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Born in Mumbai, Alpana grew up in the era of black and white television, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Bollywood Cinema. Her love affair with people and spaces formed as she walked the streets of Mumbai. Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and creates authentic family portraits as well as personal works.
Alyssa Lund-Kyrola is a Minneapolis-based wedding and boudoir photographer. Inspired by nature, she captures images that are elegant and emotional, creating tangible albums and framed portraits for her clients. See her wedding work at www.alyssalundphotography.com and explore her boudoir portraits at www.illuminateboudoir.com
Amber Gress is a wedding, portrait, and travel photographer based in New York. She started making photos in the black and white darkroom of her California high school. She continues to makes images for creative people who love adventure, color, and the unexpected. She loves people and a good laugh.
Amber specializes in modern, fine art newborn and baby photography in the DC metro area. Her clean, classic, stylish images integrate beautiful fabrics and knits without overwhelming the image. Inspired by her family’s nightly ritual of reading “Goodnight Moon” to her sons Carter & Reed, the name Little Moon Photography was born. To see Amber’s work, visit littlemoonphotography.com and to learn from her valuable business tips check out the Essential Pricing Guide for Portrait Photographers.
ANDREW JAMES ABAJIAN
Andrew James Abajian is a hybrid fine art wedding, humanitarian, fashion photographer, and film maker. He has a passion for mixing both digital and traditional film mediums in order to tell stories from all over the world. Andrew believes that photography, at it’s core, is a journalistic art form. He feels that he is capturing a single moment in time, and that his videography should always be shot like it’s a timeless piece of art. This is always in the forefront of his mind while he’s working, as he always aims to achieve this approach. Over the past 3 years, he has had the opportunity to create many inspiring, beautiful, and personal films. From commemorating weddings to filming high fashion brands and travelling overseas to document humanitarian work, each story inspires him to strive for a finished film that reflects his personal goals for quality and uniqueness.
Andy was raised near the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii by a musician and a photographer. He has spent the last 10 years working as a songwriter, recording artist, and touring musician-for-hire. He assisted his wife for several years as a photographer with Julie Harmsen Photography, and discovered a passion in expressing his creativity through the visual transcription of romance. He wants to provide couples with a wedding video that they’re not embarrassed or self-conscious watching, but EXCITED to watch, over and over again. He loves to work with photographers and compliment the beautiful still images with a choreographic map of the day. Some couples remember the flurry of events that transpire on a wedding day, but rarely are one’s memories more than fragmented snap-shots generated by the photographs we review. He is excited to create moving pictures that assist in retaining living memories.
Angela Weedon Photography is a husband and wife photo team celebrating their 13th year of photographing families in Dallas, Texas, as well as the rest of the country. Their studio has supported Operation Smile since 2005. They also proudly partner with Tiny Sparrow Foundation, providing beautiful images to families of children battling life-threatening illness. Before settling in Dallas (in what they call their “former life!”), Matt and Angela traveled the world, working as scuba instructors and photographing marine and tropical imagery for publications and books. Some of their valuable business tips can be found in the Essential Pricing Guide for Portrait Photographers.
Anita feels energized when she’s at a wedding; she gets to be a part of the most important day of two people’s lives! They’ve allowed her to be a part of their celebration and it is truly exciting and an honor to create everlasting works of art that will be shared with their future generations. She believes that everyone deserves to have their day creatively documented; her goal is not to just be their photographer, but be their storyteller too.
Anna Kuperberg, of Anna Kuperberg Photography, is a photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in InStyle, People, and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. Anna's fine art photography has been exhibited nationwide, most recently in a solo show at the St. Louis Art Museum, and is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Art Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. Learn more at kuperberg.com. Anna’s expertise is featured in Selling Without A Studio: The Guide and The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Anna Mayer is a much loved and sought after child and family photographer with clients all over the United States, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Chicago to San Antonio, Texas. Anna’s honest, happy images capture the joy and magic of childhood. Her ability to connect with children and families coupled with her smart business sense has taken her from a part-time adventure to a full-time business in multiple cities across the U.S. Being mother to four active and adventurous children has honed her ability to see life through a child’s eyes and a mother’s heart. Her work continues to inspire families and fellow photographers alike. Anna is featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Ash Ambirge is the Founder & CEO of The Middle Finger Project (yes, she actually holds the trademark for the name!), a place for people who want to learn online business but can't stand "newsletters," cheesy advice, tired clichés, words like "empowerment" or anything else that makes you roll your eyes or contemplate death by wine. (Which admittedly sounds kind of delicious.).
BEN + REBEKAH HOOD
Ben and Rebekah Hood, the owners of Kallima Photography, specialize in weddings and editorial photography. They’ve been married for 11 years, have two awesome kids, a crossfit addiction, and a love of coffee.
Ben Sasso is a photographer and educator living in the mountains near Los Angeles. Aside from taking pictures, he loves to be in nature (camping, climbing, hiking and running around) and has a self proclaimed unmanly love for cats. Ben am a firm believer in fostering a close knit photo community and encouraging individual progression. "We are all in this together." Select Publications, Writing, and Speaking: PDN Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, WPPI, Canada Photo Convention, Photo Field Trip, CreativeLive, Digital SLR Photography Magazine, Resource Magazine, Brides Magazine, The Knot Magazine, Southern Weddings Magazine, Darling Magazine, White Magazine, and plenty more.
Bethany Deschamp is the photographer behind Bethadilly Photography and creator of #thebethadillychallenge. She is most content when she is making memories with her little family. She is married to the boy who had a high school locker next to hers and a mama to a darling little lady. Starbucks iced soy chai, paperback books, Instagram, almond vanilla cupcakes, blogging, and a glass of bold red wine are just a few of her most favorite things. Her favorite thing about being a photographer is being able to portray the beauty of ordinary things in everyday life and creating everyday honest images that her family can cherish in photo albums in the years ahead. Becoming a photographer has helped her to see the beauty in the littlest of things. And that is a life lesson she will always be grateful for.
A music-loving, dog-obsessed photographer who shoots weddings and families all over the world. Bobbi loves people, personalities, and is fascinated by relationships of all kinds. Images full of life, immense joy and genuine connections… that’s her jam! You can check out Bobbi's work at bobbiphoto.com. Oh, did we mention that she teaches photography workshops AND happens to be featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore? Yes yes yes she is!
Brittney Kluse is a lifestyle photographer based in the sunny, eastern corner of Washington state. Best known for her bright, bold, and colorful imagery in the photography industry; to her family and friends, Brittney is best known for her inability to do laundry and dishes. In addition to being a natural light photographer, Brittney is a full-time mess-picker-upper for her two young children and husband. Launching her business in 2008, Brittney has evolved her vibrant and loud style to match her equally-as-loud voice. Her background in business, marketing, and branding mixed with her thriving photography brand has helped shape her into a sought after mentor for photographers around the globe. Brittney is fluent in English and sarcasm.
Born on a tiny island off the coast of Africa, the token French of the team caught the travel bug early on and believes to be a true citizen of the world calling many places “home”. Serve her a cosmo, she’ll smile; bring her to the sea, she’ll be happy. Lover of a good laugh with friends, she admits a slight obsession for Dave Grohl but what really makes her tick: people. Robin started his creative career with music; he has been a part of rock bands since he was a teenager. He then moved to photography & film since meeting Steph who he also shares the love of travels with. The reason bubblerock has been such an exciting journey for him can probably be linked to his other passions for History and anthropology. You won’t see him far from his Les Paul guitar though it’s OK to leave it at home when we are off jet-skiing in the Caribbean. Together they are bubblerock team: an international, traveling photography and filmmaking duo who built their little project from the ground up through passion, hard work and lots of optimism. They see opportunities in everyone and everything, believe in making people happy always staying authentic and down-to-earth.
Milou + Olin’s Caroline Winata is a classically trained artist with a free spirited, bohemian, fashionably editorial, romantic style. Her photographs show an authentic interest in her clients as well as a love for the world and the people within it. In addition to her addictions to friends, fashion, big cocktail rings, and her award-winning Portuguese Water dog, Milou, Caroline loves to obsess over design and decadent sashimi. See her innovative style at milouandolin.com and learn from her experiences in The Essential Pricing Guide for Wedding Photographers. Caroline is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
CAROLYN MARA BORLENGHI
Carolyn Mara Borlenghi was born in 1979 in Houston, Texas in an Italian family. She earned her BA in psychology with a minor in photography from Southern Methodist University (2002) and an MFA in photography, video and related media from the School of Visual Arts, NYC (2006). Carolyn has exhibited in multiple gallery spaces in the United States, at PhotoFest Houston, been published in PDN magazine, Saplings Magazine, and B&T Australia among others and sold work to private clients. She teaches two classes at The DEFINE School as well as offering group mentoring.
Cassie is the Founder of Modern Thrive, an online platform designed to help you figure out what you want to do with your life. For the past five years she has been a writer and entrepreneur, building online marketing programs for some of the world's largest brands. Cassie is passionate about connecting the right people together to help them make amazing things happen.
Chad Andrew Evans is passionate about creating. He’s currently in his fourth year pursuing a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. When he’s not in the design studio, or editing photos at your local coffee shop, he’s out searching for everyday beautiful moments. In design and in his photography, he loves finding the vernacular, the ordinary, and turning it into something beautiful.
Chantel Marie is a Wedding and Women’s Fashion Photographer She focuses on interesting light and raw imagery. While specializing in intimate weddings + elopements. She married her Australia-native husband, Jordan on the beaches of his hometown in Australia. She loves being active, eating good food in great atmospheres, traveling to new places, live music, cookie dough, and fashion. She resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and puppy, Walter.
Owner of Christina Block Photography, Christina resides in the San Marco area located in Jacksonville, Fl & is a Mom to her precious son, Asher. Her love for photography started over 10 years ago while taking a film course at a local community college; for many years she did street work with her Canon A-1 in hand & shooting nothing but rolls of black and white film. To her, there is nothing more beautiful & inspiring than a black and white photograph that shows pure emotion. Christina has successfully been running her photography business over 4 years now where her concentration is in portraiture, lifestyle, commercial work and intimate weddings. Her son and life’s simple moments are by far what she holds dearest to her heart. You can see some of her lovely images in the Design Aglow Posing Guides.
CURTIS + JORDIN WIKLUND
Curtis and Jordin are a husband and wife photography team, shooting couples’ weddings, events, and commercial work: curtiswiklundphoto.com. Curtis also draws autobiographical sketches of himself and his wife: drawings365.com.
Cynthia Chung is a New York City wedding photographer with a special talent for creating wedding GIFs.
Dana Pugh is a family photographer with a studio in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. In 2010, she was named the first ever International Child Photographer of the Year by the NAPCP (National Association of Professional Children's Photographers). Her work is quirky, emotional and authentic which has lead to many features in industry blogs and publications, but she is most happiest seeing her work hanging in the homes of her clients across North America.
Daniel DeWaard of Hatch Photography has a passion for his family and their life in the Pacific Northwest. He is a devout husband to his wife Tracy and an extremely proud father to their daughter January. Daniel believes in keeping life simple and honest and carries that mantra into his photography. You can follow him and his adventures in the PNW, @hatchimages. See Daniel's work at hatchphotography.net
David Ruzicka is an acclaimed European born cinematographer. His company, Fairytale Studio, established in 2008, when by series of coincidences collided and he created his first wedding film and immediately fell in love with cinematography. He’s a member of Style me Pretty's Little Black Book, and his weddings have been featured on numerous blogs such as Grey Likes Wedding, Grace Ormonde, Brooklyn Bride, Tulle and Twine and Beautiful South Asian Brides.
Dawn Charles is a wedding and elopement photographer from Southern California and currently based in Salem, Oregon. When she’s not shooting and editing, she loves to travel and hike with her husband and two pups.
Dawn Piebenga photographs Weddings, Elopements, and Portraits. Her style of photography is inspired by adventure, the outdoors, and exploring. She plans to travel the world, and photograph couples madly in love, in epic places.
Matt and Tash, the husband and wife team that is Design Patrol, are based in the Hunter Valley on the East Coast of Australia and travel far and wide to capture their couples love stories. They are storytellers who are passionate about capturing the heart, emotion and personality of each of their super awesome couples on their big day. Their films are candid, fun, honest and quirky. Their "fly on the wall" style allows them to capture all the big important parts, plus all the special little moments that may go unnoticed.
Dominique lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband and 2 kids and a dog. She teaches chemistry at the local university and is a family and wedding photographer, and adds new travel destinations to her ever increasing list of places to visit on a daily basis. She loves the quiet of early morning, good coffee, and long walks with the dog. She has a severe yarn addiction and almost had her knitting needles confiscated by a Japanese customs official once. Her photography journey started in elementary school when her father gave her her first camera that took 110 cartridges. (Anyone remember those?) Her photographic interests are varied and is known to schlepp her camera, tripod, and remote (when she remembers) up mountains and hillsides.
Elise Mesner is a big lounger, disco napper, and bask in the sun hammock styler. She recently moved to Los Angeles, but spent her whole life growing and learning in Detroit. She does creative things: photography, cooking, art, and music. Her perfect day involves a sunny nap. She thinks lavender cookies and taro bread are amazing.
Elizabeth Messina, of Elizabeth Messina Photography, is an award winning photographer, author of The Luminous Portrait, and the happily-married mother of three beautiful children. Her innate sense of style is reflected in her images, which grace the pages of countless magazines. Elizabeth’s work takes her around the world, but a piece of her heart always remains with her family. Their home in southern California is full of laughter, laundry, kisses and photographs… lots of photographs. See her work at elizabethmessina.com. Elizabeth is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Ellie Koleen is a photographer based out of Central California, but travels at any opportunity she has. She loves snuggling with her sweet husband, Spenser, two pups, Scout and Sawyer, and cat, Rimsky. A few of her other loves are Jesus, the rain, good aesthetic, decorating her home, bicycle rides to dinner, restoring her vintage trailer, drinking coffee at all times during the day, and most of all…telling stories through photography. With over 6 years of experience and 75 weddings photographed, not only will she be your photographer, but someone you can call a friend as well.
Emily Mitchell passionately believes that capturing our moving, living history now is more important than perfection. Her mission is to empower photographers with the skills to capture and edit artistic films about family life. When she's not honestly blogging her often-hilarious life full of travel and adventures with kids, she is refurbishing their Victorian-era house or teaching DSLR Video Storytelling and Mobile Device Video Storytelling. You can find her at Everyday Films, www.filmsaboutfamily.com.
Erich is a wedding, portrait and editorial film photographer with a love for medium format cameras, natural light and incredible scenery. Using an approach that combines documentary and fine art styles, Erich captures beautiful, honest, and timeless images.
Emory Hall’s journey as a travel photographer and visual journalist began over six years ago when she first traveled to Nepal. It was there her life’s passion was ignited, which would ultimately lead her and her camera around the world to countries such as India, Turkey, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and Indonesia. Emory Hall’s work has been featured in galleries in Los Angeles, CA and New York City, as well as published in a variety of online and in-print magazines both in the U.S. and internationally.
The mission of Fotolanthropy is to capture and share inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity through photography and film. Fotolanthropy seeks to be a hub of inspiration for all through the power of storytelling. With each story, Fotolanthropy gives the recipient a portrait session, a slideshow to music and the digital images, as well as a platform for them to share their story. Fotolanthropy also chooses about 5 stories to make into short documentary films each year. Fotolanthropy is a nationwide community of professional photographers and filmmakers who use their cameras for good by donating their time and talents to capture stories of those who inspire them. These artists are the storytellers behind every story shared on Fotolanthropy’s website. With their common interest of giving back and a servant-hearted spirit, these Fotocrew members are uniting together as an artistic community to give back to those who have overcome adversity.
My name is Grace. I am Alaskan, born and raised, a photographer by trade and artist at heart. More than that, I am a wife, a new mother and a follower of Jesus Christ. I also have a fondness for road trips, locally roasted coffee, and vintage children's books. My desire in art is to capture authentic emotions, thoughts, and the many details that make people and the lives they live so beautiful. Specializing in intimate weddings and portraits. I am currently based out of Anchorage, Alaska and available for travel worldwide.
Guj is a destination wedding filmmaker & photographer based in Manila, Philippines. He is the founder & creative director of redsheep PhotoCinema and is part of Rangefinder Magazine & PDN's first batch of In-Motion awardees: The 20 Emerging Artists To Watch in Video. Known for his art house sense of aesthetics, Guj is passionate about crafting filmic and cinematic images in natural light, favouring the candid over the contrived. Guj is a self-taught visual artist and an avid musician; he suffers from a severe case of wanderlust, breathes progressive rock and bleeds #UnmeritedFavor. Stalk his works and travels at redsheepphotocinema.com and @redsheepphotocinema on Instagram.
THE HARRIS COMPANY
Makayla Jade & Dave Harris, owners of The Harris Company, developed a brand distinguished by providing an elevated photo/ cinema client experience, propelling their business to reaching multiple six-figures serving clients all over the northeast in less than 5 years. Rather than focusing on a specific style of photography/ cinema, they’ve built a conglomerate of brands ranging from weddings, commercial films, and intimate photography, all targeting a niche clientele that places a high value on printed products & photographic art.
With backgrounds in finance and consulting, paired with a passion for the creative industries, Dave and Makayla are recognized for their business ingenuity, marketing efforts, and networking abilities. Featured in Rangefinder, Click Magazine, and PPA magazine alongside Miller’s Professional Imaging, Dave & Makayla are highly regarded for their industry-leading product offerings and unique approach to conditioning clients for better sales & higher profits.
While studying drawing at Atlanta College of Art, Heidi Geldhauser met Jesse Chamberlin; together they formed Our Labor of Love in 2005. When not taking photos, Heidi thoroughly enjoys coffee and editing to NPR podcasts. View her work at ourlaboroflove.com. Heidi is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Humdrum Films is Jacob Williams and Jared Kettle. They met in 2008 while studying Film & Digital Media at Deakin University. They’ve been co-conspirators ever since. Together, they have over 10 years of wedding experience behind them, and they feel incredibly lucky to have couples invite them into what is a very special day in their lives. Humdrum was born as a creative outlet, a way for them to tell unique stories through the moving image. They love what they do, and the people they get to meet.
Originally from Boston, Jaclyn is the founder of Blog Society, a global community where blogging, business and creativity collide. A passionate creative matchmaker, she is a social media addict prone to wasting hours on Pinterest and has had a long love affair with the digital marketing world. She believes in the power of collaboration and has a passion for helping businesses and bloggers tell their brand story. She aims to offer like-minded and passionate individuals the opportunity to connect and inspire one another through her Digital Bravery E-course and a variety of national workshops, events and gatherings both online and off.
Jade Sheldon is a freelance artist and lifestyle photographer who lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Cory. She is an Oregon native who holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from Pacific Northwest College of Art as well as a Masters of Arts in Education from Pacific University. She has an affinity for travel, instant film and a perfectly poured macchiato.
Jasmine Star is an international wedding photographer based in Orange County, California. A starlet in the industry, Jasmine lives with her husband and fabulous dog, and at times struggles to determine who is her favorite. She loves to eat chocolate, run on the beach, and spends too much time writing on her blog. To see her work, visit jasmine-star.com.
Jean Smith is a lifestyle and wedding photographer located in Hartland, Michigan. Besides photography, she is a huge lover of her family (four boys and husband), travel (take her anywhere), chocolate (duh), and exercise (to battle the previous love).
Jen Huang, of Jen Huang Photography, approaches weddings with a romantic, fine art sensibility. Known for her fresh, luminous portraits, Jen crafts beautiful, editorial images for intimate soirees and splendid outdoor weddings. Her passion for photography is heightened by her dedication to medium format film, and her work has appeared in bridal editorials all over the country. Jen lives in New York with her husband and French bulldogs, Gatsby and Pepper. View her work at jenhuangphotography.com. Jen is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Jenny of As Ever Photography has been making pictures since she was old enough to hold a camera. Growing up, she spent endless hours in her home darkroom and has carried this love for creating images throughout her life. After practicing as a speech/language pathologist for many years, including several years spent working with children with Autism in Ireland, she is now pursuing her lifelong passion for capturing beauty through her lens as a career. She endeavors to create a dreamy, vintage-inspired aesthetic and to document authentic, honest emotions. She loves to photograph seniors, couples, and weddings. She is a military spouse currently based in Utah, but has a serious case of wanderlust and welcomes ALL travel!
Jen lives in (and loves!) Austin, Texas. She runs Mesmerizing Moments - Photography & Design, and has been a professional photographer / designer for 10 years. She’s horrible at keeping up with her blog, even though she always promises to be better, but you can find her posting often on Instagram - @jen_gen_ . She’s a wife, mom, lover of swimming, all things design, and she uses “haha” way too often, you’ll see…
JESH DE ROX
Jesh De Rox is fascinated with life. He spends his time studying the way people perceive and connect with each other and the world around them, and his work is centered in the desire to express these relationships. Currently he lives in Western Canada with his beautiful family, where he runs a successful fine art studio and continues his exploration. Learn more about Jesh at jeshderox.com.
Jessica Lorren, of Jessica Lorren Organic Photography, has always been drawn to photographs and the unique way they frame our world. Since 2008, she has relished building solid relationships with clients, spending some of the happiest events of their lives with them, and creating meaningful imagery that captures these moments and preserves them forever. View her work at jessicalorren.com and in the Boudoir Welcome Packet. Jessica is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Jessica Ringor has been able to harness a unique combination of technical skill, feminine storytelling, and creative branding to elevate her company, LoveSpun Films, to the top of the wedding industry. With her distinct “LoveSpun” style, she has been able to carve out a niche market attracting the attention of top celebrity event designers and high profile couples alike. Her handmade wedding films have become the choice of some of the most distinguished clients, from Hollywood celebrities and film producers, to Olympic athletes and fashion magazine editors. LoveSpun’s work has been extensively featured in some of the wedding industries hottest publications. To quote a fellow filmmaker, “Not only is she one heck of a talented filmmaker but she is the branding & marketing goddess. Putting a little “Spun” in everything she does, she makes her clients & other vendors fall in love with her as a must have and must watch filmmaker.”
Jessica is the founder, editor, and traveler behind Bon Traveler. What started as an outlet for sharing her passion for travel, Bon Traveler turned into a full time adventure that she can never get enough of. Bon Traveler exists as a home to curated guides, hotel insight, and the best in cultural and adventure-based travel.
Jillian is motivated by true & tender moments. Her desire to connect deeply with clients, making lasting friendships and photographing all of their special moments. The artist in her blossoms when her aesthetic & the authenticity of a moment collide. This allows her to curate photographs that are full of heart as well as capture the essence & beauty beauty of each person. She photographs mostly with film - the best thing that has ever happened for her soul. It is dreamy and timeless, and she loves the purity it gives to her images. She believes that photography is a gift that God gave her as a way to put into the lives of others & she intends to nourish that.
A Wedding photographer for the wild at heart. Based in Texas and telling stories nationally. Married the girl I met in high school and a dad of three. I believe love has the power to change us and am captivated by the connection people share.
Josh Arroyo, of Arroyo Films, is a computer nerd-turned-filmmaker based out of southern California. He loves to travel and go on adventures with his photographer wife, Samantha. Josh is passionate about nature and specializes in capturing outdoor elopements and weddings. Using both documentary and artistic filmmaking styles, he creates compelling and emotion-driven films.
Based in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and 2 children, Julie travels the world shooting weddings and families. With a degree in education and 10 yrs of teaching under her belt, Julie has transitioned her business into teaching workshops as well. Julie has been published in national magazines and blogs both stateside and internationally.
Justine is a sentimental wedding photographer for adventurous and vibrant couples. She believes that when we push the boundaries of our lives and dare to slow down and take it all in, we experience our most sentimental moments. She photographs couples all across BC and Canada and specializes in anything mountain related. She believes being festive is a lifestyle choice and one we must fully commit to, and that hugs should never be half-assed. She believes that there’ always an excuse for wine, and if you take the time to bake cookies you get to eat the first dozen as a reward, no questions asked.
Strong connections and story are at the heart of what Kale, owner of Kale Fitch Films, loves about his profession. His passion for film and storytelling started early with a few video classes in high school, they were about the only ones he wouldn’t skip out on. He liked the challenge of making someone feel something for the films he would create. Bringing out the true emotion of what you are watching. He actually started out shooting extreme sports type events (rock crawling, mountain biking, etc.) and from there went on to weddings. His basis for everything he shoots is to find the story. He believes every wedding is different and there is a story to be told. His films are very much content driven and meaningful. Although he resides in Utah, his client base reaches all of the country and beyond. His greatest joys are his wife and kids and living life to the fullest. Life is short and meant to be enjoyed.
Kat is the self-taught photographer behind Katch Studios. When she's not holding her big camera, she's definitely holding her iPhone camera. When she's not taking pictures of her beautiful clients, she's taking pictures of her cute kids or the food she's about to eat. And when you can't find her directing poses in her studio, you can find her doing yoga poses just about anywhere. She's been featured in numerous print and web publications, has won national awards in photography, and has recently been named one of the "30 most inspiring photographers for 2015" by Weddingbells Magazine.
Katch is a photographer, an artist, a storyteller, and a lover of the outdoors. She spends her free time in the mountains, camping, hiking, climbing and documenting adventures. She lives in Southern California and travels often. Storytelling is what she loves, and documenting mood is very important to her. She is constantly inspired by the organic– mountains, rock, wind, rain, and anything found in nature.
Katelyn James, a Virginia based photographer, started her professional photography career as a Junior in college and was shooting 25+ weddings annually within her second year. After growing her business and gaining recognition in national publications such as Professional Photographers Magazine and The Knot, she began teaching and coaching photographers from all over the country. Katelyn hosts workshops throughout the year and monthly coaching sessions at her home in Richmond, VA. Recently, Katelyn has been joined by her husband Michael and they are officially a husband/wife team. Their work has also been featured numerous times on national wedding blogs such as Real Simple, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes and Ruffled. See her inspired work at katelynjames.com and learn from her experiences in The Essential Pricing Guide for Wedding Photographers.
Katie Lamb is a photographer based out of Houston, Texas. She has been in business since 2008 when she graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Fine Art Photography. Katie originally pursued photography in order to document international missions and the orphan crisis around the world, and this still remains her greatest passion. As for her portrait business, she specializes in seniors, families, and has a separate brand for beauty & boudoir. Over the past seven years, she has fallen in love with the business aspect of what photographers do and has since co-created the Develop Retreat - a workshop focused on the business side of the craft.
Katy Weaver is a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Portland, Oregon. Her number one goal is to document the intersection between what is beautiful and what is real - shooting honest, authentic images of people within their natural surroundings. She loves the outdoors, taking random adventurous road-trips, birdwatching, reading, painting and traveling.
Kirsty Larmour is a British lifestyle photographer based out of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. She is a nomad at heart and can be found documenting both her clients’ lives, and her own family when they are at home in the Middle East and further afield while globe trotting through places from Uzbekistan to Cambodia, and many lands in between. Her photography often involves taking pictures of her own daughters’ backs as they adventure through life (and temples, souks and rice paddies or over sand dunes). Kirsty’s approach to photography is to be present in real life moments and capture them with a little sparkle on top fueled by her obsession with pretty light.
Kristina Mack of Tiny Posers is one of the UK’s most sought after photographers specializing in newborn and family photography. She has a degree in photography and after becoming a mother Kristina turned her heart towards newborns and babies as this time is so fleeting and magical. Her work is recognized by her neutral palette combined with clean, pure and simplistic style. Her classic style allows her to create beautiful art for her clients.
KT Merry, of KT Merry Photography, is a fine art wedding photographer specializing in destination weddings worldwide. Trained at the Hallmark Institute of Photography and with a background in fashion photography, KT has been featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The Knot, ELLE, and Modern Bride. She is currently based in Miami and seasonally in California. View her work at ktmerry.com. KT is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Kyle is a full-time wedding & portrait photographer based in Seattle, WA and one bearded half of Hinterland Stills. He seeks the cross between nostalgia and genuine couples. Love is a spectrum and he chooses to live and work on the more nuanced and quiet side of it. In his free time he’s hiking, hanging with his pup and searching for the best pizza possible.
Kym is an international wedding photographer. She prefers clouds & rain over sunny days, camping over fancy hotels, flea markets over malls. She married her husband in 2000 and had a son in 2007.
LAUREN & TIM FAIR
Lauren + Tim Fair are a husband and wife photography team, and they LOVE what they do. Their photography style is organic and neutral, shot on film + digital and focused on genuine emotions and beautiful moments. Every couple’s story is unique and special, and we are so honored to capture such an exciting time in their clients’ lives. They spend their free time traveling, restoring their old farmhouse, playing music, serving at their church, photographing life, and spending time with family + friends.
Lauren Hooker is the graphic designer and founder of Elle & Company, a blogging, business, and design resource for creative entrepreneurs. Her love of design led her to a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Virginia Tech in 2012. After a couple years of freelance work, she started her business full time in 2014. Her mission is to teach other entrepreneurs the fundamentals of business, blogging, and design in order for them to turn their lifelong passion into successful, profitable businesses.
Michelle is her name, but Magnolia Adam’s Photography is her game. She named her business after her babies, Magnolia and Adam. She married the most amazing man on the 4th of July. She never pictured herself getting into photography, but after going the most painful season of her life, Jesus turned photography into a beautiful redemptive blessing. The best part about her job is the people she meets. Hands down, she loves the stories she gets to tell. Whether it’s a senior heading off to the adventure of a lifetime, or a bride breathless about to meet her groom. There’s a story there, and she loves to tell it. The best compliment a client can give her is when they say the moment was captured exactly how they remember it.
Marsais Urban is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer located in Texas. She has a love for film, handwritten letters and my family. She is a mother to three little boys and a wife to a handsome hunk of a cowboy. Together, they are living out their dreams in suburbia and working hard to create a new legacy for their family.
Matthieu values stories, because he sees them as the unique journeys others take through life. His personal adventures began with his own father, a storyteller and a French radio personality for 23 years. Matthieu spent his youth listening (under the covers in his bed) to his small radio as his dad told amazing stories about exotic countries and fascinating cultures. Matthieu eventually relocated to the United States and received his degree in journalism so that he could honor his father and continue to tell the stories of others. Now he finds these defining, unscripted moments in his own career helping others share their journeys, chronicling more weddings in the last 13 years than he can count. Matthieu’s art and vision has been featured in Wedding Chicks, Style me Pretty, Today’s Bride, and Ceremony magazine. Matthieu currently shares his optimism and sense of humor with the love of his life Regina, exploring San Francisco on their Vespa, biking in the park, traveling far and close, and cuddling on the couch, watching movies without any interruption. Regina balances Matthieu’s creative and impulsive behavior with her grounded personality and beautiful smile. They are still creating their story.
ME RA KOH
Me Ra Koh, The Photo Mom, is Disney Junior's host to Capture Your Story and a regular go-to expert for shows like Live with Kelly and The Nate Berkus Show. Bestselling author of the series; Your Baby in Pictures, Your Child in Pictures, and Your Family in Pictures. She is also one of the original Sony Artisans of Imagery. Me Ra and her husband Brian, also an award winning photographer, cinematographer and director, have been teaching photography workshops to women for a decade. Learn more at www.merakoh.com.
Meg Bitton is a child and family photographer in the Northern New Jersey area photographing ethereal and imagined hand-edited fine art portraits. To see Meg’s work, visit megbitton.com and to learn from her valuable business tips check out the Essential Pricing Guide for Portrait Photographers.
Megan DiPiero is an award winning Beauty Portrait and Business Headshot Photographer in sunny Florida. She also has earned the title of Pricing, Sales and Encouragement Guru from her mentor students across the globe. In a past life (before her photography obsession took over) Megan sold everything from cars to bras to books. Her favorite pastime includes devouring business books and spending time unplugged with her family of four.
Michelle Gardella lives in Austin, TX with her little family. She is devoted to a life of truth and service, and you can always find her playing in the rivers.
MICHELLE GRACE ARNOLD
Michelle Grace Arnold is a portrait photographer located in Nashville, TN. She specializes in women and children’s portraiture. Her unique ability to put her clients at ease, help them connect with their inner self confidence, and actually love being photographed is part of what makes her stand out in her field. She is a wife, mother of 4 and and believes the kitchen is for dancing, not cooking. She has received multiple awards for her work, including 1st Place in the Seniors category at WPPI. To see Michelle’s work, please visit her Gallery at michellegrace.com.
Michelle Huesgen of Untamed Heart Photography is based out of the midwest, but loves that her job has taken her near and far. Michelle is a hybrid shooter with a great love for both digital and film photography. See her amazing work at untamedheartphotography.com and in the Luxe Wedding Studio Magazine and learn some of her styling tips from the Design Aglow Style Guides for Seniors, Families & Engagements spring/summer edition and fall/winter edition. Michelle is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Coastal Wedding Photographer, Avid Writer, Adventure Seeker and Anchor Lover who lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Seeing the world in still frames, though seemingly odd, is just a part of everyday life for Canadian based photographer Nicole Ashley. Known for her photojournalistic style and unique imagery, she is demanding attention both locally and internationally. Nicole found her niche in the industry rather quickly, becoming a well renowned wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer in Edmonton, Alberta. In just a short period of time, Nicole’s influence has branched out far beyond the boundaries of her city, bringing her throughout much of Canada, and on to international destinations abroad.
OUR LABOR OF LOVE
Jesse and Whitney Chamberlin, of Our Labor of Love, believe family celebrations, friends and true loves are beautiful, and that any images representing these milestones should share the joy with each snap of the shutter. They love exploring the world, cameras in hand, with their two children by their side. View their work at ourlaboroflove.com. Jesse and Whitney are featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Pascal Délé is a cinematographer and wedding filmmaker based out of the south of France. He has been working on both corporate and wedding videos for over three years. Pascal is constantly evolving in his work and prides himself in making that a priority in his business. It is his belief that in order to become a successful business, it’s essential to mold your personal style in order to stand out from the crowd.
Phil is a full time wedding and portrait photograph based in Portland, Oregon. Before picking up a camera, I spent 4.5 years in the US Army active duty completing two tours, one in Afghanistan in 2006 and one in Iraq from 2007-2009. I spend my free time hanging with my lady, going on hikes, making music and watching 90’s films that make me feel nostalgic.
Rachel’s been a photographer for more than half her life, shooting on film since she was 9 years old. She’s incredibly grateful to have made a career out of capturing moments that matter most in life. Though weddings and portraits are her primary focus, traveling is her passion. She’s already planning her next trip (Italy) and can’t wait to return to India!
Rachel LaCour Niesen, Steward of Stories & Founder of Save Family Photos, is a Yankee by birth but a Southern storyteller at heart. When a much-loved uncle gifted her with her first SLR camera, Rachel found her calling in photography. In pursuit of her passion, she headed to the University of Missouri, where she studied Photojournalism and Art History. When she's not curating vintage family photos, she enjoys adventures with her husband and partner in entrepreneurship, Andrew Niesen.
Rebecca Malouf Franson of Merrakai Photography is based in Boise, Idaho. Mother to two and step mother to four her passion is capturing the joy of families through her photography work. Rebecca is also the founder of the Instagramhub @camera_mama. See Rebecca’s portfolio at www.Merrakai.com.
ROBERT J HILL
Robert and his beautiful wife Emily call the Pacific Northwest home with their dog and cat, whom they consider their children. Traveling fuels both of their souls, so aside from jumping around the country for work, they find time every year to get away on their own to a new place in the world. In their free time, Robert is usually exploring nature on hike, camping, or taking a road trip. Usually these events also include eating ridiculously good food and hopefully meeting some new folks. Of all the routes he could have chosen in the photography world, he picked weddings because they are the only form of art that triggers every emotion in him, and he strives with every frame to portray that emotion in his work. Before photography, the cinema world fascinated him and to this day movies and films play a large role in his work, both in how he shoots and edits. He has been incredibly privileged to photograph weddings and couples throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and all over the Unites Sates on both the mainland and the islands.
A worldwide photographer based in the UK, Rosie Hardy defies not only geographical boundaries, but also the boundaries of art: photographer, poet, digital magician. She is all of these.
Rya Duncklee is the premier child photographer in Jacksonville, Florida. She specializes in creating an end-to-end custom photography and design experience for maternity, baby, and child portraits. She has an eye for design and enjoys D.I.Y. projects. Rya likes to think of herself as an interior designer as well as a photographer. This combination lends something unique to her photography and services offered. Rya was also recently recognized as a two-time International Award Winner by the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP).
Ryan is a professional brand ambassador and travel photographer living in Los Alamitos, CA but he grew up in a tiny town in the mountains of California. It was there that the love of beauty was nourished by an amazing set of patient and loving parents and the mountains in his backyard. He has 2 degrees and neither of them having anything to do with photography. He has 2 beautiful and playful daughters and an eternally-patient wife that encourage more beauty in the world every day. He is convinced if you train your eye to see beauty, you'll be surprised with how much of it is quietly surrounding you.
Samantha Arroyo is an elopement, wedding and portrait photographer. She lives in southern California and travels around the world working side by side with her filmmaker husband, Josh. She strives to create photographs that are honest and convey strong emotions. She loves to roam the desert and feel the sunshine on her face.
When she's not shooting weddings and portraits all over the world, you can find Whitebox's Sara Brennan-Harrell hanging at her farmhouse in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats, and her chickens. Sara's days are a mix of fun photo shoots, gardening, hanging laundry on the line, taking the kids to horseback riding lessons, and lots and lots of photo editing. Someone once described her photography as a mix between Vogue magazine, apple pie, and Coca-Cola: elegant and timeless with a twist of fun and a pop of color. You can view her work at whiteboxweddings.com. Sara is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Sarah’s education and marketing experience at Coca-Cola have contributed heavily to her becoming one of the most successful studios in the country and one of the most in-demand speakers on the circuit. Today, her primary tasks involve marketing her studio and teaching other photographers how to market their businesses. She recently launched Cafe Joy, a monthly subscription service where she sends ideas and education to her members each month. Learn from Sarah in Selling Without A Studio: The Guide and The Photographer’s Marketing and PR Guide & Calendar.
Duke graduate and former attorney Sarah Wilkerson joined Clickin Moms as a member in 2008 and quickly became a leader in the community. In 2010, she held CM’s first forum-based workshop and spearheaded the development of CMuniversity, an online photography school that provides educational programming to over 2000 photographers each month.Together with Kendra, Sarah has led the evolution of the company’s mission, program development, and position within the greater photography community. She currently resides in Virginia with her Army JAG husband, three sons, one daughter, and two dogs. Sarah shoots with a Nikon D4, enjoys tilt-shift and atmospheric black and white work, and instructs CMU’s upper level composition courses (Elements of Design and Composition and Creativity). In her free time, Sarah loves research and writing, lattes, mojitos, flip flops, and reality tv.
Shannon Griffin of Mi Amore Foto, has been a professional photographer for 6 years. She began her career in fashion and gradually found her passion in wedding and boudoir photography. “I began to realize that I enjoyed how personal weddings were,” Griffin explains. “As a photographer, you can stage the moment you are capturing or you can witness it. A big part of what gets me up in the morning is the opportunity to witness great moments in others’ lives. It is a real privilege.” Shannon works in both film and digital formats, travels as often as possible for work, and resides in North Florida with her husband and dog, Lola. When not working, she can be found at the nearest breakfast spot, or out with friends.
Shannon Sewell regularly works with renowned children’s clothing companies such as Urban Outfitters, and has been published in several online and print publications, including InStyle. She found her perfect muse in her children, making a career of taking pictures of them and playing dress up. When they let her, Sewell is happy to dress up other peoples' kids and take pictures of them, too. You can view her work at shannonsewell.com. Shannon is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Sharon’s journey into photography started after having such a profound experience with her own wedding photographers. Photography, for her, isn’t just a snapshot of how they looked. It represents the organic feeling and emotion of a particular moment. When she looks at her own wedding pictures, she sees more than just their faces. She hears the song of their first dance, she tastes the sweetness in his kiss and mostly, she relives the happiness and excitement of their day. Her photos served to document the first chapter in the rest of her life. It amazes her how they are able to hold a part of her life still, and brings back archived memories. Sharon hopes that she can help evoke the same emotions for her clients.
Shelly lives in Southern California and photographs love portraits up and down the coast, as well as all around the world. She focuses on the "in-between" moments, and is obsessed with travel. She also loves good scenery, hiking, new experiences, interesting compositions, golden hour light, and all puppies of the world.
The girl named Spanki. Yes. Spanki. Once you meet her, you will soon know there was no other name for her… she is Spanki. She is a well known senior photographer, but being as she has four kids of her own, she equally enjoys a fun family session. To see Spanki’s work visit her at spankimills.com. She also appears in the Design Aglow Style Guides for Seniors, Families & Engagements and The Photographer’s Marketing and PR Guide & Calendar.
Stephanie first got interested in photography in 2009. While a freshman in college she took a film photography class as an elective and was instantly hooked. The next semester she decided to major in the fine arts with an emphasis in photography. Stephanie later graduated with a BFA from Utah Valley University in 2013, and has been running her own portrait photography business since 2012. When Stephanie isn't behind the camera, she loves to go out with her husband, travel, thrift shop, sew, read, find beautiful locations, and watch old movies. Stephanie lives in Lehi, Utah.
Susan Stripling owns and operates a boutique destination wedding photography business in Tallahassee, Florida although her wedding commissions take her all over the world. Her fresh, inspired images can be seen in the pages of The Knot, Modern Bride, Inside Weddings, Bride and Bloom, and the style section of The New York Times. Susan lives in Tallahassee with her family. View more of Susan’s work at susanstripling.com.
Switzerfilm, an international award winning photo-cinema business made up of four young creative minds striving to take the world of wedding cinema and photography to the next level. Traveling the world for inspiration, this team of friends will go anywhere and everywhere to top our latest work. They find joy in teaching all over the world and help up and coming “ographers” lay the groundwork for a solid future. They have limitless amounts of information to share. Over the past 10 years, the majority of their clients have become lifelong friends. Their love is their life, their life is their work.
Tanja Lippert, of Tanja Lippert Photography, is a film photographer who specializes in weddings, fashion, commercial, music and fine art photography. When not traveling worldwide for assignments, she resides in California. Tanja’s work has been published all over the world and she feels blessed to get to work every day as an artist. Check out her work at tanjalippertphotography.com. Tanja is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
More than just a job, photography is Tara Whitney’s “goosebumps-tears-jump-up-and-down-on-her-bed-passion.” Because life isn’t flawless, she captures connections and real life as beautifully and authentically as possible. She lives in Southern California, as close to the beach as possible with her husband, four children, lots of music, and a backyard full of succulents. View more of Tara’s work at tarawhitney.com. Tara is also featured in The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography, available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.
Taryn is a southern California based photographer specializing in fashion, lifestyle, editorial & travel. With a degree in graphic design, a trends/materials background in the action sports industry & a passion for travel. Taryn's path has taken her around the world and offered her the opportunity to work with some amazingly creative people. From lookbooks to editorial features, she has collaborated with bands, brands, and top designers.
Victoria Wright is a Pacific Northwest photographer available for work with clients worldwide. She specializes in portrait, lifestyle and travel photography for brands including Coach, Airbnb, and American Express. On Instagram she seamlessly blends client work with thoughtful, personal glimpses into her everyday life, resulting in a collection of photos that resonate with a unique approachability. Born in Lithuania and raised in eastern Washington, Victoria finally found home in Seattle where she lives with her husband and her bernedoodle, Ruby.