ISPWP Summer 2017 Award Winning Photo

I’m thrilled to see this image from Michaela and John’s Sonoma wedding place in the ISPWP Summer 2017 contest. I am always pushing to get a better perspective to capture the true emotion and story of the day; and, I love everything this says about all the friends and family surrounding these two lovers at their wedding.

Check out all the contest winners here, and get ready to be inspired!


What is the ISPWP?

The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers is an organization of the best wedding photographers in the world. It was created by professional photographers to raise the standards of the wedding photography profession.

We are a resource for wedding clients who know they want to hire the best and the brightest for their wedding. When you hire an ISPWP member, you are hiring one of the most respected, professional and talented wedding photographers in the industry.

There are many online directories of wedding photographers. Some of them have hundreds, even thousands of photographers. That sounds great because there are so many to choose from! But most of these directories have little or no criteria for membership, they are simply paid advertising links that may include photographers with zero experience and unknown backgrounds who have simply paid the directory’s advertising fee.

Each and every ISPWP member has passed a rigorous application process and is recognized by their peers to be at the top of their field.

Membership Requirements

Professional photographers of all styles are welcome to apply for membership: Photojournalists, Traditionalists, Neo-Romanticists, Fashion-Inspired, Fine Art Cinematic style, or whatever label you give yourself. However, no matter what your photography style, the ISPWP maintains high standards for membership based on experience, talent, integrity, professionalism and references:

Experience: Members must have photographed a minimum of 50 weddings as the primary in-charge photographer. Weddings shot as a tag-along, second, or backup photographer do not count. This is the minimum experience requirement, many ISPWP members have shot hundreds of weddings.

Talent: Members must submit a website/blog/portfolio for review by a panel of ISPWP members. Online portfolio galleries must demonstrate artistic and technical ability. The portfolio must display a minimum of three galleries of complete weddings. Galleries that only display “selected favorites” from multiple weddings will be rejected.

Professionalism: Members must operate in accordance with the ISPWP Code of Conduct. This protects both the photographer and the client, and provides assurance to the client they are dealing with a professional who takes their business seriously.

References: Members must submit 2 client references, and 2 peer photographer references, or be sponsored by an existing ISPWP member.ISPWP Fall 2015 Photography Contest Award Winning Photo

Downtown Sacramento Engagement Session | Kayleigh and Chris

I’m always extra humbled when another photographer chooses me to capture their wedding journey!  I was honored to know Chris from the Sacramento community, and his fiance Kayleigh is as sweet as she is beautiful!!

For this session we traveled around downtown Sacramento taking advantage of the natural light and culture.  Chris and Kayleigh wanted to record places that were special to them when they were dating – favorite restaurants where they enjoyed a favorite meal, bustling sidewalks lined with cafes where they stole a kiss and shared a memory, and historic museums where they dreamed of possibilities together.

I was overjoyed to include Chris’ amazing little girls from his previous marriage in their session.  These girls were so fun and giggly all day!  Some of my favorite shots are the ones where Kayleigh and Chris picked the girls up and dangled them upside-down to throw them into laughter!  I know they will blend into a beautiful family, and Kayleigh will offer so much love to these two young girls.

Working with Kayleigh and Chris was so special to me because it allowed me to show the special connection between them as a couple and as a new family. Thank you Chris, for allowing me to capture such a shining example of a family bonded by love. 

Downtown Sacramento Engagement Session

Newcastle Wedding Gardens Wedding | Jason and Kate

Friends are such a gift. They share similar interests, offer great advice, and help you navigate through this crazy journey of life. Some friends stay for a season, some last a lifetime, and some are lucky enough to get the title of “best friend”. If you’re really lucky, you’ll get to marry your best friend. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

I had the pleasure of photographing Jason and Kate’s wedding recently, and loved how compatible they are. Jason is a strong, handsome firefighter, and Kate is one of the sweetest and most beautiful people you will ever meet. These two are good friends with one of my besties in the business, Kim of Kim J Martin Photography, who was also a guest at the wedding.

I absolutely adore the bride and groom for so many reasons. I admire Jason for serving people and putting his life on the line everyday as a firefighter. I adore their humor and goofiness that made the day so much fun for everyone. I love how perfect they are together. But most of all, I love that when separately asked what they were most looking forward to on their wedding day, they both had the same response: “I can’t wait to marry my best friend.” Of course Jason added he’s also looking forward to eating cake, but who doesn’t get excited about the cake?!

I’m so glad these two found their best friend in each other, and get to share that for a lifetime. They are truly one of the lucky ones.

Newcastle Wedding Gardens Wedding

Wedding Planner: Georgia Barron

Make-up artist: Rosie Wescott Studio 55

Hair stylist: Lisa Rowland Studio 55

Florist: Perfect Parties by Mo

Ceremony / Reception Venue: Newcastle Wedding Gardens and Red Horse Barn

Caterer: Jackson Catering

Cake / Dessert: Devine Desserts

DJ: David Van Enger