A former photojournalist Samo is now an international destination wedding photographer based in the heart of Europe. In 2015 Italian JM Just Married Magazine named Samo as One of 3 Best Wedding Photographers Worldwide, and in 2013 he was listed among the TOP 10 WPJA Wedding Photojournalists. Samo is an active speaker on photography worldwide, and is known for his passionate, fun and emotional documentary storytelling.
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Aaron is a creative documentary wedding photographer from Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom. Often brave but always beautifully legitimate; Aaron is present and mindful of the amazing moments of real joy and emotion that happen throughout a wedding. He doesn't have any expectations of how the day will unfold and he's constantly working hard to capture the honest and fun that tells each wedding in all its unique glory. Aaron is proud to be one of the most awarded and regarded wedding photographers in the UK and is featured in numerous top 50 lists including; ISPWP, Wedding Photographers Society and top 10 fearless photographers in the UK.
Hi, I'm Dimitri, a destination wedding photographer based in Barcelona. My clients are the centre stage of our photography. I create with an open heart dedicated exclusively to them. The inspiration to tell their wedding story comes from the connection between us. The images I take are deeply embedded with sincere emotions. They are made to evoke the strongest feelings about life.
Hello ! I’m Laurentiu Nica, a former photojournalist based in Romania. I changed my love for the newspapers with a love for weddings. It’s not a huge change because I love to capture people with their pure emotions in their environment. I love the emotions a wedding day brings, from the tears in grandmas eyes to the beauty of the glowing bride. Emotions are best caught in black and white. Weddings bring unique moments and these remain in my soul as a photographer on the day and as a friend.
A former engineer, Yves Schepers is considered one of the rising stars in the international wedding photography scene. With only 4 years into the game he’s built a noteworthy portfolio consisting of both strong, graphical, creative portraits and authentic documentary images. His work is recognized around the globe and he has won numerous international awards with highlights being named Best Photographer of 2017 by Masters of Wedding Photography Benelux and Top 10 of wedding photographers in 2017 by Fearless Photographer.
Recently named one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the world, David West uses a creative and stylish approach to his wedding photography. David's style is often described as contemporary, artistic and creative, and no two weddings he captures are the same. Combining natural, honest and intimate moments to create bold and telling images.
I am Alberto Sagrado a member of Sagrado Studios based in Spain. We are authentic, determined people who value the unique moments that make each wedding special. We like to put the best of ourselves in all our work and that's why we capture everything in great detail. We have more than 20 years experience and we are endorsed as the best professionals and experts in capturing the essence of any wedding.
Marianne is a quirky documentary wedding photographer with a strong signature style that overlaps with whilst bending away from both the PJ and alternative crowds. She has won multiple Fearless, WPJA and WPS awards, and was named one of Rangefinder Magazine's 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography in 2017. Her work focuses on framed compositions and subtle humour, often relishing in the joy of human normalcy and raw expressions.
We are Abby + Dave and we help madly in love couples re-live raw, beautiful, hilarious, and heart-bursting-out-of-your-chest moments. We capture stories for them and for their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, and grandchildren. Our images are a piece of family history and a tribute to love and life.
Christelle has been shooting weddings for almost a decade and covered more than 500 weddings as the main shooter. Her style is creative, unique and innovative. Her images portray unscripted emotion that show the wedding day as it happens with all the in-between moments and memories. Her work speaks for itself with many international accolades, awards and publications. In the last year alone, she won 'Best wedding photographer" by Admired in Africa, ranked in the 'Top wedding photographers of the year - 2015" by Fearless Photographers (USA) and ranked in the Top 20 in the world by both the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) as well as Wedding Photography Select (UK).
Caroline Briggs is one-half of The Twins - one of Rangefinder's Rising Stars of 2015. She works as a multi- media journalist and studied photography at Saint Martin's College, in London. Caroline draws on her journalistic background and a strong visual aesthetic in her wedding photography work.
William is a French Wedding Photographer. Year by year he has developed is own style, a mix between photojournalism and creativity. His goal is to create strong and composed pictures in capturing small moments a lot of people doesn’t see. He likes to integrate on his pictures a lot of details which reflect the mood of the day. His work has been awarded many times by international photography associations.
