York City, she alternates between NGO work, commercial shoots, and weddings.

She counts the collaborative spirit and artistry of her fellow wedding artists as a major inspiration. « This intensity and passion make every moment an incredible celebration. »

I Work in Weddings Because: « They’re a collage of humanity, joy, and whimsy, all of which fuel my creativity and afford me endless opportunity to capture unique and thoughtful images. It’s a chance to create something that will be cherished for generations, by the couple and their families alike. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Those moments that only the universe could direct: a kid face-planted on the dance floor, a drag queen whirling a mother-of-the-groom across the room, a couple cheerfully marching with Chinese Lion Dancers to kick off their party… The list goes on. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « That love is not canceled. In the few weddings I was lucky enough to photograph this year, I was taken aback by how these couples pivoted to find the silver lining. Even when far from what they’d originally planned, each and every celebration was full of love, commitment, and merriment. And for my own business, it served as a reminder of how dedicated I am to this work—and how so many people across our industry feel the same. »

Photo by Stanlo Photography

The South Florida-based photographer Stanley Babb approaches each and every event with a fresh perspective, tailoring everything to fit a client’s particular needs. Ultimately, he’s there to capture the uniqueness and emotion of each wedding. « We’re always paying close attention to the environment, listening in on conversations and anticipating that smile, laugh, tear, or hug, » Babb says. « We have our crop in mind, our lighting set up perfectly, and we’re waiting for that expression. »

I Work in Weddings Because: « I’m really in love with capturing love stories. It’s really great to help our clients relive their love story through our images. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « Definitely the portrait time. We’re always so in love with capturing those wow images. This gives us a chance to really show off our creativity. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Love always wins! Despite such trying times, many have still found ways to have their weddings. Whether it’s COVID-19 testing, mask and guest precautions, Zoom ceremonies, or elopements, the show must go on. »

Photo by Stetten Wilson

San Diego-based duo Skylar Stetten and Devin Wilson are « dedicated to making a positive impact in the world. » Shooting weddings from coast to coast, the photographers view themselves as two primary shooters.

« When you hire us, you get two primary shooters on your wedding day, at minimum, and a lot of heart, » they say. « Our clients want incredible images that speak to the truth of a real moment. And they want an experience with depth, and to work with an artist. »

We Work in Weddings Because: « It’s where art meets love. It means a lot to us to know that our art becomes a family heirloom and will have a special place in our couples’ life story. »

Our Favorite Moment to Capture: « For Devin, it’s the moment the couple hits the dance floor and the party starts because I love capturing the ambiance and movement of a reception. I also love to dance right alongside the guests on the dance floor. As for Skylar? The walk down the aisle after they’re first announced as an official couple. It’s my favorite because there’s always movement and lightness–it’s never posed. It’s a candid moment worth remembering. »

What We Learned About Weddings in 2020: « We’re reminded how important our jobs are as documentarians and how imperative it is to hire a great wedding planner. The pandemic has brought a collective sense of hope amongst the industry. We’re all in this together and because we can’t gather like we used to, it feels more important than ever before in our lifetimes, to gather and document our shared experiences with loved ones. »

Photo by Steve Steinhardt

Steve Steinhardt’s love of weddings began with coming across the timeless photos of JFK and Jackie Kennedy’s wedding. He was struck with the ageless feeling of the over 50-year-old photos. « It was a powerful example that even though fashions and trends change if a moment in time is captured in a timeless way, it has the power to live on gracefully for generations, » Steinhardt says. Seventeen years later, the Cleveland-based photographer captures weddings with a classical aesthetic, emphasizing the honesty of the experience— »creating a warm space that allows my couples to be their best, most beautiful selves in front of the camera. »

I Work in Weddings Because: « They represent the archeology of love and family and photographs are one of the most powerful ways we share these traditions and histories with the next generation. It’s always an honor to witness and document the coming together of families. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « There are so many uniquely beautiful moments that present themselves over the course of a wedding celebration, but one mainstay that has always been a favorite of mine to document is the father-daughter dance. There are so many emotions compounded into this one tender, reflective moment. It’s always magic. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « Small is beautiful. If nothing else, this year has reignited the intimate celebration and I am here for it. In the face of so much uncertainty this year, it was heartwarming to see couples go back to basics when planning their weddings and find intentional and deeply meaningful ways to celebrate in lieu of grand gestures. After all, love should never be measured by the size of your guest count. »

Photo by Sylvie Gil

Shooting since 1998, Sylvie Gil has photographed over 600 weddings. The San Francisco-based Gil has shot weddings all over the world and finds the best approach is to focus on authenticity, allowing the joy, emotion, and beauty of the day to shine through. Gil’s passion project is her workshops, where she shares her 28 years of experience with other photographers.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I love to capture love and beauty. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I love to capture the first moment when the couple realizes they are married. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « There is no perfect size for a wedding. Sharing your love for one another is what matters. »

Photo by Tec Petaja

Taking a classic approach to wedding photography, Nashville-based Tec Petaja has stayed true to his style for the past decade. Petaja says he doesn’t bend to trends or fads. « My work is consistently classic and something I hope my clients will love from the moment they see it to when they’re celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and beyond, » he says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I was made for this profession. Ha! I’m not high strung, so I don’t bring stress to the day, but I have an innate eye that allows me to capture this monumental day with confidence and an easy sensibility. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I always enjoy the quiet moments I get when I sneak away with just the couple; those few minutes together—before they walk down the aisle or right afterward—are so sacred. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « I find it easy to get caught up in the hustle and glorify business; 2020 provided the space to remember my purpose for doing this job: to capture one of the most joyous days of a couple’s life with ease, kindness, timelessness, and honesty. »

Photo by Tessa Tadlock

Based in Arroyo Grande, California, Tessa Tadlock has been shooting weddings for over five years. Full of « happy energy and sarcasm » Tadlock loves shooting outdoors and mixing « gorgeous landscapes and romance. » But ultimately she wants her clients to have fun! « The most important thing to me has always been working with couples who share my same perspective on weddings/elopements: to actually enjoy the entire experience, embrace the inevitable lost shoes or crazy weather on the wedding day and have freakin’ fun! » elle dit.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I freakin’ love, love and I love people. I feel like I’m living inside of a romance movie! I get to not only capture moments but also facilitate them with posing with is so much fun!! »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « The moment when the couple sneaks away with me and I get them dancing together just the two of them, soaking up their freshly-married selves! »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « You can keep so many special details and even have room for more unique moments and activities while still keeping a wedding small and intimate. »

Photo by Trent Bailey Studio

Husband-and-wife duo Trent Cobb and Dara Kent-Cobb founded Trent Bailey Studio more than 11 years ago. Documenting weddings with an artistic aesthetic, the couple takes an honest approach to this work—capturing photos that feel captivating and joyful. « We believe in creating images and short films that feel classic and timeless, that will instantly transport you back to the way you felt on your wedding day, » they say. Trent Bailey Studio is based out of New York City.

We Work in Weddings Because: « We love telling stories. It’s truly an honor to document such an important day in two lives. To capture meaningful and memorable moments that the couple might one day show their grandchildren is really why we do this. »

Our Favorite Moment to Capture: « We can’t pick just one. We strive to capture how the day felt more than anything. Whether it is that joyful moment just after the couple has recessed down the aisle or a celebratory group of friends huddled on the dance floor, the entire day is our favorite. »

What We Learned About Weddings in 2020: « In the words of Governor Cuomo: ‘New York loves everyone. That’s why I love New York. It always has, it always will. And at the end of the day, my friends, even if it is a long day, and this is a long day, love wins. Always. And it will win again through this virus.’ Love truly always wins. We were so delighted that many of our couples did not let a mandated guest count change the love and energy of the day. Whether they celebrated with immediate family only at their childhood home or had a reduced guest count of 50 COVID-tested guests, each wedding we documented this year had such a soulful feeling to it and an emphasis on what truly matters…love. »

Headshot by Vanessa Tierney; Photo by Valorie Darling

Valorie Darling has shot 150 weddings around the world since 2013. A life-long dancer, Darling approaches every wedding like a dance— »the choreography, movement, and intimacy of it all. »

Working closely with a couple’s planning team, Darling ensures every last detail is covered so that couples can enjoy the experience—producing the most beautiful and lasting images.  » I’m drawn to the real, intimate moments that have heart and find my inspiration in all the things that are unique to the couple and the way the day unfolds. All the unplanned moments that become the magic of it all, » she says.

I Work in Weddings Because: « I work in weddings because they fill my life with celebration, love and great stories. I get to know couples and their families at such peak moments in life, often becoming life-long friendships, and it’s fulfilling to know that my art will be something they return to for inspiration and pass forward for generations. »

My Favorite Moment to Capture: « I have two! The first is all the little intimacies that occur in the moments between happenings when no one is watching: a quick squeeze of a hand, the stolen kiss, the tearful embrace with a parent, the smile that says ‘let’s do this.’ The second is magic hour portraits because of the sense of ease the couple embodies now that the biggest parts of the day have happened. Time slows down in the colors of the sunset and they really get to relax into the celebration and have a moment just the two of them. »

What I Learned About Weddings in 2020: « In 2020, we saw weddings peel back their grandiosity to the core of what they’re really about, which is the ceremony of committing to love—and the people closest to us who will support us in the journey. »

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