As a wedding photographer, one of the things I love to do is explore the work of other photographers. For me, inspiration is a part of the art creation process. I thought it might be interesting for couples who are overwhelmed by the amount of photographers out there to point them to what I, as someone who thinks about capturing creative images all day long , think are the cream of the crop. This of course, is my own personal view, and you can find plenty of photomagazines and associations that hand out their own prizes every year. Several of these photographers have received some of them. These are my favorite, and thus not the cheapest photographers. I hope you find this educational as you think about what seperates a truly great photographer from his or her contemporaries.
Why do I think they are the best? It is important to understand why these photographers set themselves apart. They are my current favorites because they:
a) Capture the story of the relationships they document. Their weddings are not cookie cutter clones. The unique relationship between the bride and groom, a special niece or nephew, a mentor, or a parent are observed and captured.
b) Creatively utilize the surroundings, using the area of the shoot to express the drama and poetic beauty of the event. They are attentive to people’s motions and positions, leading lines, framing, and color composition. Whether they are shooting an engagement session in a parking lot, or are observing a mountaintop ceremony, they have a knack for being in the right place at the right time, where all the compositional pieces and actions of the moment fit together.
c) Their post-processing (i.e. Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.) is tasteful and not overdone or sterile. This includes knowing when to keep an image in color and correctly balancing tones, or modify it for black and white.
d) They have reputations of great customer service, and making their subjects comfortable and free to be themselves. The relational aspect of photography in my mind cannot be overstated.
e) They focus on emotions- the joy and laughter, and perhaps even some sentimental tears..
f) They make the most of available light.
g) The “wow” factor. Am I struck by the impact of their images regularly? Do they have a style that is unique and beautiful?
The 10 Best Wedding Photographers:
1 ) Ben Chrisman
2 ) Anna Kuperberg
3 ) Noah Hawthorne
5 ) Mark Kuroda
6 ) Brian Dorsey
7 ) J. Perlman
8 ) Lisa Lefkowitz
9 ) Jasmine Star
10 ) Cliford Brunk
Yes, there is a bit of a Northern California bias in this list, but this was not designed to be California’s Top 10 Wedding Photographers. NorCal has some amazing photographers, and they will travel anywhere to serve you. If you are looking for a place to find consistently professional photographers in the Bay Area or around the world you can check out the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA).