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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.