Hi. My name is Ambre and I'm a photographer based in France. I discovered wedding photography in 2013, while studiyng for my Bachelor in Photography. I fell in love with raw moments and the artistic vision that can be associated with this type of reportage. I've shot many weddings since then specializing in small, intimate weddings and elopements worldwide. I absolutely love my job and my couples, and I can't wait to see what's around the corner!
Dave is a worldly guy who lives in New York City. When he's not travelling, he loves spending time with his family. He loves to cook ethnic dishes from around the world including dishes from India, Vietnam, Mexico, and even Russia. Dave also has a passion for photographing the most precious moments of your wedding day in a way that will blow your mind and leave you speechless. He's obsessed with the fundamentals that make a great photograph; light (as well as shadows), composition, and emotion. As your wedding photographer, he will diligently capture your poignant and sometimes crazy moments with creative twists that will remain timeless. To boot, he's won a few industry awards here and there and he's also had a few of his personal photographs featured in National Geographic.
Hello, I am Claudiu Negrea and I am a wedding photographer based in Arad, Romania. For me wedding photography is a way of life. I love to shoot weddings because during a wedding you get to shoot a mixture of all types of photography but most importantly you get to shoot people and their feelings which makes me feel alive! My objective is to capture the story of the couples I shoot on their best day!
It is of utmost importance to Eppel Photography that the memories are captured and immortalised, so that they can be brought back to mind with a simple flip through the photographs. To achieve this, Ralf and his team combines his energetic, fun approach to wedding photography with getting to know each couple and reflecting their personalities in the images. We are very proud to be winners of multiple awards from several of best wedding assosiations.
BARBARA ZANON is a professional photojournalist, portrait and wedding photographer, based in Venice. She is a member of ITALIAN PRESS ASSOCIATION, and she is a awarded member of international wedding associations, as JUNEBUG, WPJA, AGWPJA, ISPWP,and BOWP and WPS. She also is a winner of: IPA, PX3, RENAISSANCE Photography Award, Mifa. Barbara Zanon is also a GETTY IMAGES CONTRIBUTOR in the News and she published pictures on internationally known Italian and foreign NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES, as Time, Life, Newsweek, EL pais, Spiegel, Observer, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Elle, etc.
Hi, I’m Vali Matei! I like to think about myself, that I'm a lucky guy. And that's because even though being economist at the base, I've come to do what I really like and transform my passion for photography into a day to day living after 10 years in the telecoms without altering any kind of feelings expressed on such a special day. My photos are and will always be natural, energetic, funny, special and always look to capture people's expressions, gestures feelings and emotions.
Lauren Brimhall is a NJ-based moment-driven photographer who is currently ranked among the top 25 photographers in the world in Fearless Photographers and Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). She has received numerous awards from the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) as well, and has had work featured everywhere, from the cover of major magazines to countless blogs and websites. She believes amazing photography is achieved with great lighting, extremely hard work, and a unique sense of humor.
Donatella Barbera is a international photographer based in Tuscany, Italy. She is cheerful, outgoing, stubborn and resourceful.She has a photojournalistic approach and loves to capture moments and emotions. She is happy to photograph weddings in Tuscany and throughout Italy, however enjoys to discover new places, people and cultures by photographing weddings around the world. She is recognized by the most important international associations. In 2016 she was named in the TOP 10 Fearless Photographers, TOP 10 ISPWP FALL and TOP 20 WPS.
Susana Barbera is a female photographer from Spain. During last 3 years she has become an International reference in documentary wedding photography. Her committed and passionate work, creativity and mastery in the use of black and white and layering have earned her numerous international awards and took her to her other passion, teaching and sharing her philosophy of believing in Magic to let the Universe surprise you.
Andreas Pollok is an international award winning weddding photographer from Germany. He is based near Heidelberg and Frankfurt. He photographs the wedding day in a creative documentary style with dramatic and romantic portraits. But first of all, "he really LoVes WhAT he is Doing".
I love God, my family and friends, music and books and all that is who I am. I’m always trying to keep things simple. I appreciate sincerity in all its forms and I live my life making it an experience that will leave me with a smile on my face on the day that I die, even if this would happen in an hour or, hopefully, in 100 years. I’m a wedding photographer since 2008 and I’ve shot more then 150 weddings, mostly in Romania, but more and more internationally since 2012. I’ve won awards at Fearless Photographers (top 10 2014), ISPWP, WPS (top 3 in 2013 and 2014) and Mywed (finalist at both their contest in 2014 and 2015, 2nd on their top list now).
Lyndsey is a documentary wedding photographer who lives by the sea in Kent. Regional and national winner for ‘’Best Wedding Photographer” in the 2017 Wedding Industry Awards, and voted as the top UK photographer by the WPJA in 2016 (and 11th worldwide), she's known for her honest and uncontrived storytelling. With a background in Fine Art, creative use of light and strong composition play a big part in her work, and capturing the unexpected moments and humour of a wedding is what drives her.
Steven has been shooting weddings since 2005 and in that time developed an individual modern style that encompasses creativity, emotion and humour. He likes to challenge the norm and strives to be different. He has more WPS International Excellence Awards and Fearless Awards than any other photographer in the UK and was named in the SLR Lounge list of 150 Best International Wedding Photographers 2016. He sits proudly in a list of the Top 100 Fearless Photographers of all time.
Listed as one of Rangefinder magazines 30 Rising Stars 2015, Chris and Verity Sansom are responsible for some of the most deliciously compelling and unconventional wedding photography around. Winners of WPS Excellence Awards, Junebug ‘Best of the Best’ Awards (Wedding 2015 and Engagement 2015) and ISPWP Awards. Chris and Verity produce intimate, artistic and real photos that bring out the best in the world around them.
Victoria Sprung is the Owner and Lead Photographer here at Sprung Photo. Victoria specializes in fine art, low light, bold, colorful, classic, creative, photojournalistic, documentary wedding photography and has photographed over 400 Weddings in the 10 years as a full-time Wedding Photographer. Winner or multiple awards across several photography associations. Victoria has a background in fashion photography, which produces superior, high quality results, with a supremely creative and unique style.
Dennis Berti was born in Livorno, Italy in 1978. Dennis discovered the magic of photography at the age of 18 and he immediately fell in love. Before going to work as a photographer on a cruise ship, he attended basic photography courses but most of his knowledge has been self taught. Dennis is a renowned documentary photographer with a unique approach and has shot over 500 weddings as well as teaching others through workshops and conferences.
Hey, I’m Louis. A few years ago, after meeting some great photographers around the world, I’ve decided to quit my engineer job to be a full time wedding photographer. I’ve been living in different countries in Europe and I’m now based in western France. I shoot weddings and beautiful couples in many places around the world and I’m really proud to be listed among those amazing photographers judging international contests.
I love weddings! As a wedding photographer I am responsible for my client's memories. That is why I invest so much of myself on their wedding day. I am there, close to them, always ready to capture all that real emotions. In my photographs you will see that I love dogs, light, music, dancing and laughing but most of all that I love to capture all of this and make memories for life. My photographs represent both the people who have put their trust in me with the most important day of their lives, but also they represent me, who I am, and how much of myself I invest in every single shot that I take.
Hi, I’m Ariel. I’m a wedding photographer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina I like to let the couples enjoy these magical moments of life without being too aware of the camera. Love stories through the lens should be romantic, full of emotion and totally free as they are in real life. Therefore, I don’t like to create the moments. I just let it flow and look to capture it from my perspective.
Marian started working as a wedding photographer in 2009. Based in Romania he shoots weddings all over the world. He creates distinct signature wedding images and with each wedding and image he exceeds the limits to innovate and push boundaries. When it comes to image quality and passion Marian is a wedding photographer at the top of his game.
Named as one of Rangefinder Magazines Rising Stars of 2016 Heather shoots weddings as Eclection Photography. With a passion for the art of photography and a love of design aesthetics she has a unique way of seeing and creates visual interest in her imagery from any location. In a world where many images are starting to look the same she creates distinctive images with beauty and realism. Dividing her time between weddings and editorial/commercial photography she has been commissioned by the likes of The New York Times, Conde Nast Vogue and Hello Magazine.
Pete (along side his wife, Sara - as Pixies in the Cellar) has been shooting weddings since 2008 throughout the UK and Europe. In this time Pete has become renown for his artistic photography, extracting everything possible from natural light alongside his own lighting methods. An obsession to deliver the best possible images and the desire to work for it are characteristics that define his work ethos. His creative and observational approach has been recognised over the years through numerous WPS Excellence awards, ISPWP awards, Fearless Photographers awards and MyWed awards.
I’m Benjamin Brette, 42, living near Paris. As a wedding photographer in France I work like a photo reporter, in a modern, documentary and fun approach. I consider telling the real story is the most important, more than everything.Wedding is not only about perfection, it’s all about life. As i like to say, « Real life behind Magic ». I’ve been awarded many times, at WPS where I’ve been ranked in the top 10 for 3 years, but also at ISPWP, Fearless and WPJA
Wedding Photographer Paul Rogers is an expert in the Documentary or photojournalist style of natural wedding photography. He studied Documentary Photography at Cardiff School of Journalism before starting work at The Times as a photojournalist. From 1998 until 2015 he was at the forefront of the world’s news events, photographing news, features and people across the UK and the rest of the world.
Matthew Sowa has been based in New York City for over 20 years and has been a wedding photographer for over decade, covering more than 500 weddings. Creativity,passion and energy define his style. His documentary wedding approach is balanced by a contemporary portraits created in dramatic way. He infuses his work with enthusiasm,spontaneity and fresh original eye. His unique perspective and dramatic mood are based on the strong and simple composition to emphasis his images very often in black & white form, leaving nothing between the content.
Anna is one half of the fantastic wedding photography team Luna Weddings. Working side by side with her husband. Anna is an International multi-award-winning Devon wedding photographer. Anna shoots with a timeless and creative style of photography always aiming to see things from different perspectives and capturing those unique and special moments.
Paulo Santos, a very chilled out wedding photographer based in the UK. I like to keep thing quite simple. I’m creative and nosey, and I’m drawn to quirks and subtle detail. I like variety and I love to travel. Shooting weddings allows many of my needs to be met. I shoot weddings sticking closely to an appreciation of the basics. Gorgeous light, thoughtful compositions, heartfelt emotion, this is what keeps me pushing for more. Awards and accolades include Junebug Top 50 Wedding Photographs in the World 2014, Wedding Photography Select Excellence Awards, ISPWP International Awards, North East England Wedding Photographer of the Year 2013 & 2014, Junebug writer and contributor. My work has is also featured by Rangefinder Magazine, Junebug Weddings, Wedding Photography Select, Love My Dress, Fly Away Bride, Rock My Wedding.
Both a celebrated wedding documentary photographer and photojournalist, multi-award winning (160 awards : WPJA POY 2008, Junebug Best of the Best 2011, Fearless Photographers Top 15 2011, 2012, 2015, WPS Photographers Top 10 2015) Franck is known for his ability to tell a story through his work. He divides his time between his daughter, his personal long-term projects, his destination weddings and “item”, the photography agency he co-founded in 2001 which is dedicated to concerned documentary photography. In his photographic approach, he feels close to the tradition of humanist photography. For his personal projects like for his weddings, he tries to tell stories with a highly personal vision, trying to have a lyrical and poetic strength in his images.
Isabelle lives with her partner, daughter and dog in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She has been a photographer since 2001 after she obtained her degree in photographic design from the Academy of Art and Design in the Netherlands. She has been shooting weddings for fifteen years and has shot more than 600 weddings. Isabelle photographs weddings with enthusiasm and passion to show a real life story. 'I love spontaneous, powerful and exuberant emotions. The moment in photography is the most important ingredient for a good picture. Isabelle enjoys teaching as well. FotoBelle has been rewarded with numerous accolades by esteemed photography associations like, WPJA, ISPWP, Fearless, Wedding Photography Select, Mywed, and more. In 2015 they were named One of the Top 20 Fearless Photographers in the World.
Anne-Sophie is Thailand based award winning photographer. She easily distinguishes herself with a discerning eye for technical detail and an artist’s flair for accentuating the beauty of those in love.Efficient, discreet and disarming, Anne-Sophie’s true ability as a photographer lies in her talent at capturing the emotion of a moment. Anna-Sophie has a unique artistic style and a personal service.
Livio Lacurre is an international destination wedding photographer based in Tuscany in the heart of Italy. His work always appearing as unconventional and not obvious, managing to combine and balance photojournalism and fine-art. His work has been featured in various publications such as Junebug Weddings, Brides Magazine, Rock My Wedding, LaBride Magazine and RangeFinder.