Introduction

This list of the 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the World 2015 honours and recognises artists who devote their creativity to other people's weddings.

The starting point in compiling this list was reaching out to a handful of wedding photographers I respect and asking them to anonymously nominate others . Then I spent a long, long time poring over those portfolios and a thousand others. I was looking for talent obviously but also something special, a signature. A sign of individuality.

Ideally the work identifies the photographer immediately.

Pictures were kindly supplied by the photographers. The Where tells you their studio location (though few don't travel) and the Why attempts to explain why I think they're artistically worthy of being on this list. 

Obviously there are hundreds more excellent photographers than are just on this list. It could easily have been a 1000 Best. 

And so, Nicholas Purcell Studio is happy to present, in alphabetical order...

 

 

The 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the World: 2015


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Photo supplied by 2 Brides

2 Brides

Where: Sweden
Why: Elegance, style and masterful use of light. Doesn't just capture beautiful things, gets the emotions down too.
 

 


Aaron Delesie

Where: California, USA
Why: There's storytelling aplenty but more than that there's a soulfulness to Aaron's images. They have a sense of time.

 

Photo supplied by Alberto Ballbe

Photo supplied by Alberto Ballbe

Alberto Ballbe

Where: Barcelona, Spain
Why: Beautiful use of tone in his predominantly black and white images. Anticipates moments.


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Photo supplied by Andrea Corsi

Andrea Corsi

Where: Florence, Italy
Why: Brave. Steps into a scene to get something funny or raw.


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Photo supplied by Branco Prata

André from Branco Prata

Where: Porto, Portugal
Why: Light is treated so respectfully. Simplicity is too simple to describe his work, André intentionally puts beautiful space in his images.


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Photo supplied by Angelica Glass

Angelica Glass

Where: New York, USA
Why: Seeks unusual compositions and trusts her instinct with out of the ordinary ideas.


Ben Chrisman from Chrisman Studios

Where: San Francisco, USA
Why: Happily pushes composition, colour, subject matter to the edge  in pursuit of striking imagery.

 

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Photo supplied by Benj Haisch

Benj Haisch

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Storytelling in nature. A real gift for putting people in a landscape to get something beautiful out of both.


Photo supplied by Bill McCullough

Photo supplied by Bill McCullough

Bill McCullough

Where: Austin, USA
Why: One of the more unique wedding photographers out there. Like Martin Parr his work is striking, penetrating, witty. Not for everyone but loved passionately by others.


Photo supplied by Brett Butterstein

Photo supplied by Brett Butterstein

Brett Butterstein

Where: San Diego, USA
Why: Striking, saturated compositions. They're vibrant and as alive as the people he documents. 


Brian Callaway from Callaway Gable Studios

Where: Los Angeles, USA
Why: Vibrant, non-traditional imagery that's still classic. A fine balance.

 

Photo supplied by Cam Neville

Photo supplied by Cam Neville

Cameron Neville

Where: Brisbane, Australia
Why: Sensitive. Grounded. Uses his lens to pause time. Seeks to tell a universal story, weddings as part of life.


Photo supplied by Caroline Ghetes

Photo supplied by Caroline Ghetes

Caroline Ghetes

Where: Phoenix, USA
Why: Striking images that pare things back until it's just emotion.


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Photo supplied by Christian Oth Studio

Shawn Connell from Christian Oth Studio

Where: New York, USA
Why: Casually captures beauty and not-to-be-repeated moments with an equal sense of style.


Photo supplied by Cinzia Bruschini

Photo supplied by Cinzia Bruschini

Cinzia Bruschini

Where: London, England
Why: Evocative. A flash-back, old memory feel to her images.


Photo supplied by Citlalli Rico

Photo supplied by Citlalli Rico

Citlalli Rico

Where: Cancun, Mexico
Why: Rich, gentle images that aren't afraid to tell a story through the absence of light.


Photo supplied by Claudia Rose Carter

Photo supplied by Claudia Rose Carter

Claudia Rose Carter

Where: Essex, England
Why: Tells a story quietly, in a way that makes you feel you're a guest watching the event rather than looking at photos. That's hard to do.


Photo supplied by Danelle Bohane

Photo supplied by Danelle Bohane

Danelle Bohane

Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Why: Thoughtful and soulful images with lots of calm reflection. 


Photo supplied by Dan O'Day

Photo supplied by Dan O'Day

Dan O'Day

Where: Canberra, Australia
Why: Tells a story with a painter's approach to colour and tones. 


Photo supplied by Daniel Aguilar

Photo supplied by Daniel Aguilar

Daniel Aguilar 

Where: Rivera Maya, Mexico
Why: Daniel has a great sensitivity to the environment he is shooting in. There's a cinematic quality to his ideas.


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Photo supplied by Davina + Daniel

Davina + Daniel

Where: Montreal, Canada
Why: Striking images made by embracing colour, unusual composition and strong ideas.


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Photo supplied by DuWayne

DuWayne Denton

Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Why: These are stripped back compositions, the subject matter or the composition is always strong and clear. Modern but timeless.


Photo supplied by Ed Peers

Photo supplied by Ed Peers

Ed Peers

Where: London, England
Why: There's a lovely peacefulness to Ed's images, he's not afraid to step back for a restful portrait or focus on a detail that adds a pause to the story.


Photo supplied by Elisabeth Millay

Photo supplied by Elisabeth Millay

Elisabeth Millay

Where: California, USA.
Why: Softness and tenderness through subtlety of colour, light and emotion. 


Photo supplied by Elizabeth Messina

Photo supplied by Elizabeth Messina

Elizabeth Messina

Where: California, USA
Why: Impeccable taste, style and a romantic's sensibility.


Photo supplied by Eric Laurits

Photo supplied by Eric Laurits

Eric Laurits

Where: Virginia, USA
Why: Photojournalism at its finest. Senses and records beautiful moments of art.


Photo supplied by Erich McVey

Photo supplied by Erich McVey

Erich McVey

Where: California, USA
Why: Stylish, very high quality editorial approach. Softly lit, timeless beauty.


Photo supplied by Erick Reyes

Photo supplied by Erick Reyes

Erick Reyes

Where: Monterrey, Mexico
Why: Dreamlike images and striking portraits that don't scream wedding.


Photo supplied by Fer Juaristi

Photo supplied by Fer Juaristi

Fer Juaristi

Where: Mexico.
Why: Fer says he's "the crazy guy" who treats every wedding as an "experiment". His photos are alive. His compositions and ideas go to the limits of his creativity. But he never forgets the couple is the heart of the photo. Love without the kisses.


Photo supplied by A Fist Full of Bolts

Photo supplied by A Fist Full of Bolts

A Fist Full of Bolts

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Particular, delicate image composition and storytelling.


Photo supplied by Fran Chelico

Photo supplied by Fran Chelico

Fran Chelico 

Where: Vancouver, Canada
Why: Gifted at capturing moments of quiet beauty.


Photo supplied by Franck Boutonnet

Photo supplied by Franck Boutonnet

Franck Boutonnet

Where: Paris, France
Why: Strong colours, compositions, concepts and reflexes. A master of technique.


Photo supplied by Hardy Klahold

Photo supplied by Hardy Klahold

Hardy Klahold

Where: Denver, USA
hy: Powerful, often dark, images. Sees things others would miss, Hardy's not afraid to shoot anything if it adds to the story.


Photo supplied by Ian Weldon

Photo supplied by Ian Weldon

Ian Weldon

Where: Durham, England
Why: Absolutely fearless in capturing the reality of the day, with a twinkle in his lens.


Where: California, USA
Why: Unique ideas but their strength is how they capture so much of fun and joy in so many shots.

 

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InTandem

Where: Austin, USA
Why: Does everything: light, composition, fun, emotion, setups, moments. 


Photo supplied by Ingrid Nelson

Photo supplied by Ingrid Nelson

Ingrid Nelson from Myrtle & Marjoram

Where: California, USA
Why: Such a sensitive approach to people, to taking their picture, and to light. Intersperses a handful of detail shots amongst a huge number of beautiful, close-up portraits - I've not seen these anywhere else. It's non-formulaic, wonderfully alive, and makes for powerfully human wedding photography. 


Photo supplied by Ira Lippke

Photo supplied by Ira Lippke

Ira Lippke from Ira Lippke Studios

Where: New York, USA
Why: The refined, tasteful, elegant image maker.


Photo supplied by Jaime Bolt

Photo supplied by Jaime Bolt

Jamie Bott

Where: Devon, England
Why: Dynamic storyteller with a photojournalist's eye.


Photo supplied by Jake Holt

Photo supplied by Jake Holt

Jake Holt

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Dynamic and bold and full of colour and life.


Photo supplied by James Day

Photo supplied by James Day

James Day 

Where: Sydney, Australia
Why: There's a tenderness to James' work, he has a gift for befriending people, they let him in and it shows.


Photo supplied by Jana Williams

Photo supplied by Jana Williams

Jana Williams

Where: California, USA
Why: Superb taste and editorial sensibility. Elegance but with a twist of Vogue.


Photo supplied by Jasmine Star

Photo supplied by Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star

Where: Los Angeles, USA
Why: A classic editorial style but fresh and modern.


Photo supplied by Jean Pierre Uys

Photo supplied by Jean Pierre Uys

Jean Pierre Uys

Where: New York, USA
Why: A strong fashion style that focuses on fun and beautiful light. The Testino of weddings.


Where: San Luis Obispo, CA
Why: Dynamic, creative and striking imagery. Not afraid to try new ideas.

 

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Photo supplied by Jeremy Lawson

Photo supplied by Jeremy Lawson

Jeremy Lawson

Where: Chicago, USA
Why: Photojournalism with a hint of humour. This image sums up his style perfectly.


Photo supplied by Jonas Peterson

Photo supplied by Jonas Peterson

Jonas Peterson

Where: Byron Bay, Australia
Why: The ultimate storyteller. Takes a story and nails it to the wall. The Christian Grey of storytelling.


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Photo supplied by Jonas Seaman

Jonas Seaman 

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Gloriously baroque storytelling. 


Photo supplied by Jonathan Canlas

Photo supplied by Jonathan Canlas

Jonathan Canlas 

Where: Hawaii, USA
Why: Fun, hugely personal images that show Jonathan's love of people.


Jonathan Young

Where: California, USA
Why: Stylish and elegant but with an eye for seeing quiet emotion.

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Photo supplied by Jonathan Young


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Jonetsu

Where: Vancouver, Canada
Why: Honest captures with an elegant approach. 


Photo supplied by Jose Villa

Photo supplied by Jose Villa

Jose Villa

Where: California, USA
Why: The absolute master of style and taste. Superb editorial judgement.


Photo supplied by Laura Gordon

Photo supplied by Laura Gordon

 

Laura Gordon

Where: Virginia, USA
Why: Quiet photos. There's a beautiful peace and stillness to Laura's work.


Where: San Francisco, USA
Why: A classic, fine art sensibility that doesn't shy away from showing moments of joy.

 

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Look Fotografía

Where: Zaragoza, Spain
Why: Brave photojournalism that pursues great ideas and moments with equal measure and technical skill.


Maloman

Where: Florida, USA
Why: If Vogue and Polanski had a baby it would be Maloman.


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Marion Heurteboust

Where: Paris, France
Why: Unusual compositions with a personal humility that shows in the photos.


Max Wanger

Where:California, USA
Why: There's a lightness and freshness to Max's touch. 


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Photo supplied by Natural Touch

Natural Touch Photography  

Where: Liverpool, UK
Why: Distinctive. Seeks out, and sees, humour and not afraid to do something out of the box. Sensitive too.


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Photo supplied by Nirav Patel

Nirav Patel

Where: San Francisco, USA
Why: A master observer, sees small but significant details others would miss. I don't mean cufflinks, I mean amazing shots like one of light creeping through a church door. 


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Photo supplied by Noa Azoulay

Noa Azoulay from Feather Love 

Where: San Diego, USA
Why: There is a genuine nostalgia to Noa's imagery. Her personality is in her art.


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Nordica

Where: Stockholm, Sweden
Why: Talented at capturing and evoking a sense of place along with sensitive approach to the feeling of the day.


Photo supplied by Oli Sansam

Photo supplied by Oli Sansam

Oli Sansom

Where: Melbourne, Australia
Why: Quiet, thoughtful photos that reflect the story rather than tell it.


Photo supplied by Otto Schulze

Photo supplied by Otto Schulze

Otto Schulze

Where: New York, USA
Why: A beautiful blend of formal, modern, classic, and sensitive within a photojournalist's approach.


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Photo supplied by Our Labor of Love

Our Labor of Love

Where: LA, USA
Why: Colourful, playful images 


Ozzy Garcia

Where: Miami, USA
Why: Stylish, natural light that favours quiet moments and reflection.


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Photo supplied by Pablo Béglez

Pablo Béglez

Where: Las Palmas, Spain
Why: Excellent at recording place. Tender storytelling through subtlety of light and emotion. 


Photo supplied by Parker J Pfister

Photo supplied by Parker J Pfister

Parker J Pfister

Where: North Carolina, USA
Why: Beautiful, softly spoken images. They whisper the story to the next generation.


Photo supplied by Pedro Cabrera

Photo supplied by Pedro Cabrera

Pedro Cabrera

Where: Las Palmas, Spain
Why: Startlingly beautiful, a photographer who really sees what he is looking at.


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Photo supplied by Pedro Etura

Pedro Etura

Where: Zarazoga, Spain
Why: There's something generous about Pedro's images, the space he gives people, the time he focuses on small details.


Where: Chicago, USA
Why: Strong ideas and rich but not vibrant colour palate to capture the day.

 

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Photo supplied by Petar Jurica

Petar Jurica 

Where: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Why: Thoughtful, quiet, unobtrusive image capture.


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Photo supplied by Preston Utley

Preston Utley

Where: Denver, USA
Why: Edgy images done with taste and style.


Reg Campbell

Where: San Antonio, USA
Why: Modern but timeless, photojournalistic but editorial.


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Photo supplied by Roey Yohai

Roey Yohai

Where: New York, USA
Why: A relaxed, timeless, editorial approach that creates striking but personal images. 


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Photo supplied by Ron Antonelli

Ron Antonelli

Where: New Jersey, USA
Why: An experienced newspaper shooter, Ron can tell multiple stories in a single image.


Ross Harvey

Where: Norfolk, England
Why: Strong, intuitive, beautiful ideas expertly made.


Ryan Brenizer

Where: New York, USA
Why: Assured image making that aims to reflect the individual wedding.


Ryan Graham

Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Why: Fashion editorial that's modern and classically beautiful.


Ryan Ray

Where: Texas, USA
Why: Quiet, gentle and still image making.


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Photo supplied by Samo Rovan

Samo Rovan

Where: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Why: Quality, vibrant documentary photojournalism with a passion for capturing happiness.


Photo supplied by Samuel Docker

Photo supplied by Samuel Docker

Samuel Docker

Where: Derby, England.
Why: Images with a great depth of feeling.


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Photo supplied by Savo

Savo

Where: Ireland
Why: Unusual eye for moments. Consistent.


Photo supplied by Spencer Lum

Photo supplied by Spencer Lum

Spencer Lum

Where: New York, USA
Why: There's genuine wistfulness and yearning for memory in these beautiful images by Spencer Lum.


Photo supplied by Steve Stanton

Photo supplied by Steve Stanton

Steve Stanton

Where: Denver, USA
Why: Shifts easily between delicate observation and vibrant fun photojournalism.


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Photo supplied by Susan Stripling

Susan Stripling

Where: New York, USA
Why: Uncomplicated, classical imagery that cuts to the spirit of the day.


Susana Barbera

Where: Cadiz, Spain
Why: Poetic, noir photojournalism with a fondness for humour.


S6 Photography

Where: Sheffield, England
Why:Technically assured reportage with a talent for being part of the day.

 

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Photo supplied by Tanja Lippert

Tanja Lippert

Where: San Francisco, USA
Why: A gentle mix of fine art, art and editorial. Tender too.


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Photo supplied by Tec Petaja

Tec Petaja

Where: Nashville, USA
Why: Exquisite, natural, organic, quiet and calm. Truly beautiful.


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tentwentyone

Where: Belfast, Ireland
Why: Lovely casual reportage here that's sensitive to the moments and stills the spirit.


The Sparrow and the Crow

Where: Austin, Texas
Why: Warm, heartfelt photography that seems like he is friends with his clients.

 

Todd Hunter McGaw

Where: Brisbane, Australia
Why: Thoughtful image making that's sensitive, still and evocative.

 

Photo supplied by Trent Bailey

Photo supplied by Trent Bailey

Trent Bailey

Where: New York, USA
Why: Intimate, personal image making.


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Photo supplied by Twin Lens

Twin Lens Images

Where: Santa Fe, USA
Why: Soulful, documentary images made with consideration.


Two Mann

Where: Alberta, Canada
Why: Powerful, creative, vibrant ideas and technical skill.


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Photo supplied by Virginia Gimeno

Virginia Gimeno

Where: Madrid, Spain
Why: Pure images. Perfectly composed.


We are the Parsons

Where: Midwest, USA
Why: A natural talent for really seeing. 


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When He Found Her

Where: Toronto, Canada
Why: Uses light in a dreamlike way.


Photo supplied by Yvonne Lishman

Photo supplied by Yvonne Lishman

Yvonne Lishman

Where: Nottingham, England
Why: Fresh compositions, angles and ideas. This is bold photography.


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