I'm a Mexican artist who's been in the photography industry for almost 15 years. Passionate about people, relationships, and social psychology, has led me to photograph in a documentary way in the past ten years. I work with my sister, Tamara Rico, and we have photographed over 700 weddings together.
I started as a mentor in 2012 teaching workshops, conferences, and individual mentoring programs. I was a mentor for the Foundation Workshop in 13 editions and have coached over 300 students in 8 years in many different countries.
ide Alakija is an internationally renowned photographer with over 10 years’ experience in shooting multicultural weddings, documentaries and editorial campaigns. Alakija’s assignments have taken him across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S.
Regularly piquing the interest of international icons and A-list celebrities through his captivating eye, Alakija’s recent clients include Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka; hip hop artist and producer, J.Cole; acclaimed novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and Didier Drogba, former Chelsea F.C. soccer player.
Art collectors and galleries around the world currently showcase Alakija’s work. Most recently, the Smithsonian Institute shortlisted ‘Invisible Cities No. 1’ for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institute Collection. His highly coveted ‘Normal Lies’ piece, depicting two young children sneakily covering their eyes in a slum in Lagos, Nigeria was purchased by international soccer legend, Sol Campbell for an undisclosed fee.
Keen to share his extensive expertise with the next generation, Alakija hosts photography workshops around the world and runs various mentoring programs in West Africa for underprivileged photography students.
Passionate about African modern art, Alakija is the co-owner of TAFETA, a private art dealership specializing in 20th century and contemporary African art. Based in London, the gallery regularly showcases at some of the word’s premier art events including Art Basel, The Hamptons Art Fair and Frieze London Art Fair; and represents renowned names like Yinka Shonibare, MBE on the African continent.
Alakija cites the work of legendary photographers, Sebastião Salgado and Steve McCurry, known for capturing stories in black and white and color respectably, as his biggest inspirations.
He holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London, England. Alakija resides in Brooklyn, New York
Italian born and Australian based photographer Rocco Ancora is one of the most prolific and awarded photographers in the wedding and portrait industry. His work is often described as emotive, dramatic, romantic and has reached a level of sophistication only possible by his pursuit of excellence over his 25-year career.
Nikon Ambassador, Rocco has won the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year award for an unprecedented four times. He's one of only three people in the world to achieve Grand Master of the AIPP and WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in the United States; where he is the second most awarded photographer of the organization.
Rocco has shared his knowledge for over 15 years by teaching photographers all over the world in over 20 countries. He is not only an in-camera artist, but his colour and black and white darkroom experience in the nineties helped him to master the art of digital post-production with the flair and finesse synonymous with the Ancora name.
An active working professional wedding and portrait photographer, Rocco's company, Capture to Print also offers fellow photographers a wide range of services including, raw file conversion, photo and album retouching, fine art printing and an exclusive competition print and mounting service.
As one of the world's preeminent master printmakers, Rocco presents his Capture to Print workshops and one on one mentoring so he can empower photographers to master the art of post-production and printmaking themselves.
Whether you want to be photographed by him or learn from him, you will experience an artist who is widely considered a master's master.
To learn more about Rocco Ancora, visit roccoancora.com
Mauricio Arias photographer of the year at MyWed,best of the best "junebug weddings"
photographer of the year at MyWed,best of the best "junebug weddings"
Mauricio has a curiosity that allows him to find beauty in the simplest things most of us don’t ever notice. And when you put a camera in his hands, he seemingly becomes invisible, searching for a unique vantage point from which to photograph what may look like a typical scene to others.
Mauricio has learned the art of photography with a passion that can only come from a dedicated and fascinated soul. Mauricio will make sure you not only get the photographs you expect from your wedding day, but the photographs you never dreamed possible, even though they were happening all around you.
Mauricio was recently named the Photographer of the Year by MyWed.com in their international contest. He has also received the Best of the Best award three years in a row by Junebug Weddings, and the Photographer of the Quarter by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.
He teaches workshops and speaks at photography conferences around the world, splits time between San Francisco, Charleston and Managua, and has two young children, Izzat and Maya.
Franck has been a documentary and acclaimed wedding photographer for 20 years and also an educator and keynote speaker for the last 10 years. His camera brought him in 25 countries to document wedding stories. He has been at the top of the game for as long as there has been wedding photography contests, winning awards (350) and being regularly in the Top 10 of the major associations (Fearless, ISPWP, POY WPJA, WPS, TIR, Junebug,...), creating artistic portraiture combined with jaw dropping documentary images. 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 a story or different stories with a highly personal vision, trying to have a lyrical and poetic strength in his images.
Ana Brandt is a Professional Maternity and Newborn Photographer in California.
Ana is one of the most recognized maternity/newborn photographers in the world.
Her youtube channel www.anabrandtvideos.com has over 42 million views and over 180,000 subscribers. With 3 Business Facebook pages and her personal page she is followed by over 500,000 people. Her instagram changes www.instagram.com/anabrandt has reached over 200,000 followers and her insights continue to climb worldwide. She has captivated over 50 viral Facebook sites and is currently working on several International collaborations for online training and education.
Ana Brandt has been a Professional Photographer for 20 years and a global educator for over 11 years. She has trained in 25 countries and her student reach is well over 10,000 in in person training and online training over 20,000.
Ana Brandt has worked with several celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone, Sarah Drew, Edyta Sliwinska, Ian Ziering, Jessica Rey, Adrian Young, Sienna Guillory, Eddie Guardado, Kobe Bryant and many others.
Ana Brandt was the first photographer in the world to design, create and market Maternity gowns to the Photography Industry 15 years ago. She revolutionized the Maternity Photographer industry by setting the design standard for Maternity gowns and use of fabrics for client sessions. Her store www.bellybabywear.com has shipped her gowns to over 100 countries worldwide.
Ana is a Certified Photographic Craftsman with Professional Photographers of America and invited to be a member of the ASP (American Society of Photographers. Profoto named Ana one of their Explorers of Light.
Chrisman Studios is a boutique of four photographers and one videographer that first and foremost love a good party. We find everyone we meet fascinating, beautiful and worthy of a photograph that shows exactly that. Based in Charleston, San Francisco and Italy, our weddings have taken us to over 20 countries, and we've been consistently named as one of the top
wedding photographers in the world for over a decade.
Luke Edmonson is a master photographer, global speaker, educator, and print competition judge, and that's the last time I'm going to refer to myself in the 3rd person.
"Hands down participating in print competitions has provided the most significant and beneficial learning experience for me to grow as a photographer. From my first forays into entering and later moving into judging in the UK, Australia, and the USA, I'm consistently amazed by the depth of talent and innovation from our photographic community. "
In the WPPI Honors of Excellence program, I'm a Grand Master of WPPI while also having served as a Director, Print Chair, and Judge for the Annual 16x20 and Online Print Competitions. I am also one of the Co-Founder's and a graduate of WPPI-C, the industry's first of its kind certification for wedding & portrait photographers.
I've previously served on the Speaker Selection Committee for Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and hold the Master of Photography (M.Photog), Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) degrees.
In January 2016. I received my Fellowship from the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) in London, which means more to me than most of the other accolades due to the degree of difficulty in achieving it.
Other past accolades include winning the International Photographer of the Year at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) APPA competition as well as earning Diamond Photographer of the Year plus multiple Kodak Gallery & Fuji Masterpiece Awards and WPPI Grand and category awards.
It's a privilege to have served twice as the President of the Dallas Professional Photographer Association and to be a former board member for the Texas Professional Photographers Association.
I'm also a member of the Cameracraftsman of America, one of the oldest, most prestigious groups in the world dedicated to advancing the profession of photography as an art form.
But you know what's best?
I'm a husband, father, brother, and son with two awesome kids and a wife that I adore!
KEDA.Z is ) )rtist, the founder of KEDA.Z Photogr)phy, )lso the AMAZING Group visu)l )rt )dvisor )nd mentor. He w)s fe)tured )s 100 M)ster photogr)phers of the world by World-wide )rt book 2013, )nd w)s )w)rded "M)ster photogr)phers of the ye)r 2014” in UK, received numerous photogr)phy )w)rds from Intern)tion)l )nd Asi) with over 200 )w)rds. Ked).z offers ) r)nge of sold out semin)rs, m)ster-cl)ss )nd workshops in UK, Chin), Sp)in, It)ly, Greece, USA, Sing)pore, Philippines, M)l)ysi), Indonesi), T)iw)n, Hongkong, Turkey, to )n ever growing f)n b)se e)ger to le)rn from him )nd be inspired by his success )nd )ttitude. KEDA.Z is )lso ) ex)miner of (MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION) )nd MPA Chin) Amb)ss)dor. As photogr)phic product spokesperson )nd )mb)ss)dor st)rt from 2012, shooting for c)mer) products, commerci)ls project, f)shion )dvertising, co- oper)tion with intern)tion)l )ctors & )rtists, cre)ting countless h)ppiness wedding )nd portr)it )rtwork from 2006-2014, c)ptured h)ppiness moments )cross 5 continents, over 100 cities in the world. In ye)r 2014, He w)s invited to showc)se his )m)zing )rtworks for KEDA.Z photogr)phy exhibition “I AM HAPPINESS” )t the first C)mer) Museum in Southe)st Asi).
● Asi) Top 30 photogr)phers of Sign)ture Weddings 2012.
● 2014 WPPI 16x20 Print Competition，2nd pl)ce of Bride & Groom Together
● 2013 WPPI 16x20 Print Competition，1st pl)ce of Bride & Groom Together
● 2013 WPPI 16x20 Print Competition，2nd pl)ce of Bride & Groom Together
● 2013 WPPI 16x20 Print Competition，3rd pl)ce of Wedding c)tegory.
● 2013 WPPI 16x20 Print Competition，2nd pl)ce of Eng)gement c)tegory.
He h)s )lw)ys been dem)nding ) high qu)lity result from his photogr)phy, )nd continuously he h)s been explore different perceptive )nd style. As ) profession)l photogr)pher, just )s he like writing )nd compose music )nd put the emotions )nd expression of ) story in ) song, he often try to convey the me)ning of love, the story of ) couple or )ny concept of )rt through photogr)phy. Ked).z believe th)t every couple is speci)l, thus he would )lw)ys s)y to his clients "Enjoy Your Life, Cre)te Your Style" th)t belongs to him which represent Ked).z in unique w)y.
Sarah Edmunds has been a portrait, commercial and wedding photographer for a decade, specialising in luxury weddings and fine art portraiture, with occasional forays into fashion and advertising. She is WPPI Master and Judge, SWPP Fellow, Judge and regular speaker, and was named SWPP Fashion Photographer of the Year 2019, Avant Garde Photographer of the Year 2019, Maternity Photographer of the Year 2020 and Advertising Photographer of the Year 2020. Her work in wedding, fashion and portrait photography has been featured online and in printed publications around the world, and her commercial and advertising photography on billboards and magazine covers.
Sarah teaches lighting and retouching to photographers around the world and is the founder of Love Edits (www.love-edits.com), a custom editing and retouching service for professional portrait and wedding photographers.
A wedding Filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia, Nikki Fox is a Lumix Ambassador who has spent the last 2 years hosting in person workshops across Australia and Singapore. Along side her Sister Ashley, Nikki regularly travels across the world to Film Weddings; Pelican cases and nappy bags in tow. A Mum of two young children and a business owner, Nikki has become accustomed to thriving in a variety of different roles. Whilst she loves picking up a camera, Post production is her favourite part of the filmmaking process. “It’s such a rewarding feeling to take hundreds of otherwise meaningless clips and construct them in a way that moves your audience. That makes their heart thump a little harder. No two Editors will sequence a film the same, thats the beauty about Filmmaking, there’s no right or wrong"
If you've ever met Jason Groupp, it was surely life-changing. Hailing from NYC, he shot lots of weddings around the globe and is the founding member of IHNY: https://www.i-am-nyc.com/
He ran the halls of WPPI for a few years, then moved to St. Louis to study the fine art of brisket bbq rub.
After a 6 year hiatus as an entrepreneur, he's decided working for others isn't for him. Stay tuned!
If you've ever met Jason Groupp, it was most likely a life-changing experience. You won’t forget his GQ ready outfit, with the perfectly balanced bow tie. Hailing from NYC, he shot lots of weddings around the globe and is the founding member of IHNY. Jason ran the halls of WPPI for a few years, then moved to St. Louis to study the fine art of brisket bbq rub. After a 6 year hiatus as an entrepreneur, he's decided working for others isn't for him. With the camera back in hand and the launch of a new coaching website (thegroupp.com) to help photographers he’s back in his happy place helping to keep the industry he loves so much stronger than ever.
Feng He, most awarded wedding photographer in China, is the Asian record holder for most WPPI Grand Award at the total tally of 3 grand awards.
Founder of Wai Mao Studio, he’s also the proud ambassadors for Nikon China and also Profoto. Highly sought after for his distinctive style, he’s also commissioned by the government of Dubai.
Being in this industry for xx years, he has also garnered the AGWPJA Top 10 Photographer of the Year for 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the span of six years joining. Proudly the first Chinese photographer to achieve WPPI Triple Master, he has more than 250 international awards under his belt.
Most Awarded Wedding Photographer in China
WPPI Triple Master
AGWPJA Top 10 Photographer of the Year 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
ISPWP Multiple First Places
2012 first half Wedding Photojournalism Second Place
2012 second half Bride Alone Non Wedding Day First Place
2014 print competition Wedding Photojournalism First Place
2014 print competition Photojournalism Division Grand Award
2016 print competition Bride Alone Wedding Day First Place
2016 print competition In-Camera Third Place
2018 print competition Wedding Details First Place
2018 print competition Wedding Details Third Place
2019 print competition Bride Alone Non Wedding Day First Place
2019 print competition Bride Alone Non Wedding Day Second Place
2019 print competition Non Wedding Day Grand Award
2019 print competition Bride Alone Wedding Day First Place
2019 print competition In Camera Second Place
2020 print competition Couple Together Non Wedding Day First Place
2020 print competition Non Wedding Day Grand Award
2020 print competition Wedding Contemporary First Place
2020 print competition Bride Alone Non Wedding Day Second Place
An IIM Graduate, Harsheen is widely recognised for artistic colour tones and dreamy imagery. Her immense zeal to get the detail right has won her many hearts and awards. She is the Fujifilm, Profoto Mentor for India. She has recently developed an interest in photography education and has been on the panel of PEP India, Fujifilm Workshops and India Photopedia. Her work has been featured in several publications, including Fearless Photographers, Vogue Italia, The Luxury Collection, WeddingSutra and WedmeGood.
Sanjay is an Internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer based in historic Harrow-On-The-Hill in London and has photographed some of the most luxurious weddings all across Europe, India, Africa and the United States over the past 10 years making him one of the most sought-after luxury wedding photographers.
Known for his unconventional creativity in a timeless style, Sanjay travels the world as a Photographer, Educator, Mentor, Judge and Brand Ambassador. He has the honour of being one of only 3 Canon Ambassadors for the wedding genre across Europe, as well as representing X-Rite, Fundy Software, Tether Tools, Loupedeck, Canson Infinity, Eizo, ambassador.
Sanjay is a Fellow of the SWPP and has earned 40 awards in only five years of entering the SWPP Annual 20x16 Print Competitions, and 40 WPPI awards (including a category 2nd place at the 2017, and 3rd place at the 2018 WPPI Annual 20x16 print competition).
He is also a Judge for the SWPP & WPPI Annual print competitions.
Sanjay has also been featured as one of the 6 Best Wedding Photographers in the World by Professional Photographer Magazine and is an Associate of the British Photography Awards.
Sanjay and his wife Roshni founded ‘Eye Jogia Photography’, a successful London based Luxury Destination Wedding Photography Studio, but Sanjay’s self-taught love of photography started at school by developing his own style and approach from a young age with his father’s film Canon AE-1 camera.
His wedding portrait images are a blend of a fashion and movie inspired approach using beauty lighting and posing techniques which are balanced with a sensitive, observant and almost portrait-like documentary approach for the majority of wedding images giving his wedding couples the best of both worlds.
Scott Johnson is an Internationally recognized, award-winning photographer based in Essex, UK, and has photographed wedding all over the world. Known for being fun and energetic, Scott also travels the world as a judge, educator and mentor. Scott is one of only 19 wedding photographers to achieve a Fellowship in Wedding Photography with the BIPP since 1901, and one of only a handful that’s achieved Fellowship in two separate fields, his second being in Documentary Photography. He also holds a Fellowship with the SWPP. In 2018, he was awarded as a Master with the SWPP. In 2019, he won the Open and Natural World category in the SWPP 20×16 print competition, as well as finishing runner-up in the Wedding Classical category. He was also the only British winner at WPPI 2019’s Annual awards ceremony, with first place in the Wedding Contemporary category (Gold distinction).
An award-winning visual storyteller, Kamath is known for his vivid style of photography blending a unique stir of vibrant colors and powerful emotions. A Canon Maestro, Profoto Mentor, and a winner of the IPA award, he hails with a Master's in Film and Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in LA. His love for storytelling often reflects in his moving wedding pictures and ingenious photo stories, which instantly invite the viewer to be a part of them. Over the last decade, his works have been globally published by the likes of the National Geographic, Huffington Post, Vogue, and the United Nations.
Víctor Lax was born in 1979 in a small village in the province of Huesca
(Northern Spain). Soon, he moved to Zaragoza to pursue his photographic studies. Just finalize these, he began his career as photojournalist in Aragon. During the next ten years he met the most important newspapers and agencies lilke Agencia EFE or Heraldo de Aragon.
At this time, Victor continue to receive advanced photography workshops at the CTA (Zaragoza, Spain), providing him a great knowledge about photography and the new digital era.
It was not until 2009 when he met the world of wedding photography when he was invited by several collegagues to apply his Knowledge as photojournalist . Very soon he was dazzled by this new world and discovered that other wedding photography existed. No perched or artifice, without anything that would after everymoment of a special day for two people.
Actually, Víctor is photographing weddings around the world and he combined it giving seminars and workshops in many different countries as: Mystic Seminars (EEUU), Silk Festival (India), Master Class Photographers (México), Europe Fearless Conference (Hungría), Anfm Convention (Italy), Peps (France), Ninedots (UK), Efti (Spain) or CTA (Zaragoza), where Victor gives an intense 5 day workshop about wedding photography.
He has recently been named for the second time by the prestigious global association of weddings " Fearles Photographers " as Photograper of the year.
Moc Nguyen is considered one of the top wedding filmmakers in Vietnam. Moc’s team travels around the world for filming high profile clients, official wedding videographer for Vietnamese Celebrities and many powered VIPs for the last 8 years. Also been a passionate educator in the industry for years.
His achievements so far:
￭ World Best Wedding Videographers 2018 | June Bug Wedding Lists
￭ Currently Canon Vietnam Ambassador and Letus Corporation Ambassador.
￭ Wedding & Events Videographers Associations | Judge Members
Epicness, Emotional, True to the heart is the philosophy of my wedding filmmaking principle since the beginning.
With every couple, I always try to deliver the message of their love, inspired by themself, not following any prescript.
From the early days, our slogan is “Your Story, Our Inspiration”, and it’s still true until today.
Manifesting her journey through a vision, photographer and couture artist Vicky Papas is the creative brainchild behind the brand VERGARA. Her innovative gifts of photography, fashion couture creation, and styling, hallmark VERGARA glamour. Her free spirited boundless approach to life is the essence of VERGARA that led her to a spring of creativity, that for many years, lay dormant. Her uncanny ability to connect intimately with all of her subjects allows the viewer to identify with her images on a deep and familiar level. In a short space of time VERGARA and her multi-faceted talents have been quick to evolve into a dynamic brand, and collaborating with other creatives in the industry Vicky is in her element!
LIGHT & HONOUR INTO www.bestofweddingphotography.com
Nik Pekridis is a Greek based wedding photographer.All ready professional for more than 30 years,a 3rd generation wedding photographer.
He actually re-born only couple years ago when he was attend a seminar with Yervant in his town on 2007.It's a matter of time to get in truck and start following seminars,conventions,organisations and photographers globally.
On 2009 he establish the PWS ,a unique competition based community (www.photoweddingstories.com,www.wedseminars.com) with another two Greek photographers.
Since then he became member in many many organisations and societies all over the world and start to submit his images into print and electronically competitions.
Now he is a master of wppi and wwpAsia plus phoenix pro-team and a Graphistudio testimonial
On 2016 alongside with Keda z feng and Johnson wee they create the “fantastic 3 “ teaching concept and they organise workshops all over the world (www.thefantastic3.com)
He start teaching and demonstrating his style in Santorini first on summer of 2011 and then all over Greece ,in swpp convention 2011 and 2012,and 2014 in Pws convention 2011 and 2012 and next to Yervant,Bambi Cantrell,David Beckstead and Michael Greenberg in Corfu in 2011.Also he had teach and judge in wppi since 2012 and wppm Malaysia and “i am photographer” in Estonia
He conduct workshops all over the world like Romania,Turkey,Italy, UK ,USA, Taiwan,Colombia ,China and Singapore just to name a few.
His style are mostly environmental portrait and he likes the romance and editorial stylised images.
His experience can conduct from keynote theory in light and portraits or pose till a full 4 day workshop with shooting and workflow in LR,editing in PS and album designing.
Joseph Radhik is easily India's most influential wedding photographer, known for his breathtaking imagery of Indian weddings. This self-taught photographer's images see-saw effortlessly between raw human emotion and classic Bollywood scenes.
Though Joe is famous for capturing celebrity weddings, he enjoys the more intimate human moments that are hidden in every big celebration. Today, he chronicles the Great Indian wedding across the world, and his work has been published in every top magazine in the world, across continents. He is named in GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians 2018, Photographer of the year 2017 (Asian Photography), and is a 3 time TEDx speaker. And he also loves talking about himself in third person.
Ray Roman is widely regarded as one of the top 5 wedding and event cinematographers in the world. Ray’s team routinely travels the globe documenting weddings for high profile clients and discerning couples, as well as numerous star athletes (most notably NBA All-Stars Chris Bosh and Rip Hamilton, NFL All-Pros DeMarco Murray, Brian Dawkins, Chris Hope, Devin Hester, Lamar Miller and F1 Racing Champion Nico Rosberg).
Ray has been the official wedding and event cinematographer for high powered CEOs, celebrities, royal weddings, Tyler Perry, the Presidential family, Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka’Oir’s Wedding (The Mane Event) and the highly publicized $30 million redwood forest nuptials of social media mogul Sean Parker. A winner of countless International awards for his work, Ray has also been a passionate educator in the industry for over 10 years and has trained thousands of wedding videographers around the world.
Sallee Photography has been a long standing and reputable studio in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for over 16 years. JB and DeEtte Sallee are the heartbeat of the business. A married team who have both been full time photographers for the entire 16 years, investing 60+ hours per week each to their clients and to grow their small business. Early in their career they became known for innovative wedding imagery. Their accolades, both locally and internationally, came in for their wedding images and wedding albums. Soon they were asked to speak to other photographers. They gave seminars all around the country to other photographers wanting to learn what they do. Today they still share their knowledge with other photographers but their true passion remains in creating those stand out, impactful images for their clients. Over the last few years, they have branched out to include Family Portraits, Children Portraits and other eventful portraits for others in addition to their wedding photography.
Pacific Pictures founder Kevin Shahinian is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and widely regarded as one of the best event filmmakers in the world. For over a decade, Pacific Pictures has pushed the envelope of wedding cinematography, creating wedding films of unparalleled scope and scale for discerning clients around the world. Twice named one of EventDV magazine’s “Top 25 Most Influential Event Filmmakers,” one of Inspiration's “Top 20 International Hall of Fame Cinematographers”, and most recently named one of the “Most Influential Wedding Videographers in the World” by Select Music, Kevin has been a keynote speaker at every major industry event around the world including WPPI, NAB and PhotoPlus, and is routinely featured by publications worldwide.
David Stanbury is a Multi Award Winning Portrait & Wedding Photographer based in the North West of England with a career spanning over 25 years & nearly 1400 weddings
His accolades include over 300 International, National & Regional awards including UK Wedding Photographer of the Year, UK Portrait Photographer of the Year, UK Wedding Album of the Year and a 2 times Finalist in the Prestigious Hasselblad Masters Awards. He has also one of only a handful photographers awarded a triple Fellowship (the highest qualification) in Wedding Photography by the MPA (Master Photographers Association) The BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) & the SWPP (The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers)
David is also a photography consultant & trade ambassador working with some of the biggest photographic companies in the world including Fuji, Graphistudio & Fundy design software and a highly respected International Photography Judge involved at print competitions at WPPI in the USA, SWPP in London and the World Photographic Cup to name a few..
There are so many ways to take a photograph, and Joseph Victor Stefanchik, known worldwide as JVS, knows how to do them all. But there are a couple things he knows better than all the rest: how to find the best light and how to capture the most important moments.
Joseph’s career as a photographer has stretched from his years as a photojournalist at the Dallas Morning News, to highly technical studio work around the country, to intricate food photography for the most demanding publications. All of these abilities help create the perfect wedding photographer. Quick enough to see a moment before it’s coming, but methodical enough to capture every detail from start to finish, Joseph blends his perfectionist personality and ability to anticipate to make sure every photograph you could ever want is taken with a precision not many can duplicate.
Joseph was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, but his favorite awards are now his happy brides and grooms. He absolutely loves being a wedding photographer, and it shows in his professionalism and unlimited energy on a wedding day.
If you'd like to familiarize yourself with Joseph's work, please visit one his websites below.
The science and art of wedding photography that comes into perfect balance and synchronicity.
Beautiful. Candid. Elegant. Timeless.
these words transcend the images of Joselito “Lito” Sy as he is considered as the most sought after and most respected wedding photographer in the Philippines today. These words also run through his veins that is why his clientele is composed of celebrities, businessmen and the elites.
Lito’s luxurious, spontaneous, and elegant approach to his photos provides a perfect mix of storytelling and artistry. He makes the special day of the couple even more special by making each photograph a timeless work of art.
With over 30 years of professional experience in wedding photography, Lito is a no stranger to wedding photographers worldwide. His techniques and artistry made him one of the most awarded lensmen in his field. These awards include the ‘Photographer of the Year’ (four times) in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP), first placer for numerous times in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) print competitions in Las Vegas USA, one of the few members of the WPPI Double Master Photographers, included in the top 30 wedding photographers in Asia and accolades such as a Grand Master Photographer of WPPP (Wedding & Portrait Photographers of the Philippines, WPPM (Wedding & Portrait Photographers of Malaysia) and the WPPAsia (Wedding & Portrait Photographers of Asia). He is also listed in SLR Lounge as one of the 150 Best International Wedding Photographers in the World twice in a row since 2015.
In the Philippines, Lito is also one of the chosen few to endorse and to be an ambassador of brands like Fujifilm, Phottix, Wacom Tablets, Epson Printers, Lexar, Spider Holsters, Rollei Tripods, and Think Tank Bags.
But for Lito, his achievements humble him a lot. Unlike other photographers who constantly think of business alone, Lito makes sure that he has time to conduct workshops and seminars not only to inspire photographers, but also to share his techniques for the budding photographers’ skills to further improve.
This ‘big heart’ personality of Lito is admired by a lot of photographers making him the Philippine Icon of Wedding Photography.
WPPI (USA) Double Master Photographer
WPPP (Philippines) Grand Master Photographer
WPPP 4-Time Photographer of the Year
WPPAsia (Malaysia) Master Photographer
AsiaWPA (China) Master Photographer
One of the Top 30 Wedding Photographers of Asia
One of the 19 featured photographers of Picpocket (World’s Best Photographs)
Two-Time First Placer WPPI 16×20 Print Competition,LasVegas
Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He has been honored by Canon USA to be one of the few chosen photographers to be part of their prestigious Canon Explorer of Light program.
Roberto developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer. Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has traveled to every corner of the world motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.
Roberto serves as a chair and judge for some of the largest photographic print competitions in Europe, Mexico, South America, and the most celebrated International photography competitions held in the United States through the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV.
Roberto Valenzuela teaches private workshops, seminars, and platform classes for the largest photography conventions in the world. He has been an International first place winner three times and has been nominated by his peers as one of the ten most influential photographers and educators in the world. His first book Picture Perfect Practice is currently the #1 best seller in Amazon for the wedding photography book category. His second book Picture Perfect Posing has also joined the ranks of its predecessor as a best seller and has changed the way people learn posing around the globe. His latest title, Picture Perfect Lighting is also ranked the #1 top selling book in the world for lighting books. His new books are titled Wedding Storyteller Vol. 1 and Wedding Storyteller Vol. 2 made history by becoming the highest selling books on wedding photography of all time worldwide. Roberto’s books have been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian, and German, just to name a few and are sold in bookstores worldwide.
Aside from the world of photography, Roberto enjoys piloting high performance remote control helicopters. He is a (not so good anymore) classical guitarist, and a table tennis fanatic always in the lookout for a good challenge.
Asian photographer Johnson Wee is an upcoming raw talent specializing in pre wedding and engagement shoots. Hailing from a family of great professional photographers (granduncle was an Hon FBIPP), JOHNSON WEE had no interest in photography during his early years. It was until he took up the job of assistant photographer following his mothers recommendation, when his first photography education started. His journey into the world of photography took flight and has never slowed down ever since. Johnson’s interest towards the world of fashion and the dramatic edge of artsy movies from the likes of Martin Scorcese and Wes Anderson helped develop his cinematic and unique concept in creating his work. His exceptional capability to discover innovative out of the box ideas and applying these to his masterpiece is second to none. Engaging the ability to turn the picture into a magical and emotionally stimulating attachment is what he has consistently been linked to. Upon entry into professional photography competitions for 2 1/2years only, he has raked up more than 200 international awards, including the first ever Asian photographer to score a perfect 100 points in WPPI competitions and also the prestigious 2015 MPA Overseas Master Photographer of the Year. A Master of WPPI, WPPI online and print competition judge and also a Fellow of the Master Photographer’s Association (UK), Johnson is regularly traveling around the world for overseas elopement and pre-wedding assignments, as has been invited as a speaker and educator to USA, UK, Greece, Turkey, Italy, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia for countless photography conferences and workshops. HIS ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE: WPPI First Asian Photographer With Perfect 100 Score MPA Awards 2015 Overseas Photographer of the Year MPA Awards 2015 Portrait Photographer of the Year MPA Awards 2016 Portrait Photographer of the Year MPA Far East Awards 2016 Master Photographer of the Year Grand Award SWPP 2017 20x16 Print Competition Overall Winner Grand Award Fellow-FMPA Master Photographers Association (UK) Signature Weddings 2015 Top 30 Wedding Photographers WPPI 2013 Second Half Competition 2nd Place in Fashion WPPI 2013 Second Half Competition 3rd Place in Engagement WPPI 2014 16x20 Print Competition 1st Place in Bride or Groom Alone WPPI 2014 16x20 Print Competition 3rd Place in Bride or Groom Alone WPPI 2014 16x20 Print Competition 3rd Place in Bride&GroomTogether WPPI 2014 16x20 Print Competition 1st Place in Engagement WPPI 2014 Second Half Competition 2nd Place in Fashion WPPI 2014 Second Half Competition 3rd Place in Engagement WPPI 2015 16x20 Print Competition 1st Place in Engagement WPPI 2015 16x20 Print Competition 2nd Place in Group Portrait WPPI 2016 16x20 Print Competition 1st Place in Couple Together ( Non Wedding Day ) WPPI 2016 16x20 Print Competition 3rd Place in Fashion WPPI 2017 16x20 Print Competition 1st Place in Engagement MPA Awards 2014 Best Overseas Fashion Of the Year MPA Awards 2014 Best Associate Panel of the Year MPA Awards 2015 Best Classical Portrait of the Year MPA Awards 2015 Best Portrait Art of the Year MPA Awards 2015 Best Classical Wedding of the Year MPA Awards 2015 Best Travel & Lifestyle the Year MPA Awards 2015 Best Landscape and Location of the Year MPA Awards 2015 Judges' Choice of the Year MPA Awards 2016 Best Classical Portrait of the Year MPA Awards 2016 Best Portrait Art of the Year MPA 2014 Malaysia Print Competition 1st Place in Portrait MPA 2014 Malaysia Print Competition 2nd Place in Wedding MPA Far East Awards 2016 Best Portrait of the Year MPA Far East Awards 2016 Classical Portrait of the Year SWPP 2017 20x16 Print Competition Overall Portrait Winner SWPP 2017 20x16 Print Competition Classical Portrait Winner PWS 2015 Print Competition Grand Award Pre Wedding PWS 2015 Print Competition 1st Place Pre Wedding PWS 2015 Print Competition 1st Place Engagement PWS 2015 Print Competition 1st Place Fashion PWS 2015 Print Competition 2nd Place Portrait PWS 2016 Print Competition Grand Award Portrait PWS 2016 Print Competition 1st Place Pre Wedding PWS 2016 Print Competition 1st Place Fashion PWS 2016 Print Competition 3rd Place Black & White A total of more than 264 International Awards ( Nov 2013-Feb 2017)
Audrey Woulard is an internationally known portrait photographer and educator. She photographs young children, teens and her families. In addition to her portrait work, she photographs commercial assignments such as Pottery Barn Kids, an IAMs Pet food. She also educates photographers around the world her lighting techniques, and her simplistic approach to photography. She is a regular speaker at Imaging and WPPI. She also regularly speaks for Nikon. Audrey is a Profoto Ambassador.
Forough Yavari is an award winning portrait and fine Art photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. After studying in Art University, photography turned from a personal hobby into a professional challenge for her. The result of her endeavours over those years was her presence in multiple painting and photography exhibitions as well as winning several national and international awards. Her works have been exhibited in several venues and galleries internationally.
Forough was awarded Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Master in 2018 and WPPI Master of Photography in 2019.
2020 WPPI Annual - Illustrative Second Place
2019 The Portrait Conference, 1st Place Winner
2019 AIPP APPA - Illustrative Category Finalist
2019 AIPP Queensland Portrait Photographer of The Year
2019 WPPI Annual Creative Division Grand Award Winner and Illustrative First Place
2019 The Portrait Masters - Creative Portrait Second Place
2018 AIPP Queensland Portrait Photographer of The Year
2017 AIPP Queensland Portrait Photographer of The Year
2017 WPPI First Half - Online Competition Portrait Contemporary Second Place
2016 AIPP Queensland Illustrative Photographer of The Year
2015 AIPP Queensland Illustrative Photographer of The Year Finalist
2014 WPPI Second Half - Online Competition Illustrative First Place and Second Place
Grand Master Photographer Yervant is internationally celebrated as ‘The Most Influential Wedding Photographer Of Our Time’ – WPPI, 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award
Yervant’s enthusiasm in photography began at a very young age, he has mastered the craft of capture, retouching and dark room techniques since youth as he spent a lot of time after school and during vacations learning and then experimenting at his father’s studio and lab in East Africa (Ethiopia). Yervant then pursued studies in Venice Italy before making Australia home in Melbourne and then embarked on a career in professional photography. Yervant is a member of AIPP, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography http://www.aipp.com.au where he has established himself as one of the most awarded photographers in Australia and in fact the world.Yervant was honoured with a Fellowship of AIPP for his unparalleled achievements which have created milestones for the industry at large. He was one of the youngest members honoured with the prestigious Fellowship title. He is also Honorary Fellow of Master Photographers’ Association of UK and one of 12 CANON Masters within Australia.Yervant is known for his signature style of capture, he has in fact coined “Fashion meets Wedding” as the best description of his modern approach to the traditional world of wedding photography. This quote by Yervant is now one of the most important in the industry and often referred to by peers around the world.
Yervant is the first professional wedding photographer who adopted and adapted Digital Technology from an early date, he is often referred to as a pioneer in the field. He is the creator of the first digital layout ‘magazine’ style wedding album presentation which led him to create his own software Page Gallery™ which is one of the most sought after tools by photographers around the world. Yervant keeps on re inventing his style and creating new echelons which is followed by his peers worldwide. He is a sought after mentor, tutor and presenter and travels internationally to meet and inspire his peers and encourage the new comer to the wonderful world of professional photography.A fun loving, humorous, down to earth and ever so humble artist whose footsteps have already left deep indentations in the history of professional photography.If you are serious about photography, you must make sure to meet Yervant in your career path and be inspired from one of the most iconic Masters of photography